There's nothing like a series of rolling outages to make you appreciate just how much you rely upon having reliable power. The first one hit at 7:30 when it was still dark. I rummaged through the basket of dead flashlights until I found one with a bit of juice in it and then fretted that I would be able to get the garage door open to get the Resident Offspring to school. The power came back before we left, but with a number of traffic lights dead, the 20 minute trip took 45 minutes. Apparently the RO was the first one to arrive to class, including the teacher who did get trapped in her garage.
The next outage hit just as I was ready to put the pie in the oven. This one lasted for an hour and I was starting to get pretty chilly by the end. Happily we were past the deep freeze we were experiencing over the weekend, but I felt at quite a loss, not being able to do the baking and cooking I had planned, no internet, no phone, not even any coffee. Had enough light to clean the bathrooms though. Damn.
The third outage was mercifully brief, but by this time I didn't trust anything anymore, and kept expecting the oven to crap out now that the pie was baking.
Why am I telling you all this? Well I realized just how unprepared I am for being without power for days, if that were ever to happen. Sure we have lots of blankets, and there is a 4 litre jug of water in the basement, but three dead flashlights won't get us too far. And we would be pretty sick of beans after a while. And that's not the source of natural gas that one needs at a time like that.
How prepared are you for an extended power outage?