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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Power's Out

List 7 ways to survive a power outage.

Oh MamaKat,
how you make me laugh!
I mean really?
Seriously?
Do you really know what it means 
to have a power outage?
I'm talking serious outages,
for days, 
weeks,
months.
Not just the bad weather,
oops power's out,
city is under emergency
outages.
I'm talking about the 
welcome to my world,
summer's here,
so the power goes off
every day,
for hours,
for weeks.

So,
I consider myself the expert
on power outages.
In fact,
just two weeks ago,
we had serious power issues
that we had no power for the entire weekend.

So here are the top 7 things,
for power outage survival:

7. Live in a house that has a pool.
It's getting hotter and hotter here.
Summer is on it's way.
Which means the power issues will continue.
You'll need to cool off,
so make sure you have a pool.

6. Do not have a lot of meat in your freezer.
We learnt this the hard way.
Years ago,
we had a mate that went hunting
and brought us some buffalo meat.
It sat in our freezer.
Then the power went off. 
And the meat went bad.
So we threw it out.
Only,
it left behind a horrible stench.
And I mean horrible.
And virtually impossible to get rid off.
It was gross!

5. Have lots of fruit, veggies 
and water handy.
Cos if the power's going to be out for a long time
you won't be able to cook,
unless.....

4. Use a gas cooker.
....you have one of these.
Because with the gas cooker,
as long as you have matches,
you're all set.

3. Get matches. And candles.
That way you can at least walk around the house
without walking into anything.

2. Stay at a hotel. 
Seriously,
if the power's going to be out
for a long time,
and the house is too hot to bear,
stay at a hotel!
The bonus is you get an awesome breakfast
in the morning.

1. Get a generator.
Yes it can be noisy.
Yes the fuel is expensive.
Yes, there are times there's a fuel shortage,
but seriously,
get a generator!



5 comments:

Melinda Ott said...

Great tips...hopefully I won't have to use them too often!

May said...

I was thinking of cold weather power outage here...which I could take much easier than a hot weather one. Snuggling up with somebody you love by the fire with a big old cozy quilt.....wonderful. Sweating and cranking and wondering if it is acceptable to shed any more clothing...not wonderful!

Lady Goo Goo Gaga said...

OMG - You seem to be a good sport about this!!! I would die!!

Dyanne @ I Want Backsies said...

You totally win for having the worst power outage stories! I have friends in Haiti that tell similar tales.

Mama Kat said...

Wait, why is your power going out in the summer time???