With the exception of a few hours of storm-induced darkness, I have never been without electricity.  Almost everything that surrounds me is somehow reliant on it.  Such a necessity, but so little appreciation for it.

We visited an old mill today, powered by a water wheel on the river.  A truly amazing sight.  And it reminds me how grateful I am for our electricity!

War Eagle Mill Waterwheel

Perhaps I’ve got this backwards… yesterday I was grateful for a spa tub, and today I’m grateful for the fresh water to fill it.   The Illinois River Watershed Partnership has recently purchased a piece of land near our community that encompasses a cave and fresh springs that are part of the Illinois River Watershed.  The spring is amazing.  Fresh and cool.  Through their efforts, we will have a local sanctuary to enjoy and a place to educate our kids about the preciousness of fresh water.