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?