As I write this, I am doing my laundry at my friend’s house. I am also charging my computer, nook and smart phone. I am toasty warm and so grateful for good friends. My home hasn’t had electricity since Monday night. The electric went out right after I had put a meatloaf in the electric oven. Fortunately I have town water so I have had water and even hot water over the past week. I have a fireplace so I have been able to make a fire and keep the “big chill” away. The bedrooms are very cold at this point so I have moved a mattress into the livingroom and the heavy-duty sleeping bag is doing the job of keeping me warm. Below is a list of random things I have realized through the inconvenience of no electricity.
- Taking the curtains off the kitchen door lets more natural light in.
- The freezer will act as a refrigerator for the first few days. After that ice in a cooler is less of a hassle.
- Keeping your pjs, pillow, sleeping bag and clothes for the next day in the warmest rooms is a good thing.
- It is possible to put on your warm robe while still in the sleeping bag.
- Slippers and socks really do keep your feet warm.
- Scented candles should be placed with other similarly scented candles or else you have such strange scents in your home.
- The car charger is an amazing invention.
- Pay attention when the garage door installer shows you how to open the garage door when you have no electricity. I did 🙂
- Oatmeal for breakfast warms your insides. Hot tea can warm your insides and your hands.
- FB is a good thing. Texting is a good thing. Good friends are a great thing.
I have also noticed that I a prefer to say I have no electricity than to say I have no power. Because even with no electricity I still have the power to do what is right, the power to love my neighbor and the power to make a difference.