How many of you have ever been forced to subsist on fireplace heat and boiled water for bathing?  We have been without power now since January 27, 2009 @ 4:30 a.m.  I hate waking up to a freezing cold house with ice all over the place, but I am so happy we haven’t had major damage.  The first or second night of this hideous ice storm, it sounded like shotgun blasts about every 5 minutes for about 2-3 hours.  Then our yard was covered in not just limbs but HUGE portions of trees.  We had (operative word-had) about 100 mature trees.  They are now less mature, but maybe we can do behavior modification to set them straight.   I am getting back to the basics, but getting quite tired of the basics.  On a brighter note, we have a generator, which we can get gas to feed readily (as opposed to last week when I had to wait in line for a while to get a little bit of gas).  It’s been a really interesting week.  We also got our LP gas (propane) delivered on Monday.  The price was right !!  (almost $700).  Now, let’s talk about the Quest for the Blue Flame.  Blue flames are hot, in case you don’t know.  When you have “fire watch” from 3:00 to 8:00 in the morning and you have to feed the fire about every 30-45 minutes, you really enjoy the look and feel of the blue flames.  If the flames are blue, you are doing the right thing with the fire.  Also, the blue flames on the burner tell you your propane level is still okay.  When orange flame starts flecking into that on a major basis, you are getting low, most likely.  It’d be time to check your levels.

Just a little tip from Mama Dee.



  1. My prayers are with you, your family and all of those who have been affected. May God grant you continued strength to get through these most difficult times.

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