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Valuable Lessons I Learned From Sandy:

1.) insist the husband bring the kerosene heater up from the basement and actually utilize the thing instead of being wrapped head to foot in sweats and afghans (just like x-ray machines, heaters serve a purpose only when on – who cares if it smells?).

Kerosene heater
Kerosene heater (Photo credit: matsuyuki)            I could have lasted a full 2 days with this puppy, maybe more.  And we have one in our basement.  But we didn’t use it.  Because it smells.

2.) buy a Kindle and download ebooks from my library

3.) buy a little gas camping stove which will heat up coffee and make warm meals

4.) if there is time, clean up a little around the house, especially the bathrooms, because they really get disgusting without water

5.) stock up on D batteries and flashlights. Using candles may cause fires and that’s not cool.  Literally.

6.) get hand sanitizer and wet wipes

7.) make better food to eat – deli meat doesn’t cut it.

We only lost power from 7ish last evening to 11ish this afternoon, but it was a some-what trying time and I have realized how spoiled I am to have running hot/cold water at the touch of the tap, hot coffee in the mornings, warm meals in the evenings, flushing toilets, and cleanliness that is enhanced with electricity.  And I hate being cold.  I am so thankful this storm didn’t occur during colder times.

I returned to work at 2pm this afternoon -which was a God-send.  I was getting ill-tempered.  I feel like I lost a week, when in all reality I only lost a day and a half.  I need to re-orient myself, wake myself from the haze.  When does Noel have her doctor’s appointment?  Is trick-or-treat still on tomorrow evening?  Did the kids read enough over the past few days?  What am I going to make for the hayride on Friday?  Do I have any pre-ops to prepare for at work?  I need to fax that patient’s recent progress note to his family doctor’s.  When will I be able to run/go to the gym next?  How much damage was done to our property and what’s the world beyond Jason’s woods like?

It could have been much worse.  My thoughts are with those for whom it was.  And I am so thankful for what I have.


4 thoughts on “Valuable Lessons I Learned From Sandy:

  1. Years ago, when i was a single mom, a kerosene heater was my only heat source and required me to carry a heavy five gallon can a long way to my house. I’m glad God made me strong. I remember the smell when it was getting ready to go out because of lack of fuel. It was effective though and would make a good emergency back-up heat source. I need to figure out a back-up that I am comfortable with too.

    Your camp stove idea will be perfect for your future needs. I’m thankful to have a gas stove, so I can hang over it making soup all day whenever the power goes out. I didn’t lose power this time, but did have a small “water in the basement” issue, that I hope to write about soon. I learned something too; most importantly that the Lord is always with us and for us!

    Glad your power was restored. You made me laugh in your last post, with your wanting to encourage your kids to save their imagination for later, if the power went out. I hope we never have to utilize these back-up plans, but it’s important to have them.

    We all have so much to be thankful for! Thanks for sharing what you learned, Emily.

  2. So thankful to hear that you all are safe and sound. A few weeks ago we were without power, for no apparent reason. After FINALLY contacting the power company, I settled down for a few hours of being “unplugged.” I was stir crazy. Amishly uncomfortable. Candles everywhere, and thankful my iPad was charged, because otherwise, reading would have been impossible.
    Yes. Nothing like a good storm to remind us it really is the little things in life for which to be thankful. And I ain’t talking internet.
    I’m talking flushing toilets. Warm showers. Heat. A little light by which to knit.
    Heck. Even the Amish don’t have flushers! Ummm… do they?

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