Thursday, September 04, 2008

DO. NOT. WANT.



The chores.



The stores.

We have to be ready both for going and for staying. A bad direct hit means finding shelter for us and 3 cats -- and maybe for a long time if there's damage or destruction. An indirect hit or a category 2 or 1 means .... ain't goin' nowhere. We rode out a cat 1 in 2004 and it was pretty mild.

Either way, and it took Larry to think of this, the trees around the house needed major cutbacks. It's a toss-up. They can provide cushioning from flying obejcts, but the limbs themselves, without breaking loose, can simply whip the windows hard and break them.

Plenty of water,

food that doesn't need cooking,

batteries. Stored in the pantry along with all the other junk that's in there. It's a nice little interior windowless space and we can nail it shut.

Plastic tubs for valuables. It's not enough to just stash things in them. We'll seal them.

Cat supplies.




Fresh air.
The yard as we hope it will still be when all this is done.




Town Square.

Our favorite coffee shop, Appalachian Java, just off the town square of Burnsville, NC. Up in the mountains. Where I wish we lived right now.

In a couple months we'll look back at all this and ....

7 comments:

ronnie said...

Aw Ruth my heart is with you! Good luck!

Catherine said...

As long as you're prepared (which you obviously are), don't sweat it until it happens. Remember, the forecasters are often wrong about the intensity and the location....

Will be thinking of you, nonetheless....

Sherwood Harrington said...

I've been thinking of you folks ever since the projected track for this thing swung northward, and I'll keep doing so until we hear that you're in the clear. Fingers and toes are crossed, and even BF would send his best wishes if he could be made aware of stuff beyond his whiskers.

Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

8~) I truly appreciate the outpouring of good wishes! I also note that the paths indicate these little [bleep]ers could impact every family member and friend we've got from NC to New Brunswick, so: everybody on the east coast, take care!

Mike said...

Yeah, it could come up here to Maine, but it would likely just be a nasty rain storm by the time it arrived, with maybe a day of no power. You're in the real path. Take care.

Peter B. Steiger said...

Hang in there, baby! Your section headers had me laughing my fool head off. Pleistocene is the place to be...

Christy said...

Glad to see you're so prepared! I'm praying for you and all your family on the East coast.