Anybody in the Mid-Atlantic region and points south and west knows that we just went through a truly terrible winter storm. Some of the videos I saw were wild, one included a shrink wrapped boat, on it’s trailer, floating away as the water crested over 8 feet above mean high tide thanks to the nor-easter that accompanied all the snow.
During all this, we lost power. Everyone around us had power, just my street went dark due to a transformer that blew up during the wee hours of Saturday morning. Power came back today (sunday) so that left about 36 hours of in the dark and in the cold for us.
Candles, borrowed power from neighbors who still had theirs, and a little ingenuity kept us warm(ish). One of them was something I never thought I would need outside of Flirt.. my Origo Alcohol stove. Filled up and placed on the stove, it’s heat did a lot to keep the areas of the house we were in warmer than 60 degrees without too much effort.. and half a pint of alcohol ran for a surprisingly long time.