Friday, October 26, 2018

It Takes A Lot Of Effort To Be Prepared, But It's Well Worth It

Earlier this week, I planned on spending the entire day today in the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Project Workshop. I wanted to make sample pieces for our 2018 Bodacious Holiday Ornaments and get started on some bigger projects. Unfortunately, those plans fell through. Instead, I worked on blog columns and prepped for a Nor'Easter that will be pounding our area beginning early tomorrow.

I'm reminded of the Bombogenesis storm that hit us on the overnight almost a year ago. It was one of the worst wind storms I've ever been through in my entire life.

It got scary. I stayed awake on the overnight. On the sofa.

The winds died down a great deal between 2-3 a.m. that morning. I was thankful we still had power because the power outage map for CT was all different shades.

Shortly after Lisa left for work on October 30th, our power went out.

We had to cancel our Halloween festivities for the next day because, by that evening, our electric company didn't have an estimated time of restoring power.

The following day, our power was restored only 2 hours before trick or treat started.

I whipped up a couple of homemade pizzas and we had a blast handing out candy, sipping wine, and visiting with our neighborhood family.

During the almost 2 days that we didn't have power, I was beyond grateful that Lisa and I had prepped for that storm.

The day prior, I made homemade cookies and bread and breakfast pastry. I whipped up a batch of homemade treats for our kids and cooked lots of boneless chicken breasts, rice, and sweet potatoes.

I also made a small batch of egg salad and chicken salad. We had coolers filled with ice to keep everything cold if needed.

We stocked up on batteries and bottled water. Before Lisa went to bed, she put our recycle bin in the tub and filled it with water.

By the time Lisa and the kids went to bed, we were as prepared as much as we could be.

Those efforts paid off.

Today, I pretty much did the same thing.

We had plenty of homemade dog treats in the freezer for the kids. I cooked up extra chicken, sweet potatoes, and rice. I also made a loaf of homemade bread, a jar of jam, cookies, and breakfast pastry.

I didn't make a batch of egg or chicken salad. We decided that peanut butter and homemade jam sandwiches or vegetarian sandwiches would suffice.

Before Lisa and the kids went to bed, she put the recycle bin in the tub and filled it with water.

Our electronics are charged.

I'm not sure how bad this storm will be, but we definitely learned last year that being prepared was well worth our efforts.

If we lose power, we'll be prepared.

If we don't lose power, nothing will go to waste.

We're keeping our fingers and paws crossed that it won't be a repeat of last year.

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