so ... we may get a blizzard

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prepping just in case we get that blizzard  ... brought in loads of firewood, bought fire starters and fatwood.

what a muscle building chore!

there is a wood stove and two fireplaces but if our power goes out this old house gets cold fast and i'll be for sure camping out in front of one of those warm spots

water is off ... something went amiss there, so am off to buy some at the store and hoping the town will get that fixed.

will get gasoline tomorrow for the generator that will keep the refrigerator and freezer humming. 

we have a propane camp stove that i hate but can use in a pinch.

flashlights and lanterns (battery and oil ones) are all set and i've got a crank radio (haha)

charging up the cell phone.

the snow blower is broken because my bil refused to get it looked at and i couldn't afford to ... ah, well.

camera ... got to charge up those batteries ... need photos!

we've got cans of things and food is fine.

i guess that's about as much prep as i can do.  can't think of anything else.  can you?

 

 

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I just shared a B&B in Freeport on FB who has guest's cars buried outside. Is it still snowing? Haven't had a chance to watch the weather channel. and another on another FB page. WOW!

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Here in the South it is the tornadic activity that we get from these storms that freaks me out.  It is totally unpredictable...

Terrible damage in MS the other day due to a large tornado.

We are having tons of rain and are under a flash flood watch....

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Well, yes, we got some snow...

 

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and no one be putting your ruddy backs out shoveling snow! get some neighbour kid onto it! - im knackered carrying a whole ton of furniture all over and all the new bathroom stuff 3 flights of stairs! - we are on day 1 1/2 and its looking good already - apart from the electrician drilled through room 3's radiator and cut off the electric to room 10's shower (its an electric shower!) grrr but the wall is up, 1 door cut through and most of the rest of the electric done! woo hoo

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It is funny listening to the "news" on the radio and the people they are talking to about the storm. One would think they do not get snow in New England or Boston.

Although in my location (foothills) I measure snow in inches, just 50 miles from me they measure it in feet. It is WINTER!! I got DH out of the house for a while yesterday (he was going stir crazy - had not been out for a week) so we are OK for a while. He does not go out when there is snow or ice because of danger of falling. If he breaks his left leg, it will be amputated as there will be nothing to heal.

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If you have never experienced hurricane force winds with 2 ft of blinding drifing snow then it is easy to dismiss a storm of this magnitude...but not wise if you have to live through it.  Couple the wind and snow with the Atlantic pounding the coast and flooding the low lying areas and you have more than your usual WINTER snow storm.  

 So far we have a mix of sleet and rain with heavy winds...nothing we have not often experienced during a winter Nor'easter storm.  But temps are dropping and the wind is picking up.  Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll blow further west (poor Boston!).

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I was not poo-pooing the storm itself. We get WEATHER here also. I lived 24 years in Illinois - land of whiteouts and tornado alley. Snow to the knees was not unusual and the wind did not stop. Also add in temps that may not hit 0 for a week or more. I love my milder temps in WV in my location - the reason why we did NOT move to the beauty of the mountains and settled for the beauty of the foothills. Every area has its challenges.

Southern WV gets worse weather than I do - they can go from sheets of rain to sheets of snow followed by floods in a matter of hours.

My point was this - if you live on the Florida coast you get hurricanes and know what they do and deal with it. If you live in southern WV you get floods and build your houses on the hill top preferably and in the mountains you keep a good supply of food & water on the shelf in all seasons. If you live in Illinois or anywhere in tornado alley you know what to do - unless you are so used to the boy crying tornado that you say "so what else is new" and get clobbered when it actually hits. This is NOT the first nor'easter. I would think that people who live in that region know what they need to do to protect property and themselves - weather happens every year and in every season.

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Not dismissing how bad it is/is going to be. But you know how the talking heads are. If it wasn't bad enough they would make it sound like it was much worse.

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Well we don't watch much TV so we have not had the "pleasure" of all the storm angst.  After listening to all the election hype I can only imagine the beating of breasts when a large storm like this makes the news.

And yes, we NEers are a tough lot....weathering most storms with advanced planning and common sense...But I can also say that there are some pretty stupid people out there who drive around in the worst of storms, putting themselves and emergency workers at risk for the sake of an interesting look at the sea.  I remember one couple whose car got blocked in by a tree that came down across the nearby parking lot as they were out and about during a hurricane.  They were lucky that the power lines that also came down missed them.  

 

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There is only one cure for stupid people and it is illegal to help them get there. The sad thing is the responders that get "taken" in the process to trying to rescue the stupid people or their animals that the stupid people took out when they should have stayed at home. I have no sympathy for people who climb mountains, hike in conditions where there is a warning, and people who pay no attention to weather conditions when sailing. Then there are the idiots who MUST snowmobile in a storm, snowmobile across a "frozen" lake, - you get my drift. The people they endanger (and kill) because of their self-centered "I can do it" or "I want to do it" makes me want to scream.

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Yes I agree. Sure it will be bad, but these days the media HYPE HYPE HYPE. No wonder people get in a panic.  I remember the '78 storm. I was in grad school. Last week of class...headed to Hawaii the very next week. Ah those were the days Smiling

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gillumhouse wrote:

It is funny listening to the "news" on the radio and the people they are talking to about the storm. One would think they do not get snow in New England or Boston.

 

It's because there are dozens of news shows and they are paying big bucks for those pretty people to talk about SOMETHING.

Oh, BTW, MA is CLOSED. No traffic allowed on the roads. Fines and jail time if you're on the road and get stopped.

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Everyone keep safe!

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I have 2 chapters left in a really good book that I've been trying to finish for days. Guests who were supposed to arrive today just canceled so I only have one room booked. The fire is burning, the house is warm, cookies are baked, and I'm going to finish that book. Love snow storms.

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I'm catching up on blogging. (And playing WWF with all my pals whose workplaces are closed today!)

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Just finished sealing a few gaps around window sashes with Se al and Pe el....great sutff when the not-so-tight double hung windows begin to "sing" in the wind.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CkTMf_h-JA

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My prep for a snow storm:

  1. Relax

That's it. The stores will be open the whole time. The streets will be cleared. We had 15 inches of snow and everything just chugged along, maybe a little slower, but still chugged along.

Only thing around here is that the airport has flights that don't come in, so they cancel flights. The airport hasn't closed for snow in 70 years. It's the other airports that cause problems. I see flights from close are canceled, but further afield are all fine. And then flights get canceled because planes aren't in the right place for the next day.

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i'd like to relax, but i can't. 

 

our neighborhood grocery store is out of bottled water (probably because of the water main break last night), our water is back on, but we have brown water and we can't drink it. 

that neighborhood grocery store is closing in a few hours because we have harbor flooding issues and those employees need to go home, too.

white out conditions driving although there is not much on the ground yet ... it is hard to see because it's windy if you are going any speed at all.  

logan airport ....  my nephew who has been in california for a month and coincidentally was supposed to come home tonight ... i guess we'll see him tuesday. oh well.

my disabled sister was given a couple of the wrong medications when i picked up her dozen+ prescriptions (don't ask) a few hours ago ... now SHE is freaking out because she has some serious health issues.  she has been on the phone trying to reach her primary care physician because the pharmacy says they are not wrong ... so i can go BACK to the pharmacy before they close and get what she needs.  i was able to get two bottles of water at the pharmacy ... limiting sales before running out.  if i go back, i will bring someone and we will each get two more bottles of water.  don't need milk or bread. 

 

if it was just me, i'd curl up with a book (or computer til the power and cable hold up - they ALWAYS go out in a storm, especially wind) 

i can deal with feet of snow. 

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Big pot of soup on the stove, quiche in the oven and heat turned up in the entire place to get it warm, just in case we lose power.  Hurricane force winds expected here on the edge of the ocean...nothing we have not experienced before but always scary.  We are hoping for only 12" of snow from this one but the forecast is still uncertain and it could be much more.  

Had a call from a father and adult son yesterday, looking for 4 nights beginning last night.  We declined....who needs to worry about guests at a time like this?  I'd rather lose the $$$$ than have to figure out how to make guests comfortable with no power, water or heat!   

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That's how I feel as well.

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Hang on Madeline...wind is already honking and the rain has started.  You should be feeling the beginnings of the storm in a few hours.

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Silverspoon wrote:

Hang on Madeline...wind is already honking and the rain has started.  You should be feeling the beginnings of the storm in a few hours.

Oh no! Not rain. We have about 5" of snow right now. I don't want no stinkin' rain!

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Not wishing ill on anyone, but please keep this one to yourselves. We went through 2 of them last year (2012) - one in June/July and the Sandy Storm. Although with Sandy all one heard about was new York & New Jersey (I am NOT dissing their plight) we had in my State as second round of 3 weeks and more of no power in places. the first time was heat and humidity both in the upper 90s and the second time with snow and cold. People were snowed in for days and then blocked by trees across roads. We do not need another - PLEASE!!!!

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Been thinking of all of you in New England. Be careful and take care.

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Yep, snow for 2-3 days, 1 sunny day and then it rains on Monday??? Yeesh.

For you? Aspirin. If you're shoveling all that snow you'll be achy. Wine. (For the same reason, in case you don't have aspirin- don't take them both at the same!)

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