The Dark Side
“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi! You’re my only hope.” Now I know how Princess Leia felt as I joined the many in Connecticut and the Northeast who lost power and needed help. Snap, crackle and pop went my neighbor’s 100 plus year old maple tree this past Saturday afternoon. We lost power as a majestic branch took the power line down with it, becoming firewood for next year.
Rosebrook Gardens sustained no damage but did lose power. As record-breaking snow fell on trees that had not shed their leaves, branches collapsed throughout the State of Connecticut and throughout parts of New York and New Jersey, creating massive power outages. And right across the street was the perfect example of what happens when snow, leaves and wind come together in late October. Almost a week later I was still in the dark. In the past 16 years I can count on one hand the times I have lost power, and if I did, it was never for more than an hour here and there.
Because the tree was on our little private road, only our houses were affected, versus the surrounding neighborhood. Thank goodness that my dear friends from around the corner came to my rescue, inviting Violet and me to stay. We quickly moved into the spare bedroom and began to nest. This was a relief for me as it was so close to the house, and a staycation for Violet as Molly and Digby, their Yorkies, became Violet’s new built in babysitters.
Living on the dark side is a choice for Darth Vader but it’s no fun for us earthly beings. When the force is not with us, the dark side is forced upon us and frankly I don’t care for it. With only flashlights to illuminate Rosebrook Gardens, Life on Mars was not nearly as scintillating or productive.
Yesterday at 5:15 pm EST I saw the light for the first time in six days. With Venus booked and Pluto too far, I gravitated to an adjacent star known for it’s gracious hospitality and warm atmosphere. And, after what seemed like light years, at last I could again see the light from Mar’s!