We had a whopper of a storm yesterday which lingered into this morning. The winds sounded like jumbo jets flying low over house and the rain went on and on and on.
Around three in the afternoon we lost all contact with the outside world. The power went out as did the internet. It’s happened before and it’s something we’re prepared for with plenty of battery and solar powered lamps. And when I say plenty of batteries, we buy them Costco bulk style.
Luckily we own one of the oldest Wolf stoves in the world. We have to light the pilots with matches (also something we buy in bulk) but it sure is nice on a cold, dark and stormy night to have a hot meal. Mr.Wolf Stove can’t do anything special and is a bitch to clean but I’m not getting rid of him until they make me.
The most unnerving thing that happened during the storm was losing cell phone service. I didn’t realize how much like the old transistor radios those things have become. I was a fool to get rid of the ones we had.
I probably wouldn’t have gone out this morning as many trees are down in my neighborhood and on the local highway but it was my last regularly scheduled physical therapy session. Hurrah! I wasn’t about to miss that! And when the clouds did part, boy oh boy was Mt Diablo a glorious sight. A symphony of greens.
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Those first and last photos are just grand, JT. I know what you mean about cell phones. We had a land line for years while still in Ohio and if the power went out, it would still work. I keep a crank radio in my emergency bag when I go on trips and it would work if we lost power at the house for a long time and needed it. We don’t have to worry much here about being too cold if the power goes out, but again when we lived in Ohio, we had a wood-burning stove inserted into our fireplace so we’d always have heat even if just in that part of the living room.
The idea of a crank radio sounds super cool to me right now! We can’t burn wood in the Bay Area but luckily it rarely goes below freezing – knock on wood!
You can knock on it but not burn it. 🙂
Great photos of Mr’s K and S lol. Thank goodness for the Wolf stove too , a hot meal always helps. Well done on reaching the end of your physio don’t forget to keep the exercises going! That last photo of Mount Diablo is absolutely ace 💜
I sure will (keep up with the physio) Thanks for cheering me on!
Oh! I haven’t finished yet ….keep it up girl!!!!
We’re all Irish now. The Emerald State.
Generally the mountain turns brown round about July but who knows these days!
Wow! That is one seriously stunning view. Bad weather and power outage aside, you’re blessed to live in such a beautiful place.
Poor kitty. Squirrels are such a tease.
Great news about your last PT appointment, Jan. Congratulations. Fun seeing the squirrel and kitty action, and hearing about your old Wolf stove; and it came through for you in the power outage and storms, something an electric stove could never do. These storms are crazy. Great photo of Mt. Diablo.
Thanks! Hope you guys are surviving intact!
Yes, surviving and doing well, Jan. Lots of water but all is well.
Thanks! It’s much more stunning in person.
What a naughty squirrel!
They’re pretty ruthless. Hope you’re doing well!
Doing pretty well actually, thanks! Hope you are too.
Doing much better thanks!
An amazing photo. You’re right to challenge Switzerland. We have a Wolf but it’s an electric cooktop, so not useful in the way that yours is.
At certain times of the year – particularly in the farm country north of us – it does look like Switzerland or Ireland. Our Wolf stove is at least forty years old.
Wow, Jan! So much going on! Noise from the winds must have been unnerving. Kitty-Squirrel photo is a work of art. Love it. Trees down – yikes! But, oh, that Mt. Diablo. Congrats re physical therapy. You did it!
Thanks Jude. Hope you are doing well. Drop me a note sometime!
I love the clouds over the mountain – most impressive!
The mountain seemed to make its own weather!
They frequently do that!
Weather has really become crazy… One of those days we’re gonna have snow here in Mexico…
Mr Squirrel is a bandit for sure… (Your cat is lovely…) 🐱
Beautiful photo of Mt. Diablo! Glad you made it through the storm. Stay safe!
Thanks … you too.
Hi Jan, I think the squirrel is really funny. Quite smart too. I am glad you are set up to withstand power outages in reasonable comfort. We have lots here so we have a generator and solar power. I hope your last physio session went well.
It did! Thanks!
Beautiful photo of Mt. Diablo! I love the clouds over the mountain – most impressive!
Thanks for the reminder to buy batteries for our old transistor radio!
Your cat steals the post!!!!
Thanks Resa – he’s a cutie!
Are you all healed up now?
I graduated from PT but still have a ways to go. Thanks for asking!