Fridays are normally the days when we prepare for the weekend projects. On our list this weekend: giving the patio furniture a facelift, experimenting with a possible wall art project, “building” an inspiration board for my office, and finish organizing the shed. If this were an ordinary Friday, I’d be gearing up and getting things ready to tackle those projects. But, that’s not what’s going on today. Instead, we’re getting ready for a very unwanted houseguest: Irene. Uhh!
We’re about 100 miles from the coast, putting us right on the line between “widespread damage” and “damage possible”. We’re currently under a Tropical Storm Warning, our local news said to expect 40-60 miles an hour winds in our area (wow!), and, here’s the clincher, lots of power outages. Therefore, my typical Friday T0-Do List has gone from picking up fabric at JoAnn’s to a few trips to Home Depot to finish putting together our “Emergency Box” (read more about that here).
A lot of the meteorologists are comparing this storm to Hurricane Isabel back in 2003. I remember there being a lot of fallen trees, and my family was without power for at least 8 days. Simply put, it was awful. We’d rather be safe than sorry, so we’re trying to prepare for whatever is possible.
I spent the morning cleaning the house, doing every bit of laundry, organizing all of our supplies, filling the freezer with bags of water, putting batteries in the flashlights, and making sure we had enough Spaghetti O’s and peanut butter & jelly (Greg loves his PBJ!). And, for some reason, I also bought a lot of Ramen. It didn’t occur to me until after I got home that if the power goes out, we can’t cook the ramen. Duh, Ash! I also spent a good part of the day on the phone with my mom and Grandma on the phone assuring them we’ll be okay. ; )
After Greg got off from work, he filled the car with gas (which was kind of tricky because all of the area gas stations started to run out!), moved the patio furniture into the shed, cleaned out the gutters, and made sure he knew how to work the weather radio. He’s also been trying to teach Bentley to “go potty” on a disposable doggie mat in the utility room, rather than going outside. This shall be interesting… and a bit amusing.
So, we’re battening down hatchess here at the 7th House on the Left. We’ll be sure to give you guys an update after Irene passes through our area. Of course, the update might be brought to you by iPhone if the power goes out! You can also keep in touch with us on Twitter here!
Any of you getting hit by Irene? Don’t you wish she’d go home already?! Ugh…