It was three years ago (already) that the ugly utility pole out by the pond was removed and our wires were undergrounded. We haven't had any significant power failures since then, whereas we had several in the preceding years. Once we were without electricity for about five days because high winds blew down a tree that fell on the wires.
I see from looking at old photos that the weather then looks like the weather now, so all is normal. It's wet and gray here now, but not cold. Most of my photos from the end of January in past years have been of food and cooking projects. The kitchen is where the color is in wintertime in France.
Above is a kitchen photo from Friday. I made a pot au feu — literally "a pot on the fire" — in the slow cooker for Saturday's main meal. Beef, onion, carrots, turnips, and potatoes, with spices and herbs. One of the nicest side benefits of a boiled dinner is the good broth you get for making soups or whatever over the following few days.