What would you do if the lights went out?

@jillhill (37386)
United States
October 26, 2008 3:11pm CST
Right now we are getting our first signs of winter. Snow mixed with a bit of rain...wind gusts up to 60 mph. Back in 1991 we had a terrible ice storm where we were without lights for four days. My daughter was home from college and my son was still at home too. We had plenty of food and I had a gas stove so we had good eats. We played cards etc. and just hung out. I put a blanket up over the kitchen door and we even slept in the kitchen. So if that were to happen to you where you were stuck at home for four days....what would you do for entertainment etc. I have no one at home now but with oil lamps etc I could still do alot of my crafting and writing. How about you?
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@nilugo (348)
• Singapore
2 Nov 08
We used to have power failure daily in Sri Lanka about 5 years ago - every night there would be about 3 hours we would be out of electricity! I was horrible as this was during the month of June when it was the hotteset! So what we used to do was walk outside in the garden or put chairs outside and the whole family just have long conversations.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Sounds very lovely!
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@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
29 Oct 08
hm its great to be away from the things around you sometimes so that you can at least have some kind of get away from the usual things,i sometimes like it when such situations happen to get us away from ourselves so we can at least rest and cool down
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
30 Oct 08
That is sooooo true....a little downtime!
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@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
30 Oct 08
yes we need the down time so we can have some reflection time in our lives,it is at these point that we sometimes are able to get a better perspective on the reality of things around us
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@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
29 Oct 08
We have lamp oil lanterns,flashlights and candles for light and a kerosene heater for warmth which we can also cook on and heat water. We wouldn't starve without electric since we have had to go without it alot especially in winter.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Sounds like you have lots of experience!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Yeah I have had alot of experience in it since in the winter months the electric tends to go off a few times a year anywhere from a few hours to 3-4 days. Gotta be prepared for stuff like that.
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Oct 08
Hi Jill, Well for starters I would light the candles, I don't usually have heat as such anyway but maybe bring out the emergency blankets. I have a provisons cupboard so we would eat from there and we would snuggles and tell stories, I would maybe do a bit of crocheting or reas a book but in general we would play charades and silly games I guess. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
26 Oct 08
It really wouldn't be bad at all would it? Might bring us back to a time that was more relaxing and family orientated!
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@ellie333 (21029)
27 Oct 08
Yeah it would get everyone great at the art of conversation again instead of all wrapped up in a TV programme or on the computers I aggree. Huggles. Ellie :D
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Im sure I'd find that situation exciting. I love storms and like you...I'm all set for a power outage. I collect candles and have a couple of oil lamps so lighting would not be a problem. I also have a gas stove and a couple of airmattresses that oh holy crap, we could not blow up in the event of an outage. Oh well...we'd survive like you...kitchen floor. We did have a power outage for 3 days several years back and we did just fine. The only thing that got me was when I had to work and no shower. Still, we survived it just fine and unsmelly. I heated water on the stove and we sponge-bathed. Missed the shower but ya do what you have to do.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
2 Dec 08
It sure brings you back to a simpler time doesn't it? LOL......and after the lights come back on.....with a little more appreciation for what we do have me thinks!
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• United States
4 Nov 08
I have some candles, some books, a laptop computer and a stack of games. I would probably just cozy up in my bedroom with my stacks of stuff. The room actually stays fairly warm, so that would be a good thing. There is also a heater that could be set up. It's been used before, and it may end up needing to be used again. I could manage for a while with the power grid down.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I think it's not only fun for a bit.....but a good way to make us appreciate what we have!
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• United States
30 Oct 08
We lost power for close to a week when Hurricane Isabella. We had to go out to eat because we have a gas stove that starts by electricity.It was in September so it wasn't too hot or cold thank G-d.If the lights went out tonight, I would miss a few shows but I have already eaten so I would be okay for the night.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Good for you! I like going out to eat once in a while!
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• Spain
29 Oct 08
I love it when it happens, as long as you have food in that is. I think it makes you appreciate the simpler things, and also makes you realise how much we take for granted such as electricity, and warmth. My family has always had good fun at times like that, card, reading and other silly games. A few words of warning, you know that there is usually a "baby boom" nine months after a power cut............ sorchajack-dogs-dontwejustlovethem.blogspot.com/ www.psychicpaws.com
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Blackouts/ births! You are so right!
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• Canada
29 Oct 08
We have large batteries that have outlets like the ones in the walls so you can plug electronics into them, such as televisions and DVD players and Radios. the batteries also have large lights attached so they can light the rooms.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Wow! Where do you find them? I would love to have a few around!
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• United States
29 Oct 08
Well, Ive seen alot of snow yesterday up north. And its October!!!! If my house' lights went out, I would probably start looking for a lamp or flashlight. If I coudn't find it,which is probable in my house, I would simply light a candle.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
30 Oct 08
You would see the light in other words! LOL...thanks for posting!
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@wafujay (115)
• Philippines
29 Oct 08
what would i do if the lights went out? well, first thing i would do is to look for a flashlight, or a candle. second, wait till the light come back on.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Ah.....for four days? LOL
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@mamakat (321)
• United States
28 Oct 08
*thinking* I'm guessing the first things I'd do would be to make an attempt to go find a candle or flashlight. In the process, I'd step on a tinker toy, scream in pain, go hopping across the floor, and step on about 32 other toys. After the initial shock (and pain from stepping on toys) wore off, I'd figure out how to start a fire in the fireplace to keep warm and have a wonderful, soft, glowing light to do everything else by. I'd probably start going stir crazy if the power were to stay out too long, as I've become totally addicted to being able to jump online every day, any time I want. lol The kidlets and I would spend a whooooole lot of time playing board games and reading books together by flashlight or candlelight. It would also be a great time for us to practice our storytelling and acting skills to help pass the time. Regardless of what we chose to do, we'd make it the best time we possibly could.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
30 Oct 08
It sounds like you truly would make the best of it!
• China
28 Oct 08
I like the snow very much.By the time the lights are going out,I will enjoy the darkness.It will bring you another feeling really,I wonder if you can feel free,worrying about nothing and having no pressure on your body,just yourself as I feel?If there is one day that I have to do with the life without light,I will enjoy it thoroughly!!
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
29 Oct 08
It was very much fun!
@Shellyann36 (8487)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Fortunately (knock on wood) we have not had it happen here during the winter months. Now during hurricanes and such we have been without power for a week and a half at a time. We had plenty of sunshine and worked our buns off cleaning the debris from the storm as well as helping out neighbors and such. After doing all of that hard work in the heat and humidity most of us went to sleep early! It was very hard work at the time. We currently have a fireplace that we would utilize for heat if this happened in the winter. We would have to cook on the grill or the coleman stove for food. I feel bad for people who are not fortunate enough to have the preparations as you and I would have. Most people heat and cook with electric these days. I would keep busy with reading. The kids might go crazy though!
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
28 Oct 08
THey might but it would be an interesting experience for them!
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
27 Oct 08
We don't get much snow where I am in Oklahoma...but we do get some pretty bad ice storms. Last winter, some people were without power for over 4 weeks! We have an outdoor grill for cooking, and I also stock up on non-perishable foods. You can eat out of a can if you have to. We also have a good supply of candles, batteries, etc. For entertainment, we would play cards and board games, tell stories, and read. I almost always have a stack of books from the library. One thing I like about times when we don't have power is the community spirit. Neighbors come out, we help each other, share cooking, etc. In normal times we're all busy doing our own things, so it's nice for an opportunity to see each other.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
28 Oct 08
That is wonderful! community spirit!
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
27 Oct 08
It is extremely rare for us to get much snow or ice let alone a (lose power for a number of days) storm. There was one year when it happened, but it is rare. If anything like that should happen, our biggest problem would be eating. Everything we have for cooking requires electricity. The time before, our power never went out. Some houses lost their power, but not my neighborhood. We were just snowed in with 10 inches. To answer you question about entertaining myself, I would read. We have over 10,000 books. No storm is going to last long enough for me to get all those books read. We also like to talk with each other on any number of subjects. I suppose we would also try to find some way of rigging up something for cooking. We have food that can be eaten cold, but that can only take you so far.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Yes....it would be best if you could eat warm food!
• Indonesia
27 Oct 08
well where i live, electricity supply is not stable. so there are nights without lights too, but usually not for long, only a few hours. i have an emergecy lamp powered by dry battery and also traditional lamp fuelled by kerosene. i don't have winter, so i'd like to know how would it feel in winter. based on your description, i can see that it could be boring. so if i were you, i surely would ask someone for a company long before the winter comes or maybe i would have a dog with me.dogs are good company.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
28 Oct 08
They are very good company!
• Philippines
27 Oct 08
I find it hard having no lights and electric supply for even just a day. No electric supply to us also means no water supply which I find very very irritable. When a storm hit our place, I remember that we did nothing else but to munch out on peanuts due to boredom. I could not play much with my cellphone for Im saving its power for it to extend to a few more days.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Well you gotta make due with what you have don't you!
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I guess if that was to happen to us, we would depend on candles, books, card games and warm food. Since we do not depend on electricity for heating no need to sleep on the kithen, if the oven is not going it will be cold. And thank God our stove is gas
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Me too...love my gas stove!
• United States
27 Oct 08
I guess I'd sit in the dark and read, at night. Since everything is on electricity I'd have to find some battery powered stuff to keep me and the kids busy. Sounds like you don't have cabin fever too bad.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I don't get cabin fever.....I love staying home!