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The First Snowfall …

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… of 2014. We had more than enough already in December. Now, we are getting another dump of snow.


It is lovely out there, although quite cold. I like the fact that we aren’t far from the gas stations where the county and state plow drivers like to get their coffee. They do keep the roads around here fairly clean, as they stop in for food while working.

I didn’t blog yesterday. The first day in over a year. I wanted to take that internal pressure away. Since I blogged every day in 2013, I felt compelled to sit and write, even when not inspired.

I still have that urge to compose things. Write about living out here in the west county. Where some people don’t get it. Where it is quiet, and sometimes scary. Like every time our lights dimmed today. I kept thinking I need to fill the bathtubs with water, in case we lose power.

And, turn up the heat. To get it really warm. In case we lose power.

Can you tell I don’t want to be out here with no heat. At least we have a wood stove, but not much dry wood.

Plus, the grill, to cook. If you like cooking outdoors in single digit temperatures.

I did figure I could use melted snow to flush the toilets. If I had to. And, no worries about the freezer and the fridge, if it is that cold. I won’t have spoiled food.

We really do need to look into a generator. At least to power the freezer, sump pump, well pump and fridge.

I do love snow. And the Christmas decorations, all shiny and bright.


Happy New Year from west county.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

3 responses »

  1. I did charge up my tablet & cell phone just in case.

    A generator to power the things you mention makes sense. It might be worth the investment to be able to flush the toilet & keep from losing all the good things you have stored in your freezer !

  2. After living through Hurricane Sandy last year -we vowed to never be without power again. In the summer we had a Kohler whole house generator installed (our runs on natural gas). It’s powerful enough to run the central ac in the house! I doubt I’d ever use it for that, but for the furnace….it’s more than enough power to run that & everything else.

    We also converted our wood burning fireplace to natural gas as well. No more worrying about dry wood. It’s enough to heat up our entire family room & then some. We cut down on our heating bills by turning down the heat for the rest of the house & using the fireplace, as we do a lot of living in there.

    Although the whole house generator wasn’t inexpensive, it brings with it a lot of peace of mind.


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