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Comment from: Sarah

Ruth, I highly recommend you and your readers check out a wonderful company in Ohio, who started out serving the Amish community, and now ship products all over the world, for those who live "off the grid". www.lehmans.com
If you read their "About us" link, you'll find them old fashioned and charming. I don't have any type of ties to the company, other than being an old fashioned gal myself. You'll see tons of stuff you'll wish you had during your power outage. Ours was 1 day off, 1 day on, then 1 day off again. At least we got to warm up the house for a day.

11/03/11 @ 09:48
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Wow. Thanks Sarah. I will be sure to check it out, and I really appreciate you sharing the resource. The Amish are a great example of a people who have lived life off the American grid.

11/03/11 @ 10:00
Comment from: Gwyn

Excellent post Ruth. I completely agree that the weather is not the main issue. Of course it demands we adapt and persevere with changes, but we can't do much about it.

We did not lose power but plenty of tree limbs fell and yesterday, 4 days after when the snow had all melted I was without cable (internet) due to related repairs. I planned to publish a post and add a page to my website and instead found myself questioning my dependence on the computer.

It is not a black and white issue of course, but I agree we should more often disconnect intentionally and remember how to do things with our own two hands. AND teach the kids!

11/03/11 @ 10:08
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Gwyn: I took the time to clean my desk and read lots of material that had previously taken a backseat to Internet reading. Of course I had to keep shuffling piles back and forth from the rear office to the living room fireplace, but I'm amazed at how much I got accomplished without the online distractions. Sometimes we just get forced into noticing the obvious, and while I, like you, am a little behind in my work, I'm really enjoying the sight of my desk surface.

And yes, Gwyn, I certainly thought of you when I wrote about sharing with future generations.

11/03/11 @ 10:15

We live in Utah. The culture here is to be prepared at any moment to live off the grid. We are not well-prepared but are slowly working towards that end. We get huge snowstorms! With a wood stove our heat is not an issues, but our well depends on electricity. I am aware of how tenuous our living situations are, how vulnerable we could be.

11/03/11 @ 10:50
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Ah yes, the Utah snow. My husband sure would love to ski on it!

I have a question: are your transmission lines buried in the ground or suspended from poles?

Good luck in your quest to be prepared and thanks for joining the conversation.


11/03/11 @ 11:16

Phone lines are buried. So are the electrical lines.

11/03/11 @ 11:45
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Thanks Loran. Ours are hanging on poles in most places. That turns the trees, and their tired limbs, into the enemy.

11/03/11 @ 11:51