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    Oh...Tim knows about the young adult drama that breaks out when he leaves. LOL He offers much grace to allow me time out of the house once he returns or days to just sleep/rest.
    4 days ago
    Our house was built in 1965 and had its roof severely damaged in a tornado two years later. I was not living there then. We didn't buy the house until 1972, but we heard plenty about the tornado which surprised everyone in January. A 3yo was killed in a house in back of us. All those homes were flattened as was the house two homes away from us. The one next door was half destroyed. All the homes across the street from us lost their roofs. The only good thing I can say about a tornado is that they don't last long. We have a basement shelter we go to when there are warnings.

    We don't have gas tanks at all. Our generator is hooked up by a pipeline to our gas meter, and I don't know anything more than that! A trench had to be dug to lay the pipe in, and I had to reseed that small part of the lawn. That area looks pretty good now.

    It's interesting to compare our ways of living.
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
    Because of global warming, our storms are getting more severe. Most of our power lines are attached to poles and not underground. We have an older home. New homes have underground wiring.

    Some years ago, we had a power outage that lasted about a week but our neighbor across the street had a generator and a long extension cord and ran it across the street into our home. That saved us a multitude of grief inasmuch as it was very the 90s. People were without air conditioning and they were trying to eat their frozen and refrigerated food asap. Without electricity, many people can't cook. We have gas appliances. For the oven and stovetop, we only need to light a match to catch the gas.

    My husband wanted a built-in generator. It runs on gas. It's our own little power plant. Unless it's struck by lightning (which happened to that neighbor across the street), we're good in any power outage. It's happened a lot, but nothing as severe as that one a few years ago. We will help our neighbors with an extension cord if the power is out for a long time. A maintenance guy comes out once a year to check it. Every Friday around noon, it turns on automatically to run for a while.

    My sister and BIL have a portable generator, but they have to get someone to take it outside and get it started. Those are not so easy to start, and they couldn't find anyone when there was a hurricane which took out their power in the winter. They were huddled under blankets, freezing, no lights, no cell phone, computer, TV, etc. They finally packed up and moved to town to a rental unit they own that was unrented and full of furniture.
    6 days ago
    Thanks for your blog comments :) I will give my body time to heal :)
    12 days ago
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