For the most part, the county and utility companies pretty much leave us alone out here.
But like some tornadoes, we were given a warning they were coming this spring through fliers placed in our mailboxes.
It wasn’t a force of nature, but large tree trimming machines and brush hogs, sent by the utility companies.
They decided to claim their 15 feet of easement along the utility line routes, which of course, runs the nearly 2 miles from the blacktop along the road and right in front of our property.
My aunt, who was the first to run power lines down our road said she cried the first time they came in 1997 to install the lines.
“I said, ‘what have I done to this beautiful landscape,” my aunt remembers. “And then someone reminded me if we hadn’t done it, someone else would have.”
“I just saw a lightning bug!” I told Dale.
He didn’t respond, but I could tell by his silence that he didn’t believe me.
It is, afterall, only March.
The first of the week was warm, almost too warm here at Our Little House, but then the rains came and so did the cooler temps.
Yesterday, I went to get into the tub to take a hot bath, something that relaxes me and also warms me when I get chilled.
Only this one was not hot, it wasn’t even warm.
Really, there’s almost nothing worse than sitting in the buff in a tub filling with cold water.
On Tuesday night, the lights flickered during a storm and Dale later realized — when he went to take a hot shower – that the hot water heater breaker had tripped.
He reset the breaker and it heated up for his shower, so we thought it must have been due to the storm.
Apparently, it’s because the hot water tank wasn’t heating properly.
I posted on our Living Large Facebook page yesterday that we were looking into buying a new air conditioning unit for Our Little House.
One of our community there wrote: “You don’t need air!”
She thought we are in Canada.
Nope. We do need air to survive these dreadfully hot and humid southern summers.
It’s hard to believe it is March 20 and we’re already thinking about air conditioning. There’s been a couple of days when I’ve thought about turning it on.