Well, sometimes plans change. After working at the shop all day, our plans were to exercise, eat leftover pizza & watch a movie. As we were changing into comfy exercise clothes, the power went out. We heard sirens in the distance, so I figured it was probably an accident. It was very foggy. Then more sirens. It went on for about 15 minutes. All the lights in our subdivision were out. We decided to exercise by candlelight. (how romantic :-) I suggested we take a walk afterward. The only time we would see the neighborhood dark. It was kind of spooky & nice at the same time. We could imagine all the people inside lighting their candles, getting out the flashlights. Kids (and adults) whining about no computers or games to play. We only heard two generators. We had the gas fireplace going when the power went out, otherwise there would have been no heat. This all brings to mind how helpless we would be (at the townhome) for an extended power outage. At the farm, no problem. And that's the way we want it to be.
It turns out the reason for the outage was a plane crash. A small twin engine piper went down a few miles from our house. It hit an oak tree, the ground & then pieces of it hit a house. Luckily, no one in the house was injured, but the two people in the plane died. It took almost three hours for the power to come back so we played backgammonon & drank some wine until it did. When it finally came back on, it was very erratic. On & off about 6 times. Then off for another half hour & finally on again. I turned off the furnace & tv after the first few episodes of that.
It is a good thing to have loss of power sometimes (except for the unfortunate circumstances involved). It teaches us that we can live without the hum of fridges, computers & the noise of TV's & stereos. Some family time, all together, huddled around some candles is good for the soul sometimes.