The power is back on (though it went out every day since Monday!), the house is warm, Christmas was glorious, and Maine continues to be beautiful in even the most wicked weather. MAJOR KUDOS to the electric crews, not just from CMP (Central Maine Power) but from neighboring states; they gave up their Christmases at home to restore our power!
News stations are saying this is the worst ice storm to hit Maine since ’98. Outages covered from the midcoast to central Maine, with 87,000 without power–that’s about 7 percent of the state population! Our electricity went out Monday at about 2 pm and stayed out until about 6:30 pm Tuesday (Christmas eve). It stayed on several hours during which we all quickly took showers, washed dishes etc. (need elec. to run the water pump). As soon as we went to bed, though, it went out again. At 9 a.m. Christmas morning, though, the power came back on a full day before they expected!
Additional freezing rain led to significantly more damage on our property. The gloriously lacy and beautiful river birch (above) bit the dust, splitting completely down to about 6 feet. The big, robust maple also had significant damage, and at least a dozen trees on the edges of the woods surrounding us have broken-off tops.
Paul and Eli pulled downed branches and Eli even climbed up a little ways into the tree to saw down some small, easily-reached branches so they wouldn’t break more branches and also to get them out of the place where Alex needs to plow the snow-heap!
Morning walkies, as usual, offered great photo ops:
Looking towards Appleton Ridge over the neighbor’s house:
And then the sun came out: can you say GLORIOUS MAINE?
Next post: Christmas!