Well, That Sucked

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 112023

I apologize for not posting a blog yesterday. Strong storms were predicted for our area on Saturday, and we were under a tornado watch through the evening until midnight. At first it seemed like the storm system was going to go around us but about 10:30 it hit fast and hard. We had lots of wind, thunder, lighting, heavy rain, and some hail. Things calmed down a bit within half an hour, though the rain and thunder held on for quite a while, just not as intense. Somewhere along the way we lost our internet connection, so I could not post the blog.

Our T-Mobile 5G Internet hotspot was still not working yesterday, and after trying all the reset options I had learned from previous experience, I was on the phone with their customer service department, trying to explain to the third person to whom English was a second language that they could not send me a message through the hotspot because it was offline, when the power also went out. Oh gee, more fun.

That was at 1:22 in the afternoon, and shortly thereafter I got a text message from Alabama Power saying that they were aware of the problem and estimated power would be restored by 3:30. Then, a little after 3 p.m. I got another text saying a tree was down on the lines and not to expect power until 5:30.

We always keep several battery-powered lamps on hand and fully charged for situations like this and were doing all right in that department, but as the afternoon wore on, it was getting colder so we donned sweatshirts. Fortunately, we have a gas stove so Terry made us a light dinner of bacon sandwiches.

We were looking forward to having power back on, but at 5:20 there was a third text from Alabama Power pushing the estimate back to 7:30. By then I wasn’t optimistic and told Terry we might be in for a cold night, but at 7:15 the lights suddenly came back on and we were sure glad to hear our furnace start up. And lo-and-behold, we had the internet again, too!

Even though we have two Honda portable generators that will do fine in a pinch, they are limited in what they can do and we have to run heavy duty extension cords inside to use them. Terry and I have decided that our next major purchase will be a standby home generator large enough to supply the whole house, with an automatic transfer switch to kick on when we lose power and back off when it is restored.

Before all of that happened, I spent most of Saturday writing, getting another 4,200 words done in my new John Lee Quarrels book. The story has really picked up momentum, and like a snowball rolling downhill, it is gathering new scenes and action along the way, most of which I never anticipated. So, just like a skier caught in an avalanche, all I can do is go along for the ride and see where it takes me.

Congratulations Cheryl Saddler, winner of our drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader with a 6.8” display, adjustable warm light, up to 10 weeks of battery life, and 20% faster page turns than previous models. We had 157 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Look at all the things you own but never use and think, “This used to be money.”

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Well, That Sucked”

  1. Great idea to install the whole house generator. We did that when moving back to IN from Cape Coral.
    My experience is to have a factory authorized installer for sure.
    I went the contractor route purchasing from Home Depot (military discount) and it almost burned me badly.
    Code issue(to small a gas line for 1, not wired correctly, and minor issue of unit to close electrical feed.) If these had not been corrected my warranty was worthless.
    Went the Generac 22k route, love it. Ran about $11k after all was said and done. Good luck and be well. Bud Wang

  2. I’m glad you and Miss Terry missed out on the tornadoes. Clarksville, TN, where our niece & her kids live, took a pretty good hit from a tornado. She said their sunroom took a direct hit and pictures showed a couple patches of roof torn off causing a certain amount of water damage. Niece & kids are all safe though. I did see a picture of a nice looking little strip mall that got totally flattened. A good rain is always welcome but we can do without the storms.

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