To all my friends in CT. NYC and on Long Island who still don't have electric, I send prayers to the LILCO and CL&P gods that they will soon bless you with power! Being without it sucks! We just got our power back on late this afternoon. My rejoicing scared the kitties off their nap pillows. The hot shower was fabulous!
Oh we had some good times. Chinese food by candlelight - romantic except for the fact that we were wearing out coats to keep warm. The hot soup was the best part. I read cookbooks dreaming of the time when my stove would come to life and it would smell like my kitchen again. And we watched West Wing episodes and the movie Hopscotch (don't miss it!) on Phil's laptop.
Even though there was lots of wind, we were very lucky that no trees hit our house. And our basement is dry. My heart goes out to others that were less fortunate!
Little Subi, our Sabaru generator, kept our fridge on and some lights, charged the cell phones and the computer but mostly she was on standby to run the pumps if the basement flooded. Fortunately, we dodged that bullet. Phil was a gem going out in the wind and rain several times a day (and night) to fill her up and keep her going. It was worth the rental price and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Now we are warm and can flush the toilets (a big deal from my point of view), the dish washer is running and the washer will do it's bit tomorrow. I will make soup in the morning and ginger tea scones - just for the aroma! And bread, I miss my fresh baked bread...
But tonight it is Halloween... the night when the witches fly and kids knock on your door...
And scare the crap out of you! Pardon my French, but this is my grandson, Mike - a really nice kid, really, who stands about 6'4" and is dressed as Bane from Batman (which I did not go to see, being chicken). I am so glad he did not come to my door tonight... I love him dearly and this is a great costume but he would have frightened the wits out of me.
And speaking a frightening... it's Nanowrimo time again! 50,000 words in 30 days! If anyone doesn't know about it you can find out more here.
But for those in the know here is a bit of fun from Beth, a member of Nanowrimo. I would like to give more credit here but don't know her last name...
T’was the night before NaNo, and all through the world
Ghosties and goblins and writers are heard
Moaning and groaning at the frightening sight
Of blank screens and notebooks, no ideas in sight.
The Wrimos were pacing, their hearts were sinking
50,000 words? What was I thinking?
They heard the haunting “tick, tick, tick, tock”
And picked up the stapler to throw at the clock.
They walked to the cabinet and pulled out the brandy
Then to the counter to feast on the candy
Chocolate and peanut butter. To hell with this diet!
Then outside the front door it sounded like a riot.
They stomped to the entry, ready to fight
And throw open the door, such a grisly sight.
The drink spilled over and they looked out with a glare
Crumbs on their shirts, Cheetos in their hair.
The moon shined down on the assembling crowds
Dimmed by the shadow of gathering dark clouds
But what on the front porch did they hear with a fright
“Trick or Treat!” yell the kiddies. It’s All Hallows night!
A vampire! A princess! A pirate! A ghost!
A zombie with brains he snacks on the most!
A kitten! A monkey! Superheroes and thieves!
One brat hits another with a big bag of leaves!
Ideas are soaring! Inspiration abounds!
Quick! Where’s a pencil, some paper, a wall?
The kids scream for candy but now there’s no time
The door slams in their faces, they coat it with slime.
New characters and plots, settings and scenes
As hopes for best-sellers sneak into our dreams.
The witching hour comes with the chimes for midnight.
Happy NaNo’s Eve to all, and to all a good write!