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Monday, November 12, 2007

Storms and power outages...

There's something very pioneer like to sitting in a darkened house - power outage - not a sound but the fury of the wind outside.

I was woken up at 4:30 this morning by gusts like I haven't heard in a long time.

Try as I might I could not get back to sleep. There was a branch from the maple tree outside the bedroom window, slapping against siding, scraping the glass (mental note - trim those branches). I moved to the sofa in the living room, but the wind was just as loud out there. The lights flickered once, twice, then went out for good at 6 am. I expected it. With winds like that we rarely make it through without a power outage.

As I lay on the sofa I could hear things blowing across the yard. Now and then something would bang against the house. The gusts were so strong they shook the house itself. The wind even woke dh up, which is rare.

It was so strong between 5 and 6 am that a piece of the metal barn siding ended up flung several feet from the stack. We have the stack on the protected side of the barn and it's heavy stuff, so the wind must have come in at just the right angle. The biggest surprise was the old freezer. We had it sitting in the driveway up against the garage doors, waiting to be hauled off. It blew over onto it's side, getting dented on the way down by the pile of bricks sitting near. It's now back inside the garage.

I don't know when it changed for me. I used to love a good storm, wind storms especially. As I've gotten older I like them less and less. I still don't mind an occasional power outage, but the ensuing storm can undo me. During the daylight hours I can take the storms better, when I can see what's going on around me. When they come under the cover of darkness it's a different story. I don't know why it's changed for me, it just has.

My mother was deathly afraid of wind storms. I never knew why. Did she suffer some trauma due to one, or did it just creep up on her like it did me? I'll never know.

We've always been well prepared, even before living rural. We have oil lamps, candles, flashlights, food, even the gas grill for cooking if necessary. The only real issue is the well. Because we're rural we're on a private well. That means if we lose power, we lose our water supply. During those times when I suspect the power may go out, I draw enough water to get us through.

We've talked about buying a small generator to keep the pump and freezer running, but it's one of those things we have yet to do. Though it would be useful, it hasn't seemed like a major necessity. And since we've only been without power once for any signficant amount of time, it seems even less so. I'm sure we'll end up with one eventually, but for now we play pioneer when the circumstances require it.

At 9 am it looked as if the winds might die down, but a high wind advisory is in effect for the afternoon through early evening. The winds certainly are kicking up again.

The good news is that all the leaves have blown off, so I probably won't need to rake anymore this year. lol Silver lining....lol
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