The power went out over 3 hours ago. My son was surprised when I told him I was going to open the cupboard doors.


“If the power is off overnight, the pipes could freeze. The cupboards are not heated. If you open the doors, the air will warm up to the temperature of the room.”

When David got home, I reminded him that he could light the stove top with a match and cook soup for lunch. We haven’t opened the refrigerator, or freezer, and I kept the sheer curtains open while the sun was shining in.

I grew up in the Adirondack mountains of New York. We didn’t have “snow days;” we had blizzards that lasted 3 days to 2 weeks. We were always prepared.

My family laughs at me because I keep 4 liters of boiled water in the closet and dry milk on hand at all times.

“What next?” my son asks.

“Report the loss of power using the landline phone mounted on the wall in the kitchen.”

I dug the number out of my much maligned DayTimer and he made the call.

Later he told me my sister, who lives in a town 15 minutes away, just had her power restored. I think our whole town of 10,000 is without power.

I read a book while I waited for the power to come back on. After 2 hours, I decided we might be in for a long haul.

I pulled out 2 of my retractable clotheslines and hung the load that had been in the washer on them. I rolled up the rug Derek will need tomorrow and put it where we could see it.

I brought upstairs a few items we might need: 3 sleeping bags, 2 oil lamps, 2 candles in glass jars, and 1 camping coffee pot.

My phone is fully charged and I decided I had enough daylight to post this. I won’t post again until the power is restored, but don’t worry, I’m prepared!

Jesus warned us of the things that would happen before he returned.

Mark 13:14, “…. (Reader, pay attention! ) Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.” NLT

Mark inserted the words in parentheses to be sure we were all prepared.

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for the reminder to be prepared.


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  1. This was the first time I posted from my phone! The power was out for 5 1/2 hours. We had the oil lamps and candles lit and were slow dancing when it came back on. We actually would not have mined if it had stayed off a bit longer! Lol


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