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Getting ready for the storm…
Sunday, August 21st, 2022

The forecast is for thunderstorms and rain throughout the day. We’ve been up early, preparing.

My dd and SIL fed and thoroughly walked dogs. We’re all charging devices.

I’m trying to get as much work crammed into the time we have left as possible. If you don’t live in a rural area where you don’t have buried power lines, you haven’t “enjoyed” the kinds of outages we experience when trees topple over lines (and we are a heavily forested area!). Some outages can last days, and we have a nice generator to keep the fridge cool and charge up our phones. However, running computers is a luxury. There’s no internet except for what we can get when we walk far out into the yard to get some bars. We have a propane grill and a charcoal smoker, so we can cook food. We won’t go hungry.

Hopefully, we’ll only go down for a few hours or a day.

Longer becomes a problem because we all like warm showers! The girls will be screaming about not being able to use their blow dryers getting ready for school, but that’s the trade-off for living in the country. Wide open spaces, trees, wildlife—goats—vs. “power insecurity”. We’re okay with that. I’ll charge up my laptop and keep it open so dropbox continues to update. I’ll pull out my paints and use daylight and then candlelight to play. My dd and her kids will pull out board games. It’s all good.

What about you? Do you suffer power insecurity from time to time?

8 comments to “Getting ready for the storm…”

  1. Eileen McCall
    · August 21st, 2022 at 11:57 am · Link

    After a hurricane that came through years ago and we were without power for 8 days, we now have a generator. So, we are good. At least at our home in VA.

    We recently bought a place in southern Florida and we are not so lucky there. Maybe someday.

  2. ButtonsMom2003
    · August 21st, 2022 at 11:59 am · Link

    We have had a ton of storms this summer but no power outages that were more than a blip. Thirty years ago I lived in an area heavy with trees and no buried power lines. We’d loose power when a squirrel would land on a line (at least that what we said it was LOL) so I understand your need to be prepared. Hope it all ends up OK for you.

  3. Shirley Long
    · August 21st, 2022 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Like you, I live in a wooded area in deep East Texas so yes, I know exactly what you mean. We’re scheduled to get the storms after they’re finished with you so we’re expecting the power to go out. Keeping my fingers crossed it won’t.

    I just always pray it only takes trees far away from the house. So far so good, but I still worry about that.

    Take care and be safe.

  4. Colleen C
    · August 21st, 2022 at 12:31 pm · Link

    It is rare, but has happened a time or two. I watched a lightning display last night… the flashes were constant and everywhere… it was something to see and then a storm blew in… some people had a lot of damage.

  5. Diane Sallans
    · August 21st, 2022 at 4:56 pm · Link

    I live on a main/county road into town around the corner from the volunteer fire & ambulance station – my house used to very rarely have the electric go out for very long. During Hurricane Sandy I was out for 12 days. In recent years it seems to happen for more frequently but not usually for more than a few hours.

  6. Katherine Anderson
    · August 21st, 2022 at 9:48 pm · Link

    I’m a city girl so no insecurity for me, and if it is out its a few hours maybe 24 at most. Part of me wishes it was longer though…. Id love the excuse to disconnect and do my crossstich.

  7. Deb
    · August 22nd, 2022 at 5:02 am · Link

    Yes, I do.
    Without fail, our power always goes out in summer on boiling hot days. It’s ridiculous and the moment it happens, I go into full meltdown.

  8. Delilah
    · August 22nd, 2022 at 7:31 am · Link

    Well, yesterday was a big nothing. Lots of rain–GENTLE thunderstorms. No power outages, but better safe than sorry! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your stories!

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