Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Not Our First Rodeo

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wind

The wind will soon be singing here in North Carolina but I don't think it will be singing lullabies.  I'm afraid it may be singing Heavy Metal band music.

Today and tomorrow, my mister and I are preparing for Hurricane Florence's visit to the Carolinas.  Where exactly she will hit is a mystery. Still it is good to be prepared.


This isn't our first rodeo with hurricanes.  In 2011, Hurricane Irene hit the Northeast, NJ in particular. We didn't have the bad winds but we did have a lot of rain and no power for 7 days.  That was interesting.  After Irene, we bought a generator.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit NJ/NY and we did have hurricane force winds 90+ mph and that was scary.  The trees swayed and bowed and I thought they would fall but ours did not. We were without power for 10 days after Sandy.  Thankfully, we did have a generator and gasoline to run it for a while.  My mister had to go out in search for more gasoline and after driving far, he patiently waited in line for hours for more gas.  Both hurricanes hit around Halloween time and Halloween trick or treating was cancelled both years as there were power lines down, dangerous tree limbs, etc.  All stores were pretty much closed during that time.  (Thankfully, I tend to stock up so we were good on food etc)

We moved here to North Carolina a few years ago. We did bring our generator with us. We live in the NW hills and should be fine if the rains/flooding/winds aren't too bad.  We do live by one of the big rivers and hopefully that won't flood. I think we are prepared as we can be.

My pantry is stocked well with nonperishables and we have 3 flats of bottled water plus 8 gallons of bottled water. We have juice and gatorade.  I am very thankful that my mister is home (he was in Detroit until yesterday) and today we went into the big city to Costco. No water available but we did get instant coffee, cookies, and chocolate! And fresh fruit.  And paper plates etc (can't wash dishes with no running water).

We filled up the gas tanks in the cars and in the gas cans.  We bought enough dog food etc to last us at least a month.  We also stopped at the bank to get some cash because if you don't have power, you can't use your atm or credit card. We have plenty of lanterns, flashlights, batteries, and candles (can you ever have too many candles??).

I don't know if we will have cell coverage if everything goes dark here. If we don't, our landline (phone) might work. We may be in for an interesting weekend.

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  1. You and your hubby sound like you are prepared. I hope the hurricane steers clear of your home. Hugs are sent your way....

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    1. Thank you, Kitty. It is so hard to know what will happen but it looks like it might head toward SC more than NC.

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  2. My goodness, Gina, this sounds terrifying, and so unlike anything we have here. We'll be praying for the safety of people in the areas that might be hit.

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    1. Elizabeth, Joining you in praying. Thank you for your prayers. xo

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  3. Sending hope and well wishes for you to be safe through the storm heading your way.
    Sounds like you have prepared as well as possible.

    We don't have those kinds of storms here in Utah, though we have to do similar sorts of preparations for winter storms.
    Funny how very few people prepare for power outages. One thing that was a necessity for us is a wood burning stove. We never want to freeze or end up with frozen leaky water pipes :)

    Prayers for you, stay safe.
    ~K.

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    1. Kerin, a wood burning stove sounds like a wise idea. The (only) good thing about hurricanes is that you do have time to prepare. I'm more frightened of tornados. Do you have those in Utah?

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  4. I keep praying that thing weakens. I am from the Gulf Coast so I know all about them. Y'all hang in there and lots of people are praying. The one thing about all the coverage on TV is that brings the prayer warriors together.

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    1. Sandy, thank you for praying. It looks like the hurricane is weakening. It will be interesting to see if it stalls over land and keeps raining raining raining!

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  5. You sound very well prepared, Gina. 'Tis good you have the chocolate. =) I hope you and the Mister will be okay.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. We will ration out the chocolate (I'll be in charge!!) xo

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  6. It sounds like you have everything under control Gina. My nephew lives in Charlotte and his in laws just moved into a beautiful house at Emerald Isle. They have evacuated to Charlotte. As she said, it is in God's hands. It must be hard to leave your cozy nest not knowing if it will be there when you return. We are headed to the Gulf for the week and hoping no hurricanes rain on our vacation there. Several are brewing.

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    1. Arlene, stay safe on your holiday! I hope your family's home is safe.

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  7. We're here in NC now so this should be interesting. Hopefully it will just be wind and rain and a couple of days inside. I'm praying for everyone affected by the storm. Take care and stay safe my friend. Hugs, Diane

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  8. Just saw your blog via Elizabeth's and thought I would say that I stock up well in general too and that my Husband and I are praying for everyone who is dealing with hurricanes. Stay safe. God bless and protect you and your Husband!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Very nice to meet you. Thank you for your prayers.

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  9. Have been praying for all those in the path of this storm, it sounds like you are all ready for this, and I am thankful your hubby was able to come home in time. You all take care!

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