or not. A constant in this state is grumbling about the evil utility companies. But you know….they really aren’t that bad….Somebody did something (or a tree did something) and knocked the power out at about 11:30 last night. By 12:15 am it was back on.  Middle of the night. They have crews on constant standby. And a lot of them. And we take it for granted. Actually, we tend to grumble that it went out at all. But considering the size, age, and complexity of the system; that it works at all is a minor miracle.

Still we do have a generator, large, noisy, gas-guzzling, and very tough.  Thankfully, the furnace doesn’t take much power, but does need a little bit to get started. And I don’t think that bypassing that little starter would be very wise!Keeping the fish pond unfrozen would be a trick too.

I am glad the power came back on. I don’t want to have to use the generator. But I wouldn’t not have it. Sort of like a fire extinguisher or a first aid kit. You don’t buy it with the intention of needing it, or the desire to use it. You buy it because if you don’t have it and you do need it, it is much too late to get it.