Not your typical mid-winter here in Georgia. A couple of weeks ago we had a snow that basically paralyzed the city. I was one of the lucky ones, I guess, only being on the road for about 7 hours in my attempt to get home. Now, the messy weather has started again. We've also had some very low temps for Georgia. Several days we've been in the single digits, and we've struggled to keep our plumbing from freezing.
Living in a very rural area can have its disadvantages. It's over a mile to the road from our house, and our common drive is only shared by 2 other houses over that mile. If we lose power due to damage between our house and the road, we'd be pretty low on the priority list. We also run on well water, meaning that if we lose power, we lose water.
While it can sometimes be a pain, we use propane as our primary heat source, for our stove, and for our water heater. Propane is nice if you lose power! However, we also have a wood stove and a fire place. Keeping warm should never be an issue here.
We currently need our septic tank pumped. Another unpleasant task. Our driveway is a little rough, and steep, as we live in a valley. Our septic tank is not easily accessible either. We've got somebody coming to pump it Friday - should be interesting to see how they do it.
Of course, living in the woods has its advantages, too! I love the solitude. The dogs can run off the front porch and not worry about getting hit by a car or crapping in someone's lawn. If I can't sleep, I can run my power tools at 1:00 in the morning, and no one will complain! It is beautifully quiet, at times. I've got a few chickens that lay more eggs than we need. We have some awesome wildlife, from deer to fish, to turtles, to snakes, to ducks, and other wild birds. Also, I have speakers on my porch, and, after a long day, nothing beats an adult beverage and some smooth tunes to make me realize what a wonderful life I get to live!