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Preparing for the Storm

No, I'm not in the path of Sandy but I was thinking about what I would need should we ever have to prepare for a storm or emergency.  We never have those kind of storms here and I can't remember anytime in my lifetime other than some minor floods that I'd have needed emergency preparation supplies.

Even in winter the schools have never once needed to shut down.  We have the equipment to deal with whatever the winter hands us.  Plus living in a small town you learn to rely on yourself and family.  For example in our car we have a winter emergency kit.  It has flares, candles, matches, blanket, crank flashlight, extra gloves, scarf and hat.  I added a few energy bars.  I can't put water in the car or it would freeze and explode in winter.  I bring water during summer trips.

We don't have an emergency kit for the house.  I'm not sure how these kits would be useful if your house is flooded or in another disaster where your house is destroyed.  Plus if you aren'…

So Early!

Yesterday there was a snowfall warning of 5-10mm.  I read it and scoffed.  It's way too early for us to get snow.  We rarely get snow even on Halloween so a week before that would be even rarer still.

I kept looking outside and checking the temperature all evening.  I was up late reading a book till 1am.  Reading keeps me awake.  When I went to bed it was 3C and a steady drizzle was coming down.  "Snow for the higher elevations, maybe, but not down here in our valley."  And with that thought I went to bed.

I woke up to a white covered land!  Oh wow!  It was just enough to cover the ground, bit slushy and was totally melted by noon.  Usually our first snow is just a few flakes falling but never enough to actually cover the ground.  I heard that up in the mountain there was almost 3 inches of wet snow!  A town just up the mountain from us was planning to have a reopening for their downtown area because they had suffered through almost a year of road work.  They wanted to …

Blessings And Burdens

My mother has no family.  She had a father, mother and brother but they have all passed.  I sometimes wonder what that would feel like, to have your parents and your brother all gone.  There is no one who grew up with you and knew you intimately.  No one to tell those family stories with like the time you jumped off the step and broke your ankle or the time the bird got loose and got tangled in your hair flying around the house.

My mom does have four kids and a husband still and I'm sure that is a blessing.  We try to be a blessing for her although sometimes I fear we are more of a burden.  But that's a family for you.  A family is a combination of both blessings and burdens and so much more.

My oldest sister has never been married although she is living with a man.  She has one child, a daughter, my niece who has gone to University now.  My sister is experiencing empty next syndrome.  Her daughter was more like a companion for my sister than a child.  I can't imagine how …

Dead Beasties

I was just reading about Dooce's bird drama.  How a small bird was by her house and then died.  She was all worried that her daughter may have touched the bird.  I wonder if she knows you can wash your hands.  Anyway, I was going to post a picture of our dead animal only to find out that the husband had taken away the carcass.  Shoot!

And to think that Dooce wouldn't post a picture of the poor dead bird out of some kind of respect.  I thought I'd post the slobbered on and squished body of a mouse I was greeted with this morning.  Oh well I guess you guys will have to wait until next time to view the grizzly scene.   Thanks go to our cat Frodo for leaving us the tasty treat.

Is This the Life?

Do you ever have one of those days when you wonder what the heck happened to your life?  You know, where you take a look at your life and don't even recognize yourself in it.  Some days I feel like a ghost of my old self just hovering around but unable to connect to anyone or anything, helpless to make changes.

I look at my body and I don't even recognize myself and it's not all aging.  I look at my house and can't believe I live here like this.  Some days I forget though.  I forget that I'm not who I want to be and attempt to live my life the way I want to but it's not long before I hit a wall and am brought up short.

My walls are financial, physical and emotional.  Pretty powerful walls.  They keep me here and won't let me out.  I've lost the hope I used to have for my future.  I used to feel powerful and able to make a life that I wanted.  I felt I could do the things I wanted to do.  But now I don't.

One of the things I learned is that you can o…

Thanksgiving and Almost Set For the Snow

It's Thanksgiving weekend here.  We will be driving to the in-laws house for Sunday Thanksgiving meal and then up at my parents house on Monday for our second Thanksgiving meal.  And you know what?  I still won't be sick of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, beans, or pumpkin pie.  We may just have to buy a Turkey roll to eat at home later.

Canadian Thanksgiving is a bit more laid back than the US one.  It's more about the Harvest than about Pilgrims and shopping for Christmas.  It's a quiet meal with family.  We don't decorate or do anything special other than get together and eat the traditional turkey meal.  So I'm really looking forward to doing just that.

The fall weather has been spectacular here.  It's been sunny for weeks on end.  It's still a bit chilly but that's fall weather and totally normal.  We haven't had a hard frost yet either.  So I still have time to work on my gardens if it weren't for these stupid little fruit fli…