Friday, July 13, 2012
My husband had two generators going--a smaller one for the refrigerator, TV, computers, and lights and a larger one for the water pump and hot water heater. The first night we ran the small generator while we slept. That was a mistake since it must have overloaded because the extension cord melted! After that, we didn't run any at night and enjoyed the peace and quiet. We would put the freezer stuff in a cooler packed with ice and put frozen water bottles in the fridge to keep the other food cold. So, we didn't lose too much food.
I cooked on a camp stove outside enjoying the sounds of wood thrushes. On July 4, I made blackberry syrup on the camp stove instead of my usual cobbler. All in all, we didn't fare too badly.
Our power was restored last Saturday, July 7. Many in our county didn't have their power restored until days later so we felt somewhat fortunate.
My husband also went over to the Amish community to buy his granola he likes there. The Amish were not affected by the power outage because they don't hook up to the power grid. They use generators, gas, wind and solar and are quite independent. We could learn a thing or two from them.
Eastern Box Turtles July 5, 2012
These box turtles did not seem to mind the power outage either. I saw three in the yard last week which was a little unusual.
This is an experience we won't forget any time soon.