Disappeared for a few days - After stormPosted on 07/05/12, 01:19 am
In the state of emergency, I actually had a few thoughts that were specific to divorce and losing my parents. I felt a little alone. I have become accustomed to not having a spouse who checks on me in emergencies but I have not come to grips with not having either parent to call and be concerned. My son, DIL and grandson were with me so I was responsible for them and I felt a little panicky, trying to figure out (by myself) what to do next. When the electricity went off, there were no gas stations and our cell phone service was nonexistent. The one radio station still broadcasting said it would be 5-7 days before we would get electricity. In the face of deadly heat, I was really worried about my grandson so on Saturday I spent 2 1/2 hours getting a full tank of gas so that they could leave the area. Luckily gas stations are back as of today.
Things are getting back to normal but having been through a hurricane aftermath, it was like going through a hurricane with absolutely 0 warning. It a very strange experience. I am glad to be back here. I hope all of our members that are from my area have electricity by now but I'm a little worried because I don't see any posts from them. Hopefully they are just missing Internet service and not electricity.
Reply #1 07/05/12 1:48am
Diane I was a little concerned about you and had no idea those storms hit your area so hard. We lucked out this time -- just one tree down across the lane and we didn't lose power at all, but just south of here it was pretty bad. It sure makes you appreciate electricity when it does get restored. We have an 8,000 watt generator that we use when the power goes out and we always keep a full 5 gallon can of gas in the garage just for that purpose.
Glad to hear you are ok and back on the grid!
Reply #2 07/05/12 2:04am
Storms sure do take their toll and this one clearly shook you up in more ways than one; I'm sorry for that!
Glad you and your family are okay. So sorry you are missing your parents. But I'm glad you wrote about it. Hopefully it makes all of us who read your post that much more grateful for our health, homes, and each day we have with our loved ones, and particularly our elders. Best!
Reply #3 07/05/12 3:18am
Wow. I tend to be oblivious to most of the world outside my own. SO glad you are ok. I can relate to the ALONE feeling. I've been through "I could fall off the face of the earth and no one would care". Remember you are important to a lot of people (add me to the count). I've had friends and family in the wildfires of Colorado--finally got word they are ok. Yes iammine--we tend to focus on our emotional upheavels and take our health, homes and families for granted.
Reply #4 07/05/12 3:50am
I did see news of the great heat and the wildfires on international news and wonder if any of you guys were effected. So glad you've come through ok.
It must have been scary being the one in charge and it sounds like you did a great job.
love and hugs
Reply #5 07/05/12 5:50am
Being a grown up is so hard. I've never felt so grown up in my life - it truly sucks. Glad you are safe.
Reply #6 07/05/12 7:43am
Glad your power came back on and everyone is safe. The weather man said what you did about that storm....you cannot prepare for them because you don't know it's coming. I too like having someone to confer with when it comes to making decisions.
Reply #7 07/05/12 8:27am
Boy that storm just came out of nowhere didn't it! Weren't calling for it at all! I lost power for three days-tons of debris to cut up/clean up. But no damage to house or vehicles or people.
Glad you are alright :)
Reply #8 07/05/12 8:40am
Thank God you have your power back, I have been through many of hurricanes and i know what it is like to be without, it sucks!
Reply #9 07/05/12 11:28am
Oh Lori, I am so sorry!!! That is horrible. I guess you lost all your food and everything!! I am glad you have power back now and I hope the new storms don't get you!
Reply #10 07/05/12 11:45am
Well, all I can say is Welcome to the Mid-Ohio Valley! Yep, storms come out of nowhere and you just never really know how bad they're going to be. Usually we have to worry about these types of power outages in the winters, not the summers.
My electric was out from Friday evening until Monday evening. Lost everything in the fridge and my underpinning ended up UNDER the trailer, instead of around it, but no other damage and I was glad. However, being in a trailer in 90+ degree temps, not so much fun. Spent a lot of time in the shower! At least I had water.
Glad to hear you are back up.
I want to start something for those of us that were married for a long long time. I think that we face a little different issues than those who were dating for a few years or even married for shorter period of time. Being married for so long we have older children some have grandkids dealing with teenagers and their reaction to the divorice empty nesters dating after 40 etc.