We had quite an eventful week. On Monday, we knew that Tropical Storm Nicholas was coming, and we were trying to figure out if we should drive up to Houston for CC on Tuesday or not. Then class was canceled. After we put the kids to bed that night, Tropical Storm Nicholas hit and our power went out. The wind and the rain were terrific and frightening all through the night. I kept waiting for the eye to go over, but it never did. Not having been in a storm like that before, I just figured that was normal for a tropical storm. The next morning, we discovered that Nicholas had been upgraded to a hurricane just before it hit land. I can now say that I have been through a hurricane. If we had known how bad it would be, we would have had the kids sleep downstairs. But we came through the storm fine although most of us had a fearful night. (Mary and Hannah slept through it.) Apparently, it went right over us except that the eye didn't go over us, but we got the worst of it. We didn't have any damage to our house, just limbs down in the yard, a couple of which were big enough that John needed to use a chainsaw to cut them up.
To make a long story short, we went all week without power. Thankfully, a couple of friends offered us their generators which we really appreciated. We took the loan of one of them, and John drove up to the Houston area to get it Tuesday night.
God was gracious, and He kept the weather relatively cool for this time of year with highs only in the 80s. And John found another generator at Lowe's Wednesday morning, so we had two. We used our bigger one to power our house: the lights, fans, fridge, freezer, and a few other things. Unfortunately, it wasn't big enough to run our dishwasher or washing machine. The borrowed generator powered our well, so we could have water.
It could have been so much worse! Our children didn't complain (much), I had done most of our laundry on Monday, and I had help washing and drying dishes. John cooked on the grill because I couldn't use the stove or oven. Amazingly, we still had hot water on Wednesday, so John and I took quick showers. On Friday one of my friends, who hadn't lost power but didn't realize that ours hadn't come back on, invited us over to get showers. Sarah Beth and I took her up on that. It was lovely!
As soon as we got home Friday evening, the power came back on.
What did we do all week? Well, it was surreal: we had lights and fans but no air conditioning. John worked from home Thursday and Friday, and I figured that, if he could do that, we could do school. My children were thrilled with that! We also played lots of games, spending lots of time together, and I was able to read more than usual. Really, it wasn't a bad week. But I would rather not do it again!
On Friday evening once our power was restored, I started by running the full dishwasher then washing sheets. I got ours done, then on Saturday I started on the kids'. Thankfully, I had done a couple of loads at the laundromat on Friday (not knowing our power was coming back on later that day), and John had paid them to finish the rest. So we had clean clothes!
|Our burn pile. It was bigger than it looks!|
John and the kids cleaned up the yard Saturday morning. Since we didn't have hot water for showers, we wanted to wait until we did before getting all dirty which is why we waited until Saturday. I stayed inside, getting the house back to normal. I also ran a few errands, picking up the laundry and buying a few staples. Surprisingly, the freezers at Target were completely empty. They had lost power and had to throw away all of the food.
Finally, we finished all of our work Saturday afternoon and rested that evening. It was so nice to get back to normal. Sunday really was our usual day with church then Sarah Beth's shooting in the afternoon, followed by a quiet evening at home.
How was your week? Have you ever been through a hurricane or another big storm like that?