Last year on Halloween weekend we had a huge nor’easter storm that brought us 7 inches of snow and a lot of damage. It was a freak of nature. We don’t get snow that early. Many people were out of power for day. We were lucky.
Here we are again preparing for Hurricane Sandy – same weekend but hopefully without snow. They are predicting anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of rain instead.
Today was cloudy…again….but a mild day in the 60s. We spent the day doing prep work. The beloved husband was cleaning out the gutters so the rain could properly drain. I closed the pond for the season and took stuff inside or into protected corners.
We also had the generator discussion. We discuss getting a generator every time there are predictions of a bad storm or we lose power. Somehow we don’t seem to act on it when the power is on. The good ones are very expensive and we are not convinced that small ones are really worth it. So far we have been very lucky. We don’t lose power often and we haven’t lost it for more than 12 hours. Believe me, if the 12 hours would happen when I need to wash my hair without a blow dryer, we may be rethinking this.
We were up early to make a shopping trip. We didn’t need a lot of stuff, just a few groceries which we really could live without but we decided to get out early and beat the crowds.
We didn’t beat the crowds. Normally 9 a.m. on a Saturday is not overly crowded. It gets more crowded closer to noon. Today, that wasn’t true. Our checkout cashier said it was even worse yesterday. They had all of the registers open along with 8 self-check registers. That is a lot of registers and they were expecting it to be busy again today.
The storm isn’t going to hit here until Tuesday. I am not sure why everyone is shopping so early.
I worked with Steve who is from Wisconsin. People from Wisconsin takes storms in stride, at least that’s what he says. He was amazed by the storm shopping craze that happens when the forecasters, who are often wrong, predict any kind of bad weather.
His theory is that people in Pennsylvania eat French toast during storms even to the extent of using a grill if the power is out. I asked him why he thought that. He said that it’s milk, bread and eggs that fly off the shelves. What else can you make with those three ingredients? It’s not like people are buying a pot roast or soup meat.
He has a point. We bought bread today but got some really good pastrami to go with it. Gutters are cleared, furniture cushions are in. We are ready for a storm to enjoy some really good hot pastrami sandwiches!
Good luck to all my east coast friends and may Sandy miss you completely!