Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weather ready

It seems these last few days the folks here in the south have spent a great deal of time watching the weather. 

It looks like it might sweep over us sometimes tomorrow or Tuesday. It will be much weaker, but there could be wind and rain. 

I bought a new generator just in case we lose power. We've been through a lot of storms here. The things we've learned are: 
Keep your food cold 

  1. Have a way to charge your phone charged. 
  2. Make sure you have propane in your grill.
  3. Check the date on your water filter
  4. Sharpen the blade on your chainsaw
  5. Fill the gas tank on your vehicles

Our home at that time was totally electric. in 93 when the snow storm hit Alabama. We lost power for over a week.  The temps remained below freezing. We slept in our coats.

After about the sixth day, the sun came out. Jilda and I laid on the floor by our garden door and let the warmth of the sun seep into our bones. When I looked at her, the only thing that came to mind was, "We look like street people." Neither of us had bathed, and I hadn't shaved. 

When the power and phone came back on, I called Country Gas and ordered a gas-log fireplace and a space heater. We also installed a gas range. 

Extended power outages are rarely fun, but they are much easier to weather when you're prepared.

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  1. When we lost power during Sandy, we kept the house warm with a gs fireplace and stove, we had hot water and could cook. Not TV or cable was roughing it for us, but the reality is we were doing pretty well.

  2. Above all be safe. The generator is a good idea. You have a problem with power outages anyway.

  3. How right you are.
    I hope you stay safe, and grieve for those who can't.

  4. We use gas for heat, hot water and cooking and it has been a great help many times during long power outages. Keep safe Rick and Jilda. Hugs.

  5. Wise words my friend, it's all about being prepared.

  6. Being prepared can make a huge difference in surviving in style. When I was a kid, we had no electricity. We pulled water from the well with a bucket, we had wood stove to cook and heat , the larder was full and the only inconvenience was that the weather was bad outside... I'm showing my age ... but now, we depend too much on convenience. I think we are regressing...
    Keep well and safe you two.
    Hugs, old Julia

  7. Being prepared does help and I'm hoping that you won't need that generator but you have it just in case. A gas log fire place is on my wish list for the future. Take care and stay safe!

  8. Anonymous1:16 PM

    The generator was a great idea!!

  9. Some good advice indeed, also pays to have extra fuel for the generator


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