After living in San Miguel for almost nineteen years, it would seem that dealing with electricity, gas and water delivery would be down to a science. Yes, I know how to call the gas company for propane, although I no longer have to do that, as my landlord does! But, I do call for the large water
bottles when I'm almost out. Electricity either works or not. When not, one dials 071 and reports the address and issue to CFE and then you wait.
But, yesterday morning about 9:30AM, I heard strange sounds. Beeps, whistles and more beeps.
The beeps were my microwave making a sound and the electric fence box that is stored in the laundry building on the property was beeping AND whistling. The ceiling fans started going slower and the lights were dimmer when I checked them. Uh oh! In addition, my computer was on but would not go through the whole process to connect with Firefox. Double uh oh.
Then there was a slight boom and I knew that a transformer had gone. First, I turned off the computer and unplugged it. Then I dialed 071 rather then call the landlord and reported the issue to CFE.
I really don't use that much electricity except for the computer and a lamp at night but what I had
forgotten was that the pilot light on the stove does not work when there is not electricity. Although
I still had a bit, I did not want to tempt fate. Instead of cooking a Sunday dinner, which I usually do,
I had a cold chicken sandwich with lettuce and avocado from chicken breasts cooked earlier in the week. Delish.
At some point, I called my son to see if he had electricity since he lives only a block away and they
had nothing, not even a bit.
Out came my Kindle and I spent the afternoon reading a tantalizing novel about New Zealand. At this point, I think reading books about foreign countries has become a favorite thing. Korea, Japan, New Zealand and the areas around Mongolia are my favorites. They can be historical or current. All are fascinating to me.
Anyway, I digress. About 5:30 my son called to report that they had electricity. Aha, I checked the fans, the microwave and I no longer heard strange sounds when I plugged in the microwave - no beeping. All was well with my world.
Having electricity allowed me to watch the boring Tony Awards. Well, I lasted maybe an hour and then searched out something more interesting. I have no idea which play got "the best" or who got "the best". Musicals have never been my thing and it seemed that was pretty much what they were honoring.
In case you can't figure out what was "new" in all this, it was the beeping and whistling sounds I heard from the microwave and the electric fence monitor. Good to know if the electrical current isn't up to par, that somehow a sound is made to prevent things from being used and ruined from low current. I learned long ago if there is any question about current to turn off and unplug the computer.
Other then that, it was a very quiet Sunday and left me time to enjoy reading which is one of my "favorite" things. How was your Sunday?