We had a fun experience yesterday. Somewhere along the highway a logging truck took out a power pole that held two major feeder lines. This cut off our power at about 4PM. It is getting darker a lot earlier these days.
Now normally, when we loose power, we loose water. Thankfully the Little Miss, who came home from school not smelling so sweet, had already had a shower and was soaking in the tub. Once I realized the power was out, I rushed outside to fill the water tanks and any other bucket I could find before the system de-pressurized. We were without power for nearly two weeks a few winters ago, and the urge to hoard water dies hard when you have to drive 30 minutes to get it. I know we have the rain barrels, but I am not sure I want to drink out of them.
This was a great test run for our expected power outages this winter. We always get at least one. We are expecting our first big storm of the fall/winter to come in on Sunday. Our plans for Saturday were to get all of our gear we use for power outages up to snuff. So we were caught out on that one. We weren’t in horrible shape, but the little things like making sure the glass chimneys on the oil lamps were clean, all of the candle lanterns were clean & had fresh candles in them, and we had dinner fixings that could be made in one pot on the grill or camp stove. I usually have a pouch or two of soups, stews, or chili that are just hanging out in the freezer for quick fixes like that. If we are going to be out more than a few hours, we will fire up the generator to keep the freezer & fridge cold. Of course, general maintenance on that was scheduled for Saturday. Thankfully we were only out about three and a half hours.
It did bring one other thing to light. At four, my daughter does not understand that nearly everything is powered by electricity. Our house was pretty much “broken” yesterday evening. I am now creating a box with things in it that can be enjoyed without the benefit of electricity, especially once it gets dark. Taped inside the lid will be a list of “everyday” things we can also use. Michael’s craft store has tubes of 15 glow-in-the-dark bracelets for $1. They will make great roads, airport landing strips, and fences for her other toys to play with.
Hopefully by the time the next power outage hits we won’t be wondering if we have what we need, and “Where in the heck did I put that?”