Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Indian Summer

We've got a spell of heat coming, beginning today, throughout most of California. I've also read that this is supposed to be a warm and dry winter in northern CA.

Pacific Gas & Electric preemptively cut the power to 800k CA residents a couple weeks ago, in an effort to prevent wildfires. We had no power here for 24 hours, but thankfully water and gas were not affected.

Since then, I've prepared for the next time -- and there will be a next time, as PGE has declared there'll likely be power outages for the next decade in CA. Yikes!

The inside scoop is that PGE is in bankruptcy (reorganization) as they are liable for billions in damages for causing CA's worst-ever wildfire, the Camp Fire, late last year, as well as many others in the recent past. In addition, being a now-typical corporation, they haven't maintained their equipment well at all over the years, yet they've given huge bonuses to the top brass. So most of CA, and pretty much all of non-metro CA, has to suffer.

Anyhoo, I've gotten myself everything I need to deal with future outages (propane heater, butane stove, solar/ACDC lantern, backup battery for electronics, and a car phone charger for when the backup battery runs out).

I've also been using this time as an opportunity to get together a kit of stuff I'd need if I had to vacate the premises for a while, like in the event of an earthquake or other disaster. So all I'll have to do if that happens is grab a few well-stocked bags/boxes.

This reminds me of Y2K...although I totally bought into that non-event and went overboard buying stuff to hold me for a year or more. That ain't gonna happen this time! But I will be as prepared as possible with as minimal an outlay as I can manage.

I just have the back to do on my kimono, and I'm doing it in two pieces to better distribute the variegated yarn colors. Then sew it together and knit on the collar. But I am taking my time on this one.

Hope you're all having a great fall.

Happy Halloween! xx


jacki long said...

Beautiful work Connie!
It's to be 98 here in the OC today and all week.

Els said...

It's not so nice we have (?) to rely on others like electricity, gas and water ... (but totally self-supporting isn't going to happen either Connie, so we must deal with all the stuff ....)

LOVE your work !
Have a nice Fall anyway ;-)

tgarrett said...

yikes sorry you have that to deal with Connie. Love your work.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

My grandson and his family live in downtown LA. We video chat almost every day. Yesterday it was 100. Our weather in northern Indiana has taken a cooler change. Two days of high winds and rain resulted in a lot of trees turning to fall color and many blowing off the trees. We have not yet had a killing frost, though that should happen by the end of the month. I can't imagine having our electric cut off like that. So much suffering because big business gives bonus bucks instead of investing in their own infrastructure. They do that here too and then ask for a large rate hike.
xx, Carol

Carol Cohn said...

I'm very impressed by your organizational skills, Connie. I need to do the same. I have nearly everything needed, though not generators, but it's not condensed into a single location for easy access..... another thing to put on my list, and likely procrastinate actually doing. But thanks for the reminder!

HD said...

Hi, I live in the Willamette valley so we also have to be ready for "the big one" (that is earthquake for those not in this zone). Had not thought of battery charger, if you had a recommendation to share I'd be interested in what you chose!

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Sorry you have to deal with that, Connie. I wish things hadn't been left for so long without PGE and other utilities making long term plans for maintaining the area around their power lines. We depend on electricity for so much! Good that you have been able to take some steps to prepare yourself, but if the electricity is off, won't that cut telephone communications too? I'm ignorant about wireless, but thought the cell towers must use electricity somehow...

Jeanne Aird said...

Hi Connie, Your collages continue to amaze me. They are just wonderful!
Your comments about PG&E are right on target. They have really mismanaged our utilities for years, choosing profit s over good stewardship, to say the least. . There's a lot of talk now that this would be a good time for the state of CA to move in and turn it into a customer owned company. I sure hope that happens. We pay too much for too little service. Looks like you are all set for power outages, which I hope you don't have. We're trying to get an electrician to hook up a generator so we can access water from our well should a fire erupt and power is out. Hang in there and good luck on finishing your kimono. Looking forward to seeing it!

Charlton Stitcher said...

Sorry to hear California has so many problems to bear. You sound so impressively organised. 98 F seems unbelievable for early November when considered from the UK, and currently from eastern Scotland, where it was down to -5 C overnight earlier in the week and it has since rained rained non-stop for almost three days!
Take care, Margaret x