Our power was restored here around noon, and our town seems to be returning to normal. We did a little grocery shopping over at Food Giant and they had all hands on deck and a lot of customers. There was already fresh milk and meat in the cases.
We were touched by the thoughtfulness of so many neighbors and friends stopping by throughout to check on us: like Matt who brought a garbage can full to the brim of paint-stirrer sized pine kindling and some fresh well water for drinking, and Mike, our ever-wonderful neighbor who told us to take all the firewood we needed from his stash since he had gas heat, and our son who came over every day and pitched in wherever he could with hauling firewood, tending the fire, masterminding the use of lamp oil and candles for greatest efficiency, as well as lightening the occasion with Scrabble and Farkle and good conversation around the fire at night, and Roger who made a supply run to town south of here and brought back jugs of drinking water to distribute to friends, and Chris Bridget who had some extra propane cylinders for our cooking rig, and Katie whose cheerful pioneer spirit and resolution to stay in her own house bolstered our own and Adam who wanted us to know his parents were welcoming refugees.
We started out ill-prepared for this emergency but by the end we had all we needed and could have remained hunkered down in our new rhythm for quite awhile.
But I was very glad to have the electricity back on!! Many people in the counties around us are still in the hunkered down stage and I hope they are getting the same kind of neighborly help we got.