it's been a crazy couple of days - we had a cold spell hit on sunday/monday/tuesday - much colder than normal temps for this time of year! thankfully it's back to regular temps....about 5-6C.
a good time to make a smiley-faced steak and kidney pie - yummeh!
it kind of fell apart when i plated it, but trust me - it was deelish!!!
on tuesday night we got the scare of our lives - a call came over our pager about a fire in our sister community of fourchu!!! nothing is scarier here than fire! but our pager message was garbled so i called our friend S to get the details. then my friend C called and she sounded scared because she could see the fire from her house. we took 5 mins to get our fire gear and bag and then about 9 mins to drive to fourchu. we got to the address and the fire was already out.
it was just a brush fire but the winds had picked up and the elderly man called 911 - which is always a good thing! our friends c, b, and k managed to get there and take care of it lickety-split! b and k just used shovels and shoveled dirt on the fire which put it out and also kept it from spreading. whenever we have a call, jambaloney runs to the shed and grabs some shovels and picks and whatnot.
but anyway, we got there - the fire is out and everyone is safe. thank goodness again! we stopped in to our friend c &b's house and chatted for a bit before coming home.
and then, to our horror - the very next day we had a test call come over our pager. again, we couldn't hear the message and started calling all of our friends, none of whom were home! we didn't know what to do?!?!?! we were terrified and ready to just go driving around when jambaloney said we should call dispatch - DUH! so we called in to dispatch and they told us it was just a test. WHEW!
here's a nice cup of fresh mint, clove basil and chamomile tea that we like to take outside when we watch the sunset - it's very calming and refreshing!
last night the power went out at about 3:30 am! we were expecting it to go out tho as we were having crazy winds of up to 100kms/hour! so we got up at about 4:30am...gathered all the flashlights, lit a bunch of candles and played cards. jambaloney had checked the generator the day before but we didn't need to turn it on and we didn't open the fridge or freezer. true to great form, nova scotia power had us up and running by about 10:30 even though their message said that we wouldn't get power until 6pm.
our experiences here with losing power is always the same - nova scotia power gets us up and running long before the message says they will. we love nova scotia power and can't believe how quickly they get our power back to us even in the middle of crazy wind/rain/snowstorms! we are very fortunate to live out in the middle of nowhere and have such reliable power!
of course, as preppers, we have backups for everything. the first is a cheat as our friends in fourchu are on a different power grid and will take us and our 3 cats at any time - bahahahah! next is our 7,500 W generator which has enough power to run most of our major appliances, including our freezer, fridge, pump, portable heater and a hot plate without any trouble. we also have a huge (23,000) kerosene heater which is always full and can heat the whole house after being on for only a short time. we have our propane bbq and a makeshift firepit if need be, as well as a burning barrel. soon, we will have our woodstove which will only add to being able to heat our home. we also have oil lamps, 84 million candles, tons of food - and then there's the fact that we can just drive over to fourchu to our friends' houses - we could go to anyone's house in fourchu and they would take us in. last but not least, the city is only an hour and a bit away - and we have friends there too that would take us in.
in the event of a full-down-grid TEOTWAWKI or SHTF situation - well, i guess we would have to live and work by daylight, like millions of people before us did quite successfully. and i guess we would have to grow our own food, fish and hunt which we already do. lobster season around here is only 2 months, same with crab season - but we live in an area where if that was the only protein we could get, well let's just say we wouldn't be hurting! we could also get clams, mussels, shrimp, trout, bass, snails, oysters - the ocean and all of the rivers and lakes around here could keep us in protein. but there are men here who pride themselves on getting a deer in the first week of hunting season. if we couldn't get a deer each year, i am sure a barter of extra zucchini and green beans wouldn't be too hard to finagle!
lastly, i will now stand up and admit to the group that i am a seed hoarder. yes, my name is kymber and i hoard seeds. i also know how to grow them. and i got a monster greenhouse in which to extend our growing season. another make-shift greenhouse will be built this spring, along with additional hotboxes. we aren't sure if the end of the world is coming....but we like to be prepared!
all of these things are things that we have learned since moving to such a remote area. if yer gonna live in the boonies like we are, then you have to be prepared!