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.
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.
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.
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?