Friday, October 2, 2009


Yesterday we had a respite from the wind. Today it's back double speed. Rains off and on too. I went outside to get the mail and wished I had a rope strung along our 300' drive. Wore an old heavy rain slicker of Sweetie's and still came in feeling like I'd taken a dip in Lake Superior. Was NOT raining when I started down the drive. But Murphy's Law was soon in effect. When I got back inside I was standing at the kitchen sink and noticed the old shower curtain liner covering the woodpile in front of the window was nearly blown away. So back out I went. From there on it seemed that the wind picked up speed just to be spiteful and I went around battening down the hatches again.

We're sitting here now yawning - probably too much warmth from the wood stove - and waiting for a tree to come down.

Thanks for the comments regarding hunkering down. Nice to know I'm not the only "weird" or "anti social" one. Ha, ha.

A friend called awhile ago stressing about the power lines. She worried she'll lose power and thus a day of work. She works from home as a medical transcriptionist. Was interesting to hear that she "knew" we'd be okay because we have wood heat, oil lamps, emergency candles, a generator and fuel. Then the next thing out of her mouth was, "And I really wanted to go out to lunch today. I have lots of food here but I don't want to eat at home." I said maybe the power would be out THROUGHOUT town so she'd still be without a meal. She hadn't thought about that possibility.

I love her dearly but I was just shaking my head. And she stresses every month that she'll get enough lines to keep her average paycheck while complaining that it's getting harder to live on $35,000 a year. One person, in a house that she's remortgaged several times; heavy credit card debt; eats out several times a week, blah, blah, blah.

Ooops! There I go bitching again.

Well, the lights just flickered so I'm signing off. Take care, Treesong


Mayberry said...

Ugh... Have her try to raise a family of FOUR on $40K !!!

Katie Nilsson said...

Your friend reminds me of a gal I know who is getting divorced. She thinks she needs a minimum of $10k per MONTH to get by! I tried to explain to her that even if she got that much in maintenance and child support from the court, there was no guarantee that her ex would actually pay it. Pretty sure that didn't sink in, so I didn't bother explaining about what is going on in the world right now. ** Sigh **

HermitJim said...

Some folks just don't get it...and probably never will!

Glad you and DH are in good shape to ride out the "blow"...

Just gotta love being prepared!

Anonymous said...

I like to eat out, too. There is a reason for it. If you live by your self you lose interest in cooking for your self, only. It also helps stave off cabin fever. I know that as the weather gets foul I won't be able to get out, but for now I try to get out a little every day, thus I know the earth is still revolving on its axis and people inhabit the world. Don't be too hard on your friend. There are certain emotional needs that must be met. We each have different kinds of ties to massage. MEB

Anonymous said...

Yah, the other day I was just thinking the 3800 they were going to tax us for healthcare is almost more than we make in a year and live on. I hate thinking about getting a job to pay a healthcare tax.

Did it MY way said...

That wood stove does the job. When one is prepared life goes on.

If my job depended on elect juice I know I'd have a generator. Don't have the have the generator.

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