At this time in New Kent Virginia we are beginning to experience heavy rains (it has been raining all morning) but the wind is REALLY starting to pick up. We have lost our satellite tv signal just a few moments ago (rain drown out) and the dogs are not liking this…the trees are really starting to bend in the wind now (which is NOT a fun thing to watch). Keep in mind that I live out in the ‘woods’ and many of the trees are over 50 foot tall and many of them are the nasty pines that have already been damaged from ice and previous storms, I pray that any trees that go down go down away from my structures…

On another note: we do still have power..yeah! so far so good, bathtubs and wash machine are filled with water as I am positive we will eventually loose power as the worst of the storm is supposed to come through between 2pm and 10pm. A tornado warning was issued south/east of us earlier so I am sure that something wicked this way will come to us eventually too…

Last night I filled up zip lock baggies with water and put into the freezer as suggested by a guy on the Weather Channel…as soon as we loose power I am pulling out lunch meat and such to put into a cooler (as you can’t run the generator while its raining) and then will pull the frozen zip lock baggies out and put into the frig to keep things cold until tomorrow morning…its supposed to be beautiful out tomorrow 🙂

I learned something last night…my master bath tub doesn’t have a drain stopper…panic time, but I remembered picking up various drain stoppers when I first moved into my home for a utility sink…bingo…bath tub drain issue resolved…lesson learned here…sometimes the devil is in the details and having ‘extra’ ‘just in case’ things around the house might mean a difference down the road.

My 4 month old PitBull doesn’t like to go out to use the potty in the rain…extra paper towels and spray cleaner and air freshner is at the ready. While I am certain she could not eat for a day and survive, she still needs water. I am trying to get her to go out but so far no luck, she is verys stubborn and almost 45 pounds and hard to move when she doesn’t want to be moved…sigh…the things we learn as we go along I suppose…

I will be back as things permit…I have at the ready a laptop with broadband access and an tablet but those will only work as long as the cell phone towers stay up…

For those of you in Irene’s path this weekend…get prepared and stay safe while she passes!

blessings

survivingshtfmom

Laura

 

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