It’s Been A Rough 10 Days

by Ron Haynes

Posts have been a little light, but my family and I have been without electricity for the past 10 days because of the recent ice storm that came through on Jan 27th. We have an all electric home (hot water, heat, stove, etc) but thankfully, we have a propane fireplace. I was able to get it up and running just 2 days before the storm hit! Thank God!

This afternoon, at 4:45PM, our lights came on and the heat pump began pumping heat again. I was able to buy a generator a few days ago and we did have some limited ability to cook, but we lost several hundred dollars in food that was in our refrigerator and freezer.

This weekend I’ll post some pictures of the damage and how much this natural disaster cost us. It wasn’t cheap.

Did I mention how great a hot shower is? I’ve learned that I take a lot of things for granted. I need to work on that.

In the meantime, I’m going to sleep in my own bed, warm, and toasty. We’ve been sleeping on the floor and on the sofa in front of the fireplace so my own bed is looking pretty good.

Good night!

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Good morning, I was thrilled to hear you got power. I go today to be released from foot doctor to return to work and eye doctor to get stitches out. These things are bothering be lots. They itch so much, but my vision is better. Have a great day. I am planning a family reunion. You got any ideas where you would like to have it and when?


Suggestions? After the cold nights we’ve been through, my suggestion is Phoenix Arizona.


I live in an apartment and that is all electric too so I have no idea what I would do if I lost power in the winter. My apartment does not have a fireplace so I could not even get a fire started to keep warm.

I cannot imagine what it has been like for you and your family so I am glad that you got power back. I hate being cold so I think I might have just lost my mind if I had to be in that situation. At least in the summer you can open windows and drink water to try to keep cool…but what is there to do in the winter?


Goodness Ron! I am so glad for you and your family. Been through a similar thing…but not for 10 days!!!! One thing it did teach us….how to entertain ourselves without the benefits of tv, computers ect!!
As much as you enjoyed a warm shower….I would imagine your wife it enjoyed even more!!
I do hope you have some way to recoup your food loss! That can really hurt!


Ron – Glad to hear the power is back on! I hope you get some rest and relaxation over the weekend.


Glad to hear life is coming back to normal!


It was a rough 2-3 days when the NY had a big black out…and that was in the summer. I don’t know how I would be able to survive the 10 days as you did. I’m glad everything is back to normal now.


Praise the Lord you got power! I sure hope you can recoup everything!
I’ve found, it’s difficult to live after we’ve been so spoiled with the doo dads we have to play with now.
Even power, gas and water! And these are DEFINITE needs!

Glad you’re powered up now! :-)

God bless America!!!


I lost power for just over 5 days in New Hampshire in our December ice storm. Fortunately, I installed a generator connected to the house current about ten years ago. It ran almost continuously (except for overnight), and the outage was more of an inconvenience than a disaster (had furnace, microware, refrigerator, some lights, and low and behold, broadband Internet). Due to the low temperatures, the house would have been unlivable during most of the time otherwise (most of the neighbors went to live with relatives or in a motel). So a generator is a good investment, but make sure you get one that connects directly to the house current, and have it installed by an electrician.


THAT is on my to do list. We have a 5500 watt generator and it will run on 6 gallons for about 9 or 10 hours. I plan on getting an electrician to install a transfer switch and backflow preventer but right now, the electricians in this town are booked for weeks!


Wow, that does sound pretty rough. I’m glad to hear that the power is back on, and sorry about any lost expenses. We may have some more cold weather, but I sincerely hope we’ve all seen the last of the ice storms.

Dan Massicotte

I was just thinking, don’t forget to deduct the electricity you DIDN’T have to pay from the expenses the falling limb caused you. :)


Wow, that sucks. My husband and I were without power for 11 days in December because of an ice storm :( It’s amazing how you come to appreciate how wonderful turning on a light switch and having light is…


I am so sorry to hear about this. We live in an equatorial climate country, so we are blessed in not having these ice storms and such. It must be tough to live in freezing weather without the amenities we are so used to.

I went through frequent blackouts whilst working in Ghana. Still Ghana’s climate is equatorial. The worst we had to go through was not having air conditioning, something that I would any day prefer over not having heat.

It’s great that you are seeing the positive side of this miserable 10 days.


My sister lost power for just about that long last year. I am glad to hear that you made it through. We have re-evaluated some of our disaster preparedness plans because of what she went through.

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