Saturday, December 29, 2012

You can read in the dark, but not in the cold

Christmas 2012 was not what we expected.
The weather forecasters predicted 2-4 inches of snow -- we got 10.  Additionally, prior to the snowfall, icy rain plagued us for most of the day, which weighed down the many trees in our area.  With the additional snow, trees began to snap and break like twigs.

Thus, most of Little Rock looked like the above.
Nearly 200,000 homes lost power -- including us.
The temperature in the house leveled out at 48 degrees.  Far too cold for us to "tough it out."  Luckily we had generous friends (who were some of the few who retained power) graciously offer to house our family for 3 days.
Fortunately, our power was restored yesterday.
Unfortunately, nearly 30,000 homes in the area are still without power, and probably won't have it restored until next Tuesday.
But one thing I learned...reading by candlelight is easy, reading when your fingers are blue from holding a book, is not.


Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Having lived through the Great Ice Storm of 1998 I know exactly what you've gone through this past week. I'm happy to hear that your power has been restored and that things are getting back to normal. Hopefully it won't take much longer before power is restored to those still without it.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

So sorry you had to go through that. Reminds me of the Ice Storm in Montreal years ago where we staked out at my parents since they had a fireplace. Hope all is well now.

mpartyka said...

Oh my... where was I when all this went on! I don't remember hearing about a snowstorm but that was almost a month ago (HA). We were without power for 12 days during the hurricane so I can relate to the daily struggles but we didn't have to deal with cold temps. So sorry, but happy to read you all survived (and with generous friends).