We shut off the power yesterday afternoon and have been having an old fashioned weekend. We had to turn the power back on this morning because it was -5F and we were concerned that without the heat tape, the water lines between the house and tank would start to freeze. We’re keeping other things off except the refrigerator and water system today though.
We have been using only the wood stove for heat. I heated water on the kitchen stove for Karen’s bath and dishes last night since the furnace is off. We’re out of heating oil so I’d have to do that anyway.
Last night we had the wood stove and 2 candles for light. It’s getting dark around 430 so we went through almost 3 candles. I fashioned a reflector out of aluminum foil for behind one of the candles. It really helped the amount of light in the room. I used it in the kitchen while doing the dishes then moved it into the living room for the rest of the evening. I was even able to read a bedtime story and my Bible with it. It reflected the light from behind the candle back into the room rather than out the window. The other candle was on top of the bookcase across the room. We sang hymns by firelight, enjoying the cozy family time with our Lord.
The kids brought up Trouble last night and have been playing that. Right now they’re playing Yatzee, Karen just got a Yatzee (all 5 dice the same number). We’ve also been reading.
It’s now warmed up to zero outside. Inside is comfortable 65. I plan to make chicken rice soup for dinner. My son had a sick stomach last night so I had to change the original plan of chili and rice. Overall, it’s been a real nice, cozy weekend.