On Friday afternoon we had some big weather roll through. I was actually in the woods when it rolled up. I bailed it back home. High winds, lightning, and some of the biggest hail I've seen east of the Mississippi. Right around 6:00PM the power dropped. It was off until around 9:30 last night. If you have to lose power. This is a good time of the year for it to happen. We had advance warning of the impending storm. Severe T-Storm warning and a Tornado watch. So I took appropriate actions. I filled the tub for water to flush the toilet. Filled the coffee pot for Saturday morning. Filled the tea kettle, and filled some spare vessels with water.We have water stocked in the pantry, and several quality springs close by. But this keeps our stock for real emergencies. And is more convenient than chasing spring water. This was not a life altering event for us. Nor should it have been. I use these small bumps in the road as test cases, and training exercises. Rule #1 You can't always believe what the power company tells you. A quick check of their Outage Central Page indicated power to be restored by 9:30 Friday night. With that news we did not take further prep action. Sure enough, right around 9:30 the power came back on. Then it blinked out again. Then it came pack on, and blinked out again. Then on one last time and goonzo. I call it the "Electric 3 Strike Rule" If it blinks on and off three times . You're out. Friday night we just did Brats and Beans on my Optimus Crux Stove in the kitchen. There was too much rock & roll to cook outdoors. I have LED Light Switch Lights in all the rooms. So when the power drops. As it often does here. You just flick a different switch and go on about your business. I suspended another small down firing camp light so the bride could read her book. We go to bed early and get up early so that's what we did. With still no power on Saturday morning. Coffee and breakfast were made on the Coleman 2 burner propane fired camp stove. A basic Ham, Egg & Cheese scramble with rye toast. Toast courtesey of the Coulighan's Top of the burner toaster. Living in a place nicknamed "The Forzen Hell of New York" does have certain advantages. I took some canning and soup pots up on my hill, and filled them with snow. As well as my small beer cooler. No sense in suffering needlessly. Breakfast was late, so lunch was fruit and nuts. Dinner was a steak and potatoes in the coals. Sorry no pictures of this one. My lax actions, assuming we would have power pack in a few hours. Allowed some meat in out kitchen freezer to thaw some. Mostly bacon and sausage. And some English muffinis I had froze the week before. Nothing was going to spoil. Because everything was being cooled by melting snow. This is just another example of why canning is so important as a long tem prepping solution. The meat we have canned in our pantry remained uneffected. This morning. I cooked up the bacon and sausage. We had sausage and eggs for breakfast. The remaining sausage and bacon will be tossed back in the freezer to be eaten as individual servings as needed. The bride had brought home some meat on Thursday night. A Lo don Broil, some hot and sweet Sausage, and a package of Chicken Breasts. These were stuffed in a cooler with snow. At this point in the season the snow is the consistency of shaves ice. So it cool well and lasts decent. We made a list of what we wanted out of the fridge before we opened it. So as not to lose any more cold than necessary. When we pulled out what we needed I shoved a few post of snow in there as cooling. I really widh I had an old school Ice box. They just made so much sense. Overall the whole event was low drama. We sat by a fire like we usually do. We cooked on a fire like we do often. We have an actual outhouse. But we had more than enough water stored in the bathtub for flushing our regular toilet. I'll try and post up a few photos here in the next few days.