Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Thank you, Semo Electric!Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at 6:00 PM
No more fireplace toast, now that I have power!! I've been doing this for a week; I hope I can remember how to cook on the kitchen stove again!
According to my son Matthew, the surest way to lure the power back is to buy a generator, start hooking it up, and voila - the electricity is miraculously restored! Fortunately for me, all I had to do was make the trip to Cape and buy four propane lantern tanks!
After I got home and unloaded the propane tanks, paper plates, forks, spoons, and cups (all my dishes were dirty!), I stood in the newly-warm house and thought, "What do I do now??" No more building up the fire, putting a cup of water on the fender for tea, cooking my soup in the fireplace, getting everything done before dark, so I could sit and crochet or read, while my radio played and the propane lantern hissed on the desk behind me...
For a week, I've been honing my tough new lifestyle skills, camping out in the living room, shutting off the rest of the house, living small. Now I have to retrench.
I admit to feeling a little bit of a let down. All my energies have been focused on survival, and now I'm back to the good life. I turn on the faucet, and water comes out. That's so easy! I'm a victim of culture shock!! How can I adjust?
No more lugging the empty kitty litter jugs to Emma's house to fill them up.
No more carrying the flashlight into a cold kitchen, fixing some soup in plenty of time for it to get warm on the fireplace fender.
No more sleeping on the couch under two afghans and two cats, getting up 3-5 times a night to put more wood on the fire.
No more having to go to someone else's house to take a shower.
How will I ever adjust??
From the cold hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your grateful rural reporter, vowing that I WILL buy a generator before this happens again!!!!!!!!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 573-722-5322.