1. SG surprised Himself and me Friday evening - he took us to Lowe's and bought a new dishwasher! Don't know when it'll be installed, but New! Dishwasher! (Bosch brand. Um. I've NEVER spent that much on a dishwasher before - I really, really hope it's worth the hype! But - he picked it out, so I will NOT complain!)
2. Herself is home and happy. She made some INCREDIBLE beaded jewelry while at Granny's - I have GOT to get photos posted!
3. Anna gave me a new way to look at our "woes". As a "dry run" to an EMP. Which....I am not too concerned about long-term affects of an EMP. Why? Because of 1 little verse in Revelation:
Rev. 11:9 - "And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put into graves." (KJV :wink:)
Now....I've always heard it said that "EVERYBODY" shall see them....which isn't what this says - BUT. It does indicate that many people, from EVERYWHERE in the world, will see this happen. So.....Yes, there could be an EMP (and probably will!) - BUT it won't take the power grids down long-term. (Granted, "short-term" might be a stretch, depending on your definition of "short" - but I don't see it being for more than 1 year, at the most. Which, if I'm honest, is longer than *I* prefer to be without electricity - but it's do-able, for sure. Yes, I admit I'm a little lazy - I like modern technology!) (And I am willing to be proven wrong here - just because I don't "see" us losing electricity forever doesn't mean I'm right. But it's not something I worry about - yes, I've taken some precautions, but I haven't gone off the deep end, so to speak. I do still want to go solar, though...but it's WAY out of our reach right now.)
Now, as for the question: Yes, we have a hand-powered milker (the "Maggie-dan"). It's bad for long-term use, though, because it doesn't cycle - it just *sucks*. All the hand-held milkers are that way - and they will cause teat damage if used more than just once-in-a-while. But! I have 2 kids that know how to hand-milk, and I will take advantage of that! :lol:
I think that gets me caught up.....we start our "new" year tomorrow. I've revamped our schedule - we'll see how it works in real life. I'm sure there will be a little tweaking - but that's par for the course.
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