I've added two great new gizmos to my arsenal of supplies. Actually one was a gift from my brother this year. It's a battery operated light switch.
Is that crazy or what? I love it!
Next up is my go to tool when the lights go out and it's dark. It's a headlamp. Hands free light wherever I need it.
This has three settings, two for brightness and one blinks. I imagine the blinking option would come in handy should I somehow get trapped in a snow bank, lol.
More tips follow from this archived post:
Women on their own must look out for themselves and be prepared for anything - because anything can happen. I have been through many major storms here and been trapped for weeks, both at home and away from home.
I now have a preparation ritual. In the Fall (sometimes sooner) I start thinking about what I need to do, from gathering supplies to making preparations.
Supplies always include extra canned and dry goods, anything I can cook or prepare on a camp stove should the power be out.
Preparations include winterizing the house. Wrapping outside pipes, putting up heavier curtains inside.
I even pack an overnight bag that I keep in my car should I get stuck away from home.
[ update: I found a hand grinder! No batteries or electricity required!)
Other useful things would be a couple of bags of ice in the freezer, so when the power goes out it keeps the food cold. One year it was so cold outside that I just put the food out in the mudroom.
Extra containers of water may be necessary if your water comes from an electric pump, and did I mention candles? Lots of them.
Obviously I have a back up heating system that doesn't require electricity. I have a wonderful wood stove. It is actually my primary heat source. I get my fire wood in the summer, stacked, cured and covered by Sept.
Keep the gas tank full in the car and the snow shovel by the front door. Have a corded phone to plug in to the jack should the power go out. Cordless phones are useless without power.
Up until about a year ago I didn't even have a cell phone, but now that I do, I keep that charged up. While I don't get service here at my house, at least I can use it in the car if need be.
So these are some of the things we can do to be prepared for a long winter living alone.
If you're on a budget like me, or just like to conserve your resources, we have to think outside of the box a little more, get creative and work with the resources you have.
I'm really quite content with my independent life, and grateful to have a sharp mind and willing spirit. It just makes life so much more interesting.
If you have any tips you'd like to share on winter preparedness, please leave a comment! I look forward to hearing from you.