The electrical power is out at our Waushara County farm. The entire neighborhood and well beyond lost power last Friday morning when a vicious wind and rain storm tore through the area, uprooting trees and smashing down power lines. At this writing, three days later, the power is still out. The main electric line, torn down by a tree limb is in the ditch, broken. No water. No refrigeration. Considerable inconvenience for those who do not have their own generators.
We weren’t concerned about the electric lines going down when I was a kid, because there were none in our neighborhood. No one had electricity. Kerosene lamps lighted our house; barn lanterns gave us enough light for milking cows. An ice box kept things cool, and a gasoline engine powered our water pump. We were quite self-sufficient.
Today, we’ve become so dependent on electrical power that when it’s not there, we are in trouble, especially if it’s missing for several days. The days of self-sufficiency are gone. For most people, anyway.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Neighbor’s stand alone as they stand together.
September 7, Noon. Friends of Eagle River Library Banquet. Riverstone Restaurant, Eagle River
September 10, Barnes and Noble, La Crosse. 1:00 p.m. Campfires and Loon Calls.
September 11, Woodland Country School Reunion, 1-4, Speaking at 2:00 p.m. Two miles from Hustisford on Highway R.
September 13, Town Hall Library, North Lake, Wisconsin. 6:00 p.m. Barns of Wisconsin
September 17, Creekside Bookstore, Cedarburg. Book Signing, 1-4.
September 18, Creekside Bookstore, Cedarburg, Book signing, 12-3.
September 21, Cumberland Library, 5:30 p.m. The Lighter Side of Country Living.
September 22, Midwest Bookseller Convention, Minneapolis
October 1, Family History Fair, Walworth County Genealogical Society. Faith Christian School, HWY 67, Williams Bay, WI. 9-3. (Speaking at 1:00) Horse Drawn Days
October 2, Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, WI.
October 4, Union Grove Library. 1:30 p.m. Horse Drawn Days, 6:30 p.m. History of Cheese Making.
October 8, Horse Drawn Days, Stonefield Village, Cassville, WI. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Speaking at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Days.
October 15, Wade House, Green Bush, WI. 1:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Days.
October 18, New Holstein Library, 1:00 p.m. Book talk featuring Cranberry Red. 6:30-8:30 Writer’s workshop.