We got our first snow of this winter on Christmas day. It was so beautiful!
Not so good when you’re driving a minivan though.
We got stuck in the snow. Like, couldn’t move- stuck. And had to call for help. See the picture above? That’s our driveway. The fresh tracks are my dad’s SUV coming to rescue us and take us home. You can’t really tell from the photo, but our driveway goes down a very steep hill, and across a little bridge. Too scary to attempt in anything that’s not a 4-wheel drive.
By evening the trees were so heavy with snow we knew we wouldn’t have power for long. And we didn’t. It was fun getting to practice non-electric living though! We brought out all of our oil lamps, lit a fire in the wood stove, and bundled up for the night.
I thought it was somewhat nostalgic carrying that oil lamp from room to room as our only source of light. Brushing the kids’ teeth, and getting them ready for bed by the dim glow was sorta nice. I had to laugh at myself; even though I was carrying the lamp, I would still try flipping on the light switch with my other hand when entering a room, merely out of habit.
Three year old Titus didn’t understand why we were using the oil lamps. He went around the house trying all of the lights. I tried to explain that we’d lost power, and that any switches or plugs wouldn’t work. So he then went through his toybox testing out all of his toys, and proudly announcing which ones worked. No explaining the difference between battery power and electricity to that boy. He’s so silly.
While “roughing it”, I realized a couple of things that we could still use; a kettle to put on the wood stove to heat some water in, and a wind-up clock! If we hadn’t had my husband’s cell phone to look at, I would have had no idea what time it was.
I was also thinking we should get an old turn-dial rotary telephone, as they will still work even when the electricity doesn’t.
The power came back on before dawn, so it wasn’t out that long. I’m thankful for the practice run though. You can never think of everything you’d need until you actually need it.
Looks like we’re gonna be stuck here for a few more days. Just thankful that we are stuck at home, and not in an airport somewhere!
So, what about you. Get any snow for Christmas?? Anyone have to rough it for a little while with no electricity?