Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for everyone for their concern about the problems I had yesterday and the day before.  After the electric blowing out two computers, a TV, a bunch of lights, a cable box and a few modems, the electric company shut off all power to the house.  It took a whole crew 15 hours working  outside to restore power.  Actually, after all those hours they ended up giving us a temporary transformer on the side of my house.  They have to come back next week and try putting in a whole new pipe and wiring to the house to restore the ground.  I hope that doesn’t mean another 15 hours of no heat.  It can get pretty cold without heat.  I wouldn’t make a good pioneer woman. 

So I got to sleep two hours and then I had to try an make up for lost time – Can’t wrap presents in the dark or do much of anythings wrapped in a bunch of blankets in the dark.  I’m the one having dinner today for the relatives, so I had to hussle.  Had to skip the homemade pies and Christmas cookies this year – going to the bakery saved time.  I have to say that I am very grateful to be blessed with a stove that works, heat in the house and hot water to take a bath.  I really do wish everyone a wonderful holiday, lots of good food and a warm house.

Kathy


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  1. Wow! This really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? 🙂 I am glad everything is fine now. Hope you’re enjoying!! Merry Christmas!

    Katia

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    • Katia,

      I didn’t even know about outside grounding to you a house, but I now know you can’t live without it – unless you don’t want electricity. I contacted the electric company today to see if they will pay for any of the computer equipment. They will get back to me sometime next week. Thank goodness I have this laptop I can still use. The surges wrecked the battery charger for the laptop, so I will need to order that, but at least it still works if it is plugged in.

      Hope you are enjoying the holidays,

      Kathy

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  2. Beautiful picture. It seems to me that this will be a Christmas you will long remember. 😉

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  3. You made me laugh. I definitely will remember this one. I made it through the day without any problems, now I am hoping I can get a few hours of rest, before I start worrying about taking my hard drives to someone who hopefully can retrieve the data and looking around for the other electronic things I lost.
    I hope you had a nice day.

    Kathy

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    • I do not envy your trying to retrieve what’s lost and replace what is broken. We got an external hard drive for Christmas. After rereading your post, I’m very inspired to use it. My Christmas was very good. My husband and younger boy traveled to grandparents. My older boy and eye spent the evening at a friends for dinner and a movie–peaceful and no mess to clean up. 😉 We’ll open all the presents when everyone is reunited. Happy New Year.

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  4. Wow Kathy . . . and I thought the holidays would be tough for me—spending them away from home with my millions of relatives from my husband’s side of the family! (-; Guess I got off easy.

    Sending you love and power, (electrical and otherwise!)

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    • Mimi,

      No idea when they are cming back to dig up every’s lawn and lay the new wires. I called the electric company and reported the losses, but the claims department has to call me next week. I hope they can cover some of my losses.

      When you getting home?

      Kathy

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  5. Hi, Kathy – Glad you’re up and running even though it’s with a generator … hopefully everything else will move along for you and you can easily recover all your data.
    Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa owes you one!
    Jeanne

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    • Called the electric company hoping I can make a claim. I don’t have any idea when they will be back to permantly fix the temporary set up.

      Kathy

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  6. That’s the best way to handle things—focusing on what’s to still be grateful for when other things go wrong! Glad you were able to find a way to make it work and I really hope you didn’t completely exhaust yourself with the added pressure! Stay warm!
    :Donna

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    • Donna,

      After my son got thrown against the wall when he tried to unplug the electric to the sump pump, I was just thankful that it didn’t kill him. It’s funny, but so much had gone wrong last week that I hestiated to get in the car when it was all over. Of course, I did, but just for a minute I wondered.

      Kathy

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  7. Don’t forget to check with your homeowner’s insurance too.

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  8. I figured I’d start with the electric company to see if they would do anything for me. Last year a freaky hail storm came through where I live and everyone had to have their roof replaced. My roof was only a few years old, but it had so many holes that I had to get another new roof. The insurance company raised my deductible and increase the cost by $500. They’ll probably drop me if I report anything.

    Kathy

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    • Good grief. I have mixed feelings about insurance companies. Seriously, how can they drop someone for something that is not their fault? Hidden blessings and sincere prayers to you.

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