Tuesday, March 06, 2007

We got the power ..

HUGS! To all you who commented and left well wishes. We have power and the worst of the branches picked up. Many people around us still do not have power even after two weeks, which means no heat for many but some do have gas powered generators (not us). With the cost of gas being at almost $3 gallon it takes a good 20 gallons a day to power a small house. Dave's work was running generators to power up the entire plant which took more than 50000 gallons of gas a day however there were three days he did not work last week. Many shelters had opened up for showers and just a warm place to stay.

What am I to be thankful for. My home canned food red beans (seasoned), rice, black beans soup, green split pea soup, pickled green beans, jellies, bread I had previously baked in the freezer, etc. We had a propane cook stove to warm things up with (an electric household convection oven doesn't work without electricity) and was thankful that it was cold enough outside that we just allowed nature to keep our freezer goods at the bakehouse cold by opening a couple of windows in the freezer room... we didn't lose anything (yeah!). Other things we were thankful for included a propane heater for the main level of our house, a shower at the school, candlelight, a battery operated radio, bottled water, and each other.

My thumb is healing... four and 1/2 weeks of still having it wrapped :( - the wrap is annoying and my hand occasionally itches inside of it. Washing dishes and ease in going to the bathroom are things I miss the most. I'll be lurking around blog land awhile catching up on my favorite blog reads for a while longer. I'll also be working on that using the harvest frozen tomato post part 2. CHEERS!

16 comments:

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theONLYtania said...

Hey! I had no idea you were in the midst of all that trouble, it is definitely fortunate for you to have all your canned goods :-)

Hope all turns out well!

Midwest Vegan said...

I didn't realize you were affected that much by the storm either. I'm glad you all are doing okay. I'm sure you'll be glad when everything goes totally back to normal.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Oh, I am so glad to see your post. I was worried about you, but knew you were a trooper and very well prepared. Keep on healing and stay warm. Good to see you back! :o)

madeinalaska said...

Oh Dori you do have your hands full.. Don’t you.. Including one that’s injured. I am glad you have your pantry full of you canned goods.. Take care and I am hoping everything is going okay for you and your family!

Twisted Cinderella said...

I am so glad that you didn't lose your frozen goods! That is wonderful. And I am glad you had the canned goods and propane cooker. I remember how much I wanted those things when we were without power for a week after hurrican juan.

Jackie said...

Sorry to hear about your thumb. I can only type with one figure of my left hand so know what a problem it must be for you.

Glad to hear your electricity is back on and glad to hear you managed so well without it and you didn't have any losses of foodstuffs.

Melody said...

Oh Dori! I had no idea that you have been without power, I must have missed your last post there... wow.. what a drama! It's wonderful that you were so well prepared.

Urban Vegan said...

glad you got the power back...and that you have such a stash of preserved stuff to get you thru the winter. sending helaing thoughts directly to your thumb...

laura jesser said...

Dori, I'm glad that your life seems to be healing up now... Hang in there! I look forward to seeing you back.

erica said...

Yay power! You are such a superstar that you had food canned and ready to go. Heal quicker, thumb! We don't want any mishaps on account of you! (The thumb, of course, not you Dori!)

erica said...

Oh by the way - my rhubarb roots finally arrived, I am super ultra excited. Only it's going to rain all weekend, so I suppose I'll get them in the ground next week (weather permitting).

KleoPatra said...

Oh, i am so glad you posted an update, Dori... It itches in there partly because it IS healing inside of that wrapping - and that's a mighty good sign.

Thumbs up to you on the power situation, too - no pun intended!

Keep up the good work and i'm thinking of you and sending warm and peaceful, healing thoughts your way!

aTxVegn said...

I can't believe you were without power for so long - how awful! Your canning certainly paid off!

Keep taking care of your thumb. I hope it will be fully healed very soon.

Veg-a-Nut said...

I know you are still in a wrap, but I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and wishing you the best. :o)

Emmy said...

Glad your power is back on and that your thumb is healing nicely :)