A recent power outage in the area made me realize just how much my life style depends on the availability of electricity. Sure, it is an annoyance to not have the TV or computer, but it is possible to go on living without.
Other things are more concerning. I'd just filled the fridge and freezer with holiday supplies. Will I have to move all that stuff out into the garage or even outdoors to keep it cold or frozen? Or will it get that cold inside?
There will be no vacuuming, but there is always dusting to do. Why has no one yet invented the indispensable electric furniture duster with electrostatic feathers?
I won't be able to do the laundry that I have ignored for days and days because I have been distracted by blogs and computer searches. Here's the time opened up, but no electricity to run the machines. No hot water after a bit and then no water at all since the pump is electric. Now the toilet cannot even be flushed. How concerning is that?
The furnace goes off. Is it so cold that the pipes will freeze? Thank goodness that we have a wood stove and plenty of wood. I complain about its messiness sometimes, but not when the den is snug and cozy while the temperature in the rest of the house is dropping.
Thank goodness, also, that I have a husband who, without benefit of ever having been a boy scout, is always prepared and is a well equipped camper. Coleman lantern, a full container of fuel, matches, flashlights, charged batteries, a camp coffee pot--check, check, check check, check, and check--better yet, all right where always live so you can put your hands right on them when needed.