My Kingdom for a Cup of Coffee!

My Kingdom for a Cup of Coffee

My Kingdom for a Cup of Coffee

So if I haven’t been around as much as usual the last few days it is because we have been having hectic power cuts!

On Thursday we had no electricity for six hours! And on Friday none for four hours.

This wasn’t part of the scheduled load shedding, but something must have broken, like at a substation or the transformer – whatever.

I usually make a thermos of hot water before a scheduled power cut, so at least I can have a cup of coffee. However, with these long unexpected outages, I was left high and dry. I had to resort to drinking plain water. I know!

Even though these days (because of rubbish internet and power cuts) I usually prepare my posts in advance and schedule them to publish the night before, it sill affected my blogging abilities, since during the day I read and I comment on other people’s blogs.

And it’s not as if the moment the power is back on I rush to my laptop and start blogging away! I do have other things to do also. (Like rushing to the kettle!)

The next thing I’m wondering is: After 10 hours of power cuts in a 28 hour period, what food will have gone off in my fridge? And will I remember this a few days from now, when the expiry date is fine, but the food is iffy?

 

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39 thoughts on “My Kingdom for a Cup of Coffee!

  1. faburlifekhloe

    10 hours of power cuts?!?! That’s insane! I’m glad you survive without a cup of hot coffee, but it’s so sad that you food didn’t survive 😦 Did you have a lot of food in your fridge Sci?

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  2. Bridgette's Digits 🔛 An Epic Weight Loss Journey

    Coffee is KING! 🏰‍‌‌‌‌‍‍‌‍‌‍‌‌‌‌‍‍‌‍‌👑🏰 …and I was wondering about your food in the frig? That sucks!
    ~Brïdgêtté. …is this “load sharing” all year-round or just summer months?

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      1. Bridgette's Digits 🔛 An Epic Weight Loss Journey

        Got it! That’s a lot to deal with. I’m glad in the States we don’t have that concern BUT one always replaces one concern with just another concern anyways so we’re never truly worry free in this life… now are we?

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  3. Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

    Get a whole house surge protector and put it in (or have it put in) within you circuit breaker. It will help protect your nice electronic equipment (including TVs and refrigerators) from damage when the juice comes back on. (Also, florescent lights, which your neighbors use, can cause damage to you appliances without surge protection.) Continue to also use individual surge protectors for computers and other nice electronic equipment.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thanks for the advice Tom 🙂 We always unplug the router, but there’s nothing else on really – except the fridge, and a light so we know when the power returns! 🙂

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  4. Gobetween

    It is best to throw away all condiments that you might have had in the fridge & fish when the power has been off for so long. Sounds like a problem at a sub station. At times like these it is best to go out and take some photos. No use sulking about not being able to blog. Although I do end up sulking anyway.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I was mostly annoyed cos I wanted a cuppa! We have got used to the scheduled power cuts, no problem, but 6 hours was a bit much!
      My blogging I have to fit in at odd times anyway, so was not a problem.
      Luckily not much in the fridge, but I will be smelling my milk carefully! 🙂

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  5. HN

    We usually have power outages during snow storms and hurricanes. Usually these types of outages last a day. Twice we had no power for a whole week. I’m always thankful for my gas stove in those times. With a match I can light the burners and have hot tea 🙂

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  6. pensitivity101

    That’s one of the things with traveling up river, no electric. The boat is diesel powered and whilst in the marina, we are hooked up to mains and have an inverter unit on board which helps in charging up our batteries.
    Saying that though, the cooker is gas, the fridge and led lights run on 12 volts, so that’s about it. It’s a bit of a pain when wanting to charge phones or recharge batteries for torches and the camera, but we manage. Of course we also have no internet, but that’s not a problem (apart from wanting to know the weather!)

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  7. Midwestern Plant Girl

    OMG! I’m such a spoiled American. If we’re even out of power for a minute, news stations scramble, red cross stations open and a state of emergency is called. .. I’m kidding, but am I? No. We are that spoiled. 😛

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha I get the feeling it is a little like that over there. But we are doing OK here – not so many power cuts of late – and this last massive one was something broken.

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  8. Garfield Hug

    Oh my oh my!! I do not know what I will do in a power cut! In my little red dot, power failure or any type of services to the public is censured with hefty fines to the company for any disruptions! Ugh!! No java is blue murder!! Aah well…maybe you should just sleep in and laze. Or start a BBQ and cook up a storm with food in the fridge and invite us all virtually over! 😉

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  9. Ady

    I have seen this problem a lot 😦 We have too much power cuts in my home town and the first thing that is affected is the food in fridge ! Not to mention we are wide awake late night and try to fan ourselves with paper or magazine and hoping for electricity to come so that we can enter the rooms to sleep !

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Generators are expensive (any one worth having) and apart from being very noisy, hardly generate any power. My thermos works well – when I am forewarned!! 🙂
      On the bright side, things break down occasionally in Any country! 🙂

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        I always wanted to generate power from my little hamsters running in their wheels all night! 🙂
        To work at home you can get a ‘dongle’ or other source of internet connection and use your laptop on battery power – for the usual 2 hours power cut anyway. I see on my laptop that some neighbours are still connected. 🙂

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