The power has been out here since before I got up today. Seven hours now, making me think about cold concerns.
I've learned, or relearned, some things, besides not liking cold.
- Electronic devices that connect wirelessly to my internet service provider are a blessing when the power is out. I was able to see my local power department's website on my cell phone. Their map showed where the outage was. (Yes, it included a large area around my home.) Even so, I used their online form to tell them I was without power, too.
- I used a lot of power playing on my phone since I didn't have a working TV. I was lucky I had well-charged devices and portable chargers. I just filled them yesterday. (Note to self to check my cell phone service data plan, so I don't go over my limit without requesting more.) I also have lots of flashlights too, but I sure missed my hot tea. I think I will get some Sterno cans like buffets and campers use. Then I can have hot beverages and soup if this happens again.
- Not having power forces you to do things differently. I wrote some things by hand. My few Christmas cards, I should have mailed last week. (This may make them Happy New Year cards, instead. At least, now they will be mailed.) Brainstormed ideas for future blog posts. Eventually, I remembered my laptop computer had a battery. I could use the word processor to write a blog post.
- My lengthy annoyance made me wonder, “What if I were in a situation causing this often?” Not homelessness. More like frequent power outages.”How does the cold affect the elderly? In my solitude, I looked that up on my phone, too.
- I learned, the elderly “feel” cold easier or more dramatically, due to medical conditions like hypothyroidism, arthritis, diabetes, or poor circulation. And that's before a frigid environment. So a long period of cold makes these problems worse. Elderly are affected by hypothermia easier and to a greater degree. Since I have low thyroid and very cold feet and hands, I used that as an excuse to go back to bed. (I already was dressed in layers.)
Oh, great!! The power just came back on! Now I can transfer this post to Blogger. I hope you enjoy it.