If you live anywhere other than under a rock, you're already familiar with the insane storms that have battered much of the country recently. Our little homestead was right in the thick of it, but somehow fared better than many, including -- perhaps ironically -- the unfortunate Director of our state's Department of Homeland Security (whose wrecked home sits minutes from where I now type this).
We just got our internet access back in the last little bit and we're still trying to
wade through the considerable backlog of emails, messages, etc., so if you've tried to get in touch
with us and couldn't, that's why. Thanks for the concern of those who
tried to reach-out, and apologies to those awaiting responses, their comments to be approved, etc.
We only lost power for one miserable night, luckily, but the
net was out for 8 days -- and, living in a dead signal area, our cell
phones are controlled via a little Microcell tower that runs off the
high-speed internet... so no net = no cell either. So, we've been, more or less, completely out of the proverbial loop.
Others are just now getting their lights back on or are still waiting in the dark, so, all-in-all, we were very fortunate. A few downed trees on our acreage (blissfully, nowhere near the house or outbuildings), a little siding ripped off by the wind's fury, and some minor lifestyle inconveniences were the worst of it for us. We were even fortunate enough that I was able to loan-out our generator to a family member who was without power and needed it to run his well-pump.
I'll write a more extensive account later RE: how being an emergency preparedness enthusiast (i.e. a Prepper) helped ease our particular experience, but that's the gist of it for now. Good to be back with you folks! :)