Shocks, my electric breaker probably went out with all that use of extra electricity. When I looked through the window, I noticed the lights on the walking path behind my condo were not on. Hmmm, strange... And what were all those cars going back and forth there by the gate?
I stumbled and tripped in the dark on my way to the kitchen to get the big matches. I remembered that I had a candle standing on my sofa table. After I put it on, I at least could see my own hands.
One little flameThen I walked with the candle to the kitchen, because I got hungry. It was around 6 pm. Ooh, I remembered there's that candle on the window sill that my oldest daughter gave me for Christmas, a few years ago. I really "hated" to put that one on, but I couldn't see myself walking with that one candle everywhere with the chance of spilling hot candle wax on my hands.
Thank goodness, I had made something in the crockpot, and it was still warm, so I had warm food! I better eat it now! Little things matter when your tiny world suddenly changes and you have no control over it! After I ate my delicious Northern Beans stew, the cogwheels of my brain went into overdrive trying to think where all my other candles were. In the last blackout in my previous house I had nine big candles burning in the livingroom. I sighed, because they were probably somewhere in an unpacked box in the garage (remember I moved a few months ago).
But when I was going to the bathroom, I remembered that I had seen a box with long slender candles. Yep, there they were! Triumphantly I put 2 peach candles in a jar, since I knew those candle holders for sure were in the garage.
My greatest flash of memory came when I thought of the small floodlight that hubby uses when he has to repair something underneath the (old) house. Aah, that really came in handy when I had to go to the bathroom - it was pitch black there!
I seemed pretty much "set up" now. The candle light of three candles was enough that I could continue on my knitting work (since I knew the pattern by heart now). But after a while I got bored. Couldn't blog, couldn't watch my show, couldn't listen to music (I still have to put music on my Ipod!!).
I am not one who goes looking in the street where two big trucks were with flashing lights on, up and down the street, to find the "spot." that needed to be fixed. They made a lot of noise, and people on the microphone talking to each other. It sounded like a war zone, even though it was dark.
I even couldn't clean (oh, I feel so sorry about that). But...I could photograph my candles! The perfect opportunity and PLENTY of time!
After that, now what....? Believe it or not, I wrote three short stories, after I made a sketch by candle light of something funny and cute. After I was done, I got up, and opened the front door. Everything was still dark. It was very quiet and very dark -no lights on in the whole block!
I had found out by then that the cars were going back and forth, because most garages open with an electric door!
playing with settingsWhen I closed the door it was almost 2 am. The beeper of the fridge went off. I waited, because that had happened before. But no, I now could see the sign of the condo's lighted up! Perfect timing! I really want to go to bed.
Mind you, my mind was so keyed up from adventure overload, that I couldn't go to sleep!
After a while I got up and answered some comments on my blog (I know, they say that your mind "wakes up" when you put the light on, but hey, I had enough of waiting in the dark for one day!)
I finally did go back to bed at 5:30 am. and first thing I did after I got up was to put the candles happily away!