My home has now been without electric power for five days.
We have some power, as we have a good size generator, so we are been better off than some folk. The generator powers the heat, hot water, refrigerator, and a few lights – and what is most important – the well. Not being able to flush is an unfortunate experience. So hurray for the generator (and my husband who installed the monstrosity.)
- The light over the stove (we have a gas stove, but it’s hard to see what you’re cooking)
- The garage door opener
- “Dancing With The Stars” (my guilty pleasure)
But there are some things I like about this prolonged outage.
MY TOP TEN NO-POWER PLEASURES:
The wood stove. I hate our oil bill, so we never have the heat on very high. With the wood stove, it gets up to around 80 in the office. Toasty.
Cuddly pets. Our cats are always snuggled up with my husband. When we shut down the generator at night, and the house gets cool, the kitties will even cuddle with cold-blooded me.
Dinner by oil lamp. The food looks more appetizing by the soft flickering light. So do I.
A new use to justify the expense of my iPhone. Alarm clock app.
No Housework. Not only can’t I vacuum, but you can’t really see the cat hair either.
Stars. With no ground lights, the night sky is amazing.
The bathroom outlet. We don’t have the generator hooked up to many outlets, but my husband did make sure I have a working outlet for my hairdryer. I can tolerate many hardships, but not bad hair.
My Mother. She had no power either, so she spent the last three days with us. I loved seeing her every morning at the breakfast table, and saying goodnight to her at the end of the day.