Shortly after my last post, I found myself in the dark, literally, as the snow turned to ice and our area lost power! All of my best laid plans for happily stitching away had to be put on hold as I scoured my home for any available candles!!
Since it is winter time, the days are shorter and it gets darker faster, plus we were getting freezing rain and even with the curtains open the light was very minimal!! It was also cold and I am indeed so thankful that we do have a gas fireplace!! It helped keep us reasonably warm if we stayed in the living room! This is what it looked like from my stitching chair!!
My husband Jeff is an Online Professor, so that created a difficult situation for him as you can imagine!!! Thankfully for us, there is a Starbucks not far from our home, and he was able to go there and plug in for class, as well as charge his phone and his 2 laptops!! I did get some stitching in for a brief time during the day, but once 4 o'clock came, I had to light all my candles again!!
Since Jeff did have his computers charged, we decided to use them to help us get through the long, cold hours by watching a mini series we had purchased a while ago that we had watched on Masterpiece and fallen in love with!! It is called CRANFORD, and is a wonderful story of a small market town in England, during 1842. The characters are delightful and the stories of each one will have you laughing and crying as you relive with them their experiences!! As we watched, we were struck with the irony that we were living much like them.....no electricity, no cell phones, no modern conveniences, living with darkness and cold, and yet unlike us taking it in their stride!!
I felt so lost and confused, my routine disrupted and finding just how dependent I really am on all that is modern!! I missed my microwave, my blow dryer, my refrigerator ( we lost all of our food since the power was out for almost 4 days!) my sewing machine and my electric blanket, just to name a few things!!! Yet the people of Cranford just lived life with candlelight and firelight and seemed perfectly happy with the simple things!! Watching this wonderful program really helped us as we waited (im)patiently for the power to return and our lives be restored to normal!!
The third evening as we were almost finished with watching, we heard a WHOOSH and the furnace came back on as well as a few lights we had left turned on!! At first, I was so stunned I just sat there in a state of disbelief, and then the tears came......floods of them in gratitude for being able to SEE again!! We finished watching, WITH the candles still lit, in honor of the lovely people who captivated us with their stories and helped us through!!! If you ever get the chance to read the book or view this series I would so encourage you to do so!!
Now that I can see normally again, I am so happy to say that we have finally uploaded my hearts and some other items on my picture trail!! Some of you have been asking about them and probably thought it would never happen!! I plan to open the album Friday morning at 7 am Pacific time, if any of you might be interested in seeing what I have been working on!! Thank you so much for your patience with me and for all of you who continually follow and leave such sweet comments!! It really brings me joy!!
May you all have a wonderful day filled with LIGHT, WARMTH, and LOVE!! I think the people of Cranford would echo that!!