Happy Cold Thanksgiving Day

Otis Orchards, Washington
November 26, 2015 2:41pm CST
I want to wish all United States of America residents a happy Thanksgiving Day. Here in the Spokane, Washington area right now it 24º F (-4 C). Last night it got down to 19º F (-7º C). So happy cold Thanksgiving Day to all my neighbors. The sad part is there are still thousands of people without electricity due to the wind storm that blew in on Tuesday, November 17. They have crews here from California, New Mexico, Oregon, Montana, British Columbia and the Seattle area all helping out. There are 100 crews out 24 hours a day working 13 hour shifts trying to get the power back on. There are crews out working today as well. They think they will have all the power restored by Friday evening, but the job as turn out to be bigger than first thought. Many trees that fell over the power lines had to be removed and many power poles that snapped off had to be replaced. As one of my friends said, “Let’s not do that again!” So now it’s Thanksgiving Day. I’ll meet up with my brother and we’ll pick up Mom and take her to Thanksgiving turkey dinner.
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@much2say (36244)
• United States
27 Nov 15
It was cold out here too, but of course my cold isn't your cold. That is plenty serious if electricity is still out for all those folks - I hope it gets restored soon!! Out here, there is a natural gas leak in the hills - it was discovered late October and apparently it will take months to fix . . . in the meantime folks up there (including some of our friends) are experience headaches, nausea, and bloody noses - so that one is a doozy too! Hope you, your brother and mom had a nice Thanksgiving!!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
27 Nov 15
It wasn't as good as it could have been. The restaurant we choose to go to was too busy. They said there was no tables since we did not make reservations (which I can't because I never know when my brother will show up). They said they could seat us at the bar, which would have been fine with me but I didn't think Mom could get up on a bar stool (she walks with a walker). So we went to the cheap restaurant across the street. They were busy, too, but we got in within 15 minutes. The only problem was they were understaffed. Waitresses were running around like their butts were on fire. The meal included a cup of soup. We got our meal before the soup. I ask about it and was told they had ran out of soup and was making more. Our meals were barely warm. My brother and I got our soup when we were almost done with our meal. Mom never got her soup but she told us she no longer wanted the soup. Then we had to ask the waitress for our pie that came with the meal otherwise we would not have gotten that. Mom didn't want her stuffing because she said it tasted blah. I think that was due to the fact that it wasn't very hot. Mom said the dinner was good but I think she just said that so we wouldn't feel bad. I will say the turkey and the pumpkin pie were good. The rest probably would have been good if it was hotter.
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@much2say (36244)
• United States
28 Nov 15
@RichardMeister Oh man, I know I would not be too happy with cold food. That reminds me of when we went to a restaurant with a friend - the waitress did not seem to like us as it was a bad start. We all ordered clam chowder and it wasn't very hot - that should have been a red flag. That night all 3 of us got really sick - with our friend getting the very worst of it. Sorry you had to make a change of plans, but it's good you all got to have a Thanksgiving meal together. Surely it was nice for your mom to be out and with you guys on Thanksgiving Day. I was thinking if you could have blown a cork again, the steam would have heated up your food!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
28 Nov 15
@much2say That could have been, but who could I blow a cork at. The poor waitress shot around as if she was shot out of a cannon. However I did the survey and stated the restaurant was understaffed. I had never seen the restaurant we first when to as busy as it was. I think the fact that not everyone had electricity drove them to the restaurant. I told my brother that I was going to start making reservations and if he wasn't there in time Mom and I would go and meet him at the restaurant. If we were done eating by the time he got there–tough. We were suppose to meet up at Mom's at 1 o'clock. He showed up at ten minutes to two. To me that shows a lack of respect.
@Ponder243 (198)
• United States
26 Nov 15
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! Hopefully all of the power will be restored soon. Where I live in Southeastern Kentucky we are the furthest road out on the electric grid, so we are always the last to get power restored during outages (which occur quite often!). I suppose it's one of the "joys" of rural living!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
27 Nov 15
I was raised on a dairy farm and it was not unusual for the electricity to go off in the winter. We had a wood burning furnace so that keep the house warm. The power was rarely off more than a few hours. It had to be on in order to milk the cows so I think the electric company got there fairly fast once it was reported. We couldn't very well milk 35 cows without electricity and they had to be milked both morning and evening every day.
• United States
29 Nov 15
@RichardMeister We did install a wood burning stove this fall so we can still cook and stay warm in the event of a power outage! I can imagine that having to milk 35 cows by hand would have been quite a chore! (A never ending chore!)
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@suziecat7 (3455)
• Asheville, North Carolina
27 Nov 15
It's been really nice here the last couple of days - wish I could share it with you all. It really stinks when it's cold and the power's out. Stay safe and warm.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
27 Nov 15
Luckily my power was on. But I still felt bad about those without it. According to the electric company everybody should have power tonight.
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@marlina (64770)
• Canada
26 Nov 15
Sorry to hear that it is so cold there.
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