Saturday, August 21, 2010

Candlelight isn't that romantic when it's all you have

We had a major power outage tonight...over 2100 households without power.  I had a lot of trouble with envy, though, because all the houses in the neighborhood except for the 4 houses on our side of the street got their power back almost immediately.  We just got ours back after about 7 hours. 

I tried using kerosene lamps but got a headache even with all the windows open so I went with candles.  I didn't use my altar candles though.  I had some old candles that I didn't like and my tea candles.  Those last a long time but don't give off a lot of light.  Couldn't read because of too little light and it was so hot and muggy that Zach and I just played some Nintendo DS games.

Kermit was here earlier but without the porch light, no bugs were available to him so he left.  All three of them were here last night.  We heard them croaking nearby today so they don't go far during the day.

Tom and discovered some Mounds today that we will go back and explore tomorrow or Sunday.  I hadn't realized that was what that particular park was so I'm a bit excited to go back there.  We don't have to travel all the way past Madison to see Mounds now.  I do want to go to Ledge Park this weekend, too, because it's a geological wonder, I've read.  But I don't want to go on Sunday because our former fundie church is having their picnic that day and I don't want to run into anyone from there.

I plan on taking the camera and a bag for things I might find along the way to enhance my altar.  It really is too neat, too...pristine. I need it to be more rustic, more natural. 

Well, I'm wearing down.  The heat really took a lot out of me today.  It was in the 90s with the heat index and with no fans (we don't have air conditioning anyway) it was not a lot of fun.  Although I didn't mind not cooking.

Hoping tomorrow I'll be able to sleep in and Professor won't wake me up to play ball at 7 a.m. again.


  1. I can't wait for Autumn. Granted, we didn't have much of a summer here, but Autumn is my favorite time of year - everything winding down, preparing for a deep sleep.

    Have fun exploring! Hope it cools down for you soon. (Miss talking to you too.)

  2. Hope you have fun exploring the mounds. And that it cools down for you some soon too.

    Like Brazenbird I can't wait for Autumn, it's my favorite season and not just because it was when I was born either :D

  3. Sounds like a hard day for everyone, including the toads. Hope the weekend's better!

  4. I am so eager for Autumn although our season seems so short here because winter comes weeks ahead of its time. I was born at the tail end of summer so life started for me on the verge of the autumnal equinox. I love the way the air smells in autumn. Still, I do love winter, too.

    I didn't go back to the mounds, Ellie, because I had a sugar overload in the form of cherry cheesecake and ended up sleeping the afternoon away. Tom went and got eaten up by mosquitoes. The mounds are right on the marsh, after all.

    Hopefully the toads will be back tonight. I'll turn the porch light on early for them. Bitty showed up last night before sunset and left early when the lights didn't go on. Kermit came later and gave up before the power was restored as well. I wonder what they do in the winter. I'll have to read up on that.