Stormy day; what could we possibly do?
I don’t know about you, but here winter showed up early this year! It started beginning of november. We usually have winter around mid-december. It is a premature winter!!
November 29th 2018, is a stormy day on the Magdalen Islands. The Magdalen Islands are tiny little islands in the middle of the St-Lawrence Golf, in Québec. We are very isolated from the rest of the world. We have to take a plane or a boat to get on the main land. So, when Mother Nature gets mad, it is not very pretty. First, it is very windy. It is very common to reach 120km/h of wind. And as you all know it, wind can be destroyfull.. Therefore, I would say that our houses are built very strong. When it’s snowing/raining and blowing hard outside it can get really messy. Last night, the wind started to blow and got worst and worst. It was blowing wind of 123km/h. We could hear the house crack and we lost power around 2:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. November 29th and we still have no power. The roads were closed, and many many electricity poles are down. The emergency measures are deployed. So we might be a couple more days without power.. yeah of course we have generators, but we still have to reduce a lot our use of electricity. We use it mostly for heat and lights. Plus, we need gaz in a generator. We only have one gaz station in our village, they will eventually run out of it if the conditions don’t get better. But let’s face the facts : some people don’t have a generator. So no power for them, no heat and maybe no food. The network isn’t working, so no internet and no cellphone data. The only way to get in contact with people is to call them on the house phone (if they have one with wire, because most of people now only have cellphones) or go to their house. We can get in contact with people on the Islands with the home phone but we can’t do long distances. The ferry isn’t leaving the Islands because of the strong wind and neither is the airplane because of the lack of communication.. They will be sending an army plane tomorrow morning with reinforcement help. Plus, around 10 hydro-quebec trucks are coming by the ferry as soon as possible to help with the electricity. Hopefully, tomorrow night we will have power.
10:25 p.m. I received a facebook text message.. Internet is back. But still no power. So it is only working when the generator is on. And you know what’s the worst of all of that? We didn’t have enough of the cold, the dark and not being able to contact no one… a residence for elderly people burned down in flames this afternoon. Fortunatly, no body got hurt. But they lost all their goods.. It’s a DISASTER! Enough for tonight, I’m going to bed.
8:00 a.m. November 30th, I wake up, it is 59 degrees in the house. And guess what? Still no power…
Fortunately, we are a tightly woven village. We welcome people in need in our houses and provide them with food and heat. We help each other out. I know it’s going to sound crazy, but once I know that everyone is ok, I kinda love those stormy days. But you must be asking; what do you do all day? What do you like about stormy days when you don’t have power? Here’s why I love stormy days:
I love to bundle up in blankets
I like being all snuggled up in blankets. Just sit on the couch or bed and read books. I think books gives us a place to go when you have to stay where you are. I love reading. So for me, a stormy day is an occasion to read a book all day without felling guilty about it. Don’t have to clean the house, don’t have to go to work, don’t have to do the laundry or the dishes. Just read page after page and living the story with passion.
I love spending “game time” with my family
When it’s a stormy day, all the family and friends gather together in one house. We light up candles and sit around the table and play games and eat snacks. Mom always have some sweets. We play card games and board games such as dominos, double series, monopoly, queen of space, jok-R-ummy and many other games. It’s always a fun night. My dad wouldn’t say the samething though.. He is the one running around houses to make the generators fonctionning. Tonight we played “Risk”
I love music
We are a music family. My brother, father and grandfather play the guitar and the fiddle. I play the piano and the guitar. And we all like to sing. So we all gather up in the living room and play music. We can spend an entire afternoon or night just having fun singing and playing music. Music like that is really a stress-relief for me.
I love making crafts
I’m a crafty woman. And what is cool about crafting is that you do not need power! I have a spinning wheel. I have a lot of wool home that I can spin. It is very calming. And as you might have guessed, I also knit. So just like reading, stormy days allow me to spin and knit all day without felling guilty. Most of the time, I spin the yarn sitting in the kitchen while other are talking about everything and nothing.
I love spending time with my grandma
Evrytime there’s no power, my grandfather and grandmother comes over. We usually just sit at the table and make puzzles. My grandma use to make a lot of things with us before but she got sick and now she can’t do everything she wants. She use to make patchwork quilts but her hands are shaking too much now and she can’t do it no more.. That’s making her sad. But puzzles she can still do it. And she loves it. So we can start and finish a puzzle in the same day when we get ourselves into it. Spending time with my grandma is very important to me because I never know when is the last time I’ll get to be with her. Time with her is precious! I love her.
This is the puzzle I made with my Grandma this afternoon