It has been some time since I posted here. For one thing, an ice storm took out our power for five days last week – three of them we stayed at home in sub-freezing weather, and then we and our three cats gave up and went to a hotel for 2 days.
During this time I also learned that I will need surgery again on my right hand, as part of an effort to recover from a condition that’s been going on for about 18 months.
My advice-giving has been restricted to my own concerns, then, for a little while, and though I’ve always tried to post something every day, I think it will be more sporadic for a few weeks. But I’ll start to make up for it here with some things I’ve learned in the last week:
1. Cats do not like to leave home and explaining to them that it’s a necessity will not help.
2. If several hundred thousand customers lose electric power all at once, it’s not likely your service will be the first one turned back on, so patience is in order.
3. That wool blanket that advertised itself as perfect for camping did not expect you would be camping in your house, but it will still do a great job in those circumstances.
4. It does no good to envy others their electric power when yours is still off. Try hard not to take it personally.
5. Do this now to prepare for a loss of power to your freezer – take a shallow plastic container, fill it with water, and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, set a penny on top of the ice. If the power is out for an extended time, you can see if your food is still frozen by how the penny behaves. If the water in the container thaws and the penny drops, well, you must throw out your food.
Thank you, everyone, and Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow.