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What do you do without power ? :(

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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We was without power for somewhere around 53 hours ! Dd was lost without technology ! No fb no games no wii ect ! She had been sick so playing in snow was out if the question! We are lucky we had family here on the farm with wood heat or it would have been very cold in these 12 inches of snow!!

What does your kids do? Any tips on how to keep food preserved ? We lost about 2 hundred dollars in the freezer and thankfully our pipes didn't freeze!
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squeekers
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 1:11 AM

 read books, play board games, pretend you are camping - indoors, you could have made an external freezer with all that snow, too.

*Edit to BlueTick: The external freezer could have been in your garage or tool shed, not just outdoors. But you are right, wild life would win the meat war just on smell alone.*

Bluetick
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM
We have a lot of wild life here I don't think the bears or coyotes could pass up a free snack

Quoting squeekers:

 read books, play board games, pretend you are camping - indoors, you could have made an external freezer with all that snow, too.

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mysticalmalissa
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:29 AM

When I lived in NY, we would save food by putting the food in the cooler and pack it with snow and keep it outside.


SabrinaLC
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

You were without power for 53 hours? Wow!

We have plenty of things to do around here without power.  The kids have lots of toys, paper to draw on, books to read, board games, etc.

sweetlyblissful
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM
Board games, make blanket forts, tell stories, look at photo albums, read books, and clean. We have been without power for 3 days in the middle of winter before. It's not fun.
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joyfullem
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

you could have brought in the snow to the freezer then you would have needed to clean and drain it later but that is a lot of money

Quoting Bluetick:

We have a lot of wild life here I don't think the bears or coyotes could pass up a free snack

Quoting squeekers:

 read books, play board games, pretend you are camping - indoors, you could have made an external freezer with all that snow, too.


johnny4ever
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Books...play games....look at photo books

johnny4ever
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I always have my laptop & portable dvd player charged

MamaDearie
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM

As to groceries: depending on the outdoor temps sometimes you can build an outdoor fridge/freezer for some of the sturdier perishables (don't mess with milk or uncooked chicken though). 

We don't use that much technology anyway so it's not that big a deal when we lose power (and we heat with wood too thank goodness!). Ideas: read, arts and crafts, board games, indoor obstacle course, indoor camping, puzzles, word games, story telling, cleaning.

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paris2lmp
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

If you had that much snow sticking, its probably cold enough to stick your freezer goods in an ice chest and put the icechest outside.  Only get into it when you have to.  Most refrigerated goods could keep that way too.  When I was a kid we lived in a little cabin in the woods where we didn't have electricity or running water.  We used candles and oil lamps for light at night and we played board games or used our imaginations.  Now, as an adult living in town,  we still make it a rule to keep candles on hand for power outages.  Board games are still a good past time, reading (during the day), making up ghost stories (or any stories), put up a tent in the living room and pretend you are camping.

That last one has a duel purpose.  If you have a glass candle you can easily heat the smaller space within your tent with it.  You of course need to be careful, but if you are without power in the winter and its cold, then heating a smaller space like that could be a life saver! 

You can make it fun.  Tell your kids this was like back in the old days.  People back then didn't have fb or wii they had books and chores and used their imagination.  It may or may not impress your kids, but it might make them appreciate the technology thy generally have at their fingertips slightly more.  At least for a day or so!

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