The trees all look like we’ve been through a tornado. Giant oaks, red buds, mimosas, sycamores…all broken. The road down to the dock was impassable with bent and broken trees; like a wall of wood.
Total days on a generator: 9.
Total days without phone/cell phone: 3.
But we were warm — We all slept in the living room near the gas log fireplace. We brought a mattress up from the “resort stash” so the girls could be together; and Frank and I took to the guest bedroom — worst mattress EVER! Apologies to any guest of ours who had the misfortune of sleeping on that dreadful “taco” mattress! Oh, my, goodness! Sleep was short anyway, because Frank was cycling the generator periodically throughout the night, to keep us warm, and to keep the steaks cold.
I was lucky that I could cook over on the resort side (propane stoves and oven), and Frank BBQ’d steak almost every night (…”Not steak again!”). I made some memorable brownies-from-hell — do you know what it’s like to make brownies with frozen butter and nearly-frozen eggs?!! (Actually, they looked really weird but tasted fine and were eaten all up.)
We are sooooo thankful to have power back! Frank was able to get the wire he needed to fix the resort power yesterday, after many hours of standing at the top of very tall ladders, and all seems to be okay as far as the pipes go. There is still no cable TV, but I’m not complaining, since many people in Arkansas and Kentucky are still without electricity. I thought 9 days away from typing would feel like a vacation. Not. Every day was exhausting! Did I mention how happy I am to have power back…