Hello dear readers:
Just a fast note to let everyone know we're still here and fine. The wild windstorm that swept the region on Tuesday resulted in massive infrastructure problems to the electrical system, and most of Spokane (and an unknown portion of Coeur d'Alene) are still without power. Rumor has it the power poles between our nearest town and an electrical substation snapped, so it's going to take awhile before power is restored.
This was yesterday's update for the power company which supplies Coeur d'Alene:
This is a good test of all our preps, and I'm happy to report we're doing fine except in the issue of livestock water. A neighbor with solar panels is getting enough juice on sunny days to power his well pump, so those with livestock are filling barrels at his house and we're siphoning water from the barrels to the tanks.
I'm writing this from a coffee house in a town 45 minutes away (which, obviously, has power!) so I'll keep this short, but rest assured we're doing well. Please pray for those in towns and cities without power, as so many people are cold.