I could start the blog new year from here, today but I feel the need for a little belated catch-up, sitting here with my second cup of tea while I navigate my over-full blog reader and contemplate where to start.
Well there is only one place to start: the ice storm that defined Christmas:
It is gloriously beautiful but it did mean six days without power, the week of the holidays.
Folks around here are still talking about it. How long were you without power? Did you have a generator? How did you cook your turkey?
I had no turkey to cook. Luckily, Christmas dinner was at my SIL's and luckier still, I was elected to bring salad instead of dessert for 22, which had been previously discussed.
We did have a generator, not for kitchen of course. The fridge was plugged in by extension cord across to the living room. If you know anything about generators, which I didn't until now, they need a good rest after several hours and are only wired to essentials, not major appliances. In other words, some light switches and outlets worked one one side of the house. AND we shared this generator with the landlord and so for overnight and a block of time in the day all was silent. Our current living space is heated entirely by in-floor heating (which is Fantastic, btw) which takes such a slow time to cool down that we were warm the whole time. And we had hot showers, if timed correctly. So we were luckier than most.
Because of this I did add something to the What I Learned This Year list:
Namely, how many improbable things you can cook on a barbeque. Well, pretty much anything if you put your mind to it: lasagna, for example. There was the occassional smoky cheese bite to the top - all good! The -5 to -10C temps and the early dark put a little damper on the fun, though!
Breakfast bbq was easier, if only because of the light.
I had three batches of homemade lotion to make for gifts and not backing down from that challenge, the ingredients were also melted on the bbq and timed so the immersion blender would work, in my daughter's room, where the power was on. Her desk became the Small Appliance Hub for the toaster and kettle. I made a batch of leftover mashed potato (and onion & cheese) savoury waffles one night. A hit with all, even though the ingredients were chopped and thrown together without any measuring by candlelight in the kitchen.
And I did manage a world record of how fast one can go through a package of IKEA tea lights. It was a record for me, anyway.
But now that little adventure is behind us (I hope, though there is a blizzard in the forecast for tonight! What a winter so far, and it's barely started) and we move on to a new year.
This means job hunting for me. And a little more time to think on what that will be.
In the mean time, I am hunkered down with some woollies and needles and catching up with you all and ...possibilities.
Cheers to a new year, my friends.
All the above photos were taken on the property, mostly while driving up to the road.