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What's the best way to pass time when the power goes out?
After 6 days with no power and no heat, thanks to super-storm Sandy, I finally got electricity back yesterday afternoon. My husband and I passed time by playing UNO and Scrabble and listening to a crank radio. It was pretty brutal. What are your suggestions for passing time when the power goes out?
Well, I always seem to have a collection of books that I've never quite got around to reading, and there's always been something that I've found oddly appealing about reading or writing by candlelight. Not to the point where I've ever been tempted to turn the lights off and light up a few candles, of course... that would just be weird. But, definitely to the point where being without power occasionally doesn't really bother me.
Six days might be pushing it, I suppose. But, I do remember once having to go a month or so without power for 'electricity bill' related reasons - boredom was really the least of my problems.
Doing laundry outside, cooking on the fire near the pool in the backyard, pailing out the hole in the garage due to too much rain, moving the brush out of the yard and into the trash bins as much as possible, going on a walk to see what damage was done, reading books, cleaning the house, taking pictures of the damage, helping neighbors with tree's that feel on their homes and vehicles, write a little bit, play with your animals at home, etc. There is always plenty to do after a hurricane or power outage.
My husband and I do have a dog and as luck would have it we happened to be watching my sister's dog during the storm so we definitely did get a little entertainment in watching the two of them play flight.
I'm glad you weren't entirely bored. Animals can always be entertaining and desiring some love.
During the day time read, and at night catch up on your sleep.
Aren't there usually baby booms about nine months after a prolonged black out? lol
Spend some quality one on one time with your family, get to know your neighbors and help each other out, and write, write, write, and write some more.
It doesn't matter if it's on a laptop or pen and paper, your experiences, feelings, and ideas will help others in the future and pass the time. You can also get your family involved to try and come up with innovative ideas for not only passing the time, but maybe something that will save you time and money in the future.
This is also a great time for self reflection and setting new goals for not only you personally but as a family.
Last but most importantly be grateful for what you do have. This is sometimes very hard to do in that situation, but there are so many others that have lost far more than we ever imagined.
We always play games. Card games, board games. Anything that would keep us occupied. When we had a huge ice storm a few years ago we got the entire family (grandparents included) to play hide and seek. We also make my grandmother play the paino and we all sing.
Pretend you are having a camping trip with kids.Get some blankets, pillows, and a flashlight. Pretend you are having a camping trip, sing campfire songs and tell stories. If you have marshmallows on hand why not pass them around and eat some marshmallows. Doing this can take your children's mind off not having any electricity and make the wait easier for them.
Besides,It would be great if you ake this opportunity to catch up on things with your family. Ask your spouse how there job is going and catch up on things. Talk to your children about school and see how everything is going there. This is a great opportunity for family time and a great way to catch up, as you wait for your electric to come back on
Talking in person to people (no phones, no internet), cooking outside on the grill, or have a block bon fire and invite all your neighbors at night.
Well during Sandy we talked about what everyone else was doing in the neighborhood.
I took out my portable DVD and watched a movie.
My mom was busy lighting candles and waiting for the house to fall down around us.
We really were worried about what was going on at the Jersey Shore.
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