Feb 09 2010

Dealing with all this snow

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It snowed on Friday here in Pittsburgh. We got 21.1″, officially. It isn’t blowing or drifting, thankfully, but it’s causing a lot of problems in the region. There are many people without electricity still. And ooh, how fun — we have even more snow coming Tuesday and Wednesday.

Another 6-10″ is forecasted. Funny, that’s about how much they forecasted we’d get on Friday.

Our power has been out long enough for me to find a candle and light it on two separate occasions. Because more gross weather is on its way, I thought I’d share some of the things we’re doing to make life a little easier on us.

  • I’ve gotten the candles out of their hiding places and grouped them in an easy-to-find-in-the-dark location on my kitchen countertop. The torch lighter is nearby. I have an oil lantern that’s in a closet. I can get to it with my flashlight if needed.
  • I know where my flashlight is. It lives in the same location unless it’s in use.
  • I’ve filled my 9-gallon water jug with … water. It’s enough for us to drink in case the tap water becomes unsuitable for use.
  • Our cell phones have a full charge.
  • Our cell phone numbers are registered with the municipality emergency alert system. We’ve received a few pre-recorded phone calls telling us about locations of warming centers, conditions of roads and other pertinent facts.
  • Our car is dug out (for now) and has a full tank of gas (thanks, Shane!).
  • We have lots of canned goods and a manual can opener in case the power goes out for a longer period of time.
  • If the electricity does go out for long, I can put frozen and perishable food in a cooler and oh, I dunno — put it outside and pack some snow around it.
  • We’ve checked on our elderly neighbor to see what she needs and to let us know she should be in touch if anything comes up.

I’m going to try to get out in the morning before the next round of skyturds show up. If I can, I’ll get some more milk and maybe some extra batteries. If that doesn’t happen, we can raid a few of Johnny’s toys for batteries for the radio.

My list might sound kind of silly. It isn’t hard to get through a snow storm, especially if you still have electricity. But there really are things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.

I do not like snow. Sure, it can look pretty. It can make you want to snuggle up and read a book by a fireplace and drink cocoa. It can taste good as a sno-cone. But it can also make getting to work a huge hassle (sorry, Shane!). It can be slippy (hi, Pittsburghese), dangerous and super obnoxious.

When all this nonsense melts? Yeah. You can bet that I’m glad we have flood insurance.

I’ll end this post on a somewhat positive note. When you’re stuck at home, it’s a lot easier to avoid spending money!

Have you been affected by this snow storm? Whatcha doin’ about it?



10 Responses to “Dealing with all this snow”

  1. I’m glad you guys are safe and warm! When I was in 7th grade, we were hit with a snowstorm that knocked our power out for 4 days. Thankfully, we had a fireplace, so we stayed warm. As for the stuff in the freezer, my mom emptied all of it out and stuck it outside in a cooler in the snow. It worked.

    Good luck! I hope you guys continue to stay safe and warm!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Two bank accounts = too much confusion =-.

  2. We have not had bad snow like you did but one thing I did get was one of those crank flashlights (from Walmart). It has LEDs and is very bright and it helps for those times when you run out of batteries.
    .-= Lulu´s last blog ..6 Questions To Get To Know Each Other Financially =-.

  3. Wow, that is a lot of snow! It’s snowing here (Wisconsin) as I type, but we’re *only* supposed to get 5-8″ and the last snow missed us completely. I’m staying home today :)
    .-= Becky@FamilyandFinances´s last blog ..The Great Thing About Home Depot =-.

  4. No snowstorms, but power outages from hurricanes. I’m thinking that being hot with no power may be better than being frozen. But all the food goes bad too when it’s hot. I must agree with you about snow. All my southern friends (and especially my kids) would love snow. Not me! Hope you stay safe and warm inside until this passes.
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Valentine’s Week-Day 1 =-.

  5. That storm is gonna hit us tonight into tomorrow here in NJ. They’re saying anywhere from 12 to 20 inches. Ugh.
    .-= Mike @ Saving Money Today´s last blog ..Green Living Tips for the Workplace =-.

  6. I wish we could get even 1/4 of your snow. We haven’t had ANY this season.

    Our power did go out though…for more than 12 hours. :( It sucks. And it’s not cold here so no chance of sticking things outside. We have a generator and hooked up the fridge and freezer. Even with the generator (hot coffee and a microwave!) it wasn’t fun. I used to enjoy power outages when I was a kid. LOL
    .-= megscole64´s last blog ..Happy Friday! =-.

  7. I’m making plans with the neighbors. School’s been out for a couple days, and will likely be called off again before the week’s out. Our neighborhood playgroup has decided we’ll meet again this week to help the kids burn off some of their cabin fever. (The kids can’t even really play in the snow because it’s so deep!) We’ve also agreed on a “my freezer/pantry/fridge is your freezer/pantry/fridge” policy in case we’re stuck without the possibility of a last minute grocery run for that one ingredient. In case of long-term power outages, one house has a gas fireplace, and another has a wood-burning fireplace and half a cord of wood. I’m so thankful for the community support system, especially since I’m 7.5 months pregnant, and another one of the moms is in the throws of morning sickness!

  8. Right on, Renee! You sound like you have fantastic neighbors.

    One of the perks of living in an apartment building is I have a playdate tomorrow with the neighbor and her toddler. They don’t even need to put on shoes to come over — they can just come across the hall!

  9. Ive done the cooler outside but with a laundry hamper instead of a cooler. Our cooler is real little (its all we need) and our hamper is on wheels unlike the cooler and can hold more. Our fridge 2 yrs ago died and it took several days to get it fixed. We have a chest freezer and put what we could in the freezer but condiments and little things from the fridge that couldnt be frozen or that we didnt want frozen we put in the hamper and wheeled it out to our deck to stay cold but not frozen there.
    .-= Brandy ´s last blog ..looky =-.

  10. Brandy, that’s brilliant!

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