Wednesday, March 7, 2018

As A Work At Home Dog Mom, I'm Able To Prepare For Massive Storms

I'm stressed out today. There is a major Nor'Easter storm that's going to hit us later this afternoon. They're predicting 1-2 feet of heavy, wet snow. Wind. Lots of power outages. This is the second massive storm that has hit us in a week. The storm prior to this one his us on Friday. A Bombogenesis. All rain. Areas along the coast were flooded. We had 70 mph wind gusts in our area. A lot of people lost power. Our lights flickered during the peak of the storm. We were lucky. This time around, with accumulating heavy wet snow, we may not be.

We had a similar Bombogenesis storm in late October of last year and lost power for almost 2 days. I don't mess around with these storms. 

For both of these storms, I put a halt on what I'm working on to prepare. I have to. We have 5 kids who depend on us. Lisa is at work during the day. It's up to me. Lisa makes sure I have everything needed. While she's at work, I do the prep work.

In our household, it goes beyond making sure we have enough batteries for the Coleman lantern and flashlights, water to flush the toilet and to drink, and blankets to keep us warm.

Because we don't rely on store-bought dog food and dog treats, I need to make sure our kids have enough to eat for a few days.

Prior to both of these storms, I made 2 batches of homemade dog treats. Then, I cook enough lean meat and veggies for 3 days worth of meals.

That's a lot.

Once that's done, I make a couple loaves of homemade bread and a batch of egg salad and chicken salad. I make enough to for us to have for dinner, to pack Lisa's lunches with, and to share with our 2 favorite humans.

Then, the last things I bake are cookies and coffee cake.

My final preparation is filling up small bottles with water and freezing. We use these frozen bottles of water in the coolers to keep the foods chilled if needed.

All of the prep work takes an entire day. I've lost 2 days of work time in a week because of this. I'm not thrilled about that, but I'm not complaining.

Keeping our family, and that includes our 2 favorite humans and their furry kids, safe, fed, and comfortable, is our priority.

As a Work at Home Dog Mom, I'm able to be home to prepare. Sure, that means having to make up a day or two of work, but it's worth it.

I'd rather be overprepared than underprepared.

If we lose power, we're prepared.

If we don't, nothing goes to waste.

We're keeping our fingers and paws crossed that we don't lose power when today's storm hits in full force, but if it does, we're prepared.

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