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Reflections on a week without electricity and heat...

Monday, November 23, 2015

"Roughing it" is really not that enjoyable without mountain scenery viewed around a campfire...

A "backup" fireplace (planned to be used during a power outage) is not at ALL adequate...

All heat from said old-fashioned fireplace burns through precious wood, hurries up the chimney and disappears in the outside night wind...

Four people and 11 animals huddled in one room for warmth, going "cold turkey" (no pun intended) on electronics usage is fodder for divorce courts...

Board games played in the dark can be creatively entertaining...

Listening to scary stories told in the dark/cold are twice as frightening...

An injured animal in the night of a power outage becomes a new sort of emergency...

Clean underwear and a hot shower are highly under-rated...

A good hardback book read by candlelight is an amazing adventure never found with an e-reader...

Seeing one's breath while walking into your home's kitchen is almost frightening...

Washing up spills with ice cold water just does not cut it...

The ear-drum piercing noise of the generator running next door is highly envied music...

Warm dirty socks are more comfortable on cold toes than the clean ones only found in a 40 degree bedroom, inside an even colder dresser drawer...

Sounds inside a cold, candle-lit house can be terrifying...

Nothing is more loving and grateful than a small shivering dog finally allowed to snuggle with his human under 5 layers of blankets. Cold, wet kisses were never so warm...

Cold sandwiches eaten in an even colder home are just not that appealing after 2 days...

Throwing out hundreds of dollars of food after it thawed and re-froze and thawed again is disheartening, but less so that trying to guess what is still edible...

Stocking a refrigerator the day before a huge storm is not a bright idea...

Going into a dark, cold bathroom and forgetting your flashlight (and also forgetting the light switch does not work) continues to be a major frustration...

Toilets NEED self-warming seats...

Friends who bring a hot pot of soup are angels from heaven...

Nothing tastes better than a warm cup of cocoa or a bowl of hot soup sipped through gloved fingers...

Cell phones, internet, computers, TV and the like are true luxuries but not really necessities...

The world still goes on without talking politics or listening to the news...

Thanksgiving has a new meaning this year.


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  • BUDGETMAW
    At least your toilet apparently had running water, even if it didn't have a self-warming seat. Given a choice, I know which one I'd prefer!
    1721 days ago
  • NAYPOOIE
    When you build a fire, once it's going, arrange the wood (or stack more around/above it) so that you have a "cave" of wood facing the room (or you if it's a campfire) with the inside being where the burning is going on. Radiates heat that doesn't go up the chimney.
    1724 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
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    "Toilets NEED self-warming seats..." True that.
    1724 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    daughter has 4 dogs, 4 cats. Rest of the animals were mine. Yes, 11 animals does sound a bit overwhelming!

    1724 days ago
  • BUDGETMAW
    I haven't gotten my emergency supplies built up since I moved. You've motivated me to do so!

    What eleven animals did you have huddling in your house? I have this mental image of you bringing in the cows and the horses and so forth, in addition to a few dogs and cats.
    1724 days ago
  • NELLJONES
    I have been without power for many days after a storm, but it's always been in hot weather. Brrr!!
    1725 days ago
  • KAYYVAUGHN
    I am glad that you made it through the storm. They are miserable.
    1725 days ago
  • GOLDENRODFARM
    It is funny how power outages make us sit back with a new view to life!
    1725 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Power on at my house, but many still without it and cold blowing snow in the forecast. We are fine and feeling lucky...wish we could help the others out there, too, but only the power company can do it.
    1725 days ago
  • BUDGETMAW
    You're in Spokane, aren't you? I knew they had some bad storms there, but hoped you were ok. Sounds like you are ok, but you really had it rough. Is your power back on now?

    Lots of nice warm hugs to you!
    1725 days ago
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