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The Weather Outside is Frightful

Hello All,
     It seems like forever since my last post. Small obstacles like ten inches of snow and no electricity have prevented me from writing. When the storm first hit, we lit a few candles and dug in for the long haul, but when the mercury dropped to five degrees, my family and I looked for alternative lodging sources. Much to our chagrin, every hotel within a twenty mile radius was booked. Fortunately, a good friend took us in for a couple of days.
     In order to prevent the food in our freezer from spoiling, my husband and I decided to purchase a generator. Unfortunately, everyone else in our situation had the same idea and all of the local stores were sold out. The next day we learned that Home Depot was expecting a shipment of 190 generators to come in by 5:00 p.m. and our name made the waiting list. Needless to say, we were the first ones in line that evening.
     Six hundred dollars later, we got the the stupid machine to our house and began setting it up in pitch black, sub-zero conditions. Since we only had two one-gallon gas cans, it took me four trips to the pump to fill the generator tank. Then, just when I completed the final gas run, the lights came on. We only had to wait three more days for our telephone, cable and internet services to be restored. Today was the first time in a week that life has been normal. As luck would have it, another storm is scheduled to blow in tomorrow. Hopefully we won't have a repeat of this week's events. How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Best wishes this holiday season

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