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Old 11-02-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Thanks, all. I know my Mom's situation could be a lot worse. I'm mostly concerned because she's not a spring chicken, though she is perfectly healthy and very active.

It seems that kerosene heaters can be had. I'm not sure about the kerosene needed to fuel them, though. I may take a ride up to Albany tomorrow and see. The immediately local places have fewer supplies.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:37 PM
 
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Having hot water may keep freezing pipes at bay...you could run the water occasionally to keep them open.
Excellent idea, I'll suggest it. Although she has probably thought of it. She worries about pipes freezing in winter.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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If she's safe and healthy, I would just check on her often. She sounds like she has good sense and knows what she's doing. If she's stubborn enough to not want to go to your house even though she may be uncomfortable, she's an adult and that's her choice.

You're a sweet daughter for caring so much.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:53 PM
 
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I agree with Marlow
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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If she's safe and healthy, I would just check on her often. She sounds like she has good sense and knows what she's doing. If she's stubborn enough to not want to go to your house even though she may be uncomfortable, she's an adult and that's her choice.

You're a sweet daughter for caring so much.
Agreed. If it makes the OP feel any better, I'm in RI and have yet to turn the heat on. I've been perfectly comfortable with the light/warmth my house gets in the afternoon. I really haven't had any days where I felt heat was necessary yet. Your mother might feel the same.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:44 AM
 
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Some research regarding keeping warm during power outages. Prayers going out to everyone affected!!
How to Stay Warm at Home Without a Heater: 23 steps - wikiHow
How to Keep Warm in a House With No Electric | eHow.com
Emergency Heat - how to survive power outages in the winter
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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Maybe you could just camp out at your mom's for the weekend. I'd be a bit worried leaving an elderly person to man a generator. I would also make sure that you know how to operate one. There was a thread about folks who had blown all their electric because they hooked it up to an appliance wrong. There must be some directions, guidlines online...You are a good, caring Daughter...Be safe
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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OP, it's obvious you mean well but as one of those who will NOT use something like a kerosene heater or anything like it, I get where your mom is coming from.

Don't even bother with it if she tells you she doesn't want it. It doesn't matter if you say, "oh it's easy to set up, here's how" because all we can think about is, "what if this blows up" and we do NOT get a comfortable night's sleep.

I'd rather put on some extra clothes and blankets than lie awake all night wondering when I was going to blow up.

Just check on her, call her often, make sure she's doing well. Please listen to her and respect her wishes when she says she does not want anything combustible.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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There are no generators to be had, so she's not manning a generator, and she is violently opposed to kerosene, and is becoming annoyed by my "obsessive" calls inquiring about her circumstances. Maybe I'll make up some story about needing to commute from her house next week if she still doesn't have power. And I'll have to make my calls ostensibly about my own problems. She'll listen to those forever.

She has a condo in Florida, and I've recommended she go there for a while as she normally does after Thanksgiving and have offered to check in on the house in her absence. The suggestion annoyed her.

During the day she goes to public places that have power, and, increasingly, internet. I'm thinking she is probably OK, for now, but I will keep tabs.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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Can you take her to a hotel for a couple of days for a mini vacation? Tell her you had a big fight with your husband and need her to keep you company for a cooling off period.
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