At the lovely time of 4:50 a.m. or so, I awoke to quiet. Real quiet. Then noise. Then quiet. In my dreamy state, I asked pig-farmer, “What is that noise?” He said, the power is going on and off. And then, it stayed off.
Baby, it’s cold outside. As in single-digits.
I lay there, snug in my blankets … and worried about the electrically-powered tank heaters and heated buckets for the animals. At least we have no babies under heat lamps, I comforted myself.
Then, horrors! It dawned on me. NO COFFEE! My eyelids popped open for good. Drat. I better go call it in.
Ah well, I have hot cocoa and a gas range. 🙂 I began to putter about the kitchen, lighting candles and heating water.
Pig-farmer came out to the kitchen and was pulling on layers – he was heading to town to buy coffee at the convenience store. “To heck with hot cocoa!” he said.
What can I say? We like our coffee.
I chose to sip my hot cocoa while facing the east windows, watching for signs of morning light, enjoying complete silence.
I heard, then saw, the Shelby Electric Cooperative truck roll by. I toasted them with my hot cocoa and said, “Thanks guys, for getting up early and going out in the cold to take care of this while I stay warm in the house.”
Within a few minutes the house snapped, crackled and popped into action. I was able to just make the coffee.
Pig-farmer arrived home with his disposable cup. Mine was better. I had chosen the Disney Villains mug in honor of my coffee-less start to the morning. All-in-all, the power was off only an hour or so. Glad to know I can rough it! 😉