Friday, December 12, 2008

Hunkering Down

The weather predictions are that the Arctic Express is on its way. If that's true it means we may have some harsh weather for a week or so. It begins with winds of 35-45 mph this afternoon, followed by snow tomorrow which will continue for a few days, perhaps a week, with temperatures in the low teens and snow and ice on the ground.

Too many people don't know how to drive in snow and ice which always means accidents and that means I'm planning on staying home as much as possible. It also means there's the very real possibility of losing electric power and those living in the country and/or small towns are usually last on the list to have it restored.

When I lived out in the country with small children, I always prepared well for these events. I made certain there was plenty of dry wood in the house as our only heat source was a wood stove. I cooked a variety of foods and got out extra quilts, wool sweaters, and socks.

I still get the urge to hunker down. I've made chili, a lasagna, chicken noodle soup, and cornbread. These can be easily heated on the barbecue. There's half an apple pie left and I'm making a couple of batches of cookies. I've made two pots of coffee and one of tea. There's plenty of milk, juice, fresh fruit, and bread as well as potable water and water for other uses. All the laundry is done. I've gotten out more quilts. I've charged up my cell phone and I-pod. I have projects ready that don't require electricity-- piecing jigsaw puzzles, knitting, hand-quilting, reading. And if all else fails, I can nap.

Okay. I'm ready.


Rani said...

Ahhhh, I love your postings, Monique. You always seem to revive my fond memories of my childhood--growing up in northern Wisconsin--yes, Half Pint, the great north woods! :o) Now I want to go home and hunker down myself! Thanks for the sharing of yourself.

Monique said...

I'm glad you enjoy my postings, Rani. When I was in high school, we lived in a two story house that had a sawdust furnace in the basement. My job on winter mornings was to fill a wheelbarrow full of sawdust and put it in the furnace hopper to start it up. It was a cheap way to heat.