Spring has progressed nicely. The first sign that winter was over was hearing the sound of Spring Peepers * on my commute home. One week later I was passing swathes of blooming daffodils. Another week’s passing and the Bradford Pears were blooming. There are A LOT of Bradford Pear trees in this area. Finally, the fourth week of March brought the beginning of the Red Bud blossoms. The temperature has been definitely spring-like: 60’s and 70’s some days, 20’s and 30’s on others. Spring is my favorite season of the year … until my springtime allergies kick in, of course. Nevertheless, the increased sunshine is doing me a lot of good.
I was able to cross something off my list of things to do that has been there for three years: I found my snow boots! Yes, I’ve been looking for them for three years. One night, before the February storm that brought 5″ of snow last month, I had a flash of inspiration: maybe they were in the truck bed box that I brought when I drove here from Wyoming. Excited to solve the mystery of the missing snow boots, I unburied the box in the garage, only to discover it was locked. But, wait! I remembered seeing the key when I was packing stuff up for J and family to move into my house in November and even remembered where I put it – in the basket of pencils and keys – but, alas, I could not find that basket. Until, that is, three weeks after the last snow storm! Happy day! The mystery is solved and my snow boots are now safely ensconced in the car as part of my emergency kit.
My Get Home Bag is in process of being overhauled (#72 on my 101 Provident Things in 1001 Days list). We are encouraged to review our emergency kits every 6 months, which I have seen to be worthwhile advice. A lot of things can change in 6 months. One major change for me was changing vehicles (I had to sell my beloved truck last summer). Somehow, in the change of vehicles, things got left out. As winter progressed, I tossed items into the car as I thought of them … a bag of spare clothes and shoes, a ziploc bag with minimal first aid supplies, a spatula because I couldn’t find my windshield scraper, a sleeping bag when the weather got so bad it seemed more and more possible that I wouldn’t make it home some night. You get the idea, I’m sure. Well, finally this month, I pulled every little bit out of the car to review and consolidate my supplies. Now, I have a more cohesive Get Home Bag and, more significantly, a list of things to fill the holes in my supplies. So, while #72 is not done, I am making progress!
Another important thing accomplished this month is that my son-in-law came to visit and taught me how to set up the generator to run the house when the electricity goes out. If you’ll recall, I realized last month that, even though my electrical panel is set up so I can use a generator as backup when the power goes out (without any backfeed up the line), *I* was not the one who knew how to set it up and the one who did know didn’t live here anymore! Furthermore, since A (my son-in-law) was the one maintaining the generators, I hadn’t had to start mine for three years and couldn’t remember the procedure. Well, that little issue has been resolved. The procedure has been written down and is included the Emergency Plan(s) section of my Preparedness Notebook. I feel much better about my ability to take care of myself if the electricity goes out!
* Source information: the video and sound clip are not mine, they were found on Bing.