Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Waiting for another storm

Hope the new camera gets here today! This picture is from 1995. Looks different around here now...



The snow is supposed to begin around mid day and snow all day, followed by sleet and freezing rain, followed by another round of snow tomorrow! Big chance of power outages!

Poppy and I have been through one bad winter storm here in the cabin. We were without power for a full week.  We kept a fire going in the fireplace. We hung a quilt in the living room to block off the rest of the house and slept on the floor in front of the fireplace. We cooked on the gas stove. The biggest problem was being without water because of the pump not working.  After a full week of this...seven long days, I was on porch getting another armload of firewood and heard the sound of trucks coming down the path...could it be!!!  It was!!! Carolina Power & Light Company!  I dropped the firewood. I waved and whistled and threw them kisses. The guys waved back to me. It was exciting stuff!

The next time we were without power for several days was totally different.  It was hot humid September. Hurricane Fran hit big time. Trees down everywhere.  Broken limbs, pine boughs and pine cones all over the house and hanging from power lines. The air smelled like chewed up pine needles. September in North Carolina can be mighty hot and sticky. It was miserable without the ac! Not even a fan to stir the air a bit. 

When Fran hit in 1996, Poppy and I were finishing the pier on our newly dug pond.  We were told that it would probably take a year for the pond to fill. There is no natural spring or water source going into the pond. We were told however, by the environmental people, that we have 40 acres of run-off, so no problem having a pond.  We were prepared to watch the pond slowly fill.  This picture was taken the morning after Hurricane Fran hit our area...




The pond was filled and over flowing...



The entire property was covered in tree limbs, sticks, leaves, and pine cones...






Talk about being overwhelmed! I did not know where to begin cleaning up the mess.   

A couple of years ago Poppy and I invested in a generator.  One large enough to run the entire house, should the power go out.  And, this generator comes on automatically 30 seconds after losing power! We may soon find out how well it works!

I will miss the fun of bringing in wood, keeping a fire going, living by the fireplace, cooking simple, no TV, not having to take a bath because of no water, shucks! ;)...

Better get busy  Thank you for visiting.

Love,
Henny Penny


  

21 comments:

  1. I've been worrying about everyone in the path of this newest winter storm. There are so many of them this year. They've named this one Pax so if they used every letter up to P then this is the 16th. I was glad to read that you have a generator, especially one that come on automatically. I tried to join your page, but the link to Google registration wouldn't fully load. I'll try again later. I found you from comments you made on another blog. I can't remember which one it was, but I've gone back and read a lot of your old entries and enjoyed them very much.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much. This has been a rough winter for everybody! Hope you will try again to follow my blog. I do get excited and appreciate a new friend. Never would I have dreamed of anyone following my blog! Thank you!

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  2. Sounds like you are well prepared. Having forewarning and experience is half the battle.

    I'll be thinking about you and hope you don't have too much damage to clean up after this has all passed off.

    Victoria in Indiana

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    1. Well, we have lots of snow on the ground and it is now sleeting. We still power! Who knows what will happen by tomorrow morning! Thank you Victoria

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  3. You are prepared! We have a generator too, but it is stored in the garage and has to be brought over. The Fireplace would keep us warm unless it was very cold. Most of our power lines are underground...that makes quite a difference with outages. That was some Hurricane to fill your pond! :)

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    1. Power lines underground would make a big difference! We get broken power lines a lot during storms!

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  4. What can you do but snuggle in and enjoy the snow.... It seems the weather has gone nuts this year, and everywhere. I enjoyed your old photos.

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    1. The snow was beautiful falling today. It is sleeting now. The weather has been terrible this winter.

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  5. I hope this latest storm is not too hard on you, we certainly have had our fair share of cold weather this winter, it'll be one to remember.
    Your pond is huge, more like a lake, I assume it is for fishing and the likes, whiling away the hours in the countryside, what could be more special.
    Thank you for visiting, and leaving such a sweet comment.
    Stay warm !
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for following. Your blog is beautiful! You make country living even more special! The pond is only one acre. I suppose it looks larger because of the storm's over filling.

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  6. Whatever the weather brings,stay safe,cosy and warm.
    Jane x

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    1. Thank you, we will try. We have lots of snow! Still have power right now. It is sleeting now too!

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  7. That was a violent but quick way to fill the pond! I would love to see how it looks now, once you get your new camera.

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  8. It surely was a storm! The pond looks much better now. I will post a picture. Thank you.

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  9. Rising water can be devastating....my office is in a flood plain. Two different hurricanes left 3' of water in my office. The clean-up is unbelievable...as you said, "where do you start". Hope you are warm today!

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    1. We have never had a flood like that. 3' is a lot to clean up. It was funny how quick the pond filled.Thanks Meggie.

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  10. I'm thinking of you sitting out a real storm, and I hope you don't have too much too dig out from, and that all of you will be safe. Quite a season for you on the eastern path of such heavy and freezing snowstorms. I'm in Lake Tahoe right now, looking out at the snow that they got last week, the first good dump of the year. But the roads are all dry, and there is maybe 6" in the shady spots around town. I'll be holding warm thoughts for you all.

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    1. Pam, this has been a strange snow storm. Lots of soft snow fell yesterday and it stayed below freezing, so we got about 4". Then the sleet and freezing rain came. But then overnight the temperature warmed up. The snow was all slushy and wet and easy to sweep off the steps today. Around noon today, another round of snow. The temps tonight are supposed to drop into the 20's! I am so ready for warm weather and sunshine! It would be nice to be in Lake Tahoe! Have fun!

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  11. You probably had to melt snow for water in the winter power outage, but it looks like there was plenty of water around after the hurricane.

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    1. It was a strange snow storm. Our power never went out so we didn't get to try out the generator. I am kind of glad though!

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  12. Mama, those pictures sure bring back memories! I am glad you are still safe and sound. I love you. Glad you have the generator too! By the way, tell Poppy I like the pictures he took in the next post. Love you both! Lynn

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