No, I mean REALLY prepared? Some of us like to think we are prepared for many things. It's not until you actually have to use your prepper skills that you learn, in what areas, you lack. Well, guess what? I am not as prepared as I thought I was.
Last night at 8:30 pm our electric went out. Ok, now what? Well, I stumbled around and found a flashlight. I lit some candles and some oil lamps. Let there be light. And it was good. Hehe. Next I realized that I didn't have a phone in the house that would work if the electric went out. Great. Now I have to go up to the old house and get the land line phone. Bundle up, start four wheeler, and ride up to old house in the cold wind. As I'm up at the old house, I get another oil lamp and some more candles. I finally get back down to the new house and hook up the phone. I called around and found out the electric was out to a whole lot of people. This could take a while. I was already bored, might as well get ready for bed. No bath tonight for me. No water. We have a well and an electric pump.
Now, we heat with a wood stove so heat wasn't a problem. Well, almost not a problem. We have a fan that runs on the stove to circulate the hot air. With no electric, it didn't work either. With no air circulating, the house gets really cold. We don't have much insulation,(yet) so heat just goes up and out. It was going to get cold and my electric blanket wasn't working either. They were predicting lows in the 20's. I went and got another comforter and put it on the bed. There were so many heavy blankets, I needed a jack to jack up the blankets just so I could turn over. lol. I put on fuzzy pants and a warm shirt. I snuggled down in the blankets and tried to sleep. "Tried" being the word here. It was too quiet and too dark. No night lights. When you live in a basement it can get REALLY dark. I couldn't tell if I had my eyes open or not. lol.
I decided to read. I took a flashlight and read a little. A little turned into 2 hrs. I just couldn't sleep! Finally I dozed off. 2 hrs later I wake up sweating. I was HOT!!!!! I checked our thermometer. It was only down to 59 degrees. It is normally that at night anyways,even with the fan running. I got up, put more wood in the stove and went back to bed, minus the fuzzy pants. Still couldn't sleep. At 3:45 am, the electric came back on. I then went through the house and turned off all the lights that I had left on. Got back into bed and slept like a baby. I could hear the refrigerator running, the fan on the stove, and I could see the small night light in the hallway. All was back to normal.
Now the moral of the story is.....Could I live without electric? Yes. But, I have a lot of work to do before I do. lol
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, electric lover.