It was a year ago today that we here in the Northeast had a huge storm and thousands in our area lost power (for a ridiculous number of days). The big bummer was that there was really no Halloween—our favorite holiday around here—because of it.
While the being-out-of-power thing got old pretty quickly, for the first few hours (because it was still warm in the house), it was fun. Here’s some photos from that night in the hopes this won’t happen again anytime soon—but we might, this winter, be in luck with that; I’ve been seeing tree trimmers working non-stop for the past couple of months.
Finding wood in the dark.
Lighting the living room.
Grilling garlic to add to our meal.
Meat and cheese—we made one of our favorite winter comfort foods, Tacos.
Me, wearing a headlamp.
Nathan fires up the emergency weather radio.
Video: The report on the weather radio gave the darkened house a creepy air; I could only think, ‘zombie apocalypse.’
Candles on the dinner table.
Cooking in the dark.
…with a flash…I know, that headlamp looks really dumb but it sure made it easier to cook.
Charles lights candles.
My oil lamp, made from the ash of Mt. St. Helens, provides an atmospheric glow.
The lamp was a gift from my babysitter at the time (and my friend now), Dawn Nagle.
A little dinner music…
This is my mini DVD player, which, when charged, has two hours of battery life. We used it to play music during dinner so things would feel more normal.
Another great dinner soundtrack.
Video: We have music!
Video: No Reason to Complain
Dining in the dark.
Just about the only Halloween we got last year.
Kali, our littlest cat, curls up in the candlelight.
Lighting the kitchen with tapers.
Trying to keep as much heat in the house as we could.
A fire to keep us warm. Nathan was tending it for those few days we had no power, so he didn’t get much sleep.
Camping in the living room.