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Think About It!

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Long term power outage, I know I’ve posted about the things that we do to prepare for such a thing during storms,summer and winter.  I got to thinking about this in regards to our current situation with the coronavirus.  Of course the power grid can’t get the virus but those brave men and women that work for the power companies can get it!  Our local power company, Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative, is awesome!  There is rarely a time when the power at the farm is off more than 30 minutes unless there’s a storm that has taken down poles, transformers and lines.  Our guys are constantly working to make sure we have power!!  This family appreciates everything they do!

BUT, what if something unforeseen happened and we were without power for hours, days, even weeks???  It happens in other areas of the United States all the time.  There’s always a “what if” situation and please don’t be naive enough to think it will never happen.

Miss Positive Britches here isn’t trying to be negative, I’m trying to be prepared for the “what if’s”!  Here’s a list of a few things that I think we ALL need to have on hand in the event of a “normal” off grid situation:

Flashlights w/matching batteries (update those ever so often), candles, oil lamps with lamp oil and wicks, radio or jam box with batteries (update those ever so often), stickup emergency lights, camp lantern and stoves with fuel, heavy duty garbage bags, duct tape, generator & gas (small ones aren’t that expensive and worth the cost if you have freezers), at least two heavy duty extension cords to use with the generator, filled propane tanks or charcoal for the grills (you will still have to fix food), full & complete first aid kits, cash on hand that’s only used for emergencies (doesn’t have to be much), emergency stash of socks and underwear, kitchen matches, lighters, hand sanitizer, canned goods, water (buckets of, bottled or your owned canned water).  This is just a short list and there’s so much more you can think of if you’ll take the time and ponder on it!

I know the last time that part of our county that’s not on Craig Botetourt was out for a couple days.  Panic and unkind words were the norm!  Power companies don’t just shut down to aggravate you, it’s an EMERGENCY.  They work as hard and fast as they can.  

Now some of the reasoning behind this list would be if that power goes out early in the evening you will need the flashlights and candles to find your emergency supplies.  If it happens before dinner is prepared or in the middle of that preparation, you’ll need another source of heating that food and that’s when the camp stoves, grills, etc. come into play.  The buckets of water are a necessity at my house for flushing the camode (no power, no way the pump can pump the water to flush).  Oil lamps and candles aren’t a necessity but a comfort if you want to do something like read or write letters, play board games, just look at whoever is with you and you can see who you are talking to!  REMEMBER, television isn’t the end all of our life!  I have friends that don’t even watch TV! Duct tape and garbage bags are a necessity WITHOUT an emergency, don’t you think?  That generator can be used to keep your refrigerated appliances from spoiling, it can run that water pump when you run out of water for cooking, drinking and bathrooms.  Radios and jam boxes are for entertaining but more importantly for keeping in touch with the outside world and the reasons for the emergency situations.

There are a few other items you may want to consider investing in for such emergencies and they are solar battery chargers (for cell phones, tablets) or a crank flashlight, radio and phone charger, butane stoves with extra tanks, a Mr. Heater with extra tanks. I hate to mention guns in this article but it really wouldn’t hurt to have some protection on hand for those bad guys that like to take advantage of situations like these.  Here’s a couple links to some of these items:  https://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Flashlight-Survival-Magnesium-Compass/dp/B01MU55O1B    https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Power-Charger-Flashlight-Splashproof/dp/B07FDXDB3W/ref=sr_1_4?  https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Portable-Butane-Stove-Carrying/dp/B00FGPXVSM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=21UAMG6WQS6W2&dchild=1&keywords=butane+stove&qid=1588699342&s=electronics&sprefix=butane+sto%2Celectronics%2C224&sr=1-1                                https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-Corporation-MH18B-Portable/dp/B07Q82MG8S/ref=sr_1_2?crid=15EEPAJYIGC40&dchild=1&keywords=mr+heater&qid=1588699405&sprefix=mr+heater%2Celectronics%2C317&sr=8-2

There’s an article in a magazine called Acreage Life, February issue 2020, pages 17-19 that is really worth your time to read and be prepared.  We really enjoy this magazine and have learned a lot from the subscription.

Think about it, be prepared, make the most of every situation.  God is watching over all of us but we need to learn to take care of ourselves too.  A POSITIVE attitude goes a long way and makes bad situations a little bit more bearable!!

I need taller boots

We’re in our second winter snowstorm and I have got to get taller boots. Mine are 9.5 inches tall and when I went to feed Miracle this morning it was over my boots.

These are my Tractor Supply boots that I love and wear year round on the farm.  They're 9 1/2 inches tall and they're lightly insulated.  I've had them for three years and one of them is starting to leak.

These are my Tractor Supply boots that I love and wear year round on the farm. They’re 9 1/2 inches tall and they’re lightly insulated. I’ve had them for three years and one of them is starting to leak.

Hubby says it’s over the boots because of the way I walk in the fresh snow and scoot it in front of me. I still need taller boots if this is going to continue through spring!  The next ones I get in the spring will be up to my knees, I think.

It started snowing here again last night before dark and hubby says we have 8 inches now but it was still pouring down snow when I started this post.  It’s supposed to turn to sleet and freezing rain and then rain all day tomorrow.  We woke up to 18* and it’s now 22* .  The snow is like powder and we’re so glad the wind had not gotten up yet.2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (1) 2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (2) 2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (4) 2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (5) 2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (6) 2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (7) 2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (8) 2nd Snowstorm 2016_Feb 15 (9)

Hubby got the snowblower out while  I fed the calf and had me a 48 inch path to the chickens and the smokehouse.  I’ve swept the porch and steps off three times so far but Sassy has decided to stay in the house this morning.  She went out for a quick potty break and fled back to the house!

Sassy likes her bed during storms.

Sassy likes her bed during storms.

Hubby is out feeding the stock now and the powder snow makes it hard to roll out the bales but everyone is waiting for some food to warm up their insides!

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The snow has stopped now and we’re waiting for the sleet and rain.  All of the cattle are doing well and my chickens are warm and been fed well and have plenty of  warm water.  The wild birds now have plenty of seed on the ground after I swept the snow away from the feeders.IMG_0009 IMG_0011 IMG_0015 IMG_0025 IMG_0021 IMG_0018

I’ve prepared a roast in the crockpot with onions and celery and will make a gravy over it later and serve it over noodles for supper and some fresh bread.  The laundry is almost done and the wood has been brought in for this evening warmth.

Firewood stand full of oak, locust and wild cheery.  Toasty night to come.

Firewood stand full of oak, locust and wild cheery. Toasty night to come.

Venison tenderloin in the crockpot smothered with onions and celery.  I'll make a mushroom & onion gravy over it once the loin is tender.

Venison tenderloin in the crockpot smothered with onions and celery. I’ll make a mushroom & onion gravy over it once the loin is tender.

Once the sleet/rain/ice arrives we may lose power but we’ve learned after 44 years of marriage to be prepared for it.  All of the buckets in the laundry room are full of water for the bathroom, 12 gallon jugs are full of water for cooking and whatever else it’s needed for and the candles and flashlights are where they’re easily accessible.

Hope you are all warm and safe!  Spring is just around the corner!

SPRING!!!  CAN'T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!

SPRING!!! CAN’T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!

 

Cold weather warning preparation

According to the weather forecasters, colder weather is heading our way (but we’ll see what Mother Nature has to say about that).  We’ve put fresh hay in the coon dog houses, put plastic covered mesh over the summer windows of the hen-house, padded Roscoe’s new digs (he has moved to the upper part of the smokehouse).

Roscoe's old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.

Roscoe’s old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.

He has so much room to run now and when I go out there he follows me through the rafters poking his head in between the lumber up there.

He has so much room to run now and when I go out there he follows me through the rafters poking his head in between the lumber up there.

Hi mom!!

Hi mom!!

He is so much fun to watch.

He is so much fun to watch.

We started putting dry wood on the front porch again to keep us warm.

East end of porch is full.

East end of porch is full.

Front edge will be filled from the wood house.

Front edge will be filled from the wood house.

West end will be filled in the next two days.

West end will be filled in the next two days.

I also brought in some canned green beans, tomatoes, october beans, potatoes, delicata squash and cabbage from the cellar.  I also buttoned down the storm windows to keep the wind out. Hoping it won’t get real bad if I’m prepared ahead of time.  I’m not sure if that really happens or not but I’ll try anything.  I don’t like the sixty and seventy degree days in November and December and definitely not January.  Eddie found a cherry tree on the mountain in bloom and the maple sap is running.  We had about three weeks of really cold temps and the sap went down and now it thinks it spring and time to run again.  This messed up our maple sugar processing last year and afraid it may have again.  I’m more worried about the honey bees and their survival in this crazy weather.

Hope you all stay warm on this last day of December 2015 and keep those prayers coming for all of those unfortunate people out west dealing with flooding and snow storms.  Be thankful for what you have and truly appreciate all that God has blessed us with!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!