Stormy Silence – I May Be Offline

Hi Kittens!  Just wanted to touch base and let you all know that I may be offline for a little  if this incoming storm is as bad as the predictions.

We have gotten ready by doing the usual stuff – large bag of pet food, wine, full tanks in all cars, rum, full tank and extra for the chainsaw, firewood, beer, bottled water is already sold out at most stores here, but we don’t need – we have a good stream out back and a special water filter jobby, so we are fine if we ever have to go that route.  Actually, we stay ready most of the time as we tend to get some extreme weather stuff here.  We really only have to make sure we top off the tanks and get extra rum.  That and take a little money out of the bank in case the power goes, and the flood comes.

We were really grateful for our tendencies to “stock up” and keep extras of essentials the last time we had a storm like this come in.  This area was under water, out of power and a big hot mess for quite some time.  The only thing I ran short on was dog food as I had only three days worth, so poor dog had to consume a poor quality food from the one store around here that was open.  But not to worry this time.  He’s covered.

I will go get my laundry 100% done, vacuum everything, and get my battery lights (click -n – sticks are great!) fitted with fresh batteries.  All housework that requires electricity will be done today (eccchk). 

Last time our neighborhood was largely spared from significant flood water – well – my street anyway.  A few of my neighbors got basements full of water, but we stayed dry.    I think we will be OK, but I do hope this storm is not as bad as the last big one.  It was really bad on so many people here – thousands of homes had water so high that their cars were completely covered.  It was sobering to see the mud lines half way up on the houses after the water finally receded.  

House chores are calling.  I’ll keep yall posted.

 

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~ by ladysforest on October 27, 2012.

6 Responses to “Stormy Silence – I May Be Offline”

  1. Prayers for you all!

    • Thank you much! We’ve done all that can reasonably be done – except that we do not own a generator. We are in the position to help our neighbors if needed, and to look after ourselves for quite a while. We even have “bug-out” bags that I made this spring for just-in-case scenarios. THAT is a last resort though, and I hate to even contemplate such a thing.

  2. Hi, LF,

    Hope that you guys don’t have it bad there. When it gets finished and you can get online, please let us all know. Sounds like you’ve got your stuff ready, though.

    • Thanks kittycat. The rain is just beginning and is light with no real winds so far. According to the weather maps we should get hammered by this storm unless it settles down quite a bit.

      Many years ago we had a winter flood which really landed on top of a small town nearby, and where I happened to work at the time. I remember being driven along the river, which had frozen (hence the flood). The surface of the river was crazy to look at, it seemed more like Alaska with little icebergs, than upstate NY. When we got into the town we had to drive around lots of detours to find an open route, and the scenes were really spectacular and other worldly. I knew we were looking at the destruction of many family homes, but the way that the frozen flood waters had formed into these wild shapes was something almost beautiful. Once the ice began to melt a lot of homes just collapsed – the water had frozen in the basements, the ice expanding had destroyed the foundations (mostly all older homes) and when the melt happened the foundations just collapsed.

      Lucky for all of us that it isn’t very cold here. We are near 60 so no worries. Even if we lose heat for a week or so, it’s not the season to worry about temps yet. LOL, that’s at least three weeks away.

  3. Do you have a freezer? If you freeze water into ice blocks, you have both water to drink and ice to keep the refrigerator cold (use it like an ice box). Gallon milk or water jugs to hold the water work well. The bigger the blocks the better. Transfer blocks from the freezer to the refrigerator as needed. Voice of experience.

    I doubt that the storm will be as bad as the news is playing it up to be. Hurricanes need warm water to maintain their power. Remember the hype about the last storm that made it to New York City? The winds should not be too bad, although it could dump a lot of rain.

    May fortune smile upon you.

    • We just purchased a nice freezer a month ago. It’s got this one feature that I didn’t know about, I don’t know if all freezers do this or not since this is the first time I have owned one of these. When the door is closed it does this sealing thing – which is audible. I’m hoping that means it will hold the cold better on losing power. I’ll take your advice and fill up some plastic juice jugs and freeze them. Not much room in there though. We did buy a couple of large bags of ice and stuck em in there yesterday.

      Looks like tomorrow we are supposed to get “it”. For the time being it’s just wet and gloomy. Like my attitude. 🙂

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