Christmas is over for another year – unless you celebrate Ukrainian style on January 6th. It was a quiet celebration for us but that doesn’t mean it was uneventful… Christmas Eve brought with it an unexpected power outage.
It was nearly 4 pm and I was working on a baby quilt for a friend when suddenly the sewing machine and overhead lights went out. I decided to tidy up for the day and move into the house to put together a special Christmas Eve dinner company. I had prepared the food to the stage that all I had left to do was put the main course into the oven and start on the side dish and vegetables.
At first I wasn’t too worried, but when the power didn’t come back after thirty minutes I called our friends to let them know about a delay in dinner… It had to be postponed to Christmas Day.
The outside temperature hovered around – 27 C and after three hours the house had cooled off significantly. We put on our coats, pushed open the garage door, started the car and went for a drive to deliver Christmas presents, warm up and hopefully find a place to have a cup of tea and a bowl of soup. After we dropped off a gift bag with a friend we headed toward Moose Jaw. Not one restaurant or coffee shop were open at 8 pm. It turned out that our good idea wasn’t so great! All we did was drive around in a big circle for two hours – but we were warm and our phones and iPads were charged!
Colin turned the wheels north. The farm along the highway closest to our place was previously bathed in complete darkness. It now had Christmas lights illuminating the yard. This gave us hope. As the car descended the hill into the community we detected candle light flickering in the neighbor’s windows, a sure sign that the power supply had not yet been restored. It was 9 pm and five hours into a very cold evening.
Those living in the city (and I was once a city dweller) are most likely wondering why a power outage is such a big deal: We have no alternate heat source (yet). A lack of electricity also means that we had no running water (a pump circulates the water from the cistern to the facet). We don’t have a gas stove and the barbeque is stowed away in the shed for the winter.
Christmas eve dinner was made up of rice crackers and cheddar cheese, a few cookies and eventually hot tea when the power was restored at 10:10 pm. The furnace began to distribute heat instantly. We kept the candles burning for a while longer – for ambiance and insurance in case the power went off again.
We woke up to glorious sunshine on Christmas morning and – 32 C. Our Christmas tree lights illuminated the living room and we exchanged our gifts in a warm house with steaming cups of coffee. We continue to count our blessings that the furnace works thanks to the restored power supply. Next on the agenda – shopping for a gas fireplace!
Thanks for letting me share our adventure! All is well! Stay warm!