Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hurricane Ready

Since the news can only talk about just-recently-become-hurricane Isaac, we have spent yesterday and today getting ready.

Power outages for DAYS after a storm are not uncommon. 
"Genny" is all ready to go!

The pool is covered to keep out all manner of debris from the nearby white oak and pines.

The newer chicken coop took cover under the tree house just to provide more shelter for the younger hens.

Rain barrels have been emptied and hoses attached with the valves set to "open". They are for erosion control more than rainwater collection(we get 60" or more of rain a year here).

Supplies laid in--including disposables which sure do make life easier when there's no power.

Frozen blocks of water in the freezers to ward off meltdown as long as possible. The ice cream has since been eaten, as well. It doesn't survive power outages well, anyway!

Porch furniture upended to help keep it from blowing away--if the storm were stronger, we would have even taken down the pendant lights and the porch swing.

This is a funny one: goodies baked. At least one MUST contain chocolate chips; I've seen several choco-chip cookie batches done by friends on Facebook; this is a chocolate chip sour cream pound cake. I also baked a vanilla pound cake; it will be wonderful with defrosted berries that are happily waiting in the freezer right now. :)

We had sweet potato fries last night--I sprinkled them with a tiny bit of salt and cinnamon sugar; combined with their natural sweetness and the faint hint of coconut oil I used for frying, WOW!
C-girl grew them herself. These two weighed in at about five pounds! In the background you see all the containers of drinking water we've collected. We don't usually lose water service, but it has happened, so we take pains to have enough ready.

And finally, that's where we are, right on the red line. 
I am likely to be off-line for a few days.(Understatement!)

The Lord bless and keep you!



Gabrielle said...

Stay safe!! We'll be praying for your safety! It looks like you guys are ready for a fun camping experience.

Loretta said...

Hi April, great minds think alike, huh? I just posted too. Take good care and may God Bless you and family! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
Take care,

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I'm praying that you and your family will stay safe during Isaac's stay. We haven't lost power here, but rain has been steady/winds are blustery. Chocolate chip pound cake looks yummy!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I so admire your preparedness. I pray that you will be covered in safety my friend.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my corn salsa. I sure hope now that Isaac is over everything is well with you family.

very merry vintage style said...

Stay safe--you seem very organized and prepared. Hope all stays calm by you.

Lynn Dylan said...

Will be thinking of you!! I hope you will be safe through it all and always!