After the blow-up of the power station feeding electricity to our neighbourhood we have come to day six without having power. Here is what I have found essential for having no power for six days, and counting…
You can go a few days without having a shower or washing your hair! Cooking hot water on the gas stove and washing out of a bucket still cleans all the necessary parts… if you know what I mean. (Wink wink)
A good quality dry shampoo goes a long way!
Do not throw out that old pack of matches or half burnt candle. It quickly becomes your most precious possessions in a matter of seconds!
You will amaze yourself at what you can cook up in one pot. Creativity is key!
Reading a book by candle light is something we all need to do more often. The reading experience is so much more authentic and a thriller suddenly become very scary to read.
You can live without television or internet. It’s true and can actually make room for some much needed quality family time! Suddenly the boardgames comes out bringing up old treasured memories and lots of fun!
Investing in a good quality gas heater and stove is definitely worth the while. It not only saves power but is actually a crucial household item.
Always keep your flashlights in one place. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure the batteries are charged. Quite a disappointment to press the button on the flashlight only to find that they too have no power.
Appreciate your family and friends who offers to help and take them up on it. Having a hot shower and a home cooked meal when you are down puts a quick smile on that frown. I have been blessed with the most special mom in the whole world. She did all our washing and cooked stew on her off day. Such love is hard to find and a true blessing from above.
Most important? Relax!
No use to stress or get angry at something that is totally out of your control. Enjoy the small window away from the rat race.
Ps. I’ll keep you posted on any progress regarding our situation. Holding thumbs it will go on pretty soon or I might have to write a book about surviving without electricity for a month!