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    power outage

    got up this morning to no power.I did lots of dusting and sorting of fabric.House was very quiet.The only thing I was worried about was the fish-but power came back on at 12:30 our time and all is good and I have the internet again-woo hoo.House was cool since the water for the boiler does not circulate without power-but sweatshirt and long johns took care of that.I found fabric I forgot I had,lol.What do you do for entertainment home alone with no power?
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    Just enjoy the quiet time and do what you like best. It is soothing for the mind.

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    That's when you sew on a treadle machine. Take a legal nap. Cook on the gas stove. Just sit and meditate. Hugs

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    I go around unplugging electronics even though they are all on surge protectors. If it is daylight we usually go outside and work. If the power goes out at sunset we set out oil lamps and some battery operated light and sit and read.
    I have to dust at least once a day regardless if I do a major cleaning because of allergies.
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    We eliminated power outages by having a propane-powered backup generator installed. When the power goes out we only have about 15 seconds of darkness and then everything comes back on for as long as we need it.
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    Doing just what you did. Clean up, organize, plan, cut fabric, use my treadle. You got to get a treadle!

    As far as your fish are concerned, depending on what you have. Tropical, semi Trop or fresh water. My larger than hand size gold fish made it 9 days without filtering two years ago and last year they went for a week without power too. We loose power more than average and know to keep a good supply of the stuff we need on hand.
    I just kept replacing water every day. GF are very sturdy and can withstand a bit of "stress".
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    sounds like you made good use of the time good for you!!glad you got your power back on!
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    If our power goes out during the day, I use daylight to do whatever I can do. Taking a nap would be a good thing.
    Our electric usually goes out during storms and no much anymore. We have a back up generator. Good insurance, only used it once. Hard telling how many times we might have lost power if we had not bought it.
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    Last time that happened on a winter day, I crawled back in bed under the quilts and read! Yummy!

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    I think it is funny how lost I feel without power, makes me think about other things we take for granted. The last long duration outage we had was on a morning that we had a very heavy deep snowfall. Hubby stayed in bed those additional 5 hours of daylight, I had my standard dog, cat and horse chores then spent a lot of time taking pictures of the beauty of our property and animals in the heavy snow. I used one of the pictures of the snow blanketing the horse paddock and barn - before I let the horses out - on our Christmas card that year. It was so indicative of God's presence, peace and beauty at daybreak.

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    If our children are home from school, we play board or card games. If not, I guess I'd assume it was God's way of telling me to clean too! Or walk the dog if it was morning or evening.
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    The first ice storm we had when we moved here, we were out of power for two weeks. I was okay for the first few days, after that I was getting depressed, couldn't go anywhere the roads were too icy. All the houses on our road had power. Found out they all had the house generators installed. Looks like a compressor unit. After that DH had the generator unit installed so when the power goes out it comes on automatically. We have wood heat so heating isn't a problem, the insert heats the main part of the house.
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    When our power goes out, and put a comforter over or 55 gallon fish tank to keep it insulated. Works for a long time.

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    Ours does not go out often, read, threadle, cut fabric, sort fabric, if daylight. Always the option of sleeping day or night.

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    Our power goes out regularly in Winter, so I have books to read and closets to clean and my fabric to organize. Keeps me busy

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    Power goes out frequently up here (I say when someone sneezes or pulls on the extension cord to the next town). We are never without power for more than a few minutes now...we have an 8000 watt generator that we start up when the power goes down. One of the best investments we ever made. Has a key start (like a car), so even I can start it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    Power goes out frequently up here (I say when someone sneezes or pulls on the extension cord to the next town). We are never without power for more than a few minutes now...we have an 8000 watt generator that we start up when the power goes down. One of the best investments we ever made. Has a key start (like a car), so even I can start it up.

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    We did that too!! In January 2009 the entire state of Kentucky was hit with an ice storm. We went without electricity for eight days. That was horrible! DH had electricity at his job so I went to his office, a construction site, and spent time there just hanging on the computer reading news. I also washed my hair there! I showered at home, but couldn't wash my hair, no way to dry it.

    We lost electricity for days when we had bad storms in 2006, 2007, in 2008 hurricane Ike came through and we were without electricity for six days then. That was in fall so the weather was okay. But that January/February of no electricity, no heat was unbearable. DH & I invested in a stand alone generator that cost about $6000. It comes on automatically. We have lost power a few times for several hours but not for days.

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    We lost power for a few hours Saturday morning. I ended up knitting. Could have read or napped.

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    one year ago, Sandy hit the Jersey shore and our area was without power for 11 days. Our town was shut down to all outsiders and only one road used for entering & exiting the town……one had to show ID before being allowed into the town.
    My husband is on a CPac machine for sleep apnea so we traveled from one son to another son until they lost power also. Our daughter finally found us a hotel room about 60 miles away……and the end of our powerless journey was spent in Atlantic City….why didn't we go there in the first place !!!!…..lololol
    We had a Whole House generator delivered last week and are now waiting for hook-up.
    Kids are all waiting for party time at mom & dad's when the lights go out again………..

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    Worst power outage that I know of, hit New England on December 11, 2008 (my 10th wedding anniversary!). We were without power for 14 days, no telephone for over 3 weeks. Thank goodness we had our generator before this. It took us 8 hours to chain saw our way out to the road from the house! Burned out one chain saw in the process of cutting the downed trees.

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    I love the quiet of no power! No hum of a motor anywhere, just peace! I have plenty to do without electric, and yes a treadle is very nice to have. I do worry about my fish, and frozen food, but have never lost either. We often have it out for 12 to 15 hours - so much peace!

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    Reread my Agatha Christie collection! or take a nap, or if I'm real desperate, I'll "putz" around the house "DE cluttering", etc.
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    A guild member lost her power one icy winter and all the food in her freezer and fridge went bad. ? She has a big back porch and an able bodied DH. She didn't get much sympathy.
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