I'd prepared this post pre-#ONStorm! Our power was down Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. The kids still don't have power at home in Ottawa. Caitlin works near her home, and her office doesn't have power. This means her key fob doesn't work! I never thought of that!
They cooked some food at home on their BBQ before it spoiled, and realized it would be several days before they had power. They charged their EV at the nearby hotel, then drove the hour here.
School was cancelled for Tuesday. We offered to host them, and the four of them came over. They brought stuff from their warm refrigerator. Ottawa was about 50% without power, with still 76,700 still down. They took down their outage map as they couldn't keep updating it so many small spots had damage. This is a screen capture of the last update! Then the blue box appeared.
They were so happy to have showers. And lights! The storm hit Saturday, Ottawa still has 69,000 homes without power, down from 176,000. Ontario has gone from 277,000 without power to 98,000 addresses.
JL went back home to fetch some things. Grampa went grocery shopping. We had a feast of dumplings (rescued from their slowly warming freezer) and cooked up some asparagus. I'd made the banana bread I'd meant to bake prior to the storm.
Tuesday morning, Caitlin did some work on her laptop, and Zoom meetings. It was surreal, after seeing Josephine do schoolwork there during the pandemic and home schooling.
Today, Wed., May 26, we had updates from the schools. Josephine's high school is closed, as they don't have power. She has school projects to work on. Isabelle's elementary school is open, but they're all going to stay here. There isn't much curriculum they can deliver with some kids with power, others none.
This is the first deer we have seen in a month, other than on the trailcams. They are happily munching away in the forest.
Down in the forest, someone nibbled on the fungus!