Monday, December 3, 2007

All I Want for Christmas is..... A Power Generator??

I have come to the conclusion that I have a compulsive/obsessive personality disorder. I worry over anything and everything - and I don't just worry - I really do obsess about things. Every time I hear water running in my house it causes a major disturbance. The other day I was in my downstairs bathroom and I could hear water. It sounded like it was in the walls and I was freaking out! I started looking everywhere for the water... only to discover that it was my coffee maker. Yeah. That's a little over the top, isn't it??
So when my mom and my step dad were here, they asked me what my emergency plan for losing power in the winter was. We have no fireplace ( they aren't viewed as efficient here) so there is no other way to get heat. I had never given it a thought to be honest. I mean, in the year that I have lived here, we may have lost power for a total of 30 minutes and that is really stretching it! So I hadn't worried about that, until they brought it up. One ice -storm, no heat, broken pipes everywhere.... you get the imagery, I'm sure.
So today, we actually lost power for about three hours. No big deal. It was 48 degrees out so I wasn't too worried. Ok, that's a total lie. I was panicked beyond all reason, but I held it together. Still, what if it had been the middle of the night? And colder? And my pipes burst? ( Can you tell that broken pipe is a trauma that I will probably never recover from??) So this year, I'm asking Santa for a power generator that will run my heater in the event of an outage. Am I totally insane? Probably. But if it takes one thing of my to worry about list - so be it. Of course it will just add new worries like what if the generator blows up? What if I can't start the damn thing? What if noxious fumes kill us all while we sleep? Honestly I could go on for hours but what's the point? If I die from noxious fumes, at least my pipes probably wont' freeze.


Nikki said...

We have a generator and yes, you do need to be concerned about the noxious fumes... unless, and I don't know how you do it, but you can house it right outside your house in some sort of box??? My hubby was explaining it to me and he lost me about 30 seconds into the whole thing... But We have had to use our generator only once and it was to keep our basement from flooding during a power outage.

Roe said...

There is nothing wrong with having a touch of OCD... it helps me get things done. ;-)

Can the noxious fumes be detected by a carbon monoxide detector?


Keri said...

Hey just look at this way, if the fumes do get you, you won't care about the pipes either way....

I think about that too. No fireplace either and a 120yr old house.. not a good combo. Think about getting one too, maybe i'll convince the hubby. But mine will be outside.

Smitty76 said... just made me laugh...becuz we think alike. I'm always imagining the WORST! (I got to your blog thru a comment you left on Keri's!). Anyway, I'm not sure where you live and if it's something that's kind of a necessity, but, my good friend in Maine has a generator and they got a bad storm, right after she had her second son, and would have lost all power if not for her generator...needless to say, she was a VERY happy woman. LOL