Water, Fire, and Malibu Lights
By Kimberley on Dec 13, 2008
As I write this, much of New Hampshire is without power.   After an impressive ice storm, many trees took down power lines.   At 1:47 am Friday morning, we lost power in Warner.   That was about 40 hours ago.
Like many of our neighbors, we have a generator for these rare emergencies.   Our home is wired to support the water pump, the oil furnace, a couple lights and two power sockets run off a generator.   And that's good enough!
In the past two days, we have come to appreciate access to water, first and foremost.   Not only for ourselves, but for the horses, chickens, dog and bird.   Next, we are glad we stocked up on firewood.   The woodburning stove not only provides warmth and a bit of light, it is kinda fun to cook on!
But the real challenge is lighting.   Especially for the 20 horse barn, which is not wired for the generator.   However, after a full day of cold but strong winter sunlight, we found our solar powered Malibu lights placed every 12 feet along the aisle are good enough to provide just enough light to tend to the horses one last time before bed.
Venturing out, we had to travel 20 miles to get gas for the generator.   The local super market, DeMoulas Market Basket, is running on minimum generator power and selling canned & dry goods, wine, beer, and a lot of water.   Meat, fish, and frozen goods were pulled from the shelves soon after the power failure looked more than momentary.   But the town is happy they are open and serving the community as best they can.   The hardware store next door, Aubuchon's, is out of all major emergency provisions.   Big batteries.   Generators.   Portable lights.   But they are open, running on a borrowed generator.   And as usual, we ran into some neighbors there.   Talked about the weather.   Talked about the power failure.   And learned that Warner lost power into our sub-station.   They say we should have power back by.....   Next Thursday!!!
At home, every fenceline on our property is down with fallen trees.   But in comparison to what we saw while out and about, we faired well.   Electric wires are down in the roads.   Some homes have been damaged.   Some roads are closed.   And the local rivers are creeping over their banks and will get higher when the temperatures lift out of the teens and into the 30's and 40's in the next day or two.While temps are sub-freezing, we are keeping the former contents of our freezer outside and the contents of the fridge on the porch.   As it gets warmer, we will no doubt be eating the thawing meats with priority.
Finally, we have no mobile phone reception at all, but our land phone line is working, and therefore, we also have Internet access via laptops only.   However, that is at about 2 gallons per hour.
To those who sent us emails, thank you.