No Power


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I’ve never blogged from my iPhone until this post. There was a power plant explosion or power lines severed and almost two million people in San Diego county are without power. The outage also involves parts of Orange Co, Tijuana and northern Mexico, and east to Palm Desert. This is serious.

They do not know when it will be back.

It’s pandemonium here. The streets are gridlock and there are sirens and ambulances and chaos everywhere in my neighborhood.

We will live by candlelight and flashlight until further notice.

It’s also 92f and no AC of course.

We are fine but please pray for the elderly and the sick. The last time i saw the city this way was the 2007 fires.

On lighter matters thanks for the smiles when you told me what items of yours have been discontinued from my last post. At least I’m not the only one that happens to!

Fingers crossed we get power soon! You don’t realize how much you need it til it’s gone!

Have you ever been without power? Situation?

For how long? Were you scared?
I’ve already prepped skylar for how dark the house will be very soon here….

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  1. How crazy! Glad this didn’t last long! Oh yes, I’ve been stuck without power for days in horrid heat and humidity while living in Florida during hurricane season and so sorry you had to go through this!

  2. Our power was just off for days, and only came back the other night. I live in the Detroit area, and in our suburb area there was a major thunder/rain/wind storm last Saturday. There were actually electrical fires at the end of our street in the park, from a blown transformer! We had half power– enough to emit a dim glow from the lights, but we couldn’t run any machinery. Then the power truly went off for a few days– it was definitely weird to realize that almost every part of our lives is built upon the power. But I sort of enjoyed being unplugged. I’m glad we didn’t have any scary riots or anything! The worst that happened here is that quite a few people had trees fall on there house.

  3. I have been, but it was way worse when our water was out. Some pipe had burst in an apartment below us and they had to turn off water for an entire day. You have no idea how often you use water until you realize you don’t have any. I went crazy trying to brush my teeth with a little water we had in the fridge, I was bummed I couldn’t do my usual work out (no shower!) and going to the bathroom got interesting…

    Hope everything is fixed easily and soon!

  4. Atleast you have eachother for company and support. Hopefully you get power soon.

    The longest I have been without power was 4 days due to a hurricane. It is not fun but when you have company, it makes it a little better.

  5. I heard about your power problems this morning. It even made it to the Dutch news! I hope it will be solved asap. And if not, I wish you and family a cosy night with candlelight.

  6. I was so busy all day yesterday I didn’t even have a sec to read the news… I picked B up from the airport around 7 and the first thing he said was, ‘Do we have power?’. To which I said: ‘uhhhhh yes ?’ I guess we’re far enough north that we (and the OC airport) were unaffected. I’m so sorry to hear that you guys have to deal with this!! What a pain in the butt. And of course it’s blazing saddles hot right now. :l When you said that a line was severed or a plant exploded… did you call to find that out or just guessing ? The first thing that came to mind was San Onofre … Obv if it were the reactors, I think we’d have heard about it.

  7. When I was young we used to lose power all the time in the summer from the crazy Michigan thunderstorms and because the wires on our street were not built to handle all the air conditioners (my neighborhood was built in the 50’s) and so we would be without power a few days at a time several times in the summer. These are some of my favorite memories from growing up. We would barbeque every meal, sleep on sleeping bags in our sunroom, take treks to the mall, the movies, and the pool just to stay cool during the day. I know it seems like a huge hassle and inconvience but I bet neither you nor Skylar will ever forget this!

    Even so, I hope your power is back on soon and that everyone is ok in CA.

  8. Hi Averie! Found your blog a few weeks back and I’m a first time commentator here. I heard about the blackout on the news this morning and you were the first one I thought about. I hope they get the problem resolved soon. Our family went through the Northwest Blackout in August of 1996. That one involved 8 western states. Most of the businesses told employees to go home because they didn’t know how long the power would be down. Talk about mayhem driving home!

    We are avid campers in the mountains here in Idaho. So if the power went out for a lenghth of time again we could “rought it” urban style!

    Be safe and take care!

  9. hey averie, i’m in orlando airport reading your blog while waiting for my flight back to cali. hope all’s safe in your hood! i’ll keep you in my prayers!

  10. We recently lost power for 5 days and then an extra random half day. It was a hassle, but not scary. The outages were sporadic, so we had places to go to get relief. Good luck staying cool, hope your power comes back soon!

  11. I hope everyone will be ok!
    I have only been out of power for about 2 minutes after a thunderstorm. And it was soooo weird. I can´t imagine how hard it must be…

  12. Wow! I hope they resolve the power crisis soon. Do you have a way of charging your iPhone?
    Luckily you eat mostly fruit, veg, so the stove won’t be needed ;)

    I have been without power twice as an adult.
    First time was due to an ice storm in 1998 that took out most of Quebec & Ontario. Many days (weeks in some cases) before the power came back.
    Second time was the North East blackout of 2003. We stayed in our apartment without power for 2 days before going to my parents’ house where they still had power. Repeatedly climbing 11 flights of stairs to pack our stuff, our cats and ourselves into my brother’s car was quite a workout. Car included: 4 humans, 5 cats, and 2 small suitcases.

    After that I made sure to always have the following on hand in the house: cash, candles, matches, extra food, extra water, extra wood during winter, extra cat food, extra cat litter, and dynamo flash-lights (no batteries needed), and never let the car go below 1/2 tank of gas.

    The only things I haven’t done that I want to do for “self-sufficiency” is:
    – plant a vegetable garden
    – set up rain barrels

  13. I hope you get power restored quickly. The longest I ever went without power was in Florida…2004, Hurricane Charlie, for ten days. In August…everything was hot and sticky! Thank god for a friend with a percolator and a gas range or I think I would have given up. That was the best coffee ever…

  14. Ontario had a HUGE power outage about 8-ish years ago. We were without power for 3 days at the end of August. It was kinda cool at first, but then it got really scary. We cooked and boiled water on our BBQ, but couldn’t open the fridge/freezer very often and the kids were pretty freaked out. Sarah’s still scared of the power going out during storms b/c of those few days. I hope everything gets restored soon!!!

  15. Hope you have power by now. We’ve definitely gone without for days – we get lots of ice storms here so power lines will crash. I don’t know what’s worse no power at 90 degrees or no power at sub 30 degrees. Either way, not good.

  16. Hope everything gets restored, especially for the elderly and the sick. So glad to hear you’re ok. Hang in there. Our town just lost 80% of its power following the hurricane. Took a week to restore, so hopefully it won’t be any longer for you all.

  17. Wow, that’s crazy. So many awful things happening in the US these days! I’m hoping your power comes back soon. The longest I can remember being without power was a loooong time ago due to a nasty blizzard, I remember having to stay at my grandparents’ house. But a few years ago my parents were without power for about a week because of an ice storm. They even canceled school for my sister from about Thanksgiving until the end of Christmas break! I was away at school so I didn’t lose power. Stay safe!