It snowed for the first real time off and on throughout the day today and while I am usually not the most excited person (read that as I usually slink around cursing it) in the house about snow and winter, I was actually happy to see it.
****Side note: Being I work from home, there is no such thing as a snow day. No excuse for “the power is out” or “there is no heat” as I need to be prepared to work through essentially any disruption.
I think the change is that now that we live at the homestead (and away from the city) it is a real break from the summer projects and chores. I know I am ready for winter (wood shed filled, things are winterized, etc.) and there is no pressure to get remaining things done outside. It is now essentially break time!
That isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of indoor projects on the list, but in true procrastinators form…I have all winter to do them! 🙂
Where we live, we are fairly well off the beaten track. Electricity is pretty reliable, but goes out several times a year anywhere from a few minutes to (to date) a day. During the winter months the biggest concern with a power outage for most homes is heating their home for comfort and to keep it from freezing up. With our wood stove as our primary heat source, power has little to no impact on our home staying nice and toasty.
The wood stove also takes care of another priority that being the ability to cook. We have made many meals on top of the wood stove when we have power, so not having power is again not a big deal. We even have an *oven that will fit on top of our stove should we want to make bread or the like.
Now comes the shameless product endorsement – and with it….I would never recommend a product that I do not own and use myself and also recommend to my friends and family. Also, I am not connected in anyway with the manufacturer. Though if they wanted to hire me and pay my loads of cash to just use their product I would have to put pride aside and accept. 🙂
The biggest inconvenience in our house, and I am sure with most people, when the power is out is not having light in the rooms we use. Amazing how not having light makes even the simplest of things suddenly very challenging. Even with a flashlight things are a pain.
A friend of mine who was in Puerto Rico during the hurricane last year was lucky enough to be staying with friends that were well use to the power going out. When the hurricane came through, he told me that they had a pretty good system down for dealing with the lack of light in particular. They had several Luci lights and let me tell you these things are fantastic! They are basically a solar charged inflatable LED light.
You simply blow them up like a small beach ball and turn them on. They have a couple brightness settings and I have used them all night long on the brightest setting without fail. Since they are inflatable, if you drop them or bang them around they just keep going. They stay nice and cool, so we put them wherever we need them and can give them to the kids without worry of anything happening (not the case with our lanterns or candles).
I just leave all of ours in a windowsill year round and grab them when I need them. They have never failed me in the year we have had them.
For the $20 or so they cost, they are one of the best investments I have made for preparing the house for the unexpected. I highly encourage you to check them out.
If you have them or get your hands on one, let me know what you think. I will be shocked if anyone has something bad to say about them.
Off to dinner! Hope you all have a great rest of your day!
*The oven we have for our wood stove is here: Coleman oven