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Are you wondering what happened to us? I know I was surely wondering….wondering when we were going to get our lives back.

We had a fun, adventurous and exciting vacation but it was nothing compared to what we went through for February.
We got back to houses with no utilities. No gas heat, no water, no hydro and no phone, that was just the first night. Josie same thing. Our men didn’t hesitate in getting us warmed up for the night thanks to them have generators, regulator and converters. Our home turned into a big camper for 3 weeks for all of us. Our fridge food had to be tossed, luckily we didn’t do any major shopping the week before we left.  The next day the men went about checking everything in both houses. Our water pipes that pump water into our houses didn’t make it and the city workers had to come out, a week later, to put in new ones, which was a nightmare in itself. Our community centre has showers and they allowed us to use their facilities without paying. They couldn’t turn on the gas without the power, ugh.
Some accident 5 miles away had knocked out the phone, power and cable lines and because we were on vacation and we didn’t phone in like others did, no phones?, they didn’t bother to think that our houses may have been affected too. dah. The power people were here two days later but couldn’t find where the problem was and went about for the next couple of weeks trying to figure that out. I called the phone people and they had to send someone out because our lines weren’t logging into their database for some odd reason. 2 weeks later we still had no phones working. My cell phone minutes were way over my plan minutes already. Finally they found the problem 3 weeks later. When the power finally came on, 2 and a half weeks later, we discovered the cable didn’t work either. They finally came yesterday.
The entire month of February was a nightmare but we turned it into a daydream of which we have finally woken up. Can I get an Amen….Amen

Most people may have freaked with no internet, power, water, or heat but when you have children as we do these things have no merit. We never had a dull moment, in fact we thought it was more fun then having all these luxuries at our finger tips. Mind you I didn’t feel comfortable with the cold, especially for the children, but they pulled through it all with the courage of true campers.

Josie and I kind went a little nuts when the kids were at school while the power was out because we couldn’t use our computers and had so many ideas in us that needed to get out. LOL. But we managed, minus a few hairs LOL. We were itching to create and get back in touch with the scrapping community. When the power finally came on we spent our free time getting our pictures into layouts and creating.
Yesterday, when the cable and internet was finally working there was Josie and I acting like we won the lottery, jumping for joy in the living room. The cable men thought we were nuts and were laughing at us but we didn’t care LOL we had internet.

The bonus, if one can call it that, is we don’t have to pay any utility fees for February, and the cable company even waved off the month of March. The city is going to send us some money too for the lost of power, water and gas heating and last week they gave each of use a $200.00 food voucher. I wonder if they would be willing to pay our $400.00 cell phone bills too. I’ll have to look into that.

Now we don’t want you to go away empty-handed today after reading all that so we are going to give you 3 freebies today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and so. We have to catch up 🙂

The letter V can be downloaded HERE

Overlay 22 can be downloaded HERE.

 Template 25 can be downloaded HERE.

We will join you all again tomorrow.

Thank you

Allie

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2 Responses so far

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    Tami said,

    Thanks for sharing =]

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    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 1 post on Mar. 10, 2011. Thanks again.


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