We just, just, got our electricity restored after Monday's very brief and very powerful storm. Yes it's Friday night. Five very long and intermittently hot days.
I couldn't wash clothes. So I went to the laundromat. I did 15 loads of laundry one evening. Ugh. I haven't used a laundromat in 18 years. It hasn't changed much.
I discovered that washing dishes by hand isn't so bad. In fact I think I'm going to keep that habit going because I like not having dishes pile up in the sink. Smile.
I enjoyed getting to know our neighbors better. It's amazing that we live so close to each other and yet have so little contact. We shared our generator with the neighbor's on one side. And lent another generator to their neighbor. Yes we're geekly that with with generators. The Mister has two. I will never again tease him. His generator saved my year's supply of organic chickens.
It isn't necessary to have a large screen TV. The little portable dvd player did an admirable job of entertaining my crew of five, at least until the battery died.
I learned that I should probably always make sure my cell phone has charged at least once in the past day. That way when power goes out and the generator's not yet fueled and running I won't have to sit with the hand-crank emergency radio charging it. It takes for-never to charge that way.
Hot water is possible no matter the power loss when you have a gas water heater. Yay!
Water is possible if you're not on your own well. We had a hose running over the fence for our neighbors behind us since they live in unincorporated and have a well.