Day 20

Today – no electricity!  From midnight to 1:30 p.m., we were without the beloved stuff that makes our lights turn on.  And so, today’s posting is a bit late, but really apropos!

Mrs. Frugalwoods says:

We’ve been talking a lot about the amazingness of saving money, but did you know that frugality also makes you a more creative, interesting person? It’s true! Spending money is the easy way out. It requires zero ingenuity to solve your problems or orchestrate your life by spending money. But frugality necessitates that you get creative and find inventive solutions.

So here we were, in the dark, no coffee dripping in the coffee maker this morning, and a chilly, damp air descending upon us.  The internet was down, the news was unavailable, and it was a perfect day to create conspiracy theories about today’s signing in of the 45th president of the U.S. of A.  That was actually kind of creative, just to consider it.

We turned off our phones to save on their charges.  When we went to high speed internet, we lost our traditional landline, and have VOIP, with only a 12-hour backup battery.  Before we did that, though, we looked up the electricity provider for info on the outage in our area (only 150 houses affected), and saw flash flood warnings.  Then we turned them off.  I dusted and cleaned up around the house to candle light.  We boiled water for our coffee.  We considered how to make dinner and started a stew with perishables in the fridge.  I sorted out my knitting needles and such, in front of our gas fireplace to stay warm, even though I was wearing layers.  Then we went to do the regular grocery shopping.  It was quite fun to see . . . LIGHTS!

Well, none of this is very creative at all.  Adaptation, really, to circumstances.  More than anything, though, it reminded us how ill-prepared we would be if a natural catastrophe occurred . . . no generator, no emergency water, no emergency whatever.  This is what no electricity reminded us we need to do.

A lack of electricity made us realize how vulnerable we are in many ways, and this, in turn, is starting a creative thought process on what we really, really need to do.  And how to do it economically.  I mean, dehydrated food is a fortune to buy, so what can we do instead?  At the moment, we could stock the backyard with fish, it’s so flooded, but that would not be good for a long term plan.

Now, off for a walk between storm fronts!