Last Tuesday night we had a fairly good rainstorm. I think it was just the second rain of the season so we weren’t surprised that the power went out for several hours in the middle of the night. It came back on around 4 am and Paul and I went back to sleep for several more hours.
I got to the kitchen first the next morning and found that the refrigerator didn’t have power. I went and flipped the breaker but nothing worked. Meanwhile Paul got our hefty extension cord and plugged the fridge in at the closest plug with power. We checked our plugs to see what wasn’t working and it’s our whole kitchen, sala fresca, garage, and laundry room.
Wednesday we had electrician #1 come and he said that it didn’t seem to be the breakers and there was something wrong part of the power coming into the house. He thought it would come back on its own and said he’d check with us in the morning. We thought it was likely that he was out of his depth and didn’t know how to fix it. Telling us tomorrow would push the problem off until then. We ended up being wrong about that as you’ll see, below.
So the next morning (Thursday) we called electrician #2 and he came and checked and said basically the same thing! He called the electric company while he was here to describe what he’d found and they told him that it had been reported and was a problem for an area around us. They said it would be fixed within 3 hours.
Well, you can guess that it wasn’t fixed Friday either. Or Saturday. On Sunday the power came on and off a bunch of times so we thought they were working on it. Paul even got a bit over zealous and put back all our kitchen appliances that had been plugged in on the buffet in the dining room. Nope. Better put everything back.
Monday (today) it was still off. We had a number of errands to do this morning but when we got back home at 2:30 and it was still off, I called the electric company. I have a trouble ticket number now and the repair people are supposed to be out between 1 and 10 hours from the time I reported it. We’ll see.
What we understand is that one of the three legs of power coming into our house is not being given power. Makes sense given that the oven comes on but can’t heat since you need all three legs for 220 power (or so I’m told.)
What about being flexible? Well, yesterday I had prepped a whole bunch of tomatoes to roast not realizing that the oven wouldn’t work. Instead I decided to put them (with the garlic, rosemary, salt & olive oil) in the slow cooker instead. The smell was heavenly and it worked out perfectly.
Today is our fasting day (we’re both on the 5:2 diet) and I had planned to make baked sweet potatoes for our dinner. Without an oven that wouldn’t work so instead I took our roasted tomatoes and pureed them in the blender and served the tomato soup cold over chopped cucumber. It was a delicious cold soup on a warm summer day, just the thing for those flexible days in México.