We are very used to getting power in our homes to use our

appliances, but there are times when we don’t have any. At times we have to revert back to “Little House on the Prairie” times.

For example:

For heat, use your fireplace. If you don’t have a

fireplace, wear extra layers and/or coats in the house.

For lights, use kerosene lamps and candles.

For cooking, use a camp stove or your barbeque.

For flushing your toilets, it’s necessary to place one or two large buckets in the yard, in order to collect enough rainwater to flush and for water usage in the house.

A lot of people might say “It’s impossible and I can’t do that.” Yes, you can.

My family did just exactly this over 20 years ago when we had snow on the ground and the beach and not melting and we were without power for 10 days.

This same thing may happen again in the U.S. or in Del Norte as it has in Puerto Rico this past fall and winter.

You have to think outside the box.

Patricia Thorpe

Crescent City