WE HAVE POWER!
It actually took us a little while to realize that power had been restored: we have to disconnect from the grid when we connect the generator. Given what you saw in the video in this post from yesterday, I am very impressed with Duke Energy. It seems many of us learned a lot from the Year of the Hurricanes (2004). The infrastruction is more robust, and better response systems are in place. It's hard to believe we were little more than 24 hours without power. We've now entered that blissful and blessed period when we have heightened awareness of and gratitude for the amenities we rarely otherwise contemplate.
Speaking of blessings: We had been anticipating three days, perhaps much more, of miserable, hot, humid weather, with no air conditioning, non-working fans, and un-functional pools. Instead, Ian brought with it a most amazing respite from the temperatures-still-in-the-90's weather of last week. It was 63 degrees when we awoke this morning! Now that the storm is gone, the temperatures are expected to rise again, but only to the 80's for this week and with much lower humidity, they way.
Time to get on to other work. We're still without internet, and I don't want to overdo the phone wi-fi hotspot usage.