Waking at 4:40 am, I made my coffee as always, turned on the local weather/news and got comfy on the couch. Of course, while the coffee was brewing, I had peeked at the temp outside and saw -8. Good thing it's nice and warm in here I thought taking my first sip. Of course, the local weatherman was talking about the wind chills making that -8 feel like -30 and to stay inside.
Yep. Warm, cozy, content and now cleaning up a few things in the kitchen, sudden'y the microwave beeped. Uh-oh, power's out. A minute later, it was back on. A few minutes later, it was out. This time it didn't come back on. It was now 6:13 am.
Oh, it's Valentine's Day...let the man sleep, so I did. An hour had passed and it was when my hands began getting chilled to the bone that I decided the heck with this Valentin'es Day stuff, I'm waking the old boy up! So I did.
The grumbling, half naked man staggered out of the bedroom and into the bathroom dragging his clothes behind him like Linus. Moments later he was out the door and around the back of the house to start the generator.
Hmmmm...I don't hear it, I thought, walking over to the kitchen window to see just what the Pres was doing out there. There he was in his favorite, old cap and heavy flannel shirt, trying to get the darn thing started!!
Apparently the generator decided it wasn't going to work...at all...no matter what...even though he'd brought his big, red Dodge Diesel out to "jump start" hoping that would do the trick.
Nope! The wires and valves were frozen. It took nearly an hour to get the ting to begin chugging and I mean chugging...spitting, coughing, skipping...whatever you call it. The Pres came in to thaw out his hands which were now numb. But that wasn't the worst.
After the generator started and he disconnected the cables, parked the truck back in the garage and came in, he said kept holding his chest, telling me his heart felt "funny." Honey, I need more of a description than just "funny."
Later when we thought about it...it was the symptoms for hypothermia:
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