Friday, December 26, 2008

While we were away, i wrote this while we were off line

Winter Epiphany shattered with two words (Friday December 12, 2008

So If you read my past blogs you know how excited I was that we would be all set during a power outage. We have that amazing wood cook stove. No Problem! OK well Thursday night Mike came home from work with the weather report. See we have no Internet or Television so no weather report. Mike tells me we are expecting a bad storm, not sure of the details but Ice and freezing rain was mentioned. No Problem....the STOVE!!! Well as mike is talking to the true Mainers he works with one asks him if he he has oil lamps. “Ya, we have one, and a battery lantern.” he also tells them about our wonderful stove and how for the first time ever we can heat our house and cook if we loose power. Here it comes. “Ya, but you have no water.”he said. “last time we got an ice storm the power was out for 14 days” NO WATER! What? How? We have a well, that means an electric pump, no power, no water. We are so city, DIR! So that settles in and then I start to power for 14 days!!! no way to clean diapers, batteries in lantern gone! Oil in lamp gone! Sun goes down at 4:30! NO WATER... No WATER!!!! we are screwed! So we click into high gear. We eat dinner, make a list and split into teams! Mike and Forrest went to the store, 35 minutes away. Gaynor and I start filling any and all available containers with water and prepare to bake 2 dozen muffins and cinnamon buns. Have to be prepared and what would we do without cinnamon buns? Mike said the store was dead, so funny, plainly these people actually prepare ahead of time, not like in MA! Long story short, the power only flashed, although we are not in the clear yet, it is all going to re-freeze tonight. But now we know, we need to get our act together.
On a lighter note, what an amazing scene. Everything (I mean everything) was covered with ice, trees, ground, cars, power lines, everything. These pictures don't even do it justice. It looked like the trees were made of glass! Even the pines were glowing in the sun. The entire mountain looked like it was made from crystals. Truly amazing. The pictures would be even better without the power lines and/or orange cones. But in my defense, once the sun came out and lit it all up it also started melting off the trees soooo fast it was literally disappearing before my eyes. I was trying to hurry before it was all gone. Also, enjoy the fruits of our snow flake making frenzy!

1 comment:

RedLentil said...

How wonderful! I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your post! We're in England so don't generally get any weather that's too severe but we have got some survival boxes anyway - most people who know think we're a little eccentric for doing so I think. Still, like you thing we're really lacking is water. We all take it for granted so much that it's really easy to overlook it in preparation for a "survival" type situation.

The countryside around you looks beautiful too!