Sleet! I have filled up all the water jugs in anticipation of a power outage. Hoping, of course, that my diligence in emergency preparedness will thwart an emergency. We are supposed to get 2-3 inches of snow an hour, up to 18 inches, depending on which neighbor I have talked to.
This winter has made aware of how what happens globally affects me here, on my little homestead. My house is what I refer to as a "tweenie" - that first modular that wasn't a double-wide, but wasn't the stick-built modulars you can buy today. Because of that, I am not "allowed" to have a wood burning stove. Allowed by the insurance companies, that is. If I put in a wood burning stove, I lose my homeowners insurance. I won't even get into how I feel about that. So, I do have a fireplace (go figure) but my main heat source is fuel oil. As I read the news on the turmoil in Egypt, I can hear the 'cha-ching' of the fuel oil prices going up. Jordan dismissing it's cabinet? CHA-CHING. And I will tell you that I don't like the helpless frustration I feel when the price of crude oil tops a hundred dollars a barrel. While I don't have plans to go off grid with this house, my next house will be off grid (inspired by Jane at Hard Work Homestead). The importance of being self-sufficient becomes more and more urgent as the more world erupts in chaos. Now, I am not an alarmist - I'm a pragmatist. I think that one of the things I like most about the blogosphere is that it gives me the comfort of knowing that there are so many level-headed, clear-thinkers out there.
I did have the presence of forethought to dig out the wood pile on my deck, so I have easy access to about two days-worth of firewood before I'd have to tunnel my way to the main pile. I have fingers and toes crossed and lots of indoor projects at the ready!