We just got our power restored Thursday after 1 1/2 days without it. I know that doesn't seem very long, but it sure felt like a long time. Our house thermometer read 21 degrees. We spent all day searching for a generator or kerosene heater, but every place was sold out.
The kids and I stayed the night over my parents' house on Wednesday. They didn't have power either, but they had a fire in the fireplace and water. We have a well and without electricity the pump doesn't work. So...no electricity or water. My husband roughed it at home with our pets (2 dogs and 2 cats) and made sure the water pipes didn't break.
To top of the eventful week, we found out this morning something did break in our water system. An ever growing pool of water was collecting in our front yard. It was bubbling out of the ground. We have to dig up the line and see what went wrong. Thank God my husband is handy and has connections. Situations like this always make me appreciate the stuff I normally would take for granted. Heat, Water, Warmth, etc.
A little tip in case you didn't know. When your toilet doesn't flush (not backed up just no water pressure). You can take a bucket of water and dump in in the toilet real fast after you've finished using it. It must be dumped in all at once from a bucket or bowl not from a gallon jug which empties too slow. This will flush everything down the toilet. It helps to be married to a plumber :)