Thursday, September 30, 2010

What passes for exitement

 It was around 5:30 p.m., and, as usual, the heighborhood was quiet; the weather was clear, my dinner was started in my old electric overn, and ---poof, with no warning, the electricity went off.The small, little sound that I heard and ignored, was, of course, the sound of a blown transmitter. I can't evn count the number of times this has happened to me in my 90 years.

We have had outages that lasted so long we had to empty our refrigerators and freezers. We have had outagea so severe water pipes froze and I styed at a motel for two nights. I used to even enjoy the outages when dinner was in the oven, and I could say to Bob, "Good, let's go out to dinner".

Bu this was my first outage, stuck in an electric bed and unable to go anywhere. The house would get cold, but I have extra blankets. The food -in the oven wouldn't cook but the food in the fridge was still available; jellied consomme, sour cream, and sliced turkey for a sandwich. The only real concern was the electric bed ,which was frozen in the sitting position.But, c'm on, Phyllis, I thought, we have other beds.

Suddenly, just as quietly as it went out, the lights came on and the electricity was back.

But the cable was out, too; no phone, no TV.Then I remembered an old analog TV we had.. and I had gotten a converter for that. Just for  an"emergency" like this, I guess. So I watched CBS, which is my Tuesday night channel of choice, with a new" NCIS" and  "The Good Wife,"

As I went to sleep at 11, the regular TV had set itself to the correct time. I didn't even try my cell phone to call my landline.

So how would I react if there actually was some excitement? I'll let you know if it ever happens!


  1. I just saw your interview on BBC online. Being a blogger myself, I totally understood why you started blogging - you wanted to write, having readers was pure gravy! I'm putting you on my blogroll, so I never miss an entry. By the way, I was surprised to see adult content warning! I thought perhaps I had the wrong blog! :~) xox

  2. Hello - it's amazing how dependent we are on electricity, isn't it? I don't know if you have read any of Alexander Mccall Smith's books (the Number One Ladies' Detective Agency) but something very sinister happens in a hospital due to electrical connections in one of his books! I was glad to realise that you are dependent on no more than TVs, phones and electrical beds...

  3. We are certainly dependent on electricity. I think my 10 year old son would freak out if we didn't have it. He wouldn't be able to play his Wii. Poor thing,......

  4. I just wanted to let you know how much I like your blog and how much I like YOU.

  5. Thank you all... I haven't been going to the comments on the individual blogs, but to a combined comment category, and there was no way to respond. (i.e. I didn't know a way to respond.) so, i'll try to be more up-to-date.

  6. @ 'So how would I react if there actually was some excitement?'

    You would, I have no doubt, cope admirably, and then share all the details with us immediately, I would hope!

  7. i love that you have a cell and a landline ;-)