…Generator. I whispered sweet nothings to my husband and told him he could shop for me at Home Depot this year. Ho-Ho-Home Depot!! If these storms…God forbid…are an annual event, then here is my wish list for Santa.
Unscented Pillar Candles & Bags of Tea Lights-The candle wattage of a real candle is better than an LED candle, but scented candles are the absolute worst in a power outage. Nothing will get your eyes burning or turn your stomach faster than Pumpkin Spice competing with Pear and Apple Cinnamon. Don’t even get me started on the Christmas tree scented candles! Scented candles are lovely in small doses, but if you are lighting candles night after night…it is disgusting. My daughter walked in one night when we had grilled Salmon and had the Pumpkin Spice candle going and her quote, “Our house smells really odd…fish and pumpkin pie.”
One Full Deck of Cards-We have a drawer full of cards…some with 50 cards, or 51 cards. The best CVS purchase I made was a full deck of cards on the day after the storm. We had a wholesome game of Poker with our young sons, which was a lesson in math and gambling that was fun for one night and maybe half of the second.
A Variety of Duct & Painters Tape-Our duct tape held together our neighbor’s generator and painter’s tape sealed the crack on the window after threading the plug from his generator into our house.
The Flashlight App-It is REALLY dark trying to get into your house with no lights on anywhere. The iPhone flashlight app is incredible.
Other non-perishables and a manual can opener-Trail Mix, Peanut Butter, Thai Kitchen Noodle Soup, Annie’s Gluten-Free Mac n’ Cheese, Chex Cereals, Schar Rolls, a variety of protein and nut bars. The manual can opener is kind of obvious.
While some of this is tongue in cheek, the one lesson I learned was that you must pay the kindness forward. A long time gluten-free friend had us all over for dinner and to watch the Giant football game because they got power back first. Then when I got power back, I opened up my home, my kitchen and my Wi-Fi key for my friends without power.
Now that I have actually seen the footage of the devastation, it’s about paying it forward even further with cleaning supplies, donations and food for the people who lost everything. We got the word yesterday that everyone in my community, except for approximately six homes with extensive damage, has power back up and running. Thanks to the local crews and to the crews I saw from Montreal, Iowa, Texas and Louisiana who were working in our neighborhood.