Oh my, oh my! We were excited for the snow. . .but not what came after it. More snow and freezing rain meant thousands are without power in the Northwest. Our power went out Thursday night and stayed off – the only reason I’m able to post now is we ended up heading south to a hotel with internet and power.
It’s been a long few days full of trials, but also full of blessings:
- We have a wood stove and this past fall we bought a bunch of firewood, to help reduce our power bill and just in case of an emergency
- We have a nice stockpile with lots of options for food, so no need to run to the store in the storm
- We have a gas water heater – so hot water for dishes and showers
- We cooked on the wood stove – in fact we made some amazing taco soup using ingredients from the stockpile. It cooked slowly – but it was just like a Crock Pot.
- I had stockpiled FREE Glade candles from two years ago – so plenty of light after it went dark.
- I had built an Emergency Kit using the One Week At a Time worksheet from Pierce County – and it definitely came in handy this week
- I had a little battery power radio that I got for FREE at the Olympia Co-op FREE store last year, that kept us in the loop
- It made us so appreciative of the convenience of electricity, refrigeration, the Internet and more!
- We had lots of quality family time without computers and TVs. (See my list of 14 Random Things to do When Snowed in With Kids)
But there are lots of people without heat, without water (on wells) and without food/water. Just leaving the Lacey, WA area you could see trees down everywhere over the power lines. I’m praying that power is up soon and that people keep safe. I’m also hoping that the utility workers and their families are kept safe and warm – I know they are working hard to restore power.
I recommend you checkout a post I did in March of last year on how to build an Emergency Kit One Week at a Time – so it doesn’t take a large initial investment – but rather you can buy items as you have a budget.
Posts here on the blog will be limited over the next day or so until we get power and get settled. Thank you for your patience. Stay warm!