No Electricity, probably for a week or more
Monday, April 13, 2020
This morning our power went out soon after the alarm clock sounded. When John went outside, he found fallen tree that went across the driveway that had swept the corner of our garage and had ripped the power box off the side of the house. From what I can tell, the only roof damage is a bent gutter. We're very thankful that it isn't worse. Needless to say, here we are at 8:30 at night (I'm typing this at Covenant), and we are amongst the 50,000 people in the Chattanooga area with no electricity. We anticipate being without it for a week or longer. This is quite the playing card to draw in the middle of shelter-at-home directive from our governor. Our pastor and several church members have called us and offered to help, so we have a borrowed generator to run our refrigerator and a borrowed rechargeable lantern. My elderly neighbor dried a load of clothes in his dryer that I had washed last night (laundry is now caught up), and I used the outlet on his porch to charge my cell phone. Another neighbor gave John a ride to Covenant. Joel was able to safely cut the trunk of the tree and move the logs, so we can get in and out of the driveway now. Our pastor and several church members have called us and offered to help. We can cook on our gas stove top and grill. We can warm our home when the cold sets in with our gas logs. We can make phone calls on our cell phones or on the land line. Several friends have offered to allow us to take showers in their homes. Truly, God has provided beyond what we have asked for or imagined.