We quickly discovered that winter here means loss of power. We lost power several times last winter and while prepared, we weren’t as prepared as we could have been. We don’t have a generator to plug the house into like our neighbors do, but then again, I guess we don’t have the insatiable need for power either. Yes, lights are good, yes warmth is good, yes being able to cook is good. But then again, we had flashlights, extra blankets along with other heat sources, and the ability to cook outside. But, I took it an extra step this week and got some oil lamps. I will be purchasing a few more in the weeks to come.
As the days are growing shorter at a rapid clip, dinner time is now at sunset. The past couple of nights we’ve lit the lamps and used that as our source of internal light. It’s been cozy.
It’s also been amazing how peaceful the house has feels in the glow of the steady light. Youngest daughter says it’s just like “Little House on the Prairie” and as long we don’t start making them trek to an outhouse she is just fine with it. Funny….one of the houses we are interested in perhaps buying someday has an outhouse.