One of the worst aspects of rural living has been the power outages. Once again, here I sit by lantern light wondering if this will take one or two hours, or two days. :grumpy: I can fire up the generator if needed, but that's only enough power to run the smaller appliances. If it gets much colder, I may have to fire up the wood stove. I didn't know that we were going to have a wind storm. It is really howling out there and I did nothing to prepare. :yuck: Also, I think our shiny new local power lines lured me into a false sense of security.