We awoke Friday Morning to a sea of ice. The ice was so thick that trees were bending right over onto the ground. It was already getting chilly in the house, but we put on some warm clothes and hunkered down to read, crochet, play DS, whatever else. A couple of hours into this, my mom stopped by and told us that the news reports were saying it could be days before power was restored. We decided to pack up some stuff, grab the dogs and head over to their house - especially since they have a generator.
Thanks to the generator, gas grill, and woodstove, we had great meals cooked by my brother, and we were able to work on making holiday treats for work and friends. We cranked out 160 of these little treat bags throughout the weekend. The dogs also loved the fact that we set up an air mattress in the living room - to them it was another comfy place to sleep!
We ended up leaving the cats at home, because if they had some with us, they would have been locked in 1 room, and we thought they were better off just at home even though it was cold. The house got to an all time low of 32 degrees and we worried that pipes would freeze. We lost the contents of our refrigerator and some of the contents of the kitchen freezer. We were able to save all of the meat in the basement freezer as my parents, thankfully, had room in their freezers to squeeze it all in. We also lost all of the fish in the fish tank as they froze to death.
Our power finally came back at 1PM on Tuesday. We came home and excitedly plugged in all of the Christmas decorations! Thankfully, other than the lost food and fish tank , we weathered the storm quite well.
We are so thankful to my parents for their hospitality. The endured 4 (2 girls and 2 dogs) extra houseguests for almost 5 days. We had 2 days off from school that we'll have to make up in June.
As of right now, there are still 75,000 homes in NH without electricity and some of them may be lucky to have it for Christmas. Some school districts have closed until January 5. I guess through it all, we really were some of the lucky ones.....