We were 2 days without electricity. At night we used this great candle holder (from Lehmans — I heartily recommend getting their Lehmans Non-Electric Catalog — especially if you are homesteading or gardening or pursuing the home arts).
Finally hooked up our Honda 3000 generator to get the office computers going. (This model is as silent as generators get, and has an “eco-mode” that conserves energy.) It’s kind of a shock to realize that our publishing business is pretty totally dependent upon electricity.
There’s something nice about candlelight and no TV, staring into the flames of the fireplace, the silence. One of my friends used to say, about being off the grid, “no 60 cycle hum.” But the reality is, our mail order book business and most of our publishing communication is electric, as well as electronic.
Also on Sunday, a tree fell on the only road into and out of town, so I couldn’t get up to Sebastapol Sunday for a screening of the 6-minute documentary on our homestead.