I have a backup generator that kicks on after about 5 minutes.
Light candles and crochet..
Daytime? No problem. Nightime.....???
If it's daytime, there's lots of things to do even without the power around. No much trouble.
If it's nighttime, it ties down the hands! Must blow some candles on, or some houses has it's lightening system which works with gas and some has backup generator. It could be time of playing shadow games or talk if anybody is around or just chill out.
However, before any of these periods. I'd first checking out the cause, if the problem is from my place only or if it's about the town/region and the power sources. Checking out the house's fuse box and electronic devices specially refrigerator just in case to not pass out any shock. Calling out for services to make sure what's the problem and when it'll be approximately fixed.
My husband was an electrical engineer for our local power company for decades. When the power goes out .. Most people don't call their utility company to tell them their service is out. We always called in our outage first. Then, depending on the time of day or temp outside .. We either turn on our emergency lights .. Open the windows ... Or just go out somewhere and wait it out. If it's a huge storm causing the outages .. My husband usually had to go on "storm duty" and I might not see him for a few days .. :)
Play with myself on fire! LOL =)
Happens often enough that we have several battery powered camping lanterns, nice scented candles, and little lights that clip on to our books to give good reading lights. Also heat with a wood stove so we can cook soups and stews. If we are careful about opening the fridge door, we are good for several days.