We live in the sticks of Appalachian Ohio, and our power goes out a lot. Most folks have an outdoor furnace, wood burner, etc, and are used to nights without power. The Amish around here make a lifestyle of it (we could learn a lot from them in some areas of life). Alas, we have an all-electric house so we bought a whole-house generator and had it professionally wired in at the utility pole down the driveway. Our propane cow has enough gas to power the whole house - furnace, stove, washer-dryer, all of it - for two weeks and more, depending on how wasteful we get. Hubby works from home most of of the time, and we cannot afford to say to his meeting members "sorry, but I can't participate because we lost power AGAIN"...
Originally Posted by Goldie
Our longest was an 8-plus stretch a couple of years ago. The neighbors around here don't mind what you do, because we all live so far apart that we can't, in most cases, physically see each other! Anyway, I have brownie points with the neighbors because I took in their frozen goods during that long powerless stretch as my freezer was still running. They help me out on other ways, like coming over to grade our dirt-and-gravel drive and clear ice and snow with their big 'ole John Deeres.
I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC