It's amazing how much we rely on power in our society. Every little thing depends on it... imagine having to live with - no lights, no water, no toilets, no tv, no internet, no portable phones, no dishwasher, no heat, no air conditioning, no fridge/freezer, blender - just to name a few of the big ones. This happens from time to time here. I'm extremely fortunate. I have a lake full of water which can be used to fill up the toilet tank to flush if really necessary. I have a wood stove for heat, which can also be used to heat up water, and I have a lot of windows which allow for plenty of natural light.
Rewind to Friday. I started a chocolate strawberry cake for a baby shower. Chocolate macadamia mousse (Just Desserts), and strawberry layer (same as the mousse but sans the cacao, and strawberries added) on an almond coconut honey crust, garnished with kiwi slices.
On Saturday morning I still needed to do the strawberry layer, so by chance, hopped out of bed pretty early to do it (it's rare that I am working on a dessert before 9am). Had just finished when.... the power went out! That means no electricity, and since we are on well water - no water either. Major UGH! Turned out my whole town was without power - which continued all day, until about 6pm. Everything closed down - all stores, and all but one gas station which was powered by a generator (runs on gas). I managed to draw upon the last bit of water in the system to get a 2 minute shower. The baby shower still happened, and fun was had by all.
The experience left me with such a feeling of gratitude for all I have. It also makes me stop and think twice about how much water and power I consume. Has your power ever gone out? What did you do about it? Does the thought of no power scare you?
I made a small strawberry tart with leftovers...
... decorated with johnny jump ups! I love these flowers - when they're standing in a bunch, I think they look like proud little people.
That evening I was time to celebrate (more than just the return of the electricity). One of my closest friends, Marcy, is getting married in August, so a "wedding social" was held in their honor, in a nearby town. I'm not sure if this is something people do in other places, but up here it's a great way for people to make some cash. I'm going to buy my dress for the wedding (I'm in the bridal party) next weekend when I travel to the city!
I just love summer! Wishing you a great day!
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