We are on our second day without power here - 5:39 pm will be 48 hours. Doesn't look like it's coming back any time soon.
Sandy was not kind to the East Coast. I read on the internet (battery will soon be dying on the 'puter and thank God for my mobile 4G hotspot) that over 5 million are without power. Lost a tree in our back yard but a special thanks to God that it fell away from the house.
Now I see why the pioneers were up so early in the morning. It's because they had no electricity and they were in bed by 7:00 pm! We have 2 lanterns and several flashlights and I have 2 small candles in jars burning in the sink in the bathroom. That's it.
We are cooking outdoors on the gas grill. The contents of my refrigerator will be a total loss. I have a huge amount of frozen food in the stand-along freezer which I am not touching. I hope that it stays frozen enough to re-freeze. I was always told that as long as there are still ice crystals in it, it's safe to freeze again. I may be making a big pot of vegetable soup when the power comes back though.