Power Out

The electricity went out yesterday afternoon. We had a massive thaw, temperatures rose to almost 60° F, then plunged again, with lashing rain and high winds. The power flickered at 3 PM, came back on for a few minutes, and then failed completely. By 5, when I drove down to close up the barn for the night, the rain was turning to wet snow — so thick and heavy that by the time I finished chores my truck wipers could barely move it.

Last night DH took this photo of me in my pajamas reading and making notes at the kitchen table by candlelight.

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“What are you reading about?” he inquired. “Smallpox?”

For the past year I’ve been collecting out-of-print books on 18th century subjects — Epidemics in Colonial America, The New York Merchant on the Eve of the Revolution, Guns on the Early Frontiers — for a writing project. While my family has kindly purchased these old books for me for Christmas and birthdays, my reading choices are seen as fairly eccentric.

“Actually, the response to the Stamp Act of 1765 in Manhattan.”

He laughed. “A page-turner, no doubt.”

The power was off for nineteen hours. Our visit to the past had its fun aspects — reading side by side, heaped with blankets and surrounded by dogs, pulling on wool hats and wool socks as the house grew colder — but we were happy to return to the 21st century by lunchtime.

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2 Responses to Power Out

  1. Newly says:

    Lovely picture.

    I wonder if you know that in 2015, the USPS issued a stamp commemorating the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766. The blocks have an explanation of the history and consequences of the Act on the reverse side of each ten stamp block. I am a heavy user of large size commemorative stamps, so this stamp has been my pal for the last few years.

    xoxo

    • adkmilkmaid says:

      I did not know about the stamp — I’ll have to look the next time I’m buying! I am pretty familiar with the Stamp Act, as I teach it to 7th graders, but most histories focus on the response in Boston, whereas I wanted to know the timeline in NYC, where the ringleader was Isaac Sears — a former Norwalk boy!

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