Sunday, November 17, 2013

Monday Morning Limericks


 By Kate Collins

There I was, all poised to spend my entire Sunday afternoon catching up on the pages that I should have written a month ago, when a severe storm hit and knocked out the electricity. After watching the winter cover being ripped off the wrought iron table in my courtyard, and my patio furniture being tossed about, I tried to divert my attention from the fierce winds and pelting rain by catching up on my book club selection, another thing on which I’m behind.

After two hours of that, I mopped the floor, paid bills, signed the covers on the advanced copies of THROW IN THE TROWEL, got them ready for mailing, and then looked around for something else that needed to be done.

Oh, right. My blog for Monday. But with the computer down, all I could do was fume – and I couldn’t even fume over a cup of soothing chamomile tea. But even fuming got old after awhile, so I decided to do something constructive – make fun of my situation.

So for your Monday morning reading pleasure, here are the results:

There once was a writer of cozies
Whose sleuth, a florist, made pozies.
When the power went out
The writer, without doubt,
Was cold all the way to her toesies.

No coffee, no tea, no power
Makes this writer just a bit sour.
There’s a murderer to be caught
And justice to be brought
And all I can do is glower.


I hope that brightened your Monday. What do you do when your power goes out?

19 comments:

Margie said...

Love it!

Chèli said...

Smiling!

When the power goes out, I read! But then I read when there is power. So power outage don't bother me at all!

Lori Cimino said...

I love to read by candle light. It makes me feel so Laura Ingals Wilder

Kate Collins said...

LOL. I do, too, Lori. Normally, I would have enjoyed doing that, but with a deadline breathing down my neck, I just felt frustrated.

Danielle Plassmeyer said...

If it's late and it's just me, I'll snuggle in and read. If the kids are up, then it's a lot if laughing and playing games.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I'll always try to read by candlelight. Luckily we have a gas fireplace and a few bettery torches to make life more comfortable. Not crazy about making coffee on the grill, but what can you do?

Love the limericks!

Hugs,

MJ

LD Masterson said...

Love the limericks. Hope your power wasn't out to long.

Candace said...

Oh Kate! Loved how you handled the situation. When the going gets tough, the tough get going-and you did!! What a good example! Oh, and when the power goes out.... I have flashlights, candles, etc in several places. I keep my electronics charged when storms come so that I have some light to find those flashlights and candles! :-)

Rachelle21 said...

Flashlights come in handy if there is no electricity. Pens or pencils and paper can still be used for writing. But in our house, I would have to line up oxygen tanks if the electricity went out. We do have a gas range and could light a gas heater in one room if we have to for heat - but then oxygen can not be close to fire. If power was out too long we would have to go somewhere with generators.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank you for the smile.

Dru said...

Love it.

Anonymous said...

LOL! Not long ago, I bought a generator. One that runs on natural gas. It wasn't cheap, but I will never again freeze (or roast) during a power outage. And I know that if the power in my town goes out, I can have my mother, and my brother and his family stay with us, too. That's real peace of mind.

Amy W. said...

Love it!! :) Thanks for the smile!!

Dorothy said...

When the power goes out, I make the ultimate sacrifice of eating the ice cream ftom the freezer so it won't be ruined! Yes, I know it is a lot to ask, but someone has to do it!

Kate Collins said...

And that's my laugh of the morning!

Kate Collins said...

Fortunately, my power came on before it got too cold and dark. I had a lot of candles lit but they only add so much light. I've learned something else, I need a backlit Kindle or Nook. And maybe I need to look into a generator. Anyone have any recommendations?

Kate Collins said...

I had just recharged my Kindle, my iPhone and my laptop. Whew! That was the first thing I thought of. Loss of electricity could really cripple this country, couldn't it?

SueAnn said...

Well..the first thing we do is unplug or turn off anything that was on when the light went out, so there is no surge when it returns. If it looks like it will be for more than 2 hrs., we wrap the fridge and freezer in quilts. we use oil lamps, and candles, and also heat with wood, so the furnace is not a problem for us. we close off any rooms that would draw heat away.....if it is bedtime..well, off to bed! We have had outages that lasted 2 days max....I will agree with eating the ice cream!!! we heat water on the wood stove for coffee and tea, and we have a small charcoal grill if we need to cook....like a habatchi size. I welcome the power being off at times..slows the whole area down, evenly, across the board...kind of nice......

Aurian said...

Lovely post, thanks Kate. I've never had a power outtage that I can remember, so not sure what I would do. I would miss my music in the background but also feel really blessed by the true silence in the house, without the humming of the fridge and the computer.
Can you really read by candle light? Seems so dark to me, but then I am pretty night blind. I would miss my hot bath, and perhaps would go warm up in the car.
Perhaps my solution would be to just pile up the blankets and go to sleep ...