Having the power back on is wonderful and I am completely grateful that it came back on earlier than predicted. But accepting the situation (with a small amount of whine .. and no cheese) made it easier. My son took off for greener pastures so not only was I in the dark, I was alone. You don't realize the sounds you don't hear under normal circumstances. The low buzz of the refrigerator, the television, the air conditioning or furnace depending on the season - it all combines to muffle the sounds around you.
The sound of tires on gravel, the footsteps of someone walking their dog, the tinkling of the tags on the pup's collar, a cough from a neighbor's house all can be heard when the normal background noise is not there. And you would think the time would drag not being able to use the normal distractions but for me the time went by very quickly. I made sure I got everything ready for the next day - my lunch, my meds, the cat's food and meds .. (sigh) I even got my clothes out the night before. And then there was the Kindle app so I could read comfortably without full light.
It was warmer than I would have liked but I stayed still for the most part, and read. Everything was calm, absolutely quiet, and peaceful. NO, Com Ed, I do not want to go back there. But instead of wringing my hands and fighting it, I just did what I could to make it the easiest on myself and almost enjoyed it a bit.
Of course today when I had to throw away everything except the cold packs and the ice trays in my freezer, and most everything in my refrigerator too (replacing condiments, oh my!) wasn't fun but again, I knew I was going to have to so I just did it. Done. Begin again.
The first night I lit practically every candle I had - I had one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, one in my bedroom and a ton in the living room. The second night after hearing I might not have power for days yet - I decided to be more conservative and lit fewer. I messed with my camera a bit, trying so see how well I could capture the candlelight with no flash and holy cow it looks like I had power!