So a couple of weeks ago, we had an epic wind storm; the kind of storm that drives you to hurry home because it's just ominous. It's a bit counterintuitive when you live in the middle of the forest but you know, home just feels like a safe place when things are crazy.
The weather came up as the sun went down and just as the light was changing, we watched these monsters slowly crash to the forest floor.
While big storms, and the accompanying power outage, aren't for everyone, they certainly are for us. I did worry a bit about the freezers but we had enough propane to can a good portion of what was in them. Once we figured that out, we settled in to enjoy.
The lantern is from Lehman's (no endorsement) and works like a charm. The mugs are a random assortment, including one from Shprixieland (also no endorsement). We had tea with water boiled in the kelly kettle (more about that some day) and enjoyed the real silence.
Now, it gets pretty quiet here but the silence that comes with a power outage is magical and most definitely it's own kind of special. Not only do we slow down but all of the background hums and noises disappear. You really don't realize how quiet life can be until you take electricity out of the equation. Of course, that kicked off a round of "could we get off the grid" for us.
Over all, I think we could do with minimal power, especially in the winter when we have the woodstove to heat water and the freezers don't need to work as much. The fridge is a factor though less of one if I'm home more. I guess that's what I realized about electricity (like most of what's in our homes), it's really there to be a convenience so we can go to work and not have the extra hassle of rustling up thises or thats. It's also nice to not overheat us. My mother in law had a wood cookstove as her stove (that's right, no other option) for most of the Woodsman's life and I do remember the heat it pumped out in the summer when she needed to use it. That I wouldn't want to go back to.
But there are options - cob stove outside? Anyway, if you're off the grid or heading that way and have some ideas, please do drop me a line. We have been working on the first step (which is reducing) everywhere we can and now need to consider how we can add in.
On that note, I have to get to work!