I participate in a weekly podcast once a month. I’m one of the priestesses on The Priestess Show on blogtalk radio. I was scheduled to be on this last Friday, the summer solstice, to talk about the solstices and different solstice practices.
Minneapolis was hit (the second time that day) by a major storm. It came in about 20 minutes before the broadcast was set to start and I lost power. (Me and apparently 2/3 of the metro area!) Watching out the window it looked like a hurricane, the rain was that heavy and the winds were that strong for over 20 minutes. We’ll get 5 minutes like that here and there but a full on beating for that long is pretty unusual here.
Although many people have power back, my neighborhood and many others are still without power and may be even beyond Wednesday this week. I didn’t lose any trees, but there are huge blow downs all over town. There are plenty of trees on power lines in my neighborhood. Luckily most of us got on better than the folks documented in our Local Star Tribune.
I’m grateful that I have enough experience “roughing it” that losing power isn’t a huge hardship for me. I have a gas stove, so whatever food I’ve kept cold I can cook. My city water is still running, and running hot as my hot water heater is also gas. I have plenty of candles and flashlights and lanterns and oil lamps. I’ve even been going to bed at a relatively reasonable hour. I need to. Sleeping without the CPAP isn’t exactly restive.
I’m also grateful to my good friends who have had their own power restored. They brought over a generator last night so I could plug my freezer and refrigerator back in. Thankfully I managed to keep things shut up enough that I didn’t lose much food! I even plugged in last night and got some decent sleep. Priorities you know.
Internet access is an additional bonus and a catch 22. I really like being able to be back in touch with the world at large. On the other hand I am very much aware of how much more I get done when I’m not spending the day surfing the web.
The noise and gassy smell from the generator is hard to put up with, but much better than no refrigeration. The fact that while the generator is running I’m pretty well tied to the house is not that much different from my normal life. Small adjustments and lots of gratitude.
It is sad to see the loss of so many old trees. It’s hard to watch the friends and neighbors whose homes were damaged. There are worse things than being without power.
My previous winter and summer solstice posts can be found at: