Thursday, March 21, 2013
Lights, Phone, Safety
This is part of the view from our front porch. The building on the left is Walgreen's Drug Store. It's on a corner with traffic lights.
Monday night a bad storm moved through the area. Our lights went on / off / on / off and finally decided to stay on. But just across the highway at the traffic light, the electricity went off for 3 hours. In some areas of the county, it came back on at ten p.m. Places on our side of the road - such as Dairy Queen, Hardee's, Walgreen's and Rite Aid were open and doing a booming business. Other businesses - such as Wal-mart, gas stations, Burger King, McDonald's, etc.- had to close since they could not pump gas or use their registers.
We were sure glad to have our electricity stay on. The wind was gusty and Jan decided to keep busy cleaning to take her mind off the storm. Sam did a LOT of panting and screeching. The panting was from fear. The screeching was because he was glued to Jan and as she moved around, she kept stepping on his paws or tripping over him. He should be getting a Thundershirt soon and we are all hoping it will help his anxiety.
Update: We had a comment asking what is a thundershirt. We were aware they have these for dogs, but we now know they also have them for cats. You can read about each by clicking on the appropriate link, but you can buy them online or in stores such as Petsmart.
We asked recently if anyone has had experience with Charter's phone and internet service. Jan decided we won't look into it any further. A friend who has both Charter services lost her phone and internet Monday night when the electric went out. She didn't get the cable services back until Wednesday afternoon. In an emergency, a phone could be a lifesaver, so we think we'll stick with a landline, since Jan doesn't have a cell phone for a backup.
We are most thankful for being safe through the storm.