Monday, January 31, 2011


Blessings, Darlings!

It's January 31, and more 'winter weather' is expected. Well, duh - ANY weather we get now is 'winter weather' by definition.  It's bloody winter!

Okay, this time it might be an ice storm.  Which, like the heavy wet snow we got last week, means trees taking down power lines.

Are YOU ready for electricity-free days? 

What alternative heat sources do you have? Are they SAFE heat sources? Every year there are news stories about people heating their houses using charcoal or whatever and dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. Don't be one of them! 

If shopping is impossible - either because the store has no power so isn't open, or the streets are impassable, how long can you get by with what you have on hand?  How will you cook it without power? If you have a gas stove (and I wish I did!) can you light it safely yourself without its electric starter doing it?

If you're on city water and have no heat - do you know how to keep your pipes from freezing?

WHEN - not IF - weather hits and expected services fail, all the ranting and finger pointing at government and utility companies in the world WILL NOT KEEP YOU SAFE, WARM, AND FED.  Your preparations will do that.  If you expect to be taken care of by others, it seems odd to me that you don't figure that the others - the utility company - doesn't expect to be 'taken care of nicely' by weather, etc.  They are no more prepared than you are.  They are less prepared than I am.

Frondly, Fern

1 comment:

  1. too bad my fire pit in the backyard is filled to the brim with snow :-(