Thursday, November 01, 2012

Primal Domesticity

Oh, it feels good to have power!  Our power went out on Monday around 4pm and just came back around 2:30 today (while we were both out at work & class).  It was awfully exciting to turn down  our street and see that street light on out front, heralding more light within.

As frustrating as it was to be without heat, electric light, hot water, and power for our cell phones, computers, and internet, it was nice in some ways to just be for a bit.  We ate, drank, talked,  petted the pups, and read by candlelight.  One of my favorite bloggers, Jenna of Cold Antler Farm, mentioned that "back to basics" thing that happens when you have no modern distractions.  Life gets reduced to the elementals - food, family, animals, heat, and light.  Honestly, if I hadn't had to go into work all week unshowered & a little frazzled, I might not have minded a bit!

Here are some of the photos I took on my cell phone, when it had power:

Monday, 1:52pm, hurricane baking command center.  Had to keep all devices fully charged 
and had to try this recipe.  It came out of the oven 10 minutes before the power went!

Monday, 3:41pm, puppies hunkered down on the couch.  It was starting to get pretty windy then 
and I think Sadie took some comfort from her little brother here.

Monday, 4:44pm, we were prepared when the power went out!  Pictured are all of our flashlights, candles, and lanterns, which we assembled as soon as the lights went out (before it got too dark to do anything).

Tuesday, 7:32pm, the kitchen when I got home from work.  Very pretty by candlelight.  
I'm a frugal (cheap) Scot, though, so I made Justin blow out a few of these.

Tuesday, 9:13pm, hanging out in the dining room with the candles inspired me to finally frame this wallpaper sample that's been taped to our walls for a year.  This will eventually become the paper on the whole wall, but for now, at least it looks much sexier with a gold frame around it than all alone.

Tuesday, 10:52pm, our table (from these folks) is really purty by candlelight.

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