Saturday night, at 11:00 p.m., our power went out. It turns out that we weren't the only ones. Over 250,000 homes were affected.
The power outage was caused by an ice storm. This is the view from our backyard.
There were a lot of tree branches that came down with the weight of the ice.
The view down the street. My neighbour always keeps his walk free of ice and snow. They use their side door to enter so the front stairs are not that important.
The view to the north. You can just about make out that there is a white vehicle under the tree branch on the left.
This is the vehicle. I don't think there is much damage to it but the owner was having problems contacting his insurance company on Sunday.
It wasn't long before these guys showed up...
to put up some yellow tape around the tree branch and vehicle.
That's the owner on the right.
On the home front, this is how my husband decided we could have a cup of tea, coffee, or...
some chicken noodle cup-a-soup. We were cold, our youngest daughter and her boyfriend, who live 4 subway stops away were also without power. Our middle daughter and her boyfriend had power. They live in the west end and our eldest son and his wife, who live north of us, also had power. We popped in to see them, to warm up and watch a video and were treated to snacks, wine and a great dinner of veggie lasagna and salad. They very generously offered their extra bedroom for the night but we had two senior cats that needed us at home. After that we went to the show to see Hunger Games 2 with our youngest daughter and her boyfriend. It was quite busy there because it was one place that you could get warm for a few hours.
This morning the power went back on just before 8:00 a.m. The thermostat in the house read 56F (13C) when I decided to look at it so I think it went a bit below that. I am waiting until it warms up a bit more before I continue on with my baking. I managed a bunch of jam thumbprints on Saturday night and was going to make some Chinese Almond cookies on Sunday so that's what I will start with. I have to make some more thumbprints because I got rave reviews on them.
I will leave you with this photo of Digit who is trying to get warm in front of the heat register. Pixel is on the heat register in the kitchen (it's on the floor and there's an area rug on top.) I feel so fortunate to have heat and electricity because I know that there are still many more households out there without heat. The hydro workers are out in full force but some may not get their power restored until Christmas or Boxing Day.