The computers – although they are also horrendous time sucks, too.
Shortwave radio – although this is going the way of the dodo bird, the s.w. Can keep me connected to the world when all else is failing – a lesson learned during the two weeks of being iced in.
The Coleman stove – beats eating cold canned food when you lose power.
The Alladin Lamp – pricey but gives off great light to read and work by, unlike the inexpensive “storm lamps” with only a wick.
The car – I'd really hate to walk or ride horses all winter long in Maine
The freezer – because frozen food tastes better than canned, all things being equal. And it's a lot less work intensive than canning, too.
There you have it for another week. Be good to yourselves.