Tuesday, December 23, 2008
No electricity = no fun
Hey, it's me, Danni. Did you notice I was gone? Yup, for two days. Things just keep getting better around here (sarcasm alert). Our electricity went out - twice - on Sunday. Both times were fairly short - just a few hours. On Monday, though, it went down at 9:00AM down and didn't come back...until late today. Believe it or not, I consider us lucky to have gotten it back as quickly as we did - many people, more rural than we, will be out for a lot longer.
We have a small generator, but even with this, it was getting really cold in the house. I think we are going to need a more manly-sized one to handle the winters out here in the country. I'm also thinking that I'm not going to really be able to say that Northwest Oregon doesn't have rough winters anymore after this one. Fortunately, we've got a propane cooktop and water heater, so again, we've been luckier than some.
Sadly, though, the big Christmas Eve overnighter that was scheduled for my house (9 family members) has been cancelled. Too much snow + too inconsistent electricity + more potential crazy weather means that Christmas Eve dinner is now tentatively scheduled to be at my mom's house in the city. Forecasters, however, are now predicting up to 8" of new snow tomorrow followed by freezing rain tomorrow night. Not good travelling weather, if you know what I mean. Everything is completely up in the air. Christmas packages have not arrived (UPS, FEDEX and even the U.S. postal service aren't delivering). With no power, the holiday food has not been prepared. My son's birthday (my winter solstice baby) - even his celebrations were delayed because of treacherous road conditions.
In other news...
1) Who knew my battery-operated itty-bitty booklight would come in so handy? This was me in the dark last night:
2) I'm very thankful for my beautiful chickens and the eggy presents they give me every day. Apparently, also due to this freakish winter weather, normal deliveries aren't being made and now there's an egg shortage at local grocery stores:
3) Roxy is still really cute:
Other than this, there is nothing new here to report. You already know that everything is covered in snow. This is my poor little car: