I woke up this morning at about 7:30am, and went into the kitchen to find all four kids sitting at the table helping themselves to a bowl of homemade granola. They were trying to be quiet so as not to wake me or their daddy. I looked out the kitchen window to find the ground outside covered in several inches of snow. Large white flakes mixed with smaller, faster-falling particles were drifting to the ground, promising more accumulation throughout the day. Jerry wouldn’t be going to work. There’s no way he’d make it out of our long, off-road driveway.
I slipped my rubber shoes on, grabbed a thick winter coat, and went outside to see what kind of snow we were getting. The entire world seemed to be silent, except for the sound of the icy snow falling through the trees in the woods like little pebbles. Icy snow. Power outages are sure to follow. Although we’re partly off-grid, we still have some preparing to do in case local power lines go down. In the wintertime we remove the hand pump from our well and rely on the electric submersible pump. If the power goes out, so does our running water. Worst case, we could put the pump on the well, but that would be as a last resort. Really, who wants to stand outside in the freezing cold pumping water?
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