Deja vu all over again. After a six month reprieve, it was back. No one imagined a little snow would cause so much trouble. We love our trees and hate to see them trimmed, but since it would take years and millions to put power, phone and cable wires underground, we are going to have to shed some greenery to prevent another hardship like the one Alfred just handed us. Of course, living in a colonial home – it shouldn’t have been a hardship. It’s one thing to live in an antique house, and quite another to know how to use it! There are fireplaces to warm us – just need to keep plenty of kindling, dry logs and matches on hand. You can cook over them as well – with sturdy iron pots. As to water, you need a shallow well and a good hand pump. An outhouse would be nice. A few chickens, maybe a pig… Let’s face it. It can be done, but in the 21st century, we’re pretty wired up and dependent on electricity to make everything work. And there’s the internet, communication, cordless phones, cell phones that need to be charged. Thank goodness for cars and car chargers, their heat and their radio. Thank goodness for those CL&P workers who did their darndest, night and day, to get us all hooked up again. Now everything is back to normal. Our week without left us with stories to tell, lessons learned, and for a lot of us – a new generator.