The weekend was a wonderful time. I don’t think I saw sun all weekend even though the weather people said we were going to have a sunny Friday. It was warm but no sun in sight. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember the last time I saw that bright yellow ball in the sky.
Friday was suppose to be clean out the gutters day because there was suppose to be sun. Well, I was asked to help get gift baskets transported and set up. I was basically just muscle, not that I minded at all as I am a big believer in the M-EALS program. This meant that I showed up at the fundraiser at the start and stayed for the duration. Always nice to have beer at 3 in the afternoon. I actually drank quite a bit for me over the course of the next five hours but enjoyed talking to many people that I do not get to see frequently.
Saturday I was up early, even without an alarm. I fully planned to be up and to use the day to get ready for Sandy. I am hoping my plans were all in vain but I had to make arrangements. As a mother, I find it disconcerting that I have children all over the area that will be effected and no way to know if they are also taking precautions. The gutter clean out could not be put off any longer. By 9 am, I was on the roof. Very thankful that I got a new roof this fall so the really high gutters did not have to be cleaned. I do not like getting up to the second story on a ladder.
Once the gutters were cleaned, I ate breakfast and made a quick grocery list. I added a few extra items but basically, it was just a list of the normal week’s grocery shopping. My house, at least in the winter, tends to be a time of stocking the pantry. We used to – when I first moved to this house 15 years ago or so – lose power in the winter when the wind would blow so I tend to have canned goods on hand. I have fewer people living at home so the food I have on hand will be enough. As I said to son in the Hudson Valley, peanut butter and bread if all else fails.
Truly, the grocery store was not too bad. I was in and out in 30 minutes. The shelves were still well stocked. I hear this is not the case any longer. I did not have to wait at the water machine to fill jugs. I hope everyone found what they needed. I am now up early on a Monday morning filling water jugs here so we have water to flush the toilet should we lose power.
After the grocery store, I spent a lot of Saturday watching football. Sunday, I was up bright and early as I was running a 5K. There will be a race recap coming.
Do you live on the East Coast? Have you ever had to prepare for a storm? Did the storm actually happen?