Oh well, I thought, at least the washing will resume when the power returns and with any luck by the time I'm back from town all will be well.
Ha! Should have known better, After frustrating failure to get most of the things on my list got a taxi home dumped shopping with a sigh of relief and went to make a coffee. Two hours since leaving the house and still no power.
None of these things were possible without electricity, then one of my neighbours rang and asked if I had any power. Apparently there was a selective cut (just a few of the houses in our close) and we should have been warned by letter.
Not only had neither of us had any such letter, but worse, the power was apparently expected to be off until around 4.00 pm!
By now the lack of heating was beginning to make itself felt and I decided to follow my friend's example and phone my supplier (a different one from hers) and complain about the lack of warning.
This took a half an hour of trying three different numbers until I finally got an explanation and an apology, I should indeed have been warned. I said I was unimpressed, he apologised again and said they would make a payment in compensation. This may or may not happen, we'll see, but in the event the power came back on shortly after mid day.
I then raced through all the things I needed to do and fell into a chair with a coffee and switched on the TV.
Trawling through the usual dross I finally hit on ITV 3 just in time to catch the beginning of one of the very greatest TV plays I've ever seen.
This was the marvellous "Lost for words" starring the late great Thora Hird and Pete Postlethwaite.
Anyone who has never seen this superb classic is in for a treat if they have the means of retrieving it on Ipod/pad or similar gadget.
The deeply touching story of a loving son devoted to his lovely, dotty mother combines the very best of humour and pathos as the tale sees his mother through a series of strokes until she finally succumbs.
To say any more would be to spoil the experience for anyone who has yet to see it, but it is without doubt a truly memorable piece of theatre.
Don't take my word for it, watch it.
Or as Thora Hird would say "Flump!"