Changed By The Storm
Well, as the fatigue from the “Ice Storm of the Century” has begun to wear off, I’m starting to note some observations from the last 10-14 days. Pretty random stuff. I’ll try to list those that have occurred to me, just for the fun of it.
- Bacon cooked correctly(not burned, as I did yesterday in some attempt to get it crisp) in a cast iron skillet just tastes better. We’ve had it two days since I could have used the microwave. Yup, it takes me attention and makes a bigger mess, but it’s worth it. My brother is looking for me a cast iron bacon press. I’ll use it.
- Gravy sticks to the bones. We had it almost everyday, just for calories. It was wonderful to have a ligitimate excuse to fix gravy.
- Many cooks in a kitchen make it much more fun than one!
- Cooking IS easier when you don’t have to do the clean-up.
- “Normal” is necessary for the well-being. I think we all have some amount of new perspective, and some, probably some post-traumatic stress disorder. But, we’ve all learned, and that’s a good thing.
- People are either more amicable in times of stress, or more cranky. I prefer the former, and was SO blessed to be around those kinds of people.
- Resourceful and industrious people are the best there are, anywhere. I want to teach my kids to be those kinds of people.
- It takes a lot of time and energy to run a household, with or without power. I’m not sure why this strikes me as so enlightening, but it just does.
- I like times without electricity. I just do. I’ve not had a good year if we’ve not had to teach the kids to do without power at least once. (Can I have gravy and bacon for my one last meal before you kill me?)
- “Slow and steady plodding brings prosperity”. Ask people in their 70s. Watch and learn. I’m inspired to tackle big projects after watching them do what they can.
- If I had to choose between running water and electricity, I’d choose running water. One word: toilets.
- Multiple heat sources…I never want to live without them.
- There are jobs for everyone. Nothing is more important than anything else: playing with kids, picking up sticks, running errands, doing dishes…without all of it, we would not have made it. Thank you.
- Good food makes for good days.
- Crock-pots don’t work well with generators.
- A coffee pot left on wastes much more energy than I thought. I turn mine off early in the day now.
- Whirly-Pop popcorn, theater style, is the best popcorn in the world. (see comments…I have to agree with the commenter since I found Amish Country, too!).
- Gourmet popcorn DOES taste better…go on and put the salt in the oil. It’s better.
- Sympathy helps.
- A timely word does a heart good.
- People serving you should be encouraged. All of them. (I’ve heard stories of people berating the power and utility workers while they eat lunch out. Since, I’ve gone out of my way to say THANK YOU.) We are tired, and they are away from family…be an encourager, even in hard times when you are waiting on power and water and phone lines.
- When the Lord prompts you to get ready to practice hospitality, I recommend listening. He is always so far ahead of us!
- No one got to bathe for about three days with the 10-20 of us here, and no one stank. Go figure.
- Women didn’t get to put on makeup or do hair for many a day–anywhere around here– and though we weren’t all the pretty, no one died of shock, thank goodness! Many were actually commended by the men I heard, impressed by their faithful spirit. That’s real beauty, right there.
- Good neighbors are a good thing to have and be.
We are expecting high winds, hurricane force in the next two days. I pray for our workers and for lines to stay strong with loose limbs still hanging everywhere!
Bring on the popcorn!
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