Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Estate without Electricity

Down Pour

I was watching an old episode of The Waltons, late yesterday afternoon.  I loved to see their large old house and how productive everyone was at home. There was cooking and baking, mending and sewing, cleaning and gardening.  There was always so much to do and so much excitement with a house full of people.

Then I heard thunder outside.  A large storm came in and took away the power in our house.  This is not normal. We rarely ever lose power, here in the rural mountains of Vermont.  Even in the midst of a snowy blizzard, we usually keep our power.  It was a little shocking.

The evening hour was fast approaching. Things were getting dark.  Mister set up his old lanterns at the parlour table.  We sat in the old antique chairs and visited while we waited for our kitchen to start working again. One cannot make tea or treats when there is no electricity for the stove. 

As the hours passed, some of the children played cards by candle-light.  Grandbaby was tucked into bed for the night.  The entire town was quiet.

The sound of the rain was pleasant, but the thunder and lightening was a little frightening at times.  Some of us wanted to read, but the dim lights would not give us enough light to see.  Someone stopped by to visit.  We heard work crews out behind the property.  There was some excitement for a little while.

At some point, many of us went to bed.  It had been a tiring day.  There would be plenty to do in the daylight, even if we didn't have power.  Somehow, during the night, it was restored and all was back to normal.

This morning, as I listened to old gospel on my kitchen radio, and worked about the house, I was grateful for our electricity.  Yet, sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have all the comforts of electricity, without the dependence on television, computers and radios like we have today.  Perhaps that is something that each family can work on, to set rules and limits on their use.

 The Amish have rules for the way they live, so that the modern world does not seep in and take away their simple life of service for the Lord. They have boundaries and limits on what they will allow into their daily lives.  This reminds me of the resolutions great ministers used to make years ago  - Puritan Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley come to mind.  They set up plans for their daily actions and lives and resolved to do them.  This is what is missing in many of our modern lives.  This, to me, is the lesson of the loss of electricity, for those few evening hours.  Many of us need to decide, much like the Amish, what will be best for our own homes.  We need to find a way to keep resolutions for a godly home, and decide what that means for each us.

Mrs. White

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Anonymous said...

So true Sharon. I have had to set limits because of the onslaught of technology. I don't have internet on my phone. Although it is very convenient, it would be too distracting for me. Just recently, I have given up tv. This one was hard. I like to stay informed, and I have a couple of favorite shows. Almost half of what is on tv is advertising. Much of it is the worst scenes for shows that I would never watch. I have found that I get alot more done in the evenings now. School books are corrected, and the garden looks good. I am looking forward to the longer evenings this winter for sewing, recipe organization, scrapbooking, and embroidery.
Thanks so much for all your writing. It is so inspiring. I pray that you will have good health to continue. ~Diane

tibby said...

If I were living in Vermont I wouldn't miss it at all. I worked as a summer camp counselor in Plymouth on 87 & 89 & returned back to visit on Aug'12. It was more gorgeous than I remembered. I wish I lived there :-)
Love from Spain,

Anonymous said...

DearMrs White this morning I finished reading your book on homemaking. It warms my heart to know that there are still women pout there who both live the Lord and enjoybeing a stay at home housewife. I too enjoy the same comforts of home as you do. Your emails maked me feel like I know you personally and would love to have tea with you and chat about family and life. I want to thank you for both your emails and book both make me feel comforted that I am doing the right thing by being a oldold fashioned housewife in this day and age.god bless you, maria in michigan

Glenda said...

We haven't had television for years. We found it was a waste of our time and there wasn't much decent to watch. We always muted the commercials anyway and didn't bother to watch them.

We, frequently, have power outages in the Western part of the country. We have a wonderful wood cookstove in our sunroom as a backup and a nice woodstove downstairs, also.

We enjoy coffee, but have given up on the electric coffee makers as the coffee made in the stainless steel stovetop percolators taste so much better; no plastic involved. It's nice to know that if there is a power outage we can use the stainless percolator on either of our woodstoves, also.

Since we do alot of canning of the vegetables and fruits we grow, we can use our wood cookstove to can on should the need arise. Always nice to have a backup plan :).

I do pray you are feeling better.

Blessings to you and your family.

1HappyWife said...

We were listening to a message once and the preacher said that while they were raising children they would purposely take breaks from certain activities to make sure that they did not consume them. We thought that was a wonderful idea to help keep our focus on Christ!

I am new to your blog and
just stopped by to tell you that I am reading "For the Love of Christian Homemaking" and LOVING it! Not sure how I found your blog but will make sure I stop in now and then for a little encouragement :).

Lisa said...

Amen and amen! We are all set up for power outages, but we rarely do lose power for more than a few hours. The longest was almost 10 which were all in the daytime. It is interesting to observe how differently we all function and relate to one another when we cannot each move to their own space in the house for light or warmth or the computer when we have to gather around the light provided by the two oil lamps on the kitchen table. We talk and play cards, etc. rather than spending the evening as to each their own. Thanks for this post today! Good food for thought!

Lisa :)

Rhonda said...

I coud live out without TV just fine but my husband would not ever vote to do away with it. But pease don't take my Internet :)

It is amazing how quiet and peaceful it is when the power is off.

Hope you are feeling better. I always enjoy your posts and they make me think.