Sure sounds like it. Seems to me you went from kind of struggling to tough as nails in the past two years.We've been remodeling so long, it isn't too bad when the power goes out. We're kinda used to roughing it.
Ah ok, so you can at least get fresh water. That's good. Sometimes I think it would be better if every household tap had a pump on it and getting more than a cup of water at a time required a certain amount of pumping, just to remind people of how precious water is...Having the power out since we're on a well means no water pressure, so I have to go to the holding tank and get water, like they used to lower the bucket into a community well.
If a cat purring isn't meditation I don't know what is so that sounds like a nice communal activity!My cat has taken to plastering herself on my stomach and front while I meditate. I swear she breaks into a smile when she sees me in meditation position and she purrs up a storm while making herself comfy on me.