After a night of rain, sleet, and snow, it seems like half the state is without power here almost 24 hours later. The good news is that we have a fireplace and it is burning hot right now. The bad part is that my next door neighbor and the entire neighborhood behind him have power. From my house on in the opposite direction is dark.

Anyways, since this blog post is being constructed on my I-Phone while in the dark with 2 snoring dogs in front of a fireplace, I’ll keep this short. It’s funny that having no power in your house makes you want to panic, but out camping, it is fine to be unplugged. I guess it is all the worrying about the house itself. Will the pipes freeze? Will all the food in the fridge and freezer spoil? What will happen when the power flips back on? Just have to breathe, relax, and pray.

One other good thing is that with all our camping gear, we are all set for cooking on the Coleman stove. We can make coffee, eggs and bacon for breakfast, and whatever else needs to be heated up.

So the power is out. Big deal. My family is here, dogs and cat included. We are warm and cozy and have a roof over our heads. Life is good. TV, Internet, and lights will be back soon. For now, I will enjoy the silence and the crackle of the fire.

Simon A.