Diva in the Dark

| 7/23/2011 2:43:50 PM

Tags: Humor, Energy, Lighting, Plumbing., Muck Boot Diva,


 Muck Boot Diva HeadshotA few weeks back, I found out my teenage MWM (Man with Muscles) was going to cost over $7,000 in dental fees.  Did I stress that he was a teenage MWM?????

 I was about to leave for my five hour drive to the farm after work Friday night – and, the bagel and Chobani yogurt I ate that day were still sitting in my stomach like bricks.

Note to self:  Remember, you are a Celiac!  NO BAGELS! 

 Later, after being stuck in two hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic trying to get out of NJ – when I thought life couldn’t get any worse – it started.  One would have thought Zeus and Thor were at war! 

Thunder and lightning bolts with hammering rain suffused my big black pick-up truck making it hopeless to see ANYTHING while wandering the dark country roads. 

muck boot diva
7/30/2011 7:10:01 AM

Mountain Woman — The Diva would LOVE to visit if I ever get any R&R in the future. I’ll even hog tie the MWM and bring him along too. Thanks for the invite and for reading! Please fill me in on that solar shower and the ride sounds nice. Rosie and I have our first date on the trails this morning --- PRAY! MBD

mountain woman
7/29/2011 1:09:04 PM

Hi Diva, It's definitely not fun to lose food due to power outages. Winters you can store it in a snow bank and it will be fine but frozen. Don't have to worry about bears then either. The composting toilets I've seen cost a fortune. We were thinking about getting one for a house we're renovating in the Ozarks but the price was too much for our modest budget. My Mountain Man just rigged up an outdoor solar shower for a customer. Uses gravity to feed water to it and sun to heat it and no need for any kind of pump. If you want some info, let me know. Anyway, I relate to your adventures and I enjoy your blog. Come visit us some time. You're almost our neighbors and perhaps we can venture out riding. Signed, Mountain Woman of Red Pine Mountain blog

muck boot diva
7/26/2011 8:59:31 PM

Dave, The Diva has no real fear of losing electricity -- it is just the problem of the NY/NJ back and forth right now. If I leave with no power -- everything in the fridge goes bad. If it is winter -- all the worse. My hope is to have a generator once we move up for good -- that should help a bit with the fridge and water pump till I have some better energy ideas that pop up! Still like the water tank idea. Victoria -- thanks for reading! MBD

nebraska dave
7/25/2011 9:43:43 PM

Diva, it is amazing how we have become so addicted to electricity and everything that it runs. The electric here seems to be lost more often every year. The grid is nearing 50 years old in my neighborhood so I suspect it's in need of a little TLC. I also suspect it won't happen and the blackouts will get more frequent. I don't have a freezer except for the one in the fridge. All my preservation is in Mason jars. I have a 400 gallon rain water collection tank that I use to water the garden with and most times is has 200 to 300 gallons of water in it. However, the city water doesn't go off when the electric goes off so the toilets continue to flush. It's one of the bennies of living in urban town USA. Have a great East Coast Day.

victoria gazeley
7/25/2011 4:54:13 PM

Oh, how I know that feeling! Living in the woods definitely has its drawbacks, but the benefits far outweigh them - even in the middle of winter with no power. Love your writing - thanks for sharing your adventure!

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