As I am writing this post about power outages there is a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch issued where I live. We’re ready if the power does go out. I have several battery powered lanterns and a few cute spring theme paper lanterns. If the lights go out then we may as well have a little bit of fun. What is more fun than reading by lantern light and having paper lanterns lead the way down the hallway?
I remember the power going out enough when I was younger that I had my own kerosene lantern. I was always reading and I enjoyed being able to light my lantern and read with the flickering light while a storm raged outside the window.
It seems that the power goes out most often in the summer months when we get severe thunderstorms. One year (after my siblings and I were all grown and out on our own) a storm ripped through town and knocked out the power. Of course my sister and I both found ourselves down at my parents’ house to check on the damage there. With the power out of course there was no air conditioning. My kids and I were hot and slightly miserable until we got down to my childhood home. Sitting outside in the yard, talking and telling stories we were just as cool as we would have been in we had been inside with the central air on. My parents yard is shaded by 4 large trees, the garage at one end, the house on the other. So with the shade and the cool breeze that came through it certainly did NOT feel like the 90 degrees that it was. I think it helps that my parents live about 2 blocks from the river so it seems cooler there than other parts of town.
Our day was spent in the yard eating ice cream, on the one ice cream run we did so the freezer was only opened once. Playing tag with the kids, cooking out on the grill, simply enjoying each others company. The power was back on before it was dark but we stayed outside, built a fire in the fire pit and made s’mores while we watched the lightening bugs light up the yard.
I’ve never really been bothered by power outages. They never lasted longer than a day here. I’m the kind of person who enjoys not having the distractions caused by tv and computers. I have several board games, several lanterns and candles, lots of coloring books, and shelves full of books so we don’t get bored if we can’t watch tv.
I think one of my favorite activities when the power is out in the summer is Blind Mans Bluff with the kids. As long as the storm has passed you’ll find us outside enjoying the day.
Do you have a favorite activity to pass the time during a power outage?