We’ve been dealing with a little bit of a problem at the apartment the past few days. Last Thursday night we had a huge rain and thunder storm which cut out the power to half of our apartment. At first we thought it was just some glitch with our circuit breaker, but it turned that water had actually made it in through a leak in the roof and corroded a wire that connected the first 5 apartments in our building. Yikes!
This means that we’ve essentially had little to no power in half the apartment since then. It just so happens that the half that is without power is the kitchen and dining room, meaning we have no stove, fridge, microwave or my computer. It made us realize how much we are used to having power available all the time. I don’t know how people live without it in more remote areas of the world.
We took all the perishable food to Garrett’s parents place on Friday, but that meant we woke up on Saturday morning to no food in the house….and no coffee for Garrett. I think that was the tipping point for him. (I had already reached mine when I realized I had no food).
Thankfully the farmer’s market opened up this weekend and is within walking distance, so we leashed up Whiskey for a quick walk over to forage for some food (and coffee).
There wasn’t much produce yet because it isn’t in season, but there were lovely breads and
goodies you could smell everywhere. There was even a smokehouse making grilled breakfast sandwiches (delish!)
It was the first outdoor market of the season, so they had the town crier out to announce the opening.
It also seems to be the start of the garage sale season, so we wandered around the neighbourhood to look at a few. Didn’t go home with anything, but sparked plenty of ideas.
With no stove to cook with and no food in the fridge, we used up what we found at the farmer’s market (and a quick trip to the grocery store for meat) and made some lunch we could cook on the BBQ.
Homemade burgers (cajun spiced) with colby cheese melted on top and a big scoop of guacamole (with extra cilantro), on a lettuce leaf “bun”. We grilled a couple of zucchini too and dipped them in a jalapeno ranch dip. A delicious lunch that made us forget all about the electricity problems (for a little bit).
A little while later our landlords showed up with their handyman to make some repairs while they were here anyways. I was housebound while I waited for the handyman to finish up, so I decided to finish the new pillow covers for the living room couch. It was nice to finally get this project done!
Whiskey and Garret tested them out for an afternoon nap on Sunday and they seem to think they’re okay.
The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing before the busy work week ahead, and catching up on some chores around the house. I had planned on doing some cooking for the week, but unfortunately the power is still off, so I couldn’t get any of it done.
Garrett’s mom sent him home with some awesome cookbooks the other day, so I spent the time looking up things I’d love to make once the power is back on. These are the Best of Bridge books, which I coincidentally gave to my mother for Christmas a few years ago and my family loves them.
The little notes with each recipe crack me up. Fantastic Fudge Brownies “Men love them – so do children (and moms not on diets!)”
As of right now we still don’t have power….or hot water. I learned that the hard way when I tried to have a shower after the gym yesterday. It was the absolute coldest shower I have ever had. Like jumping in a lake in March.
Fingers crossed we have power when I get home and we can make dinner. Otherwise its BBQ again tonight 🙂