It was a hot day.
I didn't realize that it was supposedly the hottest day yet;
I just knew I needed to get some digging and planting done.
After several people commented on how crazy I was
to be digging in my flower garden on the hottest day so far,
I went inside.
It WAS much cooler; I didn't appreciate how cool until later
when the house heated up.
The storm came with little warning.
We had a few minutes to bring stuff in, batten down things,
and then the thunder boomed and the rain pounded.
But it was the wind that got our attention
right before the power went out.
The storm itself lasted maybe an hour, maybe longer.
But its effects are still being felt.
Folks are still without power.
We are some of the fortunate ones.
However, since we have had the power go out twice
while power was being restored and trees cut down elsewhere,
I still have some of the candles out on the table.
The generator is still in our garage.
My husband will take it back to his dad's (now our) barn
when the weather forecast is no longer calling for severe storms
and power is restored throughout the counties.
He'll take back these cords too.
I was impressed with how he got the cords up to our second floor kitchen window
and connected to our fridge.
The coolers are upright now, but have not been stored away in the basement yet.
When we were able to get enough ice to pack our food,
we shut down the generator and started hauling food out of fridge and freezer.
However, some food didn't survive 50 hours in a cooler.
Fortunately we did not have much meat stored
and were able to save most of that.
The bags of soggy food are shown here in a shower that is no longer used in the basement,
awaiting being taken out to the dumpster.
We have not put the thermometer down as low as we used to.
We were surprised at how, after sleeping in degrees in the nineties,
the mid-seventies seemed so cool and comfortable--
we even covered up with a light quilt that first night with the power back on.
There were no covers used those two hot nights.
We even tried sleeping in recliner lawn chairs on our screened in porch--couldn't.
Not being used to windows open, we got out ear plugs--
the neighborhood dogs were not doing well either
and were quite vocal about their displeasure.
It is still unseasonably hot here in Ohio.
It's supposed to climb up into the low 100s later this week;
that is unheard of for this area in June and rare even for August.
But from others' blogs, I know we are not alone in experiencing hot temps.
We will get by and be thankful when the temps drop.
For more views on hot, go on over to Francesca's.