Have I mentioned that I now live in the middle of nowhere? To get to my house you drive out out of the city, past the suburbs, into farmland and then turn down a dirt road. When you get to the end of that dirt road you come to a long dirt driveway. At the end of that driveway you find me. We have hardly met any of the neighbors because you practically have to drive to go see them; two doors down is at least 5 minutes away. We don't really fit in though because we don't own any livestock (except for that week when we borrowed my mother-in-law's goats to eat some of our blackberry bushes). These are all reasons that we love this house.
The downside is that when there are storms it is windier because we are closer to the foothills of the Cascades. There are also a lot more trees to fall down on things. So today when it got a little windy, it wasn't surprising that our power went out. Luckily the house has a generator built-in for just this sort of problem. All afternoon we were comfortably hanging out and watching TV in our nice, warm house. Then we discovered that the generator does not run the 220 power, which includes some important things like the dryer, water heater, oven and most importantly the well pump. That's right...when the power is out we have to take a "when it's yellow, let it mellow" policy. Yay. I really miss my gas powered hot water heater and city water.
At least the power wasn't off for long. I just looked over and noticed a neighbor's light in the far distance. Sure enough the power was back. At least I should get a warm shower tomorrow morning. And I can go flush the toilet now.