Wow.  I knew it would be wet here in the winter but I didn’t expect to be greeted with record rain.  The average rainfall here for Oct and November combined is 9″.  This year we saw 19″, and the bucket on my deck says maybe a bit more in my yard.

Along with the rain we have also had several windstorms.  Wind here is a little more to be concerned about than I am used to.  Being a rural location with lots of tree and an all aerial distribution we have seen more than our share of power outages.  Including last night’s, I think we are at 6 outages this fall for a total of almost 100 hours.  Needless to say, I have invested in some technology.

Speaking of trees, we haven’t had any personal bad luck yet but there was one near miss.  We left the house to go to the village store a few weeks ago and when I came back an hour later I found this in the spot I had my truck parked.

Near miss

Near miss for the truck but there was one casualty.


The makes the second barbecue I have owned that had a tree dent the lid.  What are the odds of that?