We had a very relaxing time at the cabin. We ended up staying a few extra days. There had been a major storm that came through sometime last month and knocked about a dozen trees over our driveway. Our driveway is a half a mile long winding through the woods so, before even getting back to the cabin my dad had to get out the chainsaw and clear the road.
And then once at the cabin, we discovered that we had no electricity. The storm had ripped out the power line and the electric box on the cabin. The electric company couldn’t hook the power back up until and electrician came out a redid the entire electrical system. And of course they couldn’t come out for another 6 days. Once they did come out and fix all that an inspector had to come out. Guess what, the inspector only works on Wednesdays! So, we still had to wait. Luckily, the inspector called the power company and told them to go ahead and hook up the electricity and he would come out the next week. So, the power company showed up on Friday (a week after we had been at the cabin) and finally hooked us up. Woohoo!
Of course the Princess had a total blast! She had tons of room to run around and adventure. She had a sandbox, swings, slide and all kinds of new things to explore!
So, we went a week without power or running water. Which isn’t so bad if you are prepared ahead of time but, we weren’t. However, going without power forces you to slow down and relax.
When it is daylight, you get stuff done. When it gets dark, your body just naturally starts shutting itself down. I forgot how to listen to my body’s internal clock. I got such great sleep during our powerless nights. There is no distractions.
So, yes, we had to haul water from the old pump.
And we would have to go into town to get ice for the coolers.
Heat up water on the stove to wash dishes or sponge baths. We also went to a nearby State Campground for showers.
Use oil lamps and candles for light.
And good ‘ol fashioned percolated coffee. I’ll tell ya what, that was the BEST coffee!
Overall, it was a rather thrifty week! Of course, not necessarily by choice. LOL
Now I am excited to see your thriftiness!