I finally made it. I remember the sweeeeet days when I was the number one posting member of the LJ community. I even won the first issuing of LJ t-shirts for active participation from Martin.
And then, I was 2nd, and I tried to keep up. Then, I was 3rd, and then 4th, and 5th, and no matter how much I scrambled, I kept falling further and further behind.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m just trying to be funny, in my dry, not-funny, style.
I am so glad that this community is growing, and that I can be a hidden part of the group now. Thanks to Debbie for her leadership, and her constant encouragement to all of us.
So, why “no electricity?”
A bad ice storm has hit our area, starting last night, and still getting worse. I just did the rounds, and we are starting to lose big limbs on the trees now, and it is still misting and getting colder. Still, I would rather have ice, than wild fires, or floods. So, we are thankful, and actually glad for the moisture, as our water well needs some filling before we run out.
We live out in the hills. There are only 3000 people living in the entire county in which we live. Which also means low taxes, no building inspectors, no permits, just freedom as our fore-fathers envisioned it. Well, maybe not that far, but it is nice here. BUT, that does make it hard when we are out of electricty, and the bigger cities need help first.
We aren’t hurting in any way at this point. I’m using my Y2K generator again (remember that one?), running it for awhile to warm up the house, get the water well working, use the computer, check my emails, watch the forecast on tv, and then we shut it down again. The weather forecast gave us enough warning that I was able to get to town and fill up all of the gas cans, get some food, cover the firewood, get the generator out of storage, get the scaffold tent built to keep water off of the generator, hook up the wiring, and then just wait. All night I waited, and about 6:30 am, the power finally went out, as expected. It was nice to be prepared and well supplied for once. Thanks to the weather forecasters.
So, that concludes my 1000th Post, hurray.
Now, back to “no lights.”
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com