On Halloween 1991 I agreed to hand out candy to trick or treaters at Connie’s house in town. Andy painted my face a sickly shade of green and put black putty between my teeth to make them look rotten. Little did we know what lay ahead.
I sat in a chair and Connie draped cobweb “something” over the chair and me sitting in it. I had a wig and a witch hat and held a snake that I shook at the kids as I handed them the candy and a toothbrush. It was a cold rainy night and lots of kids had in winter coats.
When trick or treat ended I stopped at mom’s house before going home. As I drove through town the temperature on the bank said 29. How I wish I had pictures!
The next morning as I was in that twilight sleep, I thought I was hearing gunshots outside but as I got up I was startled to see ice everywhere! Limbs were breaking off the trees from the weight of the ice creating that gunshot noise.
By 8 am the power went off which in the country means no water either as the pump is electric. Hours passed and still it rained and froze. By the time it quit a cold front passed over and temps fell to below zero!
I hauled wood to the house all day and slept on the couch right in front of the fireplace dressed in a jacket, gloves and a stocking cap. When I got cold I woke up because the fire needed wood.
The next day I went to town with 20 one gallon jugs to bring home water for the barn animals. I went to Mom’s house -her power had come back on but when I reached the highway I couldn’t believe my eyes – utility poles were snapped off, one after the other. This was before cell phones of course and I didn’t take any pictures – I was too busy hauling firewood and water which makes it sound like the late 1800’s!
Power remained off for 5 days in below zero temps! It was a desperate situation. There is still a hook in the ceiling above my kitchen island where a friend hung a trouble light powered by my lawn mower tractor battery. He took one battery home and charged it and exchanged them the next day. My light lasted until about 8:30 at night.
Every adult in North Iowa remembers the Halloween ice storm in 1991. I remember cleaning up the house when the power came on – what a mess! And still today I don’t have a generator!
Today was a different story – a beautiful day which I spent cutting down the pampas grass.
Snow is forecast for Friday!
Site is going to crash – out of storage! Till tomorrow!