We got our power back this morning. The storm was amazing. Our house was shaking at times--and I think it's a testament to how well built our simple little a-frame is that it survived without getting bumps and bruises. Our house faces the west, on top of one of many ridges in the Oregon coast range. So we get the full force of storm winds(candidate for a windmil!!). At Mount Hebo, not far from us, the weather station recorded peak gusts of 114 mph, and sustained winds 60-80mph. I went outside to listen to the wind at times, and there were so many sounds and notes. The coolest one was the low tones, like a low groan that you could feel through your feet as well as in your gut. Here is a cool story John Muir tells of riding out a windstorm in a Douglas Fir: http://pweb.jps.net/~prichins/w-storm.htm We were snug with our woodstove, and had plenty of candles and oil lamps. I had fun cooking breakfast in the freeze the next day--pancakes on the burner and bacon in a pan on the BBQ, just like camping . The next day I made eggs benedict on the BBQ , toasted the muffins on the woodstove. We also made stew on the woodstove, and took it over to our neighbor friends house and shared supper, a good time blabbing in candlelight. My 16 yr old son played his guitar, and my 12 yr old son played legos, they had good spirits and weren't too bored. We lost 5 firs on our property around the house, I haven't walked around mroe yet. THere are more that are heaved up, ready to fall soon. One (about 12" d)was next to the shed, so I asked hubby if he could push it a little with the bulldozer to make it just miss the shed(it was aiming for the corner). So he straightened it back up with the dozer and then made the cuts. It was still hung up in another tree, so he pulled it down with the dozer and the tree landed squarely on the shed, then toook out the chicken fence as he pulled away. Why smash a corner when you can smash the whole thing?? But it just put a dent in the roofline, and knocked out the rafters. It was just a junk shed anyway. There were quite a few trees that fell across the road, but hubby and a few other neighbors cleared them. He dragged home some nice firewood logs with the dozer. The power did come on saturday night, but the fuse down in the junction box(?right term?) blew up because nobody turned things off(we did), when the power came on it had to power up all those lights and wells and electrical stuff all at once, and all that load on a cold system fried it, giving us three more days of no power. So we will post an anonymous letter down at the mailbox about what happened, and tell folks that next time turn off all your stuff, and let the system warm up. Hope everyone else is none the worse for wear!!