Rough start

At the lovely time of 4:50 a.m. or so, I awoke to quiet.  Real quiet. Then noise. Then quiet. In my dreamy state, I asked pig-farmer, “What is that noise?”  He said, the power is going on and off.  And then, it stayed off.

Baby, it’s cold outside.  As in single-digits.

I lay there, snug in my blankets … and worried about the electrically-powered tank heaters and heated buckets for the animals.  At least we have no babies under heat lamps, I comforted myself.

Then, horrors!  It dawned on me.  NO COFFEE!  My eyelids popped open for good.  Drat.  I better go call it in.

Ah well, I have hot cocoa and a gas range.  🙂  I began to putter about the kitchen, lighting candles and heating water.

Pig-farmer came out to the kitchen and was pulling on layers – he was heading to town to buy coffee at the convenience store.  “To heck with hot cocoa!” he said.

What can I say?  We like our coffee.

I chose to sip my hot cocoa while facing the east windows, watching for signs of morning light, enjoying complete silence.

I heard, then saw, the Shelby Electric Cooperative truck roll by.  I toasted them with my hot cocoa and said, “Thanks guys, for getting up early and going out in the cold to take care of this while I stay warm in the house.”

Within a few minutes the house snapped, crackled and popped into action.  I was able to just make the coffee.

Pig-farmer arrived home with his disposable cup.  Mine was better.  I had chosen the Disney Villains mug in honor of my coffee-less start to the morning.  All-in-all, the power was off only an hour or so.  Glad to know I can rough it!  😉



About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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6 Responses to Rough start

  1. debweeks says:

    My grandmother had one of those old stove top coffee makers with a see-thru knob on the lid. I would sit and watch the knob as the water went from clear to that dark coffee color indicating it was ready to drink. I’m not a coffee drinker, but hubby enjoys a cup from time-to-time and we have a lot of family who are coffee drinkers. I may just invest in one of those stove top coffee makers for those times when coffee is really needed and the power is out. Doesn’t hurt to be prepared 🙂

    By-the-way, I’m also in Central IL. Not living on a farm yet, but that is the direction we’re going.

  2. dayphoto says:

    Would you put a follow by email button on your side bar? That way I’ll know when you post something new!

    Happy 2014!

    ¸.•*¨*•♪♫♫♪HAPPY NEW YEAR ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

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