Home Alone Again

@Vivenda (588)
Portsmouth, England
December 4, 2015 1:24pm CST
Yet again, I am an abandoned female. My husband and my son have gone off on a walking weekend with some of the men from church and left me All Alone! How very dare they! Actually, things were going quite well. Once I settle down I don’t really mind being on my own. I’ve got all my transatlantic Christmas cards written (perhaps I’ll actually post them tomorrow!) and sent off my daughter’s advent calendar. (In her 30s, and she still wants an advent calendar!) Then, in the early hours of this morning, there was a power failure. If we didn’t have such an extrovert alarm system, I would possibly have slept through it, as it was at 4.30am and came back on at about 6.00am. However, the alarm gave one ring as it went off. I knew immediately what it was. Did I panic? Well, not much! Trouble is, with broadband, the contact you have with the outside world when the power goes down is via a mobile phone! In the old days the landline would have worked – not now. Worst of all, Rik does have a habit of finding new places to put things and then forgetting to tell me about them – and I couldn’t remember where the matches were. Everything was pitch black. The saving grace was that my tablets both give out a glow, and I had my Paperwhite under my pillow, so I could locate things in the immediate vicinity. Also, since the last power failure, I’ve kept a torch by my bed. I phoned up on my mobile to find out what the fault was – and to ensure that it wasn’t just my house – and ascertained that they expected it to be fixed soon. Then I tried to go back to sleep. I couldn’t. When it came back on, the first thing I did was to make myself a cup of tea! Oh, well, I’ve survived it, and hopefully there won’t be another until he comes back. How well are you prepared for interruptions to the power supply?
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@MALUSE (40122)
• Germany
4 Dec 15
Couldn't you have gone hiking with them?
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
13 Dec 15
It was a "men only" weekend, because of the available accommodation. In any case, although I still do a fair amount of walking, I am slow and it would not be fair to the rest of the company if they had to slow down for me.
@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
7 Dec 15
The power outages suck because there really isn't much you can do. When our power would go out we would light a candle and site outside sometimes.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
13 Dec 15
It's a bit cold for that - although it's been a mild winter so far!
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@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
14 Dec 15
@Vivenda Its been in the 70's the last few days and we are almost around christmas most other places are freezing cold and have seen snow and lots of rain and nasty weather.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
14 Dec 15
@lokisdad Even here, in the southern UK, it's been in the low to mid 60s! I'd rather it was a little colder, actually - it seems unseasonable! Also, I could stand having a little less rain!
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@DeborahDiane (21570)
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Dec 15
I live in Southern California. Our climate is so mild here that it is rarely a problem with the power goes out. I enjoy an occasional weekend by myself, too.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
13 Dec 15
I don't mind the lack of heating so much as the dark, and not being able to make a cup of tea or coffee when I want to. Lack of hot water in general is a bit of a bore, too.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Dec 15
@Vivenda - Yes, lack of hot water would definitely be unpleasant.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
5 Dec 15
Switches bTicino - LadyDuck
We almost never have power cuts, but we are very organized. We have the special switches that you see in the picture. If the power goes off, we extract the small torch and use it.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
13 Dec 15
I was certainly glad to have a torch next to my bed - and of the glow that came from my Kindlewhite! We hardly ever have power failures - it would happen while Rik was away!
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@slund2041 (3378)
• United States
5 Dec 15
I would enjoy the alone time. I could read, watch TV, play on the computer or work on crafts, without worrying about cleaning house or cooking dinner.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
13 Dec 15
All of this is very true - and, yes, I enjoyed, in particular, being on the PC for as long as I wanted to without Himself telling me it was bad for me, and/or trying to tidy my study around me while I was typing!
• China
5 Dec 15
How come you had a power cut without prior notice ?Fortunately the tablets helped meet an urgent need .
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
13 Dec 15
It was a power failure rather than a power cut, so the Company wouldn't have know it was going to happen before it happened.
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