I am very thankful that during the wind storms that hit Oregon and Washington that my family was safe, and the trees that broke in half in my back yard (min of 8-12 inches in diameter on those tree tops that snapped!) missed my home by INCHES!!!!! Three of them! INCHES! Someone was looking after us!!!!
I am thankful we got our power back on after 3 days instead of the expected 5! I am thankful we were all safe and warm and spent many hours just being together keeping warm in the family room with a fire and playing family board games!
I am also thankful that we were able to get non flamable light sources so our home didn't accidentally catch fire! And that we have camping equipment and made wonderful dinners via the fireplace and fondue pots!
And I am very thankful to the power company teams that worked without breaks for days trying to get the power back on to my community and others!
Most of all I am thankful that during all this, I was off work and could be there for my family taking care of them...and not at work under generator power spending most of the day answering telephone asking how their loved ones were every 15-30 minutes (I am SERIOUS! For every patient we had an average of 3-5 calls per pt checking in on them...we had to ask an agency secretary/receptionist to come in just to answer the calls for the hospital about the power out!!!!! I was there for 3 hours of the power outage, and was soooooooo very happy to leave!). I finally called the news and told them to please do a story on coordenating efforts between families to only have one person call...and only one or twice a day...and that we nurses would contact them if anything changed with their loved ones!