Notes from the Birdhouse – For The Love Of Snow

I know it has been a while since my last story. I am adjusting to the new location and all the traffic we have been getting.  It is like the story of country mouse and city mouse.  Anyway all is great here at the store.  All our part-timers are finding us again and we cannot be happier.  Now onto the show.

This is the story that started everything, as in my blog.  I put it on Facebook back in Jan. 2010 and it was a hit.  I think it did so well because everyone on my Facebook knows Hub.  This showed him in a different light.  All my friends are familiar with the public man.  Public man is a burly man, a man of very few words, a man who would never want anyone to see the human side of him.  He is also a man that has sworn me to never write about him again.   So everyone needs to keep this one on the QT

Hub has been waiting on this day since Christmas morning. He was practically giddy with excitement. Did we win the lottery, a new truck in the drive or, please no, not another huge snow? It was none of the above.

Hub was walking in and out of the house with an excitement that I have rarely heard, more like never heard.   I laid there listening. Soon he popped his head in the bedroom and reports, “The electricity is OUT!” with the biggest Cheshire grin that I have ever seen on his face. (My husband is in very strong like with snow.  He can’t get enough of it and loves the winter).

To most folks, me included, this is horrid no water, lights, and spoiled food; to my husband, it is music to his ears. After years of dealing with power outages, his father gave him a generator for Christmas. It was like opening his present all over again. He finally got to fill it with gas, start it and hooked it up. He kept telling me that the generator could run the whole house. I said no way. But he insisted it could.

As I laid there in bed listening, I heard it start. It was a quick start, sort of like a smooth sounding motorcycle. I could hear him going in and out of the house all excited and getting everything ready to be hooked up. He was just having way too much fun. To my surprise, the ceiling fan in my bedroom came on! I was shocked. He was right! Lord help me, he will never let me forget this.  However, this was one time I was happy to be wrong!  No more nights without lights or sounds of the TV. This is a good thing and well worth the aggravation I will have to put up with for the rest of the season.   I got up to go check it out. The pure delight on his face was worth getting up for.  It is a rare occasion to see Hub get excited about anything.

 As I am watching him plug the refrigerator into one of the extension cords, it hits me, how could the fans in the bedrooms be working when he is pulling extension cords in the house from the generator outside? He did not plug in the generator to the house at all.

THE POWER had come back on without our knowledge.  Oh no, how should I point this out?

I just watched him plugging stuff in. All the while, a giant kid size grin plastered on his face. Finally I ask him, how could the fans be working in the back of the house if we are using extension cords for power in the front of the house?

The gleam in his eyes, the smile on his face…..gone. “You mean we have power?” he asked.” I thought I heard the refrigerator running when I unplugged it. But I was not sure.” He slowly turned the generator off and returned all plugs to their rightful sockets. With his excitement faded and the reality of a day of delivering mail, in the snow without me, he kisses me good bye and says, “Have a good day off.”

Oh well, at least we know it starts!

Part II to follow.  Remember mums the word.

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