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Monday, October 29, 2012

Calm before the storm



Sunday, some of my friends and family pulled together to split and deliver another 2 cords of firewood to my house. There’s one last cord of wood at my friend’s house for me. Half of that one’s been split. We could have pushed and finished up, but I decided to wait. When everyone’s getting tired, that’s when accidents happen.

It’s been great processing wood at my friend’s house. He’s got a lot more room, a 10 hp woodsplitter, and a dump truck. It’s good to have friends. Added to my previous deliveries, I should be have more than enough wood for the winter.

All day I kept an eye on the sky, watching the clouds, feeling the wind, and getting some idea what the early effects of a monster storm looks like.

On the way home I stopped at a big box store to round out the home supplies. Sure, I’ve plenty of stored foods, but it was time for the regular weekly order anyway. Thought I’d get some fresh foods and comfort snacks. The store was busy, but not crazy busy. Apparently Saturday was the insane busy day. The girl working checkout said people have been buying lots of canned goods. That actually makes sense as most canned foods are edible right out of the can; no cooking required.

While this wasn’t a stock up for long range prep trip, I did buy another 20 pounds of rice for the pantry. It’s a pretty good habit to add at least one thing for storage when shopping. That way it doesn’t shock the budget and over the weeks and months it adds up. Today it was rice. Last week, some lentils and canned chicken. The van is getting stocked up the same way. If nothing else, it cuts down on restaurant stops while out and about. Right now there’s quite a bit of survival gear and supplies that we travel with at all times.

To be honest, I’m looking forward to staying home, keeping the woodstove going, and reading good books.

-Sixbears



13 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to some quality time with my woodworking tools... I just hope the power doesn't go out. If it does I guess I'll be spending some quality time with some books I've been meaning to read and LED flashlights.

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    1. Sounds like a plan. I love LED headlamps for reading in bed.

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  2. Wishing you and yours a safe next few days. Per your conversation with Stephen,(I think) I bought Woodchuck hard cider. Lordy, that was good but I was a bit tipsy after just half a bottle! I am a drinking lightweight so it went straight to my head! Lol it sure was good, though.

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    1. Those hard ciders go down smooth, but if you aren't used to them, they do pack a punch.

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  3. Take care, my friend and enjoy the storm. Be careful. Here, I always worry about the trees; can't leave without them and yet hate them during storms. Very intelligent move on the supplies.

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  4. Sigh...meant to say, 'can't live without them.' Need more coffee.

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    1. I do have some huge hemlocks next to the house. 99% of the time I love them. I've lost a couple over the years, but they didn't hit anything important on the way down.

      It's funny, ususally I worry about my friends and family in FL during hurricane season. It's my turn now.

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  5. Batten down the hatches and make sure your sailboat is tied down.

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    1. The boat's snug. The rain has just started this morning. I'm bringing in a few loose items.

      This storm could go on a long time.

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  6. One hour now before land fall. Its mostly wet here in western Pa. We are shielded by the mountains here from stuff in the east and it looks like the state capital will flood due to the storm. he he he. Not panic buying around these parts yet, but you never know. Be careful and be safe, the north east is gonna get hit hard.

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    1. So far mountain shielding is working for me here. The worse is not supposed to hit until around midnight.

      It's weird, I can hear the wind roaring to the west of me, but it's not that bad here.

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