blackout

Feb. 25th, 2019 09:46 pm
asakiyume: (cloud snow)
[personal profile] asakiyume
At 6:30, this windstorm knocked out the power, and I freaked out, picturing us without power for days in the well-below-freezing temperatures. The pipes would surely freeze and burst and then cost extravagant amounts to fix, and anyway we wouldn't be able to fix them right away because everyone else's pipes would have burst too, and so the helper-fixer people would be in short supply.

I went to the supermarket to get milk and maybe another candle. In the parking lot, I met Wakanomori, who'd just gotten off the bus; he said the town to the west had power. I knew from the gossip in the supermarket that the town to the east didn't.

"We'll just have to sleep in one huge bundle in the living room under coats and blankets to keep warm," I said as we drove home. Without street lights or house lights, it was deeply dark everywhere.

As we were about to turn in at our driveway, our headlights illuminated a huge and unearthly creature, the color of smoke and about as corporeal, standing where we usually park. It was a deer--standing in the middle of the driveway. It stared at us a moment, then ceded us the parking space and walked away down the slope into our neighbor's backyard accompanied by a friend who'd been standing by our apple tree.

"National Grid estimates the power will be back by 11 pm," the healing angel reported, once we were inside.

"Please let it be so," I prayed.

And a minute later, the lights came on.

I think it was a blessing from the deer.

Date: 2019-02-26 03:37 am (UTC)
queenoftheskies: queenoftheskies (Default)
From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
Losing power isn't fun, but the rest of the story is wonderful!

Hooray for power being back on!

Date: 2019-02-26 04:16 am (UTC)
marycatelli: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marycatelli
Much depends on a lot of stuff.

That the whole town was out probably helped. Getting back ten customers and a thousand can be the same amount of work -- and which is more does not depend on the number -- so they tend to go by number of customers.

Date: 2019-02-26 04:26 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (Kittenbus friends w/cats (theidolhands))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Whew! I'm glad the power is back. And what a lovely encounter with the deer.

Date: 2019-02-26 06:27 am (UTC)
lilysea: Tree hugger (Tree hugger)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
Was the deer enjoying the apples? ^_^

Date: 2019-02-26 06:55 am (UTC)
minoanmiss: Minoan lady scribe holding up a recursive scroll (Scribe)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
You made such a magical story out of a power outage. With help from the deer.

Date: 2019-02-26 06:04 pm (UTC)
minoanmiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss

If anyone should have a visitation from a benevolent forest spirit it's you. :)

The treaty between the deer and the sparks

Date: 2019-02-26 12:14 pm (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
It began between the antlers of a stag's magnificent rack, and resulted in eternal friendship.

"Hey, sparks," said another deer, generations later, "come back and keep them inside. We can't stick hunting now."

Date: 2019-02-26 12:44 pm (UTC)
osprey_archer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] osprey_archer
Ooooh.

What a beautiful image of the deer appearing like smoke.

And I'm envisioning it springing from house to house, stopping for a moment in front of each to summon the lights back on.

Date: 2019-02-26 02:15 pm (UTC)
okrablossom: (apples)
From: [personal profile] okrablossom
I'm glad you all are ok. We lost some siding due to the winds, so our story is going to continue for a bit, without deer :(

Date: 2019-02-26 03:13 pm (UTC)
okrablossom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] okrablossom
Thank you! And also LOL at the deer imagery :)

Date: 2019-02-26 04:52 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Maybe you had a visit from Cernunnos? :o)

Date: 2019-02-26 08:24 pm (UTC)
pameladean: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pameladean
That is just what my brain does at even the possibility of a power outage in the winter.

I'm glad you got a deer spirit instead.

P.

Date: 2019-02-26 08:34 pm (UTC)
st_martin_a: (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_martin_a
Wow, that sounds pretty bleak.
Over here we've had the hottest February on record. It feels like summer.
Hope things improve for you.

Date: 2019-02-27 08:04 pm (UTC)
st_martin_a: (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_martin_a
Ah, there was snow over most of the country but it missed us in the Midlands.
:(

Date: 2019-02-26 09:10 pm (UTC)
mallorys_camera: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mallorys_camera
Ah! The daemon deer is looking out for you.

Date: 2019-03-05 06:07 pm (UTC)
st_martin_a: (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_martin_a
It always surprises me when my American friends get black outs. We haven't had one in England for probably 30 years.
I think it's because the States is so massive.

Date: 2019-03-10 03:26 pm (UTC)
wayfaringwordhack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wayfaringwordhack
I was going to say something far out about "deer in the headlights" but a blessing sounds a lot better and more poetic. :P

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