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Sweet indulgences... or a necessity of life?!?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

This last winter storm really packed a punch..... 80+ trees and limbs down on our road alone Needless to say, power went out.... and we were without for 4 days... which felt like weeks.

Thankfully, we have a generator to supply power to the well pump and extension cords to the house for the kitchen basics.... like coffee pot, microwave, air fryer, electric skillet, etc., .... and a few lights.

With plenty firewood, we kept a big kettle of water on the woodstove for hot water while the fire kept us cozy.... and my hoyas and the rest of my house plants from going into shock.

After the power was restored, the simple indulgence of stepping into a hot shower was like an absolute indulgence...... FPC’s (face, pits and crotch) spit baths, even with warm water, may work in a pinch, but give me plenty of hot soapy water any day!

We still have lots of snow on the property, and Spring promises to be a busy time with all the clean up. Soon enough.

Our internet was out until late yesterday. Keeping in touch using my cellphones Limited data and reception out here in the woods leaves much to be desired.

I’m so thankful for our safety during the storm ..... despite the minor inconveniences.

On the “fun” side of the storm..... This was Charlie Browns (9 month old Yorkie) first exposure to snow... at first he didn’t much care for it.... now, this is the same dog that doesn’t like to get wet from the rain! But after he figured out how easy it was to dig through.... he came back drenched and muddy every time he went outside. Boys will be boys.

Buster Brown (3 year old Yorkie) was of course a trouper, this being his third winter. Bad Leroy Brown (14 years old) doesn’t take the stairs or cold weather like he used to do, much preferring to nap by the woodstove. Who can blame him? Ha!

How’s your Winter been treating you so far?

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    I was just doing yoga, heard the heat kick on and took a moment to be grateful for things I take for granted, like having heat and feeling safe.

    So happy you all weathered the storm!

    32 days ago
    OH no! Just seeing this blog today! Sorry you were w/o power for 4 days. That’s awful.

    When I did bedside nursing, we called that a PTA bath. I’ll let you fill in the words! LOL

    Definitely glad you and DH were safe. AND the Brown boys! My yorkie-poo is 7 mths. old and she definitely is not enamored of the cold nor snow. Delicate little flower! LOL Oh my Miss Lilly is a total digger. OMG, a fenced yard could not contain her, I think, if she starts to dig!

    I think I am with Bad Leroy Brown . . . nap by the fireplace (or wood stove). Suits me, too.

    We really hadn't had much snow till the last weekend. 8 in. Now it's snowing again, and guess it will be for the next 3 days. Oh well. . . it's winter.

    HUGS and stay warm and safe.
    32 days ago
    Our boiler is out today and we are so grateful for the log fire! It makes you appreciate the simple basics of life doesn't it?!
    32 days ago
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    emoticon for sharing.
    33 days ago
    That's quite the storm. We haven't had one like that for almost 20 years.
    33 days ago
    I can just imagine Charlie Brown frolicking in the snow, and I know that must have been so fun to watch!

    So glad that you are back on regular power now, and so thankful that you stayed safe. Not knowing when it was going to come back on would make me extra skittish. And ahhhh, the comfort of a hot shower!

    We have had mostly an unseasonably warm winter here. It's cooler (58 degrees) and rainy today, and I've been chilled the whole day! I don't think I'd manage very well in your really cold weather!
    33 days ago
    It's not fun to not have electricity, been there done that, we also now have a huge generator, enough to keep the whole farm going. Now, we have only had to use it once, but just in case, cause we are all electric, and also no water, as need electrity to run the well.
    33 days ago
    glad you came through the storm ok
    33 days ago
    thx for sharing. my winter has been rather tame compared to yours.
    33 days ago
    We were unseasonably warm through December. Last week right at the time of our youngest son’s wedding...winter arrived with a vengeance. Wedding was lovely. Bitter cold, ice on every walkable surface. Didn’t matter in the least. The bride loves winter. It was tough on the people used to warmer, dryer climates. More ice and snow today. It’s winter in snow country. Sigh. Another reason this won’t be our retirement spot.

    I’m glad your resourcefulness and savvy kept you safe. Amen to having a generator!!!

    33 days ago
    Nothing like a power outage to make you grateful for electricity. We take it for granted until it's out. I'm glad you are back online.
    33 days ago
    We have been spoiled.
    Mostly above average temps. But when it drops the weather can change with/in 10 min..

    Not much BAD weather this year so far.
    Although I haven't been away from home since last Saturday.
    When we did have black ice I was home bound to keep from falling. My back is in sad shape.

    Sadie Mae being a short haired (Taco Bell fur-baby) doesn't like cold weather. So she goes out with her coat on. It's out, does her business and back in for a treat !

    Take care and be safe.
    33 days ago
    34 days ago
  • no profile photo CD24558803
    You so appreciate things you take for granted when they fail
    34 days ago
    Thank you for sharing about your dogs. Glad everyone is warm!
    34 days ago
    We're in a subdivision, not as scenic as your place, as I imagine it to be, nestled in the woods. Still, we get deer in our yards occasionally because we live near a large wooded park with lakes. We have a generator in case power goes out, which it hasn't yet this winter. I would hate to be without my devices.

    Our little dog Alan looks a little like a Yorkie but he's a mix of wire-haired fox terrier and dachshund. He hates snow. Of course, he won't play in it. He's cute, anyway! Thanks for asking how we're doing!
    34 days ago
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