FINALLY Got Electricity After Winter Storm Octavia! Cannot Wait to Show You These!

Birdfeeder Covered in Ice by Winter Storm OctaviaThe birds had better wait to eat here…

Lounge Chairs covered in Ice after Winter Storm Octavia. Too cold to sit here!

Rosemary bush obliterated in ice after Winter Storm Octavia

My poor rosemary bush is totally encrusted!

Ice everywhere outdoors after Winter Storm OctaviaView of the deck through branches of a small maple.

All the beauty of an ice storm comes with a price: We lose electricity.

So after we had a nice* game of Scrabble-by-candlelight, we ate a great chili dinner by the same romantic candlelight, chili which I’d cooked on our wood stove.

Cooking chili on wood stove because of Winter Storm Octavia

Then I did dishes by candlelight.

Dishes done by candlelight after Winter Storm Octavia

Am seriously considering doing dishes by candlelight all the time. So romantic… πŸ˜‰

*I won…

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

17 thoughts on “FINALLY Got Electricity After Winter Storm Octavia! Cannot Wait to Show You These!

    1. Actually, we’ve lived where the power is often interrupted and have many devices for making life easier. A source of wood heat that also functions for cooking is one of the must haves that our realtors must understand. We have many, many candles and oil lamps. We always have our flashlights in only one possible place, so we can find them in the dark.
      It’s the little things that make life so fun. The candlelight makes for an unexpectedly romantic night, even giving a certain glow to seeming mundane chores such as feeding the cat. Now there’s a romantic notion—feeding the cat by candlelight! Ha!
      Or toothbrushing, anyone? πŸ˜‰

    1. Absolutely, Debbie!
      Today was a snow day for my husband and we’ve been working on a jigsaw puzzle. We found one piece with writing on the back in what we think is our oldest son’s writing. It says, “John’s first puzzle piece.” We assume it is the first piece the younger brother ever found and placed on his own. Probably 25 years ago, or so. Wow.
      Always some lovely thing in life if we look for it. Who would think of chili by candlelight? Games by candlelight? Everything, even bathing and just every chore, by candlelight. Not too hard, just different. And enjoyable, as you said. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hey, Sharla!
      What a surprise to find you visited! WELCOME to Home’s Cool! πŸ™‚
      We try very hard to make our ephemeral electrical system not too scary to the children, but you know, during that week of ice outage (was it 14 years ago?!) my littlest was scared. I did not know it, because he was trying to be brave, but after the lights finally came back on, he said, “Thanks for all you did to keep us alive.”
      I was so touched by that. Bless his heart. Yesterday, when he and his wife and little baby were without electricity, he took them to IHOP. Ha! πŸ™‚

  1. So glad you are able to be well-equipped when this happens. You’re not going to let a little lack of electricity get you down! Love it! Thanks for sharing your “candlelight delight” with us!

    1. Hello, Lisa!
      Thanks for the darling comment and WELCOME to Home’s Cool! πŸ™‚
      We have a great time living out of town, as we call it. Not too often we get caught off guard around here. I’m so glad you enjoyed this! Stop by again sometime soon! πŸ™‚

  2. Way to find the joy in the unexpected “interruptions” God sends your way. BEAUTIFUL ice art, even if it does throw everything off-kilter.

    1. Ha! Love ya’!
      But I don’t consider an outage throwing everything off kilter! I think electricity throws everything off kilter and we finally get back “on kilter” when it goes out. We experience what it means to be simply human, without props.
      And I love it! πŸ˜‰

  3. What a great attitude! And you’re smart to have so many tools to make it fun and different instead of troubling. I’d be most worried about staying warm here, but sounds like you all have it covered. πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Deborah!
      Thanks for your kind words and WELCOME to Home’s Cool! πŸ™‚
      We stay warm. Since my husband is a forester, we have access to lots of wood. All the dead and gnarly trees that are not usable in other ways, can make great warmth for us. Our furnace never comes on.
      As for tools, I think my favorite is our wind-up radio. πŸ˜‰

    1. YES! That would be really wonderful. Music! Once my son played Chopin’s “Raindrops” during a big storm. Of course, the thunder was right in sync! What a great time a person can have if the ingredients are there. Like candles. πŸ˜‰

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