What I didn't do:
- laundry--uses a lot of water and power from generator
- baking--oven uses too much power, we don't use it while running on generator power
- canning--I have a gas stove top, so I can keep cooking through a power outage, but canning uses a whole lot of water
What I did do:
- all cleaning that uses manual tools (sweeping, dusting, decluttering, etc)
- harvest onions
- cook down tomatoes for totally fresh and from scratch tomato soup (versus canning them; they were to the point by day 3 of no power that they were going to turn to mush on the counter)
- put up hay
Yep. Put up hay. That big storm might have caused widespread power outages, but it also brought in a 4-day stretch of beautiful sunny, slightly breezy, warm and dry weather. The family who custom bales my hay stopped by on Saturday morning, while I was in the garden discovering some storm damage, and asked if I'd like my second cutting done right then.
Would I? You betcha! I mean, first didn't get done until mid-July, and now it's early September and second has grown enough to be worth baling. Besides, it's September; we're running out of hay weather, which has been especially hard to come by this year.
So, while I was finding this in my garden:
1st bean pole blown to 45 degree angle
2nd bean pole snapped off by strong winds
my hay field was getting mowed to look like this:
a beautiful sight
I also harvested most of my onions (the red zeppelins aren't quite ready yet, but the ringmasters and copras all had tops that had fallen over, indicating ripeness).
a few of the copra
row of ringmaster
I think I will just go ahead and pull out all the pole bean plants. They aren't done producing yet, but without the poles as supports, they are a tangled mess, making picking beans very difficult. I've got enough canned and frozen to last us until next summer's beans are ready. Rather than considering it a loss, I've decided to think of it as getting a jump on fall's garden clean-up.
DH and I also spent quite a bit of time on the phone with both of our sons during the power outage . Big changes coming for each of them, and also for us. More on that in a future post.