Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kelly's 15 Things To Do That Requires No Electricity

Most of the country is surely aware of the GI-NORMOUS hurricane about to hit the East Coast. As I type this, hurricane Sandy is already pounding the shores along the Eastern seaboard and it has all of us here in the south central part of Pennsylvania just slightly panicked to say the least. According to this forecast model pictured above, we are directly in Sandy's path. It isn't often us PA folks have to prepare for such a storm, even if it is only a tropical storm when it finally comes ashore. The biggest concern for our town is the high winds and flooding in low lying areas. We don't live in a floodplain, so I won't need my raft or my water wings. The problem is, we live on wooded property, so we anticipate lots of limbs, trees and debris in the yard. I'm praying we don't lose our power. But it seems imminent. And for this, I am most scared, as we could be powerless for days, even weeks. 

It got me thinking. Why don't we own a generator? What ever will I do with my spare time if we experience a major power outage? I won't be able to do laundry, watch tv, shower, blog, cook, etc. So, I decided to make a list of things I could do, in which I do not need to rely on electricity.

  1. Pray
  2. Read a book
  3. Clean out a closet
  4. Paint toe nails
  5. Organize office
  6. Clean up yard debris
  7. Blow bubbles
  8. Go for a walk
  9. Take a nap
  10. Pluck eyebrows
  11. Write a letter
  12. Make out Christmas cards
  13. Color code closet
  14. Play cards
  15. Pet/groom the dog
It's hard to believe that before the year 1740 no one relied on electricity to do anything. Electricity is definitely one amenity that we all take for granted these days and I thank Ben Franklin for his brilliant discovery!

For now, I will hunker down and wait out the storm. I think it's gonna be around for a few days. I am thankful that the media gave us plenty of advance warning to prepare. I am also thankful that I got the last pack of D flashlight batteries at Walmart, but I am most thankful for the cute stylish leopard print goulashes I finally get to wear!

Most importantly, I pray that everyone in Sandy's path will survive her wrath. To all my neighborhood friends - - be safe and stay dry. 


Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

sounds like a great list to me ... smart to think ahead of the bad weather. stay safe & comfortable. (:

Colleen Cardwell said...

Here's a few others for ya: Draw, color, play board/card games,clean out the junk drawer, play charades, pop popcorn and make s'mores over the fire, .. so many things we can do without electric!

That corgi :) said...

Be safe!! Good list to do if the power goes out. While I never like the power to go out and for it to be out for extended periods of time, when San Diego had a massive black out back in 2011 that lasted just less than 12 hours, people were actually "happy" that the power had gone out because it gave them the chance to play board games, talk with each other without electronic devices, neighbors got outside and talked with each other etc. So there are definitely advantages to no power for short periods of time. Lets hope that the storm is milder than they are predicting and your area is not hit too hard.

and in the event of the power going out, if you have any ice cream, eat that first. We should have; ended up having to throw it away.......

be safe!!!!!!!


Faye said...

Hope your trees stay upright, Kelly. Love properties where trees haven't been skinned off. And actually you may be able to take a shower for a day or so with hot water left in water heater. I found that out during our last ice storm when we were without power for 5 days. Of course you have competition from the teens! :-)

I'll be watching for you on CNN and hoping that all my east coast buddies escape Sandy's wrath.

Jan n Jer said...

Just wearing those Leopard print rain boots are worth the storm...NOT!!! I dread the thoughts of losing power..we are all really really spoiled!! Guess I will read n take naps...or maybe scrapebook. I was watching my Pin Oak swaying in the wind n the thought has entered my mind that it could blow over. YIKES

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