Strange Winds, Blackouts, and Things To Do By Candlelight

It has been a strange week.  Friday night’s derecho (land hurricane) sort of threw my entire town into a  mass of power outages, fallen trees, and panic.  Yes, all my weekend plans of house cleaning, laundry, and cooking were put to an abrupt halt, but some people may be surprised to know that it did not induce any amount of panic within me.

I did wait in line for 45 minutes Saturday morning for a cup of iced coffee (I was desperate!) But that was the extent of my “oh my goodness, there is no power and I sort of really need some coffee cause I am a bit of an addict. What am I going to do?!?”

I was going to write on Saturday.  I also had some editing to do.  But alas, everything that I  needed to work on was/is on Google drive.  I suppose there are advantages and disadvantages of storing things on the Cloud.  If my computer crashes, which it did about three weeks ago, I have all my stuff backed up in the ether of cyberspace; however, if my access to the internet is inaccessible, then I am sort of in the lurch, even if I have a computer that still has battery life.

*sigh*

So, what do you do when it’s over 100 degrees outside and 89 degrees inside and you have no internet?

In case you are wondering, here are a list of things that one can do to bring life to the dark days of having no access to your internet, cable, Xbox, or DVD players…

  • Read – I know it is a novel idea (and the pun was intentional).  Seriously, books don’t need batteries – unless you only have a Kindle or a Nook and then you should feel shameful that that is your book. With books you don’t need anything else, as long as there is daylight.  And when the night comes, candles work nicely to illumine the pages.
  • Games – What?!  You can play games that aren’t on a computer or Xbox?  I know that for some of my friends this concept takes a little getting used to, but board games have been around a long time.  There are all sorts of wonderful games that only require a table top and some light. I had the distinct privilege of playing Settlers of Catan by candlelight with some friends.
  • Friends – Yup, just good old fashioned friends, sitting on the porch drinking ice tea and talking about life, love, and dreams.  The simplest of life’s pleasures that often times gets overlooked in our busy lives, friendship is grounded in moments like this when the world stops and there is nothing to do but enjoy each other’s company. (Ok, so I didn’t have ice tea.  Remember, no power. But we had bottles of water that were tepid, but I am going to use poetic license).  It was nice to just slow down and enjoy my friends without the pressure to do something.

The best part of all of these electricity free activities is that all of them can be enjoyed when the power comes back on.

I am grateful for being plugged in again, but I enjoyed my time relearning how to live without computers, TV, and the constant pull of the internet.

What are some of your favorite activities to while away the time when the power goes out?

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About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on July 6, 2012, in Books, Humor, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Whenever my power is out I always try to find a way to cook something survival style. Once I made some fudge in my sterno fondu pot. It was not the best fudge, but nothing beats chocolate.

  2. Great ideas, Rachel–good, as you say, any time.

  3. Sometimes I read, crochet or make some other craft, and games are always great. My daughter and I have a couple of stacks of traditional board games. Monopoly, scrabble, and uno are our favorites. If it’s at night and there’s no power, we either light the oil lamps or candles.

  4. You could also still write, even without power. I know, it sounds absurd, but it’s true! There are these really nifty things called notebooks….

    I guess that’s one of the benefits of being a long-hand writer. Power goes out, and I’ve still got access to all my work. We (unlike many of my friends) haven’t lost power in the storms or heat, thank goodness, but part of me is almost a little sad about not having an excuse to be all, “HEY. No power. Let’s eat all the ice cream in the freezer and play Settlers of Catan!”

    • Yes, one could always write in a journal or notebook. Unfortunately for me, my handwriting is particularly unreadable unless I am trying really head to write neatly. So, I haven’t written anything in journals, except notes and ideas, in a very long time.
      And…really you don’t need an excuse like the power is out to say “let’s eat all the ice cream and play Settlers!” It should be a weekly sort of thing…”hey, it’s Monday, we should eat all the ice cream and play Settlers” or “Hey, I just went to the grocery store and ice cream was on sale; let’s eat it and play Settlers!” A good game plan is to always have reason to play Settlers and eat ice cream 🙂

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