We are going on our 5th day without power. No power means no water since we are on a well. No power means no heat because we have a pellet stove and it is the only source of heat for us. I am cooking on my 3 burner camp stove and boiling clean snow to wash dishes. Thank goodness the dogs have a big stock tank to swim in and it is full. I am hauling water in from the doggy swimming pool to flush the toilets. For an unknown reason everyone around us has power but the power company can give me no idea as to when they can come out and troubleshoot the problem.
My husband's son brought us a BIG generator last night that is big enough to power the necessary items like the pellet stove, fridge, lamps, TV (for DH) and the computer and sewing machine (for me). There are big extension cords running all over the place but things are working well enough to make me an almost happy camper. And I absolutely HATE camping.
Early on I brought out my old but still functional oil lamps for lighting. They work so so, but not like the oil lamps that light up whole rooms in the movies! Sure hope this ends soon.