A Day To Remember; Off The Grid!

What would a barefoot man get if he stepped on an electric fence? A pair of shocks.

We Got up this morning to start getting ready for Thanksgiving day, and, low and behold, the light wouldn’t come on in the bedroom. So a little further investigation revealed the lights are off to 4,721 households in our local area because of the high winds.

You can see all the Thanksgiving pictures right here!

Fortunately, I remembered I have an 8 kW generator in the heat shed… So, I drug it out, brought it to the garage, and after three long tugs, it kicked right in.  Success, Mary and I could now take a warm shower and get cleaned up.  The food maybe I’ll cold but it will be pretty.

Our “Guard Turkey” was on duty. Courtesy of Jan Mongel!!

I’m happy and I married well! Mary is a real trooper because instead of getting all excited,  and upset, she looked at me with those beautiful eyes and said, “Paul, this will be a real adventure.”  The day was an adventure.  Plus, with our amazing friends, everyone took the day in stride.

It does not take any electrical power to drink even at 8:00 AM! (I am glad we do not do margaritas!)

We called everybody and put them on notice that things could be a little hectic considering we have to run off generators. We have to cook everything on microwaves or toaster oven’s and fortunately because we talked to Colleen, she suggested using the BBQ to heat the turkey and ham!

Our barbecue is doubling as a regular oven today. Finally, with the two burners turned down to 50%, I got the temperature inside the barbecue regulated at about 350°, which is just exactly what we needed for the ham and the turkey. The other turkey is over at Jan Mongell’s house, getting cooked in her charming, well-equipped, and powered kitchen.

We recalled everybody and said, “Come on over, the fun has just started!”  Be prepared!

We managed to put it all together!

Sufficient food was available for an army of 1000.  Friends are the family that you choose and we chose well!  Everybody went home with bags of goodies and Irene got the grand prize, the turkey carcass.  I see soup in her future!

Food everywhere!

Robin, always a trooper, takes a well-deserved rest! Bob and Nick, her husband and sin, worked miracles getting the generators set up and doing the heavy things I can not longer easily do!  THANK YOU GUYS!!!

Robin finally takes a rest!

The kidding and frivolity went on all afternoon!  A day spent with friends is always a day well spent.  Joe and Amy were a delightful addition to the celebration1

Paul & Donna; two cutups!


We had a wonderful time and as usual, we worked as a team to make sure was OK even with no power!  Mary and I are like a well-oiled team!

We make an excellent team!

After dinner, everyone pitched in, and clean-up was easy, thanks to Joe’s floodlights and the generators. That reminds me, my wife was so “house proud” that when I get up to sleepwalk, she had the bed made by the time I get back.  The first Thanksgiving in our new home and we felt so blessed to be surrounded by lobed ones!

We cleaned up courtesy of Joe, who brought floodlights!

By 8:00 PM, everyone was gone, and we crashed!  We were without electricity!  It was like camping out!  We let Joe’s generator run until it gave up the ghost around 6:30 AM.

I was sleeping and at 2:0 AM the entire house went bright!  We have power again.  All the lights were set on!  We got up and wandered around the house returning things to “normal”.

Tomorrow Juan, our cr wash guys is coming about 3:00 PM and after washing our cars, we and his sidekick are going to take down our forty-plus boxes of Christmas decorations.  I can’t do it anymore but he is young and for $100 he does anything!  We will start decorating for Christmas on Sunday; we have a lot of combining to do!

This is our second Christmas together!

It seems as if it was only a year ago!


About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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