On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 0:11:44 -0500, Candace~ wrote
> I'm watching the weather right now and seeing some rather scary stuff going
> on in the New England area, and especially in Boston. There's a friggen
> blizzard warning in effect up there!
> So, I'm hoping like mad that Kathy and Manda and Bob and anyone else in the
> area is well prepared and not in any danger.
> Thinking about you all,
We're fine. It looks like about 2' of snow on the ground now, but
it's hard to tell with the drifting. Both Bob's truck and the Bug
are buried up to their roofs.
We rarely have power failures of any duration (the last big one was
for 2 days back in 1978) But we still have candles and flashlights
around the house, and Bob fetched some matches recently. The last
power failure we had, which lasted a couple of hours, highlighted the
wek points in our preparations: no batteries because the child eats
them in her toys, especially the boom box. And the only matches we
could find were from our own wedding, and didn't want to light.
We've since corrected these problems, found a few cans of Sterno in
the ba***t, and have the gas grill parked in a handy spot in the
We're a mile or two from the beach, so the astronomical high tides
will not effect us. All the local churches have cancelled services,
so we needn't worry about neighbors, friends, or Grandpa getting hurt
while trying to make it to Mass.
As far as food is concerned, well... My grandmother isn't the only
one with a grocery store in her home. My store would only last us
several months, unlike my Oma's several years' worth of food, but
we're covered. I made a nice pot roast yesterday so it will require
little more than reheating if the power goes out.
The only possible problem would be heat during a prolonged power
failure. We'd all hike downstairs to Grandpa's living room, which is
the most insulated room in the house. There are more than enough
blankets and so forth. We are completely out of liquor, but that
isn't a real problem since no one here drinks.
Don't worry about us - we're fine. If we retain power, I'll key in
my "Blizzard of 1978" story. It was the most astonishing weather
systerm I've ever seen, and was devistating to the area, coming
during an astronomical high tide.
Thanks for asking!