Today started off pretty well. I woke up, and actually felt awake. Which is great for me, since lately I never seem to feel rested. Anyways, the morning started off kind of lazy. I turned on the Keurig and brewed some amazing coffee, using a special pecan blend I received as a gift this past summer. Sooooo tasty. I should have opened it sooner, because boy was I missing out. I don’t know if I will ever be able to go back to my usual. I enjoyed the little bit of peace I had, knowing that the rest of the day most likely was not going to be as calm.
See yesterday I was out for a special one-on-one shopping day with Devyn. When I got back James informed me that while I was gone, Cody came down with a stomach bug. Poor kid, he really was not doing well. So I knew that today was going to involve lots of unpleasant laundry, applesauce, and no school. I had planned on getting ahead with posts for you all, so that when the Christmas break hit, there would still be some new reads waiting for you each morning. What I didn’t know was that most of the day was going to be spent without electricity.
Yup, about an hour after all the kids were up and about, the lights flickered and then went dead. This has happened several times over the past week, I’m sure because of the large amount of heavy snow we received during the last storm. All the other times the power was out for no more than 5 minutes. So no one was worrying at first. All the tablets and computers had full batteries so music could still be played and our oldest could still work on his homework. It was bright outside so lights weren’t really needed anyway, except for the bathroom. We broke out a flashlight and waited thinking it would turn on any second.
As the minutes started to tick by I realized how much this was going to impact our day. We are up in Vermont, and today was windy and cold. With it being so cold, we are running our furnace almost non-stop. So today, as we watched the temperature drop and drop and drop, we realized how much we depend on power and really wished it was working. As the time ticked by we bundled up a little more every hour it seemed. Even my little one, who usually is running around sockless, was bundled up in a thick sweatshirt and ski socks.
No hot water, which means I couldn’t work on laundry or dishes, no internet, no phone, no stove, no TV, and NO HEAT. So what are we to do all day? I thought about getting bundled up and heading out to work on some RACK activities we have fallen behind on, but with a sick child, that wasn’t happening. How about shopping for groceries? Nope, just need to stay here because of Cody being sick. So really what were we going to do? The most I could do for cleaning was sweep the floor and I already did that before the power went out.
Devyn worked on his independent homework, Hayden chilled out on his bed watching an educational movie on the tablet while there was still a charge, and Cody and I sat up talking while listening to Christmas music. We came up with a menu for this coming weekend, when some family would be visiting. We talked about Christmas coming soon, and how we would celebrate. We had some really good conversation, but after several hours of not much to do and the temperature getting colder and colder, we realized there wasn’t anything productive left we could do. So, when all else fails…take a nap.
We snuggled up under some warm blankets and dozed off. Even our fluff ball, Carrot, dozed off for a Cat Nap. I rarely get to take a nap, unlike our kitty, and when I do, it is usually because I am sick. I could have picked a more comfortable place to doze off then our short backed sofa chair. Even still, it was nice to get some rest. When the power finally did come back on, it was a welcomed sight, although I would have liked to doze off for a little bit longer. The sun was just about to set and the temperature in the house had then fallen to about 52.
Cody was feeling better and really was getting hungry. Perfect timing. Now that the power was back on I could get him some warm soup. So even with everything having to be put on hold because of the power being out, the time was well used. I may not have gotten any work done on this blog, but I did get some much-needed rest. Maybe, that is all I need to boost me through the upcoming Christmas celebrations; only time will tell. Sometimes our unplanned days surprisingly, end up being the most relaxing and productive.
Have you ever had a day that just didn’t go the way you wanted it to? How did you handle it?