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Power - we all want power! But we don't truly appreciate it till it gets turned off.

A storm came through Friday, the weather forecasters completely underplayed it for our area. First the snow was much heavier, in all senses of the word, more of it and heavy wet snow turning to ice.

Then we had very high winds, they got that right, but with the snow, lots of trees, light poles, electricity poles went down. The storm started in our area on Friday at about 11.00 am. At 2.00 pm we lost power. 

No power

Luckily we have a wood stove, so we are able to keep the house warm. And we thought it would not take long to get our power back. I was out Saturday showing homes, luckily only one of them was without power. There was a beautiful sunset following the storm on Saturday night.

Sunset We were wrong about getting our power back though. Saturday night we went out for dinner at TJ's in Paoli to get something hot, and to recharge, thank you very much for letting us plug in by the hostess stand; while we are sitting there waiting for our dinner we learnt our power won't be back till Tuesday midnight, that is the estimate. So, whilst dinner was very good, we felt a little shocked.

Today I am in the office charging phones, tablets, laptops, back up batteries. That is after a hot shower at my gym. Then to the local bagel place for a hot coffee and a breakfast bagel sandwich.

The snow has gone, but the effects are lingering. You don't realize just how dependant you are on power. No internet, no way to recharge your phones, laptops, or tablets. No light, other than candles and some LED emergency lights we have. Romantic,yes, for a while, but I want my power back so I can read Active Rain, post, stay in touch with clients, search the internet, read my Kindle app on my tablet and watch Netflix if I want.

Guess, I will be in the gym and theoffice a little more this week. Don't worry we are still working, setting appointments, etc. via my phone. So give us a call Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Selling The Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email, website


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Comment balloon 13 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • March 04 2018 04:29PM


Good morning, Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I have a pellet stove and it doesn't work without power.... need power for the blowers.... but thankfully we rarely lose power.... didn't through this last horrific storm.... and there's another advantage to being a member of the gym!!! I continue to say I want a whole house generator!!  

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 1 year ago

Nick and Trudy,

We totally understand and love the ways you have fignured it out.  We were like that when the Internet was out during the mud slides and fires.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 1 year ago


you are so right on about feeling a bit useless without it. Here it was about 30 hours without power during the fires last year. Besides that, it has been a good winter so far. cheers cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) over 1 year ago

When we bought our house, the original homeowner installed a 25Kw propane generator when they built.  Works like a champ when i excercise it weekly, but have never needed it for an emergency.  I'm sure it'll pay for itself the first time we lose power for a great length of time.  Without it our well would not work either.

Posted by Shawn and Angela Miller, Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS® (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Good afternoon Nick and Trudy. Sorry for your loss of power. Having lived in Florida, I can attest it is a pain in the a$$!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 1 year ago

I like to have some power, but not full and unrevokable power

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

We were without power during Hurricane Sandy for over 2 weeks, so we know what it's like. Hopefully you will be able to get back online shortly...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 1 year ago

Nick and Trudy, I hope you get a surprise of it coming back on sooner. We lost ours for a little over 24 hours and it's a struggle to say the least. A gentle reminder to me that I need to be thankful for power everyday. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 1 year ago

Been there, done that, Nick... so I'm very aware of how dependent we are on power. Sorry you are having to live through this... there is nothing fun about it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 1 year ago

I feel your pain.  This is what it's like after hurricanes down here.  Though, without the cold.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 1 year ago

Barbara Todaro lots of good reasons to be a member of a gym. Although our local YMCA also opened its doors to the community for showers, coffee and somewhere to charge up your electronics.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel cannot imagine what that was like, seems we are only 35 homes in our area without power, so low on the totem pole for response.

Curtis Van Carter I cannot tell you how many times I have thrown switches even though I know there is no power or pressed my garage door opener as I approach the house.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 1 year ago

Shawn and Angela Miller a generator is a good idea, we have never felt the need before as we have rarely in 10-12 years ever been out this long. 

Wayne Martin it is amazing how we have become dependant on electricity and the internet for doing business and living our lives.

I agree William Feela just enough would be fine, luckily we have a broker office with power, think I am going to suggest we install some showers as well.

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 two weeks is a long time, I am feeling suitably shamed now, as it has only been a couple of days. Think I need to withdraw for a few weeks into the bush and ween myself from all things electronic.

Amanda S. Davidson very true, we take things for granted which we should be grateful for every day.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 1 year ago

Nina Hollander but a good lesson, just trying to decinde in what, oh yes, being grateful every day.

Gabe Sanders luckily we have the wood stove, so we are very toasty, although we are getting to the very end of our pile. I split some pieces up I had lying around to prolong our supply. Will do some each day. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 1 year ago

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