How I Prepare For A Snow or Ice Storm

First of all, I go to the library.


I am a bookworm and cannot go without reading material.  JoAnne Fluke is a mystery/suspense author.  The Murder She Baked series are light, non suspenseful novels which include a number of recipes.  I usually read Christmas related books this time of year, so this one fit the bill.  I’ve also tried many of the recipes from her books and they were also good.

Second.  Make a trip to the fabric store.  I have a lot of Christmas projects I can work on as long as the power doesn’t go out.

Here are some of my recent projects.

H turkey shirtgone fishin bibgobble tshirt

Third.  Get bread and milk along with the rest of the town.  I even saw milk and bread for sale on Craigslist.  I wonder if he sold them.  People will do crazy things when snow and ice are predicted.  Me included.

Fourth.  Get the wood in the house.


If the power goes out, we can heat the living room and cook on the wood stove at the same time.

Fifth.  Get the animals taken care of.  Water will freeze throughout the day, so I check this several times during the day.  Chickens are tougher than you think, but they need a lot of water even when it’s cold.  And tonight, I’m sure the cats and dog will find their way in, too.  They are big fans of the wood stove.


This is her ‘I’m cold can I please come inside’ look

Sixth. Get to cookin’!

This is what I’ve cooked today:

Chili, hamburger stew, cornbread and cookies.



All are easy to warm up on the wood stove if the worst happens.

In 2009, our area had 1″ of ice.  Many trees behind our house literally exploded.  The power was out for 7 days.  The first couple of days, we were so proud of our pioneer skills.  Heating food and water on the stove.  Reading by candlelight.  By day 3, when the water ran out, so did our pioneer spirit.

Arkansans learned valuable lessons during that storm.  Be prepared!  I am so prepared ( I think) for this storm, it probably won’t be as bad as they say.  That’s ok.

ice on steps

the steps to the house this morning

ice on windshield

my windshield

At least I won’t have to leave my house for any reason.

Do any of you snow experts up north have other suggestions for this southern girl?

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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9 Responses to How I Prepare For A Snow or Ice Storm

  1. Well you don’t have the plows we do so they won’t be salting or sanding…best to stay in. You seem to have all the bases covered. Our worst fear is if our sump pump loses power. You are better prepared than we are. We usually still have to go to work because we do have so many plows that work around the clock. Stay safe and that food is yummmy!!!


    • I think we have a couple of trucks in the county that try to sand the bridges but that’s it. The test will be tonight. Some people are cleaning their bathtubs and filling with water just in case. I haven’t gone that far yet. We really go into panic mode when this happens.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Stay warm, it’s still just rain here in Perry county! But horses are in the barn and chili is made. We are not looking forward to the ice! We are as prepared as possible. I wish we had a wood stove.


  3. The winter has been colder and harsher this year and I too find myself reading more during the evening than I have in the past…It has been a strangely wonderful time with hot herbal tea and good books.


  4. Reading would certainly be my choice if I was snowed in! Can’t believe your windshield. That chili looks scrumptious.


  5. ChgoJohn says:

    Only one suggestion: make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Ice storms often bring down the phone lines along with the power. Other than that, I think you’re quite well-prepared. That chili with corn bread sounds wonderful.


    • I thought about that and we did charge everything we needed. Thankfully, we didn’t lose power. The chili recipe was given to me by a friends mother. She passed away several years ago, and I always think of her when I make it. It makes enough to feed my dad, my husband and I and my son’s family with leftovers to freeze. I’m working on that post. I love to cook when I’m cooped up.


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