Camping in the living room

We had a power outage last night.  It was around 5:30pm or so.  I was preparing dinner and out went the lights, the heat, the water.  Thank goodness we have a gas stovetop.  Dinner went on as usual with the exception of having to light the burners manually.

Snow accumulation

The recording from the power company attributes the outing to a motor vehicle accident, something M and I had already guessed since there didn’t appear to be any other reason for it.  The snow had stopped, the wind had died down, and the only condition ripe for a power outage was some fool driving too fast on slick roads.

Standing guard

It turned out to be a pleasant evening.  M and I played a dice game by candlelight.  He won every game.  The dice just weren’t on my side.  I don’t mind losing.  It was fun.  We hauled the futon mattress from the spare bedroom out to the living room, and put it near the fireplace so we would have some warmth throughout the night.  Blankets were heaped on, the cats explored (excited by something new in the room!), and we settled in for the night.

Just hangin' around

The power came back on sometime in the wee, dark hours of the night.  It was startling, all the lights coming on and things beeping, clicking, and rumbling.

There is more snow in the forecast for tonight, with no significant accumulation expected.  It will freshen things up a little, although the snow is still new enough that it doesn’t need much freshening.

That’s all from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  It’s a little warmer this afternoon, in the 30s.  Good sledding weather if you want to take a slide down the hill.  Just don’t go as far as the pond.  It’s not frozen enough for that yet, but it’s sufficiently chilly enough to turn you into a popsicle.

50 Comments on “Blackout”

  1. milkayphoto says:

    Some times blackouts are simply to give us all a reason to go ‘low tech’. Nothing wrong with dinner by candlelight and an evening spent talking/playing cards/dice by the fire. A glass of wine is nice, too. 😉

    LOVE your birds in the snow! I miss snow. All we’ve got is bitter, bitter cold which makes me feel old. 😦

  2. Despite the blackout, it sounds like a nice night (although it is always a jar when stuff jolts back on in the middle of the night). Glad you had a working fireplace and gas stove ( I’ll never have anything but gas stove – been a life saver too many times) Love the bird pix – especially the guard. Don’t stay out too long – it takes a while to warm up – and you never know about the power….

  3. I bet it’s a little different being without power in the cold. Thank God you have a fireplace. We never had a full 24 hours a day with of electricity in Haiti, but it wan’t cold–good thing.

    Love your snow photos, Robin!


    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy M. 🙂

      Going without power when it’s cold is a bit more difficult than in warmer weather, although now that I think about it I think I’d rather go without heat than air conditioning. We can warm the place up with fires in the fireplaces. We can’t cool it off if it’s one of those sweltering August days.

  4. cfbookchick says:

    Those black outs really give you time for some introspection, don’t they? I love, love, love the shots of the birds.

  5. In our former home, we loved the blackouts as we’d load the wood-burning stove and place the mattress in front of it. These are wonderful photos of the birds–the clarity is excellent.. My fav is the one on the clothesline–love it. Hope you’re well, Robin.

  6. Deborah Lee says:

    Love your pictures! It has been cold here the past couple of nights, but I’ve only seen snow twice in Florida, and both times not enough to stick.

  7. bearyweather says:

    Power outages in the winter are a little more difficult then the summer … you never know how long it will be out. Fireplaces are great … I love mine.
    What kind of birds are they? I like the clothes line one best …

    • Robin says:

      I’m not sure what kind of birds they are, Bearyweather. I’m terrible at identifying birds, especially the little guys who all kind of look alike.

  8. Dana says:

    Glad that your power came back on during the night. Living room camping feels exciting for one night, but it’s not nearly as captivating past the first 12 hours! 😉

  9. Black outs are the best… time to get out the candles!! I absolutely adore your photos of the birds, espec the bird on a wire:) I wondered what setting you used to capture them… just stunning!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Smidge. 🙂

      I used an auto setting (action or sports). I was shooting through a window and was surprised at how well some of the photos came out.

  10. Chloe says:

    i hate when the power goes out during the night & then everything starts beeping when it comes back on
    nice photos, i like seeing the snow, it’s been really hot here

  11. Gerry says:

    Really good fireplace image – I am cold and it is warm and in January warm trumps everything, even the excellence of composition in the guard bird.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Gerry. 🙂

      I so seldom get cold that I don’t mind the winter weather. Lately I’ve been manufacturing my own heat. It’s too bad I can’t find some way to sell it or give it away as it’s more than I need.

  12. Wow, look at all that snow! Glad to hear the power is back on, but at least it makes for a great story.

  13. hugmamma says:

    Reminds me of wintry nights in Connecticut, where we lived before moving to Seattle. Have to admit I don’t miss the ice, power outtages…and cold. The older I get…my childhood home beckons…Maui.

    brrr… 😉

    • Robin says:

      I’ve never been to Maui, HugMamma. I hear it’s beautiful. I wouldn’t mind visiting someday, but I prefer the change of seasons. For now, at least. 🙂

  14. Love the bird photos! The nicest side benefit to a power outage is the sudden quiet that you don’t notice until the whirs and hums of “house machinery” are suddenly gone.

  15. Kel says:

    we so live at opposite extremes Robin
    you in your house in the dark and cold of a freezing winter night without electric heating
    us in our house in the light and heat of a boiling summer day without electric cooling

    looks like the birds are enjoying their snow bath

    • Robin says:

      I don’t know how you do it, Kel. I don’t think I could stand the heat without the electric cooling. I don’t respond well to being hot.

  16. Thank goodness for that fireplace, at least you had that to give you some warmth.
    Looks like you got a pretty good amount of snow, too! ♥

    • Robin says:

      It was a good snowstorm, Michaela. Enough snow to play in for a few days, and now it’s going away. This winter, so far, has not been very good for skiing.

  17. ladyfi says:

    That bird standing guard is amazing!

  18. Yes, the bird pics are very cool, we don’t have snow yet here in MI, just colddd!

  19. Gracie says:

    Great photos! But, that’s a lot of snow! All that we’ve accumulated from the last snow fall is all gone. What’s left is some icy roads (ice couldn’t melt fast enough despite the salt because it still is too darn cold).

  20. giselzitrone says:

    beautifol best regards to wist week-end Gislinde.

  21. Love the birds in the snow, especially *Standing guard*. Power outages are fun as long as they don’t last too long. 🙂

  22. Hallysann says:

    I love the picture of the bird on the washing line 🙂

  23. dragonfae says:

    I love the picture of the bird on the clothesline … it almost looks like one of those color on black and white things. 🙂

    Glad you guys survived your power outage. When we had ours I was really glad we have a gas stovetop too.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, DragonFae. 🙂

      I think that’s why I enjoy watching the birds so much in winter. They are pretty much the only spots of color in an essentially black & white world.

  24. Power outages are never fun! At first I thought that one little bird was on the power line (I realize now it’s a clothesline), and was concerned that he had cause your outage. hehe.

    • Robin says:

      lol, Sharon! Stranger things have been known to happen. Squirrels have a way of causing outages by chewing through wires. Why not a little bird on the wire? 😀

  25. eof737 says:

    Your photos are amazing…. hope the blackout hasn’t persisted.

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