Note: This first got published without its ending, a fact I caught 10 minutes later. My apologies to anybody who saw it in its naked state.
I mentioned the other day that life at the moment is pleasantly dull. That’s still the case.
After an extraordinary October, we’ve begun an extraordinary November. Cold, foggy mornings, but blue skies all afternoon. Perfect weather for winter preps and completing fall projects.
Yesterday I hauled out my little Honda inverter-generator to give it its seasonal checkup and run under load. I’ve never had to use it in an emergency, but it will run both the refrigerator and the freezer, which is the main thing. Merely knowing that brings a lot of mental ease. I’ll never forget the December day two years ago when this surprise came wandering up my driveway.
Anyhow, it took about 20 pulls to get it started — no doubt my fault for not emptying the carburetor bowl when I last put it away. But once it got going, it hummed along nicely while I treated the last of the new non-ethanol gas, diverted some of it into smaller cans, and rotated it into storage.
Putting the Honda under load revealed a glitch in my winter preparedness.
One of my two long outdoor extension cords — the newest, best quality, and most heavy-gauge of my extension cords — is nowhere to be found. I’m sure it’s somewhere around here; maybe in the attic crawl space. I don’t know. But so far it hasn’t been anywhere I’ve looked. Without it I couldn’t safely run both appliances at the same time. I’d still get by by running one for a few hours, then switching to the other, which may be the best way to go, anyhow. But even if you consider yourself semi-decently prepped, there’s always something not right.
Two is one and one is … you know that drill.
So that’s the sort of thing I’ve been doing with my days. That and planting the last fall bulbs, cooking beef stew (my #1 favorite fall food), and painting (indoors, but in glorious light).
After work this evening, I sat down to a meal of mandarin oranges (from 2011 and tasting fine), stoneground whole-wheat crackers from the new liquidation store, and puckeringly sharp and nicely crumbly cheddar cheese from here in the NorthWET.
And it will be wet again. Supposed to be a very average winter, which will fill up the dams and dampen the forests against next summer’s wildfire season. But for now, I’m enjoying all this climate change.