Thursday, November 6, 2014

How to Survive a Power Outage in 7 easy steps

Today's post is brought to you by Mama Kat and her Writer's Workshop!

It's fall, at least in my hemisphere, and it is definitely making itself known!  We've had blustery weather for weeks and, while a short respite is in the forecast, I'm sure the wind and rain will be back.  I'm enjoying it now--but I may change my tune in another month of so if the dreaded SAD decides to make an appearance.

I live in a newer neighborhood and our power lines are all underground, which means we very rarely have outages.  It's not unheard of, though.  My in-laws, who live across the bay from Seattle, regularly lose their power this time of year and my husband loves to tell about the year that the power went out while Thanksgiving Dinner was in the oven.

But, if you do lose power, don't worry.  You'll live.  Here are some tips to make it a little easier.

Step 1:  Prepare
Make sure you have battery powered light sources.  You know, flashlights and such.  But, do not forget the itty-bitty book light.  It's much easier to read if you don't have to hold your light source.  Alternately, you can use a headlamp.

Also, be sure to keep your vital electronics charged.  These are, of course, your cell phone and your e-reader.  You don't need a light if your paperwhite is ready to go (and stocked to the gills with reading material).  And, even if you lose internet access, there are still games you can play on your cell phone.

Step 2: Important things first
If you lose power, your freezer will stop working which means your food will thaw or melt.  It's tragic, I know.  However, most food will last for a while in a cooler.  You need to be selective, though, as there is finite room in room in a Coleman.

Here is what you do.


Save the room in the cooler for the meat.

Step 3: Get to work on the TBR Pile
Hunker down and read.  This may be one of the few times the TV isn't threatening your reading time.  And, really, isn't reading better when you are bundled up?

Step 4: It's lit up somewhere
If something is keeping you from reading, like a spouse who doesn't read and thinks when you open a book it means that you really want to talk, suggest that everyone gets in the car and goes where there is electricity.  Of course, this only works if your car isn't in the garage behind and electric garage door.

Step 5:  Ooooo, scary!
Tell ghost stories.  This works best if you do the trick of shining a flashlight on your face from underneath.  I'm in my 40s and this still freaks me out!

Step 6: Head for the cheese
If you've eaten all the ice cream, venture to the fridge and see what you can eat.

Step 7: Zzzzzz......
Go to sleep!  Seriously.  Sleep.  You need it after all that ice cream!

Mama’s Losin’ It

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