Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Living the Ice Storm--Pictures

Bird Frozen In Time (it's not a real bird, folks!)

The water supply....Mom found these wonderful blue containers at the discount store about half way through the outage. I usually filled the two large buckets, plus a mulitude of smaller bottle containers each day. The one Sage is sitting in was not for drinking water! ;-)

Cooking On the Woodstove

Coffee, Soup Bubbling, Pizza warming--this was the first day--when I was still optimistic :-)

Day Whatever---Eggs, Coffee, Kinda Toast

Needed Items

Next to food, water and heat, here is what I keep in my 'survival kit'.

Starting in the middle at the bottom and working clockwise: C batteries for my really old tape recorder, a list of what batteries I need to have on hand, replacement wicks for the kerosine lantern, a battery operated lantern (This is something I didn't have on hand, but longed for), Fliplight to read by (this is also a new purchase!), battery candle light (not a strong light, but helpful to carry around and keep by the bed etc.), Kerosine lantern (used as a decorative piece when not in duty), and lamp oil (not pictured), battery operated transistor radio (a must have, otherwise the isolation is overwhelming), emergency candles (burn longer than regular candles), matches, D and 9 volt batteries, and decorative candles (to make your house smell pretty and lift your spirits). I keep most of this stuff on hand in my 'surival kit' box, but added a few things after the ice storm that I wish I had had. And I do have to admit some of this stuff is left from the Y2K stockpiling scare! ;-)

Exhausting Work
Good help is hard to find, but as you can see, here are the hardworking crew, finally resting after their grueling 12 days. Its hard business to sit on their person's lap and try and keep her warm, measure water in buckets and oversee the running of the household!


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

You are a trouper, and as I've said before, I admire you! It's too bad that your woodstove can't hold a fire for the night like ours (when it's cold we keep it going 24/7). Would have saved you some time in the a.m. not having to clean and rebuild.

You did pick a doozy of a book to listen to! That would have depressed me more than the power outage, from the sounds of your exerpts!

Tammy said...

Hi Michelle,
Well, I'm not sure what kind of trooper I am---I felt pretty wimpy during the ice storm. :-)

If I had it to do over again, I would have gotten a slightly bigger stove w/bigger firebox. Oh, and a side loading ash tray! There are usually a good bed of coals to restart the fire, and I take out ashes every other day in 'normal' times. But with the extreme cold, I had to keep the fire going hotter so ended up having to take ashes out everyday....which is pain.

Yes....I'd been waiting for this book forever (I got it free off PBS), it was just so ironic in the timing. :-) Thankfully I didn't start listening to it, until the last three days of no electricity. I would really have gotten depressed earlier on! ;-)