Last year at this time we had no power for a week, a full 7 days and the storm before (or was it after?) we also lost power for another 7 days. This latest storm (Sandy) we got lucky and only lost power for a couple of hours. Last year we had lots of wood to keep a fire lit in the fireplace and thankfully there was snow on the ground that we scooped up and melted to fill the toilet tanks so we could flush. That was for me the most difficult thing to deal with, no water. Where we live there are wells, no city water. So no power no water.
I took away two big lessons from this, the first is that there are other people who live this way all the time, no power, no water. All the conveniences I had I took for granted. So when I begin to find myself being put out by some minor issue I remember how lucky I am.
The second lesson was that I need very little to live a good life. When you think about it, how much do we really need?
In between meals, gathering kindling and scooping snow I would sit by the fire and while the sun was up I would knit or read or just sit and watch the fire with a cat (or 3). When the sun went down we all pretty much hit the hay! There’s suddenly a lot of time when there’s no TV, iPhone and running around. Time also has a different feel, the air isn’t filled with the white noise I had gotten so used to. Focusing became quite easy.
Though we have a TV hanging over our fireplace we’ve decided not to get any kind of cable or dish. We have Netflix and at night will watch a movie or whatever looks interesting. No one misses regular network television at all, we get the Hartford Courant for news or listen to NPR.
I was thinking about all of this yesterday while making some ornaments. I didn’t have any music on, the only sounds were the ones I was making while cutting little piles of paper. If you want a very Zen project try making these. I found the tutorial at The Hybrid Chick, very easy to follow and really enjoyable. The result is beautiful! I’m making my paper pinecones with vintage book pages and love how they are coming out. Will post additional photos another day when I decide how I want to top them off.