How to Survive Complete Loss of Power… “Recharged”

(To go to the beginning of this story, please click here.) The next morning, we somehow pulled it together to go to church.... We felt soothed to be with our church family, even though I didn't know if any of us had matching shoes, or how we smelled (deodorant, anyone?). When our pastor said in [...]

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How to Survive Complete Loss of Power… Part IV

(To go to the beginning of this story, please click here.) ... the night came, and the morning followed. We woke up to a lovely (hot) Saturday morning. Because the windows were open (no AC or fans), the sounds of chirping birds blasted clearly throughout our house, and the sunlight streamed in..... I have never [...]

How to Survive Complete Loss of Power… Part III

(To go to the beginning of this story, please click here.) I and two of my teens went to the local Walmart that night, ironically driving by Amish buggies who knew how to live with "no electricity" like a BOSS. We picked up fun foods and non-perishable snacks and even some candy for the younger [...]

How to Survive Complete Loss of Power… Part II

Our day had begun with thinking that maybe we could squeeze in one little trip to Niagra Falls before the school year started.... complete with my 12 year old son using an iPad to show us a 3-D streaming of the Falls. Smart phones and lights and TV's and laptops and window air conditioners hummed [...]

How to Survive Complete Loss of Power

It was an unusually perfect Friday morning. For Ohio, when there are no clouds and the weather is 72 degrees, even the trees seem excited. It was time to plan a last ditch-attempt trip for our family, perhaps a visit to Niagra Falls or something, before school starts... That was when the electricity guy knocked [...]