Beth - yup, I lost power for 24 hours. Not too bad, though heating the house with steam from the gas stove-top made for a pretty damp house. Twenty-four hours is probably about the limit for feasibility on that. There's still a lot of CT without power, over a week after the storm. Which is becoming an ugly political discussion. Especially since we just went through this 2 months ago with hurricane Irene.
I was trying to keep the tomatoes and eggplant alive. But - though the plant survived frost, the little fruits did not. So, yeah, ripping out the last of them today. Eh, it was a good harvest while it lasted. And almost to the end of October, is pretty good.
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We got a lot more than frost. Saw on the news last night, the previous record snowfall for the entire month of October stood at 1.7" in Hartford. They got over 20" of snow Saturday... The air is still too warm here by the shoreline, with the Sound still 60 degrees - the snow fell as soggy snowballs. But so much fell, it still managed to stack up 4" of slush. And none of the leaves had fallen yet. So the whole trees did.
We're getting a lot of practice this year at going without power. Crews throughout Canada and United States are driving in yet again. Bet they're wondering why Connecticut doesn't cut down the trees next to the power lines by now. Little do they know, we do. They just grow back. Trees like it here.
Did you get any snow in Maryland, Beth?
Yeah, the low 30's are suddenly supposed to appear here Thursday night. Dunno if it's worth trying to keep the peppers / tomatoes / eggplant alive a few more chilly days. Probably not.