Last night, after dinner, Mom was sewing on a quilt, and I was napping nearby. We were watching the National Geographic channel. All of a sudden we heard a loud POP and the tv and all the lights went out!
It was completely pitch black! Now, you know we are in a city. There are streetlights outside that shine in the house, so even when all our lights are out, Mom can still see when she walks around at night. It is never completely dark at night.
But this was different. There were no lights outside in any other houses in the neighborhood, and the streetlights were out too! It was totally, totally black! Mom tucked her needle in the quilt and set it aside. Then she got up and felt her way to the bookcase where she keeps a flashlight. She checked outside, and the entire street had no power! So she came back inside and lit a couple of candles.
After about six or seven minutes, the lights came back on. It took a few minutes for the cable box to start working again, but eventually it did, and we continued to watch Great Migrations, which was -seriously- cool!
Mom finished her quilt. You can see it at her quilting blog. Now she says she is gonna spend her evening tippy-tapping.
I, of course, will spend my evenings nearby, interrupting her at regular intervals to make sure I get enough scritches so her stress level stays nice and low.
It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it. I'm so glad I'm a cat.