The View From Here

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ice Storm

We survived just about the worst ice storm I've seen in all my years living in Canada. We made it through 48 hours without electricity and heat and live to tell the tale.  Not quite that dramatic, I exaggerate maybe just a little, but it was bad.

The storm started in earnest early Saturday and we did get out and get a few groceries. Should have known better, most of the stuff ended up spoiled and in the garbage today. The power went out about 1:00 am Sunday morning and stayed out for 48 hours. All through that night we heard trees crashing every few minutes. There was a crackle warning and then the crash. Our neighbors backyard looks like a war zone. Sleep  was not possible that night and Sunday morning found us both bleary eyed, cold and wishing for coffee. All restaurants and coffee shops in the hood were closed. There were over half million households without power in the Toronto area.

  Good neighbor to the rescue. She has a gas stove came by with a kettle of boiling water so I could brew some coffee. As the temperature in the house dropped we started piling on the wool sweaters and socks. By noon the temperature had dropped to 18C in the house and we were getting a little hungry. Again I sent Steve next door with some eggs and he came back with nice hot scrambled eggs.

I found every candle in the house and set them up in mason jars. Every big tower candle left over from my mom's stash was put to use. Altogether we had about a dozen candles burning. By 6 pm it was time for dinner. Every restaurant in the area was closed so we made do with a stew I had cooked a couple of days earlier. Again, wonderful neighbor came to our aid to warm up dinner.

After dinner we played Sequence until it got so cold we went to bed. Lots and lots of feather duvets and wool blankets made for a reasonably comfortable night. The worst part was the freezing toilet seat and only a woman would understand that.

Morning brought this...

And that was Monday morning...

We spent the day at the mall where it was warm and I think half the city was at our little shopping center. Steve stood in line for 1 1/2 hour to get us some food while I scoured the food court for a place to sit. Throughout all of this I am struggling with my back. It is in spasm and on Wednesday before the storm I got some cortisone injections and it felt somewhat better. Now after all the stress and cold, I'm back to square one and it hurts like the dickens.

By Sunday night we bailed. The temperature in the house was 10C and it became unbearable. We went to a friends house, who also didn't have power but had a gas stove in the kitchen and leaving the burners on low gave us warmth. We played Sequence by candlelight and we planned to spend the night.

We got lucky, at 11 pm or so I received a text from a friend who lives a couple of blocks from us to tell us we had power. I don't think I've ever been so happy in my life. We packed up our stuff and headed home.  I cranked the furnace up just in case we lost power again and we did have some blips throughout the night but it held and we're good for now. There is still some danger as the weather has gotten really cold and trees that are hanging heavy with ice could still crack and take out hydro lines.

The tree hanging on our hydro line out front is still there, no one has come by to clean it up yet. It is impossible to get through to any emergency services right now. We are hoping for the best, my turkey is defrosted, and we just did a grocery run to replace everything that was spoiled.

Here's wishing every one a blessed, warm and safe Christmas...ciao


Blogger Rudee said...

So glad you survived that storm! It struck northwest of us. We were lucky enough to only have a rain event.

Stay safe, friend, and Happy Holidays.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

So nice o hear from you Rudee, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

10:36 PM  

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