Like so many others, we lost power in the recent ice storm. And, like others who were reasonably prepared, we did okay.
We were able to stay warm and relatively comfortable thanks to our propane stove. We used the oven for heating, and the stovetop provided hot water for dishes, tea, coffee with the French press, and cooking as usual. The oven warmed the house up beautifully. We finally had to turn it off because we were getting too hot.
I did keep a large stockpot of water simmering to use for dishes and cleaning, and that maintained a comfortable temperature inside.
You know how the stove heats up the house in summer? It works in winter, too!
I filled the bathtub with water before the storm hit because our pump doesn’t work when the power is out. I also keep a couple of 5 gallon jugs of water in a closet, a 2-1/2 gallon water container with a faucet, and several one gallon jugs of water on hand at all times, so we had plenty of water for washing and flushing, too.
On the other hand, my computer got wiped out by malware. I downloaded a download manager from a site that Norton’s Safe Web told me was fine. It wasn’t. It contained a browser hijack. When I tried to run a System Restore, it didn’t work. Four files that were necessary for web/browser integration were missing.
I may have had a restore disk at one time, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.
So I had to buy a new computer. It has Windows 8.1. It’s the biggest nightmare to learn that I have ever dealt with. It took me four hours to edit the photos for this post, and I couldn’t do what I wanted with them.
I do tend to spend too much time on the net. I think Windows 8 will cure that. 🙂