In the black, a mystery out of the dark, a problem to be solved and a friggin' cold house

Back at home last night after pulling a late shift at work Bill and I were trying to snuggle up and watch Grosse Point Blank on an interference ridden scratchy tv screen, chugging back beers (well, that was me, Bill doesn’t chug), attempting to ignore the dog, who was standing guard over the heating grate again being generally dippy, and tuning out the howl of the wind outside when *zunk* out went the power plunging us into darkness. The tv abruptly died in a sizzle of John Cusack and Minnie Driver and all should have been silence. A voice could however be heard talking for seconds after we should have had quiet, this was rather freaky; until reason told us that it was the answer phone’s last slurred reset message before it passed on.

Hmmm. We sat in the darkness until it was clear that this was to be an extended state of affairs and that we could really do with finding the torch and some candles. Of course, candles had been moved from their convenient emergency location in the useful things drawer to make way for nice shiny wedding present kitchen implements. Drat. Some hard thinking and fumbling later two fat orange halloween pumpkin candles were retrieved from Quince’s dog biscuit tin, of course. Still, at least whoever put them there was good enough to stow the matches in the same place.

Soon we were lit by the soft glow of flickering candlelight and worriedly looking out the window at the creaking trees, swirling newspapers and roaming rubbish bins wondering, hoping, that Ginger Dog (who I forgot to mention we hadn’t seen since Christmas, but has been gracing our front yard again this week) was somewhere nice and warm and that maybe the neighbours had pulled him in from the street to keep him safe. Bill and I buckled and did do a quick scout of the road just in case he was out in the storm but could find no hair or tail of his gingeness, hope that’s a good sign.

Bill also decided that he ought to move the truck from beneath the trees as branches were falling very frequently last night and we’ve had some huge branches fall down onto the drive before, luckily while Bill and his vehicle have been out and about. I came outside, huddled in my my nice big Manchester coat that everyone laughs at because I couldn’t possibly need such a coat in Georgia, and watched as he backed the truck out to the road, parked up on the front yard, reversed a bit, pulled forward a bit, backed back out on to the road, and finally parked back where he had started, albeit facing the opposite direction! Everywhere is a falling debris hazard! Trees, telegraph poles, swinging cables and wires blanket the house. Sod’s law says that it really didn’t matter where the truck was parked, if a branch was going to fall, on the truck it would plummet. *fingers crossed that doesn’t happen*

Back in the house we closed all the doors, and drew the blinds in an attempt to keep the heat in and snuggled back up together on the couch, watching the flames and listening to the harsh weather outside. Quince kept on watching the heating grate and pacing around. Half planned to stay in the front room but eventually decided to brave the chill of the bedroom and crawl beneath the icy covers.

Woke up this morning to a frosty bedroom, Quince whining, and Bill leaping out of bed screaming “Shit! There’s a cat in the house!” and then “…omigod it’s cold!” as his feet hit the floor. He’d been awoken by a yowling inside the cottage. On investigation and a rethink of Quince’s recent behaviour, it seems we may well have an animal stuck in our heating ducts below the floor. Quincy mystery solved. Though, we have no idea what to do about this. Not sure what sort of an animal it is either, though a cat does seem to be the best bet judging from the sounds Bill heard, and we are fervently praying that it doesn’t turn out to be a possum or squirrels. Ugh AND this also solves the mystery of why we kept thinking we could smell whisps of cat pee and thought we were just imagining it (I declined to mention this before for reasons of taste and decency) AND probably means that the lettuce I found by the door of the crawl space was not in all likelihood planted there by Quincy! Oh dear, we’ve got problems.

The power was still off, an icy Bill climbed back into bed and from there it took us a while to extracate ourselves and get up due to savouring the warmth within its boundaries, the heat made especially luxurious in contrast to the temperature millimetres above the covers. Oh, and when we did make it into our stiff crispy jeans and peeked outside we were greeted, not by the high winds and driving rain I was expecting, but by a fresh white tinted world. Ooooh snow! Not quite a polar vision, rather slushy and icy and quickly meltly into streams of water, but snow nonetheless.

Considering the alarm clocks were out, and the length of time we had to spend bracing ourselves to run to the bathroom, it’s amazing that we made it to Bill’s work dead on time this morning. Which is where I am now, being oh so productive as usual.

8 Responses to In the black, a mystery out of the dark, a problem to be solved and a friggin' cold house

  1. strangepixel February 26, 2004 at 11:57 am #

    Brrr shiver…

    Good luck locating the nasty animal i’m sure Quince will hunt it out, maybe it’s a cute kitten you can adopt?

    I spoke to Andy about martial arts and all he said was there are several superb Taijutsu dojos in Atlanta [he’s met and trained with the guy who runs them, who trains with Hatsumi in Japan] sorry thats prob’ not much help…

    It’s snowing a bit here too, oh everyone is moving to the States… Paul [paul/ lisa] prob’ has a job with Redhat in Boston and Andy is going over to get married at the end of March too.

    Hugs to out the west…

  2. strangepixel February 26, 2004 at 11:57 am #

    Brrr shiver…

    Good luck locating the nasty animal i’m sure Quince will hunt it out, maybe it’s a cute kitten you can adopt?

    I spoke to Andy about martial arts and all he said was there are several superb Taijutsu dojos in Atlanta [he’s met and trained with the guy who runs them, who trains with Hatsumi in Japan] sorry thats prob’ not much help…

    It’s snowing a bit here too, oh everyone is moving to the States… Paul [paul/ lisa] prob’ has a job with Redhat in Boston and Andy is going over to get married at the end of March too.

    Hugs to out the west…

  3. vilehelm February 27, 2004 at 5:44 am #

    I didn’t scream…I was just excited, thrill of the hunt I guess.

  4. vilehelm February 27, 2004 at 5:44 am #

    I didn’t scream…I was just excited, thrill of the hunt I guess.

  5. kaypow March 3, 2004 at 6:29 am #

    Re: Brrr shiver…

    Did some investigating with the torch the next time I heard something and Quince went weird. Thankfully the animal is a cat, a very cute grey one. I was rooting around in the crawl space and there he was staring back at me and Quince from the far end. Bill thinks it’s a male cat though and it’s been spraying down there…yuck!…so not so cute.

    Thanks for probing about martial arts in Atlanta. I found a website for the Taijutsu Andy mentioned and it’s all very cloaked, not much information leaking out of there. Still on the lookout for something for a Kay to do close to home. Everything is so bloody far away and not even public transport reachable for me. I didn’t go to Tang Soo Do last night because I was grumpy and jaded with it. I was going to enter a tournament on Saturday but I don’t feel very confident about my training and I looked up the location on the internet…it’s a trek, must be at least 40 minutes away by car. Bleagh.

    Hope you had a good time in London? Was quite jealous at the mention of Camden, Chicken Terriyaki Noodles and seeing Rebecca and Ruairi.

    If Paul gets a job in Boston, what’s Lisa planning to do? Did Andy have to go through the fiance visa malarkey?

    Dad says the snow is gone now?…all except a pile of it he heaped into the corner for Molly. She adores snow apparently.

    *hugs back*

  6. admin March 3, 2004 at 6:29 am #

    Re: Brrr shiver…

    Did some investigating with the torch the next time I heard something and Quince went weird. Thankfully the animal is a cat, a very cute grey one. I was rooting around in the crawl space and there he was staring back at me and Quince from the far end. Bill thinks it’s a male cat though and it’s been spraying down there…yuck!…so not so cute.

    Thanks for probing about martial arts in Atlanta. I found a website for the Taijutsu Andy mentioned and it’s all very cloaked, not much information leaking out of there. Still on the lookout for something for a Kay to do close to home. Everything is so bloody far away and not even public transport reachable for me. I didn’t go to Tang Soo Do last night because I was grumpy and jaded with it. I was going to enter a tournament on Saturday but I don’t feel very confident about my training and I looked up the location on the internet…it’s a trek, must be at least 40 minutes away by car. Bleagh.

    Hope you had a good time in London? Was quite jealous at the mention of Camden, Chicken Terriyaki Noodles and seeing Rebecca and Ruairi.

    If Paul gets a job in Boston, what’s Lisa planning to do? Did Andy have to go through the fiance visa malarkey?

    Dad says the snow is gone now?…all except a pile of it he heaped into the corner for Molly. She adores snow apparently.

    *hugs back*

  7. strangepixel March 3, 2004 at 12:15 pm #

    Re: Brrr shiver…

    Andy is getting married and seeing the lawyer afterward, apparently its not a problem, he isn’t living in the states straight away anyhow, as he’ll be in the UK for at least another year… [we are having an alcohol free stag party :/]

    Have you found a home for the cute kitty yet? Post him to me!

    London was good, they’re all doing very well indeed, Maria does the interactive Baftas now! plus I got to play with Paul/ Lisas cute gerbils that are adorable :] Paul had a 2.5 hour phone interview the other day for Redhat! His head melted :]

    Hope you, Bill and the iccle doggy are good!

    hugs,
    Mx:]

  8. strangepixel March 3, 2004 at 12:15 pm #

    Re: Brrr shiver…

    Andy is getting married and seeing the lawyer afterward, apparently its not a problem, he isn’t living in the states straight away anyhow, as he’ll be in the UK for at least another year… [we are having an alcohol free stag party :/]

    Have you found a home for the cute kitty yet? Post him to me!

    London was good, they’re all doing very well indeed, Maria does the interactive Baftas now! plus I got to play with Paul/ Lisas cute gerbils that are adorable :] Paul had a 2.5 hour phone interview the other day for Redhat! His head melted :]

    Hope you, Bill and the iccle doggy are good!

    hugs,
    Mx:]

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