|Our last big snow storm 08|
We have it coming: A major Noreaster (a blizzard to those who don’t speak Maine.) The snow is due to start Monday night and continue into Wednesday. Most Noreasters last from six to eight hours but according to forecast this one will stall and continue for more than twenty four hours.
I don’t mind. I have been complaining all of January that we haven’t received enough snow to bank the house. We got approximately a foot in early January and then came rain so we have ended with about five inches of frozen, crunchy, ice crystal snow cover that has endured until now.
The snow predictions range from eighteen to thirty-six inches with high winds, according to which computer model you pay attention to.
So preparations begin: we will go into town tomorrow and shop to stock up the food larder. Fresh vegies keep well and will give us salads. Can goods including tuna, salmon and beans are a good put by. We will likely lose electricity for and extended time but we can cook on the gas stovetop and move perishables into the back hall as temps are predicted in the single numbers to below zero at night. We have put new batteries in our flashlights and in our battery operated lantern, we also have an oil lamp and gas lamps installed in the living room and kitchen. We have six gallons of water for flushing the toilet and twelve gallons for drinking. I moved about a quarter cord of wood to my wood storage unit by the back door and filled my normal storage on the back porch.
|Holds a quarter of a cord filled.|
Tomorrow I will fill the snow blower with gas and start it and run it for a few minutes. The shovel is by the back door. I also filled the bird feeders and will probably have to make trips out back to keep them clear of snow.
We don’t have a check list, but have done this enough that it is second nature.
It will be time for books and games and snuggle down with the cats; a not all together unpleasant prospect.