I am now wise. It happened at 11:45am this morning. Suddenly it all made sense. I must pass on what I now know.
1) Always do your dishes first thing in the morning because if you don't have hot water and heat, your hands will get really cold.
2) Take a shower first thing in the morning. Especially if you will be showing your face at work. This is important because if you loose power you will choose no shower over a cold shower.
3) Your wood stove is your friend. If it is 0℉ make sure you watch your fire until you have a good bed of coals. If not you will spend all morning helping your fire limp along.
The enlightenment came in the form of a power outage and a 0℉ temperature outside. It occured to me that if I had not procrastinated the dishes, and shower, and had I manned the woodstove better my morning would have gone a lot smoother. Power came on, probably just after I left the house to head to town for some warmth.
Hilight, taking out some stored food and cooking it over the woodstove for my toddler.