This is what it looked like once the sunset last night.
I live in the city and across the harbor from me is another city so I am used to lights. I am also very used to noise of the city. That noise takes me at night into a deep, deep sleep. I don't go to bed til 1 or 2 AM, so it's not cars or car horns. Actually I don't hear the heavy traffic since I face the water and I LOVE the horns of the boats.
I live in Southern Maine, outside of Portland. Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of 66,000+ residents. So it's not a big city. It's right on the Atlantic Ocean and borders Canada.
On Weds night and Thurs early morning we got hit by a Nor'easter. We knew the winds were going to be in excess of 50 MPH, and in Portland it hit at 62 MPH. Damage has been widespread for trees, electric wires, some homes and quite a few cars, businesses. The city I live in was hit hard, which is so unlikely!! I was quite surprised, as most were/are. So down my power went, but strangely not until the storm had passed by though the winds were still gusting up to 40 MPH for us being right on the water (I am on the harbor) that happens quite a bit. It went down at 3:15 PM.
I live in a 55 plus high rise. It's a strange little community in that usually when you get a bunch of older folks together in a high rise, there can be "Little groups" who love to gossip and often not nice gossip. But, we've worked HARD here to make it a nice place to live. Yes, there are those who may not like so and so, but by and far, 95% of us get along "well enough" to "very well."
We DO have a generator, but it doesn't do anything in our units except for heating. We were all hoping it'd be back on before dark, but that didn't happen.
It's neat to see neighbors helping neighbors and really helping each other out!! The local grocery store within for me, a 4 min walk (2 to get out of the building) had no power either. It was cash or nothing (though I used to work there as a supervisor, and we would allow regulars in this case to run a bill). SO we were checking with each other if anything was absolutely needed to be picked up (emergency supplies or just food they wanted). THat was cool. We all checked on those who are 85 and up,,, I am GLAD I did on one!! She was using a kerosene light! YO!! It's a high rise, and we are forbidden from using candles so the building insurance (we are encouraged to carry our own insurance for our units. Some do, some don't, I do!) isn't as expensive and also the city fire department has been here and been very vocal over the danger of candles. So I had an extra LED lantern
These are GREAT!! I use them when camping too!!! If you don't own these, I bought the Tac lantern and I HIGHLY recommend them.
On their web site they are 3 for $20.00 (US) and 9 for shipping. My neighbor who's using mine quickly ordered some, as did a friend who was using candles and scared.
I had it SO MUCH EASIER than many. With the mentioned generator, our community kitchen and all the electric sockets in the hallways work, so I was able to easily keep my phone charged up. I was also easily able to heat up water for hot chocolate (my nightly MUST have LOL) and I could of cooked if I had wanted to (I didn't).
I went to work today and when I came home I saw my lights were on!! Only 2 mins from me, they are without power until Monday. I am so fortunate!!
Oh the wind kicked up again for a bit quite strong,,, so I was a little weary of that, but all is well. FUNNY WEIRD how much we depend on electricity!!
When I went camping a month ago, I expected no phone etc, and I was FINE with that, but I wasn't at home, and I wasn't alone. It was FUN FUN FUN!! But, it's awful how dependent we are on our phones. Made me realize just how much!! Even with my server (Verizon) being up it was super slow. It's normally not, but of course with so many using our devices at once that's to be expected. GRATEFUL they didn't crash!
SHOUT OUT TO Verizon and CMP (Central Maine Power)
for reading my blog!!
OH YEAH!! SUPER NEAT TO NOTICE!! Since I was so busy helping others, and then getting in my 6000 steps, there was NOT the time to think about eating unless I was hungry!! I WAS worried I'd not lose weight this week, but now I know I DID!! Today was crazy busy before work and than catching up. WOOHOO!! WOOOHOO!! WOOOHOOOO!!