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Jumping for joy

Electric line against a gray sky(I know Mark has already told you some of this, but it's so momentous I wanted to post about it too!)

Mark and I finally got away from the farm Wednesday to visit my family in Bristol.  When we got home, we were thrilled to see the powerline back in place atop its poles!  We scurried into the trailer...only to discover that the juice was still off.

Remember how I lost faith on day 1 of the outage?  Now it was Mark's turn.  When the electricity was still off on Thursday morning, I could see his spirits plummeting into his (cold, wet) boots.  It was too rainy outside to heat anything up on the wood stove for lunch, so we shivered in the kitchen, eating cold chicken sandwiches and bemoaning our fate.

Then I gasped.

"Oh, no!" Mark responded.  "What's wrong now?"

Speechless, I pointed down the hall to where our CFL had flickered into light.  "Look, Mark!  Electricity!!!!!!"

We stared in rapture at the glowing bulb for a couple of minutes, then jumped into action.  Mark plugged in the stove fan and freezer while I started up the fridge and internet.  I turned on the drinking water pump and filled up our emergency milk jugs of water, then we headed out to pump water from the creek to fill the thousand gallon washing-water tank.  (We'd been caught, very unfortunately, with it nearly completely empty, which really made the outage more difficult than it should have been.)

Heating up water on the stoveNext, Mark plugged in the golf cart while I filled pots of water to heat on the stove.  Near instant hot water, and plenty of it!  After skimping for nearly two weeks, washing each day's dishes in a scant gallon of melted snow,
I was so excited that I filled our sink with gallons and gallons worth, even though there weren't really that many dishes.

Before I was able to calm down enough to check my email, I had to twirl around outside in the snow, singing at the top of my lungs, "Elec-tri-ci-ty!  Light!  Heat!  Water!"

My weather-forecaster buddy warns that bitter cold weather is on its way tonight, with all next week slated to stay below freezing.  Right at this instant, though, I can't muster any doom and gloom at all.

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This post is part of our Two Weeks Without Electricity series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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