2020-style Christmas

(ignore April 30, 2017 publish date – this was published on December 25, 2020)


You just KNEW that Christmas this year couldn’t be normal. To start with, a big storm with a couple of inches of rain and 50-70mph winds started things off a couple of hours before midnight. The below video shows the early, easy part, but by the time I got to bed after midnight, it was pouring and the wind was so loud against my building, I wondered if I’d be able to go to sleep (I did…………and quite nicely, thank you, but it must have been a bitch for Santa to fly through).


I woke up somewhere between 6:30 and 7am and could tell right away that we had lost power. I saw on the news that the state had prepared for this by importing electrical company crews from as far away as Texas, so outages were expected to be widespread and lengthy.

Oh God…………..no desktop and my iPad’s wi-fi comes from that computer when it’s on. Plus, it’s still rainy and windy and fairly dark…………what will I do all day? I wouldn’t even be able to read anything unless I put a flashlight in my mouth (not with MY gag reflex!).

Whenever we have outages, it takes forever for PSE&G to show up…………….Merry Christmas to me.

I looked out my LR window just before 7am and could see that another building and the parking lot’s light fixture were dark, but everywhere else was well-lit:


That’s not good – it means it’s a tiny outage and not a priority, given all the much-larger outages that must have occurred.

I need a Christmas miracle.

At around 7:30 am, I heard a truck outside and some guy yelling. I looked out the window and it was a PSE&G truck! By 8:30, three of them were opposite my window:


The power came on at 8:59am! I’m saved from the worst Christmas ever! 2020 is losing it!

It was still a miserable day outside, but it could have been a hell of a lot worse.

I made believe I got a Christmas present when I opened up a package that arrived a couple of days ago. I had ordered a timer/clock for the kitchen – nothing exciting – and then I read the instructions. See if you can follow all this:



Fortunately, it’s an intuitive item, so they really weren’t needed, but OH MY GOD……..what if you really had no clue and had to depend on what this says?

Later on, I realized I had a mini-project that I wanted to do before today, but today would be OK. So I did.

I had noticed more than the usual few holiday decorations on tenants’ front doors and took a fast cruise through the building before anyone saw me (“Hey – why are you taking pictures by my front door?”).

They’re a bit rushed and not my best work, but it’s not like I’m trying to impress Santa at this point, so here’s what I shot:

This represents about a quarter of the apartments and none are mine.

(“Meowy Catmas”?)



Fortunately, my turkey dinner was pretty good (yes – I made it myself).


Goodbye, Covid Christmas.




  1. Terri December 26, 2020

    Merry Christmas Bob! Nothing like a rain storm! Wind was howling here last nite and we were in the high 20s so it felt like a NY Christmas. Loved seeing the doors too. One more week and we can say farewell to 2020! Aren’t you glad you experienced this historical time…🙃🙃

  2. E December 26, 2020

    Merry Christmas Bob ! I had a little clean up but no power outage. Fence panel next door fell in ( we’ll see how long that takes to get fixed, their recycling is all over the lawn because they don’t know when to put it on the curb!). And a flower pot that I thought was too heavy to be pushed by the wind crashed and made a muddy mess on the porch. Such Christmas fun 🎄. Did get to see my beautiful granddaughter , so all was well. Happy New Year!

  3. Vanessa Briscoe Hay December 26, 2020

    Merry Christmas – we had an arctic blast low of 26 and high of 31 on Christmas. It was warmer in some parts of Canada than Georgia USA. 1:15 am I got an alert we would have snow flurries (which are rare where I live especially on Christmas) in 7 minutes. I went outside and sure enough – we had heavy flurries for about 10 minutes. I like your door photos. It’s cool that you always have a project. 🙂

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