Well look who's here, as we speak!
The news started going out via the neighborhood grapevine- "Duke's here and the power will be back within the hour!" My next door neighbor knew this to be true because her husband is a sheriff and he was down by the DG, directing traffic around the power guys.
Of course we had that line down in the yard so there was that, too. I'd texted Duke Energy and Glen had actually talked to them but when he heard they were working down the road, he went on over there and talked to the guys, showed them the work order he'd gotten a copy of, and despite the fact that they knew nothing about that, they drove on over and...well, that line is already back up. Those guys know what they're doing. Now we're just waiting for the main line to come on.
When they pulled up, I stepped out on the porch and yelled, "Thank-you!" and then "Heroes!" They grinned and waved. They really are heroes. These guys work in horrible heat and worse humidity to restore people's electricity. After a hurricane, the line workers are the most beloved people in our world. When you've been without power for days, the sight of their trucks coming down the road is better than seeing Jesus descend from the clouds. Of course we've had no disruptions here at our house but god, I am so glad for my neighbors.
And- for the first time since Tuesday, the generator just went off and the fans are still running so...WE HAVE POWER!
Lily and Lauren got theirs back about three this afternoon so we're all good.
Wow. Such relief.
Those martinis are going to be extra sweet tonight.
I actually got quite a few domestic chores done today, from taking trash and cleaning toilets and doing laundry to making a run to town to get a few things we needed and probably a few things we didn't. But it feels good to have accomplished some things and I am so glad to have my energy and mojo working again, so to speak. Man, I was a mess this past week.
One thing that has cheered me through it all is the fact that the Rolling Stones are releasing a new studio album of all new material next Wednesday. These will be original songs, of course, that they've been working on for years when they could all get together. Some of the songs will have Charley Watts on drums as they began recording before his death. I hear that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will also be a presence on the album. Which is a little bit of a mind-blow, considering irony and stuff like that.
The Old Boys have been subtly raising excitement about this event, including, a few weeks ago, a small advert in The Hackney Gazette.
I would not bet against it. If Brenda can still dance and sing and Keith can still flash those riffs, they'll do it.