Sunday, June 14, 2009


It looked like we would enjoy sunshine today. I had to be at the cemetery at 6 a.m. this morning to catch the early morning flower-putter-outters. The cemetery operates off of donations and we have to do everything we can to collect enough money on the Second Sunday in June to keep the grass cut for a year.
I arrived at 6 a.m. this morning and people were already there. I set up shop and began accepting donations.
The sun came up and it was warm by 8 a.m. Before nine, I could hear thunder rumbling to the southwest. I battened down the hatches and a while later the bottom fell out.
When the lightening began striking nearby, I jumped into the safety of the truck. The tent was held up by lightening rods disguised as tent supports.
Jilda called a short time later to give me a heads up on the impending line of storms. She was in the middle of cooking dishes for our family reunion today.
About 10:30 she called to say the power was off again and she was NOT a happy camper.
This evening I rolled out the generator and fired it up to keep our freezer and fridge cold. Jilda's brother and sister-in-law left out this morning for the beach. So I was gearing up for a long night of ferrying the generator between his house and ours to keep from losing all our food.
Just after 6 p.m. I heard the power truck slowly rolling down our road. Then a short time later our lights sprang to life.
I think I'm going to invest in one of those generators that can run my entire house during power outages. I'm not sure what else to do. Alabama Power has become so undependable.
I wish there were an alternative.
We've been in the dark again today.

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