Interesting Christmas

Well Christmas has gone once again and it has been an interesting one here.

Last weekend we had a huge ice storm, we had freezing rain for 3-4 days continuously. Everything was covered in a coating of ice, the trees looked beautiful sparkling in the sun albeit a bit heavy and drooped. After the storm was over the trees started to droop more and before long 50,000 people in my province were without electricity. Power crews have been working tirelessly trying to restore power with crews coming in from other provinces.

We lost power on the 23rd, luckily we have a woodstove *not that we had ANY wood……* the stove is our alternative heat source so we don’t use it unless the power goes at least stay warm but so many don’t have an alternative heat source. We started cutting up boards that we had in the garage to burn. Moose worked Christmas Eve Day ┬áso T and I met him at the station thinking we would at least get a warm meal at a restaurant before heading back home. The restaurant we went to closed at 7 christmas eve, we were next in line and were turned away. * I still can’t wrap my brain around every restaurant being closed when people have been without power for days. If I owned a restaurant the whole family would be there and we would feed people until there was no one left to feed.* Anyway, we ended up calling a chinese restaurant and they said they were closing but would take our order.

So we spent Christmas Eve eating Chinese food in our car :)

On Christmas Day we celebrated with a dinner of hot dogs and left over chinese food all the while just being thankful to be warm. Late on Christmas night the power came in and off 3 or 4 times. The last time it came on to stay, thankfully.

We cooked a turkey yesterday and my parents came over to get more water and get a good meal into them with the in laws before heading back to the house.

Last night we took a generator to folks that haven’t had power for 5 days and we are hoping to get hold of another one today to take to another family. If only I owned a hotel!!

So needless to say it has been an interesting christmas but one in which we are very thankful. Another snow storm is headed our way for Sunday and Monday which could put us all back to square one but fingers crossed we just get everyone back up and running….


15 thoughts on “Interesting Christmas

  1. I’m glad you have your power back! My mum didn’t lose hers but my dad lost his until Christmas morning and my brother is still without. Fortunately, he uses the wood stove as his primary heat source.
    The weather really doesn’t care if it’s a holiday :(. I hope you guys fare ok this weekend too.

  2. I’m glad you are all O.K. the thread of this happening again, makes me feel a little bit panicky.
    We have a wood fireplace, but not much wood, not for several days anyway. We’ll see that we have enough in the future.
    Christmas Eve in the car, that’s a new one, but you all look happy enough. That was nice of the Chinese Restaurant to do your order before closing. I’m with you. If I had power and the goods, on such a day, I would not close.

  3. Oh no! What an adventure. We were in Shediac NB where things were thankfully not as “interesting”. Sounds like you made the best of it, and I’m sure the little one will be talking about this Christmas for years to come. Stay warm and my best wishes for you all!

  4. Sorry that you had Christmas with no power. I’m glad it came back on in the end, and I do hope that the coming storms aren’t too bad.

  5. I love the hotdogs and chinese food on Christmas day! Glad your power is back on; let’s hope power comes back on for everyone else. I am nervous about tomorrow’s storm, too. Our trees are still really icy and still drooping under the weight of all that ice and snow. The 20 to 30 cm expected tomorrow will really add to that load. Fingers crossed we keep the power on!

  6. I’m so glad you had heat! We had one ice storm in southeast Texas that caused power outages for days and people went nuts cutting trees, buying extra generators, and switching to gas appliances because they were so traumatized. (Texans don’t do cold.). So I can’t imagine dealing with that and being in a truly cold climate. Hope the next storm is mild and you and your neighbors weather it fine.

    PS your Chinese food makes me think of the plan B Christmas meal Ralphie’s family had in the Christmas Story.

  7. Glad to hear that you are okay! It sounds like most of eastern Canada had an ice storm. We get brutal cold and wind around here but it’s usually not warm enough and/or not enough water around to get much freezing rain. We lucked out this year with beautiful weather for Christmas but the deep freeze has moved back in today.

  8. That reminds me of growing up in Colorado. My mother kept a special stash of “no electricity” supplies. We used a fireplace for warm all winter so we just stayed close to the fireplace when the power went out.

    We would drag all the heavy blankets to the living room. We read using flashlights. Meals consisted of the old stove top popcorn and s’mores.

  9. Interesting Christmas indeed! Sometimes we forget how much we depend on basic amenities for everyday life. I’m glad the electricity is back on and it sounds like T had been a great sport about it all! 2 years ago it happened to us too (storm and electricity out for a couple of days, right after Christmas, though) but thankfully most of the heating in this house can be generated using a wood-fueled heater in the cellar and there was plenty of firewood stored away for the winter.

  10. oh Kelly, I feel for you. I’ve been thinking about folks in Maine who lost power before christmas too. We are used to losing power for days here but thankfully never on a holiday. I think I’d weep. Good for that nice Chinese restaurant!

  11. SO GLAD all is well now from the horrible weather !
    Happy New Year Kelly, to you and your family, and hope that you enjoy health & beuatiful knitting in abundance in 2014 !!!xx

  12. I have been keeping up with your progress via instagram. I am amazed at how much snow oyu have been having and can’t believe you were without power over Christmas. I mentioned your lack of power to my husband and he suggested that you should come over…not realising that you didn’t live in the UK!

    I was just out walking the dog, moaning about the chilly wind……it’s a few degrees above zero….what a whimp!!

  13. Wow, we were watching the news while we were away about all of the crazy cold weather most of north america was having. Glad you and your family made it through. You’ve got such a good heart, bless you!

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