Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Winter Weatherizing

Here in the Piedmont, we've already had a couple of "snow events".
They call them that here, 
because the cities around here are not equipped for snowy and icy conditions.

Literally, things just shut down and folks stay home from work or school 
if there's more than 1/2 inch of snow on the ground.
It's not such a bad thing.
It gives those of us who relish our time outdoors some fun in the snow,
and forces us gives us the opportunity to complete indoor tasks 
that otherwise might be put off.

But, in order to be able to savor those special times,
we need to be prepared.
For us, it's old hat, as we lived in Florida for over 40 years,
and each year had to prep for hurricane season.
The idea is the same,
just the conditions are a bit different.
So, here are some practices you might want to consider
before Ole Man Winter comes to stay for a while.

Outside Supplies
*Snow shovel 
*Kitty litter for de-icing sidewalks and driveways 
*Rubber mats for collecting wet footware

Indoor Provisions
*Non-perishable food like canned meats, soup, cereal, and snacks
*A manual can opener
*Reusable plastic plates and utensils
*Flashlights and batteries
*First aid kit
*Week's worth of prescription medication
*Blankets and cold-weather clothing for everyone
*Week's worth of pet food or medications
*Charged cell phone
*Battery-operated or crank radio

We stay off the roads if at all possible in snowy conditions,
but if travel is absolutely necessary, being prepared is vital.
Here is a checklist of some supplies that could come in handy: 

On the Road
Keep these things in your vehicle during winter:
*Bag of sand or kitty litter
(The sand helps to weigh down your car for better traction)
*Ice scraper
*Jumper cables
*Camping shovel
*Flashlight and batteries
*At least a gallon of drinking water
*First aid kit
*Cash (in case ATMs are unavailable)

Living seasonally is one of the best things
about having moved up to North Carolina.
Our winter is mild compared to some,
but a whole lot different than living in the tropics of Florida.
It allows us to embrace all the gifts that nature has for us.
Winter, in all its glory,
is truly a wonder-filled season.

Stay safe out there, y'all!


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