Just when I thought my daily routine was getting back to normal – the snow and ice came, not once, not twice, but 3 times in the past two weeks.
The latest storm left many in southeastern Pennsylvania without power. It is not until you don’t have power in your home that you realize just how much you take it for granted. No heat, no computer, no internet, no microwave, stove, laundry, lights, hot drinks, or hot food.
When the house started getting cold, we layered on the sweatshirts. When we got hungry, we ate cold cereal. When we realized the power was going to be off for a long time, we put the food from the fridge in boxes and placed them in the garage where they would stay cold. We used the outdoor grill to boil hot water for tea and made soup for lunch and hamburgers for dinner in the freezing cold rain. I lit candles to eat and read by when it got dark. Luckily the power went back on in my neighborhood last night, but many in the region are still without and may not get it back for a few more days.
I was so excited to get the powder room painted this week and show you my progress today, but with no power, I had to take a step back and work on something that didn’t require electricity to get accomplished.
Since I could not get online, I tried to be productive in other ways. I put the Christmas decorations back up in the attic, cleaned out my file drawers, took a few photos, and wrote a few letters to friends using a pen and paper.
As much as these tasks were nice to check off my to-do list, what I really wanted to work on was getting a few posts written so I could get ahead of schedule. I also wanted to finish a new project gallery that will be unveiled soon.
Earlier in the week, I had been working on the new Project Gallery and realized under the “Room Makeover” category that I didn’t have a post showing my updated Studioffice all in one post. I only have the complete room in posts showing how it looked when I first starting blogging. I will be posting that over the weekend.
As I put the finishing touches on the gallery, you may see a previous project post or two show up here or in your inbox if you subscribe, as I do a bit of back end reorganization.
While I have been working on all of this, I have been doing it using two laptops. I got a MacBook in January, my first Mac. I have been a PC girl up until now and have been trying to learn the ways of the apple while transferring files from my old laptop.
It has been a little frustrating at times, but I am getting the hang of it. If you are a Mac user, I would love to hear your best Mac using tip or trick.
Before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to share…
My Writing Elsewhere This Week:
My latest post is up over on My Colortopia. Click over to see how I created the art that hangs in my Studioffice.
So now that I have taken a step back this week…the only way to go now… is forward.
See you on Monday with something colorful.