We had strong storms during the night. The lightening, thunder and torrential rains didn’t awaken me, but my HB walking through the house with a flashlight at 3:30 a.m. did. Go figure.
The storms knocked out our electric power and it was still out when I woke up at 6 a.m.
For such emergencies, we have a little propane gadget that comes in quite handy for boiling water for coffee. I can get by in an emergency without many things, but my morning coffee isn’t one of them.
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While the water was boiling I realized that there was no ground coffee – only beans – and the grinder is, of course, electric.
I remembered that on the pantry shelf there was these coffee bags, obviously purchased some time ago. The last time I cleaned out the shelves I almost pitched them. But upon second thought, put them back in their place. Better than nothing in a pinch, I thought.
The coffee tasted quite awful, so I decided I’d borrow some from mother, as I needed to check on her anyway after the stormy night. The ground being drenched from all the rain, I thought it best that I drive down. Then it dawned on me that garage door openers don’t open without electricity. (There’s a way to manually open them, of course, but I’d never done it and I decided not to awaken HB since he’d been up half of the night watching the storms.
So off I went by foot; she was fine, I got coffee, returned home, boiled more water, stored it in a thermal carafe and walked back to take her a small thermos of the brew. Then I returned home to enjoy mine.
Just as I was settling in to enjoy mine with a granola bar (no yogurt; can’t open refrigerator door and let the cold out!) the electricity came back.
The remainder of the day was quite nice. I need to be more grateful each day for all the conveniences we have.
Later, after things were back to normal, HB pointed out we had these at the rear of the coffee filter basket:
|Still not exactly fresh (2012!) but Starbucks beats Folgers 2010 any day!|
How do you cope during an electric outage, or is that something you ever have to deal with?