Thursday, 16 January 2014

Simply a moment - January 2014

It is 9.20pm on Wednesday night. I am snuggled under the bettermaker quilt, feet up on the footstool Watching Hidden Histories on BBC4 and waiting for ten o' clock when Mr M will be coming home from work.
The programme is really interesting about the oldest family butcher's business in England and the man is finding out lots about his ancestors

And then it went dark and silent.

A power cut.

My mobile phone whistles to tell me I have received a text message and then it does it again. Two messages. I peer at the first one. From my son in law telling me that the power might go off because he reported to the Electricity people that there was steam and an acrid smell coming out of one of their manhole covers in our street.

OH, so it's his fault.

I look at the other message. It's from my daughter. She asks if my power has gone off and am I OK or should she send her husband.

I reassure them both and then send a text to Mr M telling him that I am in darkness, well I have three torches and several candles, but I am ALRIGHT.

I potter about lighting the candles and switching on the little string of LED lights that haven't been put away after Christmas. Mr M arrives just after ten and he can reach the camping bag in the pantry, the one that holds the kettle that will go on the gas stove. Now everything is right with the world. We can have a cuppa and we could make food if we wanted it. I decide that as eleven pm approaches that I am for my bed so I take my little torch and off I go.

It was not until I came to write about my moment that I realised that I wasn't in the least bit upset by being in the dark on my own and didn't even get the hint of a panic attack. Things are certainly looking up!

This is written as part of a lovely idea by Alexa at Trimming the Sails why not go over there and take a look at the other moments, now that you've read mine :)

13 comments:

alexa said...

What a warming and enlightening realisation! Hoping all is now well. An acrid smell doesn't sound like something one wants coming from an electricity supply. Lovely to see you in the Linky and thank-you so much for joining up this month :).

Melissa Stebbins said...

Glad you were not spooked by the darkness, and that you were prepared. It's lovely that your family checked up on you too.

Sian said...

What a great note to end on :)

Nin said...

cStopping to think and write about these moments gives us time to see what we learn from them. Thank you for sharing.

Miriam said...

What a lovely way to end your moment...I bet that felt good.

Deanna Anthony said...

Wonderful post! Enjoyed reading!

Barbara Eads said...

I don't know what a better maker quill is, but it sounds cozy in the dark.

Missus Wookie said...

Had a similar conversation with TownMonkey when she had a power cut - she went and got the camping kettle for tea. The last comment about panic attacks made me smile - so thankful with you :)

Becky said...

Enjoyed reading this and so pleased that you reacted as you did :-)

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

I kept expecting you to say that as soon as you got out all the "power's off" stuff out that the lights came back on--but I like your ending better.

Maria Ontiveros said...

It sounds like you're in a really good place.
Rinda

Ruth said...

Good to know that your family immediately contacted you. We're electric in the kitchen; we have talked about a camping stove, just in case. Last time we had a power cut, The Boy Child was a baby and I changed his nappy by torch light! We went to the pub for supper.

Gail said...

That's wonderful that you got through it on your own without an attack. good going!