We’ve worked most of the summer and fall trying to prepare for winter. At the first frost, the front porch is filled with firewood and covered. We have a woodshed but once ice gets on the ground it’s a touch trek from there to the wood stove. The animals are all provided clean, dry bedding. All precautions are taken regarding our vehicles and farm tractors regarding anti-freeze and good tires. We also keep all of the vehicles full of gas for emergencies. The chimney’s are cleaned of all creosote so we don’t have to worry about flu fires. We also make sure the wood is well-seasoned to prevent flu fires. The snow shovels are placed in an easy to get to place, usually the front porch. We make sure there’s a couple bags of sand or kitty litter on hand for icy spots.
In the house, all of the flashlights are filled with fresh batteries. The oil lamps are filled and wicks cleaned or replaced. The radio’s and clocks are checked for fresh batteries. We always prepare for electrical outages because the winds and ice can wreak havoc with power lines. We can cook on our wood stoves that we have in the main living area and in the kitchen. We both love cooking on the wood cook stove in the kitchen. All of the winter clothing, gloves and boots are brought out of storage and aired out.
This post, however, is to show how we prepare for a winter storm or power outage in winter. At the first radio/TV report of impending bad weather, the outdoor animals are taken care of with lots of food and water and dry beds. Then, two days worth of firewood is hauled in the house for both stoves. Five gallon buckets are filled for use in the bathroom for flushing. Extra pitchers and jugs are filled with fresh water for drinking and cooking. I usually cook a couple main dishes to last for a couple days and do some baking. There’s something about a winter storm that lights a fire under my cooking mode!! My neighbor used to think I was crazy but she sure enjoyed the treats I had hubby take to her during the storm. That’s another big thing with us, we always check on our elderly neighbors and hubby usually cleans their walks and driveways though most of them would never consider getting out.
The following pictures will give you a clue as to the momentum of storms in Craig County, Virginia!!