, dear Twiggy? Up beyond Clare*, perhaps? *gentle smile* I see that you're unaware that we have our own "tornado alley", running from Van Buren County (southeast corner of the state, headed toward Chicago) to the northwest, through Bay County/Bay City (near the thumb). My grandparents always get the worst of it, because they are in the village of Vermontville, which is near Barry County, which in turn is in Michigan's "tornado alley".
I was hoping for peace today, but that was not to be had. The power went out at 2p and when I discovered that Consumer's Energy didn't plan to have the power back on until 11:59p Sunday night, I called my mother and went to stay with her. (She lives in the city, so if she loses power, she still has running water. A disadvantage to living in the country to be certain!) She cooked and I discovered that the power had come back on after dinner (the answering machine picked up). We were in the second hand of our second game of rummy when I happened to call back and discover that the answering machine was no longer answering! :P Staying the night it is (good thing there's still a bed in my old room...even if I did
have to bring sheets) and off and running tomorrow morning. As a Pagan, I will not be going to church with her tomorrow morning (this morning by now...it's after midnight), but I (blondely) left the A/C running with all the windows cracked an inch, so when the power comes back, I will be cooling the outside! :P Thus, as soon as I return to consciousness, I will ring my house...if the machine answers, I will pry myself out of bed and get going as soon as possible...I can nap at home if necessary! If the power's out, I will have a bit of a lie-in and call again later. (I can tell I'm on an English message board...I'm bringing out the British phrases like it's nobody's business!)
I will keep you updated whenever I have the chance...and the power! The radar showed a nasty storm coming our way about 11a tomorrow, so if I do
manage to wake near 7a and find the power back, I shall have to get cracking. (Oi...I'm repeating myself...time for bed!)
* In my book, anywhere beyond Clare is "up north", as the population thins out starting up there...between St. John's and Clare, really.