THE ICE MAN COMETH! No, no! I mean the ice cometh, man.

At least that’s the weather hype forecast on the local stations, confirmed by my teacher friend, Nicole, aka Barometer. Early dismissal of Eureka Springs schools (about an hour and a half away) adds to the impending weather threat. So, I’m preparing, of course.

House cleaned-check-because there is a big huge difference between not wanting to vacuum and not being able to vacuum.

Extra shower-check-because you never know when you’ll get the next one.

Muffins in the oven-check-because bad weather always calls for comfort foods.

Stew meat simmering-check-because a pot of soup can be heated in the fireplace if need be.

Bathtub filled with extra water-check- because, in the country, the well won’t work if the power lines are down. If the well won’t work, no automatic flushing. Water dipped from the tub and poured into the commode works as well.

Wood laid in the basement fireplace and a wheelbarrow loaded with extra logs by the back door-check-because we have a heat pump which requires electricity. The gas fireplace upstairs will still work but not the blower.

Cell phone charged-check-

And, if you are a blog follower, you know from an earlier post that we have two emergency kits filled with most everything one could ever need for at least 72 hours all prepared and waiting. It is not likely that we’ll need those right away, but memories from the 2007 ice storm in which the power was out for several days has me thinking.

I remember having lots of food already prepared, which was a good thing. We moved the propane grill close to the back door, and I learned that this recipe can be baked on the grill in a bundt pan covered with foil and the lid of the grill closed.
I remember that lamp oil is a good thing to have on hand as the old oil lamps produce a better light than candles and flashlights. We also learned that a headlamp is indispensable for walking around, up and down stairs with your hands full, and for passing the long evenings reading.
I recall making much needed coffee in a camp percolator on the grill and pouring it in a thermal jug to keep it warm all morning. Later, I read in the newspaper about a family lucky enough to have a gas water heater who filled a thermos with hot water, and inserted hot dogs. We roasted ours over the fireplace. I even dug up some marshmallows for toasting.
We filled our camping drink dispenser with fresh water, made a big jug of tea, and picked up my mom, sister-in-law and her husband because they had less survival mechanisms at their places. Neighbors came, and we played cards by lantern light. We can always manage a good card game. But, as our son said of his experiences trying to keep his girlfriend’s pipes from freezing, “I’m tired of playing Little House on the Prairie.”

So, come if you must, ice. We are prepared. I think.
What would you recommend people do to get into survival mode?
Oh, and Baby Wipes. Lots of them. It takes quite a few to have a good sponge bath!


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