So around 6pm I checked the status report again, hoping to at least see an estimated time of restoration. No such luck.
A few minutes later my mother calls. She had tried calling the house, and she got the answering machine! The power must be back on! She was pretty stoked, no lie.
I volunteered to go over and see if the power was really back. They had already gotten the house as warm as they could, then headed out for the evening. I was also kind of hoping to see if the crew was still there, to thank them for the hard work, and to see if they were local or had traveled from afar to help.
No sign of the crew when I arrived. Who knows how long the power might have been back before my mother tried calling the house. There was definitely light, however.
The outside light is on!
OMG the power is really back on! I went in to turn up their heat a bit so it would be warm when they returned later, but also to make sure the furnace would start. I also had to check and make sure the oven was off. You see, my mother has been worried this entire time that because she had the oven on when the power went out (trying to cook Thanksgiving dinner), that it was going to come roaring back to life when the power was restored. It did not, but I did call her to tell her that.
I'm not sure what exactly the problem was, but they had obviously done some work at the pole at some point. All of the snow was neatly cleaned off.
Pretty clear pole, and the trees look sparkly with ice
I am so thankful that they got their power -- and more specifically their heat -- back and functioning! It is getting freaking cold out.
Feel like 16! And it is only going to get colder!
A great big, enormous thank you to whichever crew got the power back on! I would buy you all coffee and hand warmers if I knew who you were! I am so relieved that their power is back on before this super cold night.
And just for the record...
We are finally in agreement, Central Hudson.
*I'd like to think this is because you realized there was an error in your system somewhere and made haste to correct it. However, it is possible that it is because I was