Sunday, October 28, 2012
Preparing for Hurricane Sandy and Old Man Winter
It's time to face it. It's truly the end of the season, and even worse -- Sandy is on it's way to the East Coast. The reality is, the gardening season is over and the winter is coming; there's no stopping it. So we took advantage of the warmer temps a few days ago and began putting away all of the outdoor garden objects that risk ruin if left out for the next few months. My husband drives his lawn tractor with a trailer behind and we go around the yard loading it up with all sorts of odds and ends -- clay pots, garden decor, and lawn furniture. They all must be packed away in a very tight space in our storage shed. It's a big job, and it seems to get more difficult each year.
Now, as we watch the weather reports with the rest of the country, we are also getting prepared to face some windy days which will reach as far as Michigan, 600 miles from the Eastern seaboard, coming from the "perfect storm." We quite often lose our electricity;. it doesn't take much for that to happen here. There are old wires running from the Croton Dam and lots of trees, which always seem to be crashing into them. In the year and a half we have lived here we have lost electricity on an average of once a month. So since we moved, we decided to be more proactive about taking care of ourselves. Hurricane Sandy just points out to us all, how we should always be prepared.
We now own a professional-sized generator which is wired directly to the house, we have 5 gas cans filled at all times, we have a stash of food in a room in the basement, we have two large water containers filled and ready for cooking or flushing if we should run out of gas for the generator, and several cases of bottled water for drinking. There is also a supply of pharmacy items. And we could never forget my darling dog, so we also have a large bag of dog food.
I have learned a lot about being self-sustained here in the north country. I think I'm ready for Hurricane Sandy and the winter to come. Are you?
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