When a blizzard warning came across the forecast, it immediately had my attention.
Living in West Kentucky, we don’t get a lot of extreme winter weather. But when it happens, folks around here are generally prepared. After the Ice Storm of 2009, every household became well-stocked with survival gear and a generator. We didn’t need a television show to demonstrate how to prepare for an impending doomsday. We lived it, and we learned from it.
The Ice Storm literally changed the way people prepare for bad weather. We were lucky in the fact that we were without power for only four days. The most inconvenience we incurred was that Murray was also without water as a main line broke during the storm. No power is one thing. No power and no water to flush with takes it to a whole other level. Many co-workers were out much longer, and my mother, my siblings, and their families were huddled together without power for 17 days. That’s a lot of games of Uno.
A couple of days ago, we started hearing about the potential for snow on Christmas Day. Then that potential became an impending snow storm. Yesterday, while shopping for a few last minute presents, I noticed the long lines at Wal-Mart and Kroger pharmacies. A few people left the stores with extra milk and bread. Then today, when the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, issued its first blizzard warning ever, the only open gas station in town had lines at every pump. My Beloved decided to buy four dozen eggs — just in case.
The refrigerator is already overflowing from holiday meals.The freezer is full so we have plenty of food. It’s only supposed to snow about eight inches in Murray, but that didn’t stop us from going through the checklist to make sure Chez Medlock had battened down all the hatches:
- Cars and oil lamps filled with fuel
- Two wheelbarrows filled with kindling and extra wood then wheeled into the sunroom
- All electronics set on their chargers
- Patio furniture stored away
- Laundry done
- Cats corralled
- Candles collected
- Batteries purchased
- Matches found
- Flashlights tested
- Water bottles filled
- Tub filled with water (for flushing!)
- Double batch of veggie soup prepared
- Craft projects and games prepared to keep everyone entertained
- Prearranged call times established with out-of-town family to conserve cell batteries
I had planned to spend this day in my pajamas on the couch watching old movies with my family. But it didn’t work out that way. Getting ready for a blizzard has taken priority. Maybe, if we’re lucky, we won’t lose power as the snow stacks up and the wind goes wild. Let’s just hope the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore doesn’t show up. Because if he does, we’re doomed.
Easy Crockpot Veggie Soup
3 bags of organic, frozen mixed veggies
1 qt canned tomatoes
1 qt beef broth
6 sausage patties
1c frozen zucchini
2T onion power
2 cloves of garlic
Place all frozen mixed vegetables in the crockpot. If you have any partial bags of frozen veggies in your freezer, add them. The more the merrier! Pour canned tomatoes and beef broth over veggies and add seasonings. Cut up sausage and then stir all together. Cook in crockpot on high for 6-7 hours.