We are in the midst of the second major snow fall in a week, one of a record string of winter storms to hit the mid-atlantic over the last few weeks. Over the weekend, we easily received over two feet of snow and early on, about 3AM Saturday, lost power. We shivered our way through until we managed to get kerosene for a new portable heater on Monday, about three hours before power was restored.
Both boys held up admirably throughout the sixty hours without power. For the first day and a half, they plugged away at their portable game systems, actually playing in bursts to extend play time rather than immediately burning through their batteries. They are both active readers so were happy to quietly read while bundled up for warmth after the batteries died. As a treat, I popped in a disc of cartoons Sunday night into my laptop which I left unused for that very reason. We managed to watch about two hours of cartoons before its charge ran down.
We got out Monday night and early Tuesday to re-stock for the front currently making its way through the area. We’re now loaded for bear with a good stock of foods we can cook on the grill or eat cold if needed. We have a full tank of propane and two and a half tanks worth of kerosene for the heater. Andrea also snagged an overflowing bag of books from the library. Hopefully we are over-prepared but rather that than getting caught, like the weekend, not ready for an extended black out.
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