There’s A Storm A Brewin’

We just had the most beautiful weather this past weekend. Even though the sun is still out, there’s something in the air tonight.  A wind storm.  Full-on fast scary winds. 

I love it.


It’s some of the most fun being out in the wind.  The smell of fresh flowers and trees in my neighborhood flow through the air.  As we ate dinner on our deck, you could hear the tree deck creaking as it swayed back and forth.

We’ve only ever lost a few large branches and an occasional birch tree in these storms.  Maybe a power failure or two, but never enough that I need to own a generator.  One day we may own one- I like my gadgets and toys working!

Tonight’s high winds are another reminder of how amazing nature is.  The fact that it can still be stunningly beautiful but fiercely dangerous.  At my work we had to warn the switchmen of the possibility of empty rail cars being blown down the tracks.  They can roll silently and you wouldn’t hear them behind you.  A rare occurrence, but entirely possible.

Side note: Storm is my favorite character from X-Men.  That’s how I’m ending today’s blog. I think teenage me would agree. She’s pretty sexy in black with stark white hair. Not to mention the lightning and ability to control the weather and fly!  She could save me any day.

But I digress.  Old man Joe isn’t in need of saving.  The only thing I save is my blog posts.  

Shit.  I ended with a “Dad Joke“.

It was a dark and stormy night…

Such a classic start to almost all stories written by children.  I didn’t want to title today’s post that way, but it really did fit.  Tonight is a crazy evening with high winds and tons of rain.  We’ve already lost power a few times over the past couple of days.  We are expecting to lose it again some time this evening.  But that won’t stop us from having a nice quiet Saturday night as a family.


We already have a fire burning- warming up our family room.  Dinner was made, enjoyed, and the dishes cleared away.  We’ve gotten into our pajamas, house coats, & slippers early this evening in order to lounge and relax.  


We are deciding upon a few family games to play.  NO MONOPOLY.  That game always ends in a fight.  But we do have many other games that will allow a variety of shorter gameplay so everyone is happy.

On the table tonight is Tsuro, Yardmaster, Timeline:Inventions, Timeline:Diversity, Timeline:Science&Discoveries, Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee, Nightmare Before Christmas Trival Pursuit, & Poop.

Timeline seems like a good educational style game as you try and play all your cards based on history in a timeline.

Tsuro is a path game where you place tiles and try to remain the last stone on the board.  Quick and strategic.

Poop is a card game all about flushing a toilet without overflowing.  Humorous and silly.

Yardmaster is about moving trains (I should be great at that one, since it is my regular job).

We love gaming as a family, and even though we still have electricity, not every moment we spend together as a family should be infront of a screen.  That being said, I’m going to publish tonight’s blog and check out until tomorrow.

There’s a Storm a Brewin’

Here on the west coast, our summer weather had been extended a bit longer.  Over the past week or so, there has been an occasional rain.  But starting tonight and going into the weekend, we are expected to be bombarded with heavy rain and gusty winds.

Being prepared for such weather isn’t a big deal for most people.  Large suburbs and cities often get their power back quickly.  We live on the outskirts in a more rural area where the population is more widespread.  Getting our power back on isn’t as big of a priority to the utilities company.  

This sucks for many reasons.  First, we are on well water and our pump is electric.  No showers or general cleaning for us.  Also no flushing the toilet more than once, that’s a single tank full.  So we follow the old adage-

If we need an extra flush while the power is still out, we grab a bucket and scoop water from a rain barrel.  As well, we have a few of those 18.9L cooler water jugs for fresh drinking water on hand.  Today, I filled a couple more just in case.

No electricity sucks.  It means our home is dark and cold.  Really cold.  We have a brick house, and at one point a couple years ago part of our home dropped to about 15°c (59°F) inside.  We were also without power for four days.  We are lucky to have a wood burning fireplace in the center of our home.  Once it heats up, it can be pretty toasty.

2014 brought many trees and large branches down in our yard.


Our home and neighborhood is surrounded by old growth trees.  With the high winds expected, there will also be many trees blown down.  Our roads have been blocked for many hours at a time before road crews cleared them up.  As well, our yard gets bombarded by large branches.  The sounds of the tree limbs cracking and falling can be terrifying.  They are that much more amplified while the power is out.

Today we prepared for the storm.  I cleared the downspouts and drains, bought more fresh water, brought out flashlights, lanterns, and batteries.  We gathered up our outdoor furniture and brought everything under cover.  The last thing we need to do is bring some firewood inside and gather up candles.  Every year I talk about buying a generator. (Usually during a storm or while the power is out).  And every year I don’t.

Even though the power goes out for a few hours to a few days, we survive.  We even play some board games under candlelight as a family.  As much as it is an inconvenience to not have power, it’s not a big deal in short bursts.  

Stay safe this autumn.