Been out surveying the yard around the house for potential problems that might occur should we get the predicted ice storm. Filled the bird feeders so my winged friends will have sustenance during the ugly weather.
It's a balmy 65F right now but it's supposed to take a nosedive into the teens by tomorrow afternoon/night. Sheesh!! All those who claim to know what they're talking about are making rumblings that we'll have something similar to what happened in January 2009. Boy, I certainly hope NOT!!!!!
In any case, I think I've removed any things that could be harmed by ice. We've pulled our vehicles closer in under the carport roof to protect them and all we can do is hope it's a mild storm.
If we lose power - a distinct possibility - we won't have water as the well is run by electricity. We won't be too cold because we have gas logs in the fireplace in the living room. Our cooktop in the kitchen is gas, so cooking won't be an issue. We've stored plenty of water and will fill the bath tub with water to flush the toilet. If necessary, we could get water from the pond for that purpose but it could be frozen, too.
The freezer is packed to the gills so any danger of losing any food is slim and will provide plenty to eat. Plus, the pantry is well-stocked with canned goods and dry goods. We definitely won't starve.
There are tons of warm blankets and goose down comforters to keep us warm, along with heavy socks, gloves, hats, boots and jackets.
There are several oil lamps and more flashlights than I can count, as well as lots of extra batteries.
We'll make sure to have our phones fully charged before we go to bed to allow for communication if needed. But, they will be useless if the ice interferes with the towers like it did last time. Still, we'll be ready.
Our laptop is always charged and if we have to juice it up we can do it with the car charger.
Sounds like gloom and doom but many, many lessons were learned last time. And we are not going to get caught with our pants down. Certainly not in icy weather.....
At least this time I won't be weathering the storm alone.