A unique aspect of the recent freezing temperatures hereabouts was the rolling electrical blackout. Fio's heat and communications were dead for only about ten minutes, but some people's outages lasted for hours. No phone, no TV, no computer, no alarm system, no nothing. It was a thrill, but also a little scary. What if this were the end, if God had, as Fio has often pondered, finally decided to turn off the electricity?
Depending on secondary energy sources makes us all vulnerable. Central heat and air are great, but Fio is glad she and Husband have a wood-burning fireplace and large, openable windows as back-ups. They also have books, pastimes, and hobbies that could substitute for TV. But Luddite Fio would be hard put to stow her laptop and pick up a goose quill pen again.