Several years ago at Thanksgiving week we had an ice storm that put the electric out for almost all week...I live alone & it was the telephone that kept me from hiking out to the neighbors...Had to mind the wood stove & feed dogs & livestock so kept busy..I paint & play with clay or read when I have the time.. It made the telephone a "real" friend...All of us called to check where the elec. crew was & who's transformer blew out.. I got to bed early...That was before the computer in my house so I don't want a repete this year...I would miss having coffee with you folks every morning ... GrannieDJodi Dewhirst said:What is your favorite pastime during power outages? Do you have any particular foods to prepare on the woodstove? Have you ever been in an extended outage?