There I was, two weeks ago... going full-tilt towards a blog recovery. Posting, taking photos, planning posts, when wham! Severely interrupted by the weather.
Perhaps you heard news reports discussing a major storm in Northern California, bringing very low snow and temperature levels, and power outages affecting thousands. Yep, that was us...
Since my last post, I was busy cooking for the first Annual Harvest Dinner that our non-profit hosted on November 20th.. making broth, roasting two beef roasts, baking desserts, and then all day of the event, supervising the cooking of two soups, a beef stew and a vegetarian lentil soup. I awoke to heavy snow, which continued all day, and my cook crew worried a bit about attendance at our event, which was being hosted at the Fire Hall. We already had bought all the food and done much of the cooking, and desserts for our pie auction were arriving throughout the afternoon, so we were delighted to sell more dinners than expected and to make a hefty profit from our pie auction! We did most of the clean-up, stuffed the leftovers in the VFD's refrigerator, planning to return the next morning.
I went home tired, and collapsed on my couch reading the latest copy of Spin-Off, which had arrived with the day's mail... in less than an hour, the power went out and I was groping around for candles and my headlamp while DH was lighting lanterns. We decided to spend the night in our office/guest room, right off the family room and primary heat source... the temps were dropping into the 20s and snow continued through the night and the next day. We both had plenty to keep us busy and I got a lot of knitting done... both on the granddaughter coat and my Fairwind KAL sweather.
We spent the next few days without power, and I abandoned my holiday pies in favor of making a berry cobbler to use up some frozen fruit. We were planning to leave the day before Thanksgiving to visit relatives over in Santa Rosa, and while firming up plans over the plug-in phone (luckily we have always kept one of these on hand), DH's brother decided to buy us a generator for combined birthday and Christmas presents, glad to finally have a good idea of what we needed! The weather cleared a bit on Tuesday as we went to pick up the generator, but the temps had dropped further, with lows in the low teens!
On top of it, the power company was reporting that the low and early snows had hit trees still in leaf, causing over 250 line breaks... our problem as apparently a line break, equipment failure, AND a pole break, with no estimation available for power restoration. The generator saved our food, and also circulated heat from our wood and propane sources... we have been careful over the years to maintain redundancy in systems here at Slate Range Camp, having multiple ways to heat and cook as well as spring-fed water and some always in storage. We were comfortable enough, but willingly departed for two nights away for Thanksgiving. We dined on crab with DH's parents and sis and family the night before Thanksgiving, in honor of the crab season opening on the North Coast (his is a fishing family...), then feasted on turkey and trimmings with 20 family members on the big day. The next morning we headed home instead of to Black Friday sales, stopping for a second dinner at youngest son's, where 20 more people dined together!
As you can well imagine, a week without power wreaked havoc on my Internet access. I could give brief updates to my FB friends and text my family, then get in the car and run a few errands to recharge my phone, but that was it! I have spent most of this week catching up at work and on running the family business endeavors at home, but finally thought I should catch up the two or three of you who still drop by to read me! Yes, I am still alive and doing well here in Northern California, but very grateful that the temps returned to above freezing and that the electricity has stayed on this week!