While it was going on, I was sitting in my easy chair enjoying the warmth of shelter when I heard a loud boom like a canon being shot off directly behind my house. Of course the electricity went out immediately. Then it started coming back on when another boom but the kabosh on it. This repeated four more times, enough time for me to almost make it to the window to see who was shooting off a canon in a snow storm when the noise stopped and the electricity stayed off for good.
It didn't take too long to see what happened as you can tell in the pictures below. The neighbor across the highway from our property had spent all fall thinning out his trees next to the highway but one of the largest specimens he had left intact had fallen down onto the electrical wires. The weight of the tree pulled the wire snapping off several post up the hill. The wires never broke but did short out and thus the canon like booms I heard. We were without electricity for half a day before they got everything fixed. While I enjoyed the quite time reading by candlelight, it did reinforce my desire to get the fireplace functional so that I do have a separate source of heat.
|Neighbor's Tree Across the Highway From Us|
|Broken Poles Up the Hill|