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Back Up and Running

November 1st, 2017

We had a wicked storm move through Maine Sunday night and into Monday. The winds came it at around 60mph, our bed was vibrating while we were trying to sleep, which we didn’t get much of as the winds raged outside. It was quite a wind storm, most of our part of Maine is still in tatters: roads closed, power lines down, electricity off. Our power went out early Monday morning and luckily, it came back on last night. Much of Maine is still without.

We lost one big tree in the front yard, it was dead anyways and needed to come down. Our shingles also took a beating, I found them laying all over the yard.

When I went out to the farm to get milk yesterday, there were still three trees down across the power lines on the short trip. They are saying it’s going to take a while for everything to get cleaned up and for power to be restored. We are lucky to live on a main road and main electric thoroughfare. It seems our power is restored fairly quickly. Being without power for two days isn’t too bad, especially when you have a generator to keep the freezer and the fridge going. For us, it seems that fall/winter are the times when we get bad storms.

What’s your season for bad weather?

Here it Comes….

January 27th, 2015

No doubt you’ve heard on the news about the impending blizzard. One of the great things about living simply and maintaining a pantry is that you are always prepared for big weather events like this one. I keep a stockpile of grain for the birds, freezers full of meat for us along with the dogs and cats. There’s also a pantry full of dry goods to keep us fed.
I spent the day yesterday battening down the hatches around here. A large load of grain was purchased and moved to the back porch, shavings for coop bedding is also stockpiled in case the birds have to stay cooped up for a while. Water jugs are filled in preparation for possibly losing power. Here’s hoping we are prepared and don’t need it – keep your fingers crossed with us! Stay tuned for photos, or if you don’t hear from me, we’re out of power and/or internet.

Are you forecasted to get any crazy weather from this big storm?


December 31st, 2013

Well, we did it – we jinxed ourselves. On our podcast on Sunday evening we were talking about how our chicken coop had barely escaped a HUGE branch that fell in the big ice storm. Monday morning when I went out to the coop I saw this:
chicken coop 2
chicken coop 1
chicken coop 3
Yep a big branch right through the side. At least it wasn’t too bad, I will still be able to open the door when the ice melts. We’ve been wanting to rebuild the run anyways, now it looks like that task is going to be moved to the top of the list. We’re considering a hoop house type structure instead of this wood framed one, we’ll see what ends up getting built.

Have you ever had any damage to property from storms?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.