Like many of you, I have been powerless since Friday night.
But this morning was the first time I began to feel powerless.
Before any of you leave a comment on this blog post and tell me to join the crowd, suck it up and be patient, please know that I’m already over feeling sorry for myself and I’ve already given myself a mental kick in the butt. I know my situation pales in comparison to that of many other folks in the world and I know power company employees and contractors are busting their tails.
But until I worked up my resolve, I was whining in my head (and to my husband) about how much I miss sleeping in my own bed, how tired I am, how bummed I am that we have no food in the house and that I — a food writer — can’t do much cooking or test any recipes for my blog or column
Inconvenience aside, this situation does show us how resilient we can be, and how creative when it comes to feeding our families. I’ve heard of people cooking three meals per day on the grill — my mom’s been doing eggs in a skillet on the side burner, which is yet another reason to praise the person who invented side burners on grills. The other night, we did the whole dinner – burgers, beans and corn on the cob – on the grill. Some are grilling and eating a lot of meats to keep them from going bad, eating a lot of cold suppers, inviting friends and relatives over for meals, and volunteering at shelters to help feed the temporarily homeless.
Also, although a good many restaurants are still closed (my hubby drove a stretch of Williamson Road last night looking for an open restaurant and finally settled for Wendy’s after passing several dark ones), plenty are open and are getting good business from folks like us. I had a bagel from Mill Mountain Coffee yesterday morning, some pizza from Leonardo’s in Fincastle the other night (it was VERY good), a bagel from 2nd Helpings Cafe this morning and a Macado’s quesadilla the other night.
I’d like to know how those of you who lost power or are still without power have been feeding yourselves. Are you trying to prepare any foods at home or have you been going to restaurants and friend/family’s houses? Are you worried about all the money you’ve lost on food and are now spending having to eat out?