Thursday, August 25, 2011

storm dogs

As I write you, I am barely able to see the computer screen. My glasses are fogged up from the heat of my own face, stopped moving, indoors. I just dug a 25 ft long, shallow ditch in a U-shape from my muddiest spot hillside pasture. The ditch is to help move and torrential waters away from the house and well areas, and out into the street and grassier sides. It took a little over an hour. I already popped some ibuprofen. I look and smell like an extra from a Civil War movie (one towards the end) and I am looking forward to that mint shower with a sinful amount of glee.

I will sleep well tonight.

I feel as prepared as I can be for this storm. The news keeps getting scarier, and I am starting to feel it seep in. But I do have four hurricane lamps, plenty of lamp oil, candles, matches, gallons of water, food, flashlights, first aid gear, hard cider and a truck with a full tank. I have a weather radio, cell phone charged, and a non-electric land line in the house. I have neighbors within walking distance, a stream and a gravity fed artesian well (the animals will have fresh well water regardless of power), water tablets and an electric lantern. I have ice packs and a cooler ready to keep meat and food if the power leaves over 24 hours. I have a wood stove if I need to cook. I have a pony in a sturdy stall, and a flock of sheep about to get a brand new shed built by professionals. I do expect us to lose power a few days, so I am loading up with books and knitting projects for the evenings.

I don't know what else I can do but pray it's something less scary than the news is telling me, or winds take it out to sea. A lot can happen in a few days time. Perhaps all this preparedness is foolish or trite. I stopped at the bookstore and the girl behind the counter looked confused when I asked her if she was worried about the storm. "What storm?" she asked. And I felt like Chicken Little.

Well, Chicken Little or not, here's one thing I KNOW I am not doing that would help a lot: breathing. Long, deep, breaths that clear the mind and calm the soul. I have started to meditate more and practice some yoga everyday. It is helping heal my farm-worn body and back, and helping me sleep better at night. I am starting to depend on it, feel new muscles in my arms and legs. I don't look like the woman on the cover of Yoga Journal, but I do feel healthier, and that's a gift. Saturday there's a three-hour morning retreat at Hubbard Hall here in town and I signed up. The first hour is meditation, the second two are restorative yoga. I think it was a wise investment.

I am as prepared as I can be. Keep us Storm Dogs in your thoughts and prayers, if you have any to spare.

58 Comments:

OpenID loisthelibrarian said...

I'll be thinking of you and hoping that you have already experienced the worst of it by preparing so well.

I hope when Irene has passed, Jasper can take a romp and celebratory fart at her departure.

Thank heaven for hard cider. I like your emergency list!

August 25, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger onesilentwinter said...

Oh my gosh i have cut and pasted your list on my screen. I live on top of a huge hill on hundred acres, i am by myself well with les animaux two horses,18 ducks, 3 chickens, two dogs and two cats i have been thinking of everything they will need, went to the grain store and loaded up. put away things that can fly and strike. yet for my provisons-long term , i am not ready. honestly your list -wow you are so prepared that i am instantly anxiety ridden!

August 25, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I just found out the builders might not make it tomorrow... if that's the case, I am worried about the sheep.

Really worried.

August 25, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger onesilentwinter said...

I meant to say thirty chickens.

August 25, 2011 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

OSW, you'll be okay, just make sure you have water to drink, light in the dark, a radio with batteries, some food that can sit in a can on a shelf and be eaten cold if needed, and a good book. You'll be okay. We'll hunker down together!

August 25, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger ADoC said...

I've just become (re)dependent on yoga myself. Funny thing, I was just reading YogaJournal this morning thinking there's no way I'll ever look like one of those cover models.

Good luck with the storm preparations.

August 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger onesilentwinter said...

thanks jenna!

i wonder if someone can drop some round bales to make some sort of mock shelter for the sheep

August 25, 2011 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Stormy said...

I am really proud of you for preparing for the potential storm! I live in an area that often experiences heavy,heavy snowfall while other a few miles a way have none. Over the decades, I have learned the hard way that it is so much better to be ready with ample supplies on hand.

a couple of animal related suggestions. Can you put some panels up in the little horses pen to give him more of a tie stall and let the sheep have the rest of the pen?

Also,talk to you vet about whether you might want to have a dose or two of banamine on hand for the horse They are prone to get a mild colic during/after severe storm. Make sure you get dosing info. You can buy it in a tube form just like paste wormer. I always try to keep some on hand.

August 25, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

You have done well...:-) Hope you weather the storm well along with your 'family'.

August 25, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger bree said...

Jenna, I am thinking of you and your animals and wishing you all safety in the storm. Is it possible to take the sheep to another shelter for the duration?

August 25, 2011 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

You sound like you've prepared well. Take it from this Florida native, it's never trite or foolish to be prepared for a hurricane. If it hits, you'll be glad of everything you did, and if it doesn't breathe a huge sigh of relief and send up a prayer of thanks.

One other thing I'd suggest, if you haven't done it already, is to put away and/or tie down anything loose outside (lawn furniture, etc)--hurricane winds can turn anything into a missile, and you don't want a wheelbarrow you forgot about coming through your window (do you have shutters?).

August 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

As a Floridian one tip for comfort - freeze some bottles of water. It serves a couple of purposes: the more full your freezer is the longer it will hold the freeze (dont' open it unless you have to), so why not top it off with ice that can be chipped up for cold drinks? or if the storm does visit and you have lots of clean up, you can bury a wet 'kerchief in between the icy bottles and it will help get through some very long days. Also comes in handy for the inevitable bumps and bruises.

I don't pen up my horses in hurricanes - they are trapped if the barn falls. In fact, they always stand on the outside, against the walls so the wind is blocked. Regardless - make sure Jasper has some sort of ID, be it a dog tag or non-toxic paint on his side indicating your phone #. Might be trickier with sheep :)

Good luck and be safe!

August 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Yvette said...

Jenna,

Some more tips, in case any are helpful. I don't want to scare you, just want you to cover your bases, if any of this is of use.

Try to raise feed off the floor, if you can. If there is flooding, things like grain containers can move, tip over, or get wet (which means more costs for you this year).

In the house, try to get anything important off the low floors (first floor, basement, etc.) that might be damaged if they got wet. Zip-loc baggies and tupperware containers come in handy for documents, birth certificates, passports, photos, etc., regardless of where in the house they are.

For the house and barn, it's also helpful to have one or two of those blue tarps made for patching roofs, BEFORE the storm, in case you end up with roof damage. After the fact, those things can be hard to find, and the rains may stick around for days.

If you lose cell phone power, remember that you may be able to still text-message your family to tell them that you are OK. The phone service will last without power for a long time, but those lines can be busy for days after an emergency.

If you have a gas line into the house, remember to turn it off before the storm. It's also a good idea to flip the main electrical breaker off.

Keep the radio on when the storm is approaching. If a twister forms in your area, you'll want to know about it, so you can go to your safest room.

It's a good idea NOT to use candles DURING the storm (they're for afterward). It would be a bad time for a wind gust to cause a fire.

I always take framed photos and mirrors off the walls, in case the house moves and they come crashing down. I also take valuable breakables down and put them in my dresser drawers.

Remember the mosquito repellant. And there are gallons and gallons of water in your hot water heater, in case you wind up needing it.

All of this is much scarier than it sounds! These are all normal things we do in Miami, unfortunately.

Love to you. Hoping Irene loses steam before she gets up there.

Yvette.

August 25, 2011 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Read Jon Katz' blog. He's a good one for dismissing hype. But I think the scariest thing will be for you to be alone if it does hit. My gut says you won't get more than tropical-storm winds and tons of rain...but all your preparations will make you feel better regardless.

August 25, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I was just out doing late barn check and thinking, "wouldn't it be great if Jenna would post her pre-storm preparation list, and then the readers who have been through this kind of thing can chime in with their suggestions based on experience." And you had already done it!

August 25, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
OpenID Search_for_Erudition said...

I wish you much luck in the coming storm! I've been wondering how bad things may get on the East coast. It sounds as though you are pretty well prepared. As for the sheep, is there any other structure you could move them into? Maybe the other part of the horse's stall?

August 25, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Debby said...

Good luck in the upcoming storm, it's great you have prepared as best you can. You might want to consider picking up a chain saw if you don't already have one. Getting a tree service to your home after a storm could take weeks!!! Also tarps just in case you have damage to your home or barns. Take photo's of anything and everything before the storm hits incase you need to put in and insurance claim. Good luck and be safe!!

August 25, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

You're always in my prayers see ya on the flip side!

August 25, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

I've been out battening down the hatches too. I can get a lot of basement flooding with 7-10 inches of rain expected so I everything in the basement is elevated at least 6 inches. If I lose power, I have two back up batteries that will run the pumps for 7 1/2 hours each. Gutters were cleaned of debris, planters, outdoor furniture were all put into the shed. I have a solar charger for my cell phone so if the power takes a few days to be restored, I can still check news reports. I've got the same set up for the laptop/ipad, but not the wireless router. No router, no internet. I have a solar charged radio, solar flashlight, candles and matches all set. In the freezers, I've got bags of ice cubes. I won't open the freezers until power is restored, but if the ice cubes are melted, I will know the food has gone bad. I've got lots of peanut butter and jelly ready to make sandwiches, plenty of apples and garden veggies ready for raw eating. Also, have many quarts of long shelf life parmalat milk and water bottles filled. In case the town water system has a problem, I have some purification tablets on hand. Since the stove is electric, I will use the propane grill for cooking eggs. Speaking of eggs, I'm not going to let the chickens out of the coop on Sunday. I put lots of extra screws in all of the roof top panels on the chicken run and coop. Even the bee hives, were laden down with roof top cinderblocks and bungeee cords to hold them down. I'm sure I've forgotten something, but that will be added to my list for when the next 100 year storm hits within the next decade.

August 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

is there a generic, small type of mini generator/battery you can plug small electronics into? something i could plug my sump pump into if we get nailed?

August 25, 2011 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Rusty in Miami said...

You done well, take it from someone that goes through this exercise a couple of times a year. Your farm is well inland; if Irene comes direct at you it would be a tropical depression by the time it gets to you, more of a water event and less wind. If it continues along the coast, you are on the dryer side of the storm.
Take a deep breath and relax you are well prepared and done all that can be done. Good luck and be safe.

August 25, 2011 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Do not worry about preparing for emergencies. It's always a good idea, especially if it keeps you from being one of the folks in line waiting on the government to help them. Don't be a victim- be a victor.

Do not worry about cashiers that don't seem to be paying attention. I once had to explain to a kid behind the counter what strawberries were. I'm not kidding.

I wish I could do yoga, but it kicks my butt. I crashed and had to roll over on my back and concentrate on not vomiting. When it happened again in subsequent session, I had to admit to myself, 'okay- I can't do this'. Yoga's not for everybody. But I'm glad you're getting something out of it- I have a good friend who's ridiculously strong because of yoga, and I'm amazed at some of the things she can do.

Good luck with the storm, and good luck to all your readers who might be affected by it.

August 25, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger KellyV (Kelly the Fifth) said...

Miss Jenna, duly noted! I am wishing you safe haven and dry feet. This looks like a weather event that will be remembered. So, let us readers know how you and your dear animals emerge from the wet that is coming.

August 25, 2011 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

There is a sump pump kit that includes a 12v back up pump, battery charger, marine battery and sulfuric acid to run the battery. I bought it online at Sears after the last storm. The battery needs 24 hrs to build the charge. Alternately, you can hook up a converter to run off of your truck battery. It won't last days and you might run out of fuel first. There are small generators, with wheels that you would be able to move, but they run on gas and might last 6 hours, depending upon size. Most of these need gas to run and if power is out that means gas station pumps aren't working. Where I live, most of the hardware stores were cleaned out of flooding supplies by evening.
If you're worried about flooding, I'd definitely recommend moving everything to higher ground now.

August 25, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

Well done on the preps! I do hope that you and the farm get through the hurricane unscathed. Hopefully Irene will track more and more to the east.

August 25, 2011 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Never feel foolish for being prepared. The people who give you crap for staying ahead of the game, are the ones who will be the most likely to be in sorry shape(or worse) if things do go wrong.
You did a fine job of getting yourself ready, and I pray that you won't need to use those supplies until the snow flies. But, if you do, you'll be so glad you have them.
When the ice storm of '09 hit Madisonville we didn't really think it would hit us, so we weren't as prepared as as we should have been. Thankfully we had food, heat, and light. We never expected to wake up to what sounded(and looked) like a war zone, or to have the whole town, grocery stores, gas stations, every single thing shut completely down. If we hadn't had the bare staples we'd have been in a world of shit.

As for the sheep, is there enough room for them to bunk with Jasper if things get really bad? I'm not a farmer and I have no idea how much room Jasper actually has, but it's just a thought.

I'll be thinking of you and sending lots of Reiki protection your way.

Blessings,
Debi

August 25, 2011 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Love how prepared you are, Jenna! You and your beasties sound prepared to ride it out in style! I'll be thinking of you and all my friends and family back East!

August 26, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Christee said...

Jenna, you will come through the storm and your animals will be fine as well. You make the boy scouts jealous with you thorough preparedness. Good luck and I will say a little prayer for you and all the critters on CAF.

August 26, 2011 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger dragonfly.garden said...

Jenna, I will definitely keep you and all your critters in my prayers. Good on you to be so proactive!
Lisa

August 26, 2011 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger S. Edwards said...

You've done good! Remember, no open flame until after the wind dies down. Where you are it will blow some, rain a lot, and maybe knock out the power, and you know all about all that! Shelter or no, those sheep of yours are tough, so no worries.

This stuff is my day job, so thought I'd share one of the very best resources out there. This guy really knows his stuff and what he said usually holds true.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1899

August 26, 2011 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger JeanineH said...

"Perhaps all this preparedness is foolish or trite."

Banish such thoughts, there's nothing foolish about being able to look after yourself if something does happen. I live 50 miles from the grocery store and hardware store etc, pick a direction and it's about 50 miles to the nearest place with shops. I buy ahead, truck is always run with a full tank, half is treated as empty. Food on hand so I don't have to go out on iffy roads just to be able to eat. Be prepared, if nothing comes of it there's no shame in having those things on hand, but if it came up that you needed it and didn't have it (like 90% won't) why do you think our "just-in-time" stocked store shelves are emptied out when these come? More people try to buy up to prepare.

It's as simple as buying an extra can of soup or box of cereal when you're at the store, if it's something you'll eat and it's on a great sale BUY a case. I do, I can buy my canned soup for $6 for the 12 pack when on sale or $0.50 a can or I can buy it a can at a time for $1.29 each. SO when it comes up at $6 for the 12 pack I'll buy a couple cases (or more). One to use now and one (or more) to get me through til the next sale period.

You like coffee, see if you can find a source for green coffee beans, they store for close to 10 years where the roasted ones are a 6 month just a matter of roasting them as you need them.

Buy ahead, make sure any rechargeable batteries for your gear are charged and ready to go while you have the power to do so.

Prepare. Look after you and yours first. Anyone not taking simple easy precautions that don't "cost" anything extra... they're the ones with their hands out when things do go wrong, they had as much chance as you to put something aside beforehand.

August 26, 2011 at 1:58 AM  
Blogger redbird said...

I don’t know about generic, but Home Depot, and I’m sure other places, has something called a sportsman’s generator that runs off regular gas. One tank, about two gallons, will provide about 8 hours or so of power. I have one of the smaller ones that runs 2000 Watts and was about $200 and ran a fridge and then the well pump at separate times when the power was down in a blizzard for about 9 days without showing any weaknesses, so that might equal about a sump pump maybe? Just had some gas cans full and at the ready and kept it ventilated—important. I tried to find something cheaper when I needed it and this was pretty much it. There were battery powered generators too, but they were out of my price range. You’re thinking of very important things like hard cider and that sump pump. Hopefully the storm tapers down, but glad you’re thinking. Best wishes to you and your crew.

August 26, 2011 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

What a fascinating post, and I just hope that Irene is getting tired by the time she reaches you. You do well to be completely prepared for an event like this. We always have good supplies/storecupboard here because we sometimes get extreme weather here (though not the extreme sort the States gets) - we get flooding on lower ground mainly, or in recent years, we've been snowed in for a week or so. Your supply of hard cider made me smile - you've got your priorities right!

Keep safe Jenna. I'm sure your livestock will be fine.

August 26, 2011 at 2:25 AM  
Blogger mmgreenough said...

I'll be thinking of you!

Hey, if even if you are being a Chicken Little, I always say it is better to be prepared for something that never happens than unprepared when it does happen.

You will have to add a generator to the bottom of that list you have going of things to save up money for. Although it looks like you are quite well prepared without on, it is such a relief to know that your freezer items will be safe no matter how long the power is out (assuming you also have enough fuel on hand to operate it!)

August 26, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger thelynns said...

Here in Northern Indiana, we get tornadoes in the summer and lake effect snow storms in the winter. Sounds like you have thought out everything and planned well. The only thing I would also recommend is a non-fuel/flame source for lighting. We picked up four crank flashlights for each member of the family and a crank lantern. We also have a crank radio. We have been looking at a small generator at Tractor Supply to run our well pump. Around $299, just enough to run our well pump. Good luck, will be watching the news all weekend.

August 26, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

You are in better shape than many who will ignore the precautions.
I made it through Andrew in '92, and you'll be fine through this one. Prayers sent your way.

YOGA ROCKS!!!

August 26, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Chance said...

Jenna do you have a walk-in basement? Can you do the old farmer trick of penning the sheep in the basement for the duration of the storm? Your prep list is fabulous, and if the hurricane takes a miraculous turn out to sea, and misses us altogether, don't feel bad for your meticulous prep. It is never a bad idea to take this stuff seriously. One the big ones that was on this track was the 1938 hurricane, my mom was in it and told me stories about just how bad it is to have a hurricane in a heavily forested area, what with trees flying about along with the barn roofs...anyway, have some deep breathes and stretches.

PS. If your power goes out, can you arrange to text someone out of the hurricane to post an update on the blog just sos we know you are okay?

August 26, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Ruby said...

When I lived on the East Coast, part of my hurricane preparedness always included baking cookies. You don't want to get caught without cookies. Hope the storm blows on by without causing any damage to you and yours.

August 26, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Dear Lord,

We ask that You keep Jenna and the animals safe and well. Place a cover of protection over them and let them feel peace and comfort.

In Jesus' name we pray,
Amen

August 26, 2011 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger dk said...

Jenna - better to be prepared than not prepared at all! I hope Irene decides to change her route and head out to sea instead of plowing over Coldantler.

Will keep you and the farm in my thoughts this weekend.

August 26, 2011 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

It's not foolish to be prepared. Having lived through three very big hurricanes in Florida, people who don't heed warnings as this one are just stoopit. Here in New England, we are as prepared as can be, too! My mom got evacuated from the Jersey Shore last night. Thankfully she is with family now in PA and we all miss my dad who hopefully will keep this big storm at bay from Heaven. Good luck.

August 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

being prepared is never foolish.

here in VA, within a week we have had a 5.8 earthquake and now face a serious hurricane. many are prepared, but there's only so much one can do. you do what you can but in the end we're all at the mercy of mother nature.

could you trailer your sheep to another farm with more sturdy structures? i'm not sure if you have a stock trailer, but i'm sure someone would let you borrow one or charge a minimal amount for a short trip.

August 26, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger tami said...

I live between Charlotte NC and the Outerbanks. What I've found out living here is that the WEST side of a hurricane is the best side to be on. I think that's where you'll be. Hardly any rain and while you might have some gusty winds from time to time you rarely loose power. The other good news is that Irene is moving fast so the impact will be minimized. Folks east of you are likely going to get clobbered. You've done well with your prep. I'll be thinking of you. Take care and hug your pups for me!

August 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

The sheep will be fine if you can't get the shelter. Think about where they come from. Scotland is rainy, right? And Romneys are bred to excel in harsh conditions (bred in the Romney Marshes). The sheep might be wet, but they'll be fine.

August 26, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger jenny said...

A chain saw is a must. Jennym, survivor of Camille and Katrina.

August 26, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I agree. The sheep may not be happy but they will be okay. Can you get some 2X4s and brace the sheep shelter against the direction the wind will be coming? That might give you some peace of mind. Whatever you do, be sure to leave them a way to get out of the shelter if they want to. They may even choose to be outside huddled together. It will be in their genetic memory I think ;)

Good luck! We'll be thinking of you...

Kitty

August 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger bee*in*the*balm said...

The only thing I can add is to do some extra laundry and all dishes before you lose water. You'll feel more like a person if you have clean socks and you can let the sink pile up until power comes back.
Overstock on water in every available jug or large pot. Fill the kettle and the percolator ahead of time. Keep a bucket ready for hauling stream water to flush the toilet with.
I'm also going to spend some time Saturday baking some loaves of fresh bread and maybe something fun like brownies.

August 26, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

We live in key west and deal with hurricanes alot. Turn you freezer down as low as you can now. Also if you have any plastic gallon jugs, fill them and freeze them. It will help freezer stay cold alot longer. I would hate to see you lose pig. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you and everyone dealing with this storm.

August 26, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger the small plate diner said...

Safe wishes being sent your way!

Wondering if your neighbors could take your sheep til the storm is done?

When a bad storm is coming, I always fill the bath tub with water so it's there to flush the toilet with if I lose power. Also plan to do a last minute garden harvest tomorrow morning figuring green tomatoes are better than no tomatoes. And the fixings for Dark-n-Stormys are on my counter:)

Yoga is wonderful for the body and the mind- don't worry about being the next Patricia Walden. Just enjoy being in the moment with the pose, the stretch and your breath.

Hope all goes well for everyone!

August 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Here's hoping the storm does take a hard right back into the ocean. My husband's sister and her husband live in Kure Beach which is likely to be directly in the path of the storm's landfall, as it stands right now. They aren't planning to leave and went through Hugo, so I hope they know what they could be in for.

Hugo was a mess in Charlotte, NC. I will pray hard that you, your home, and your critters are spared.

Diane in North Carolina

August 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

For any of you who might experience a power outage of some length, do not open your freezer's until you have power back. No peeking. I have never lost food in a power outage. Even if it softens up a bit, it is cold and can easily be refrozen when the power comes back.

August 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger georgie said...

Your emergency prep. supplies sound perfect. Hope you don't have to use any of them-except the hard cider. We'll be sending prayers and good wishes.

August 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
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August 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

We saw that Irene might track over the northeast and immediately thought...oh no, Cold Antler! Don't worry too much about it, high winds and rain are nothing compared to your last winter there! You are the supergirl of preparedness! Better to be safe than sorry! We will be praying for you and everyone in Irene's path!

August 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I just want to thank everyone who posted suggestions on here. I too am on the west side of Irene and while I'm thinking we'll get nothing more than a tropical storm, I'm preparing for the worst anyways. Jenna your list and everyone's tips helped me out immensely! Thanks to everyone and good luck to all in Irene's path.

August 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

You will weather out this storm, whatever it ends up serving you with.

That three hour yoga and meditation workshop is probably the wisest decision you could have made. I expect you will be amazed at what two hours of restorative yoga can and will do for you :-)

August 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
WELL, I WEATHERED THE EARTHQUAKE BECAUSE I WAS TAKING A STRESS TEST, & GOT AN UNEXPECTED STRESS TEST VIA AN EARTHQUAKE WHICH SHOOK THE HOSPITAL WHILE I WAS TAKING THE STRESS TEST IN BASEMENT OF A FIVE STORY HOSPITAL!!!
NOW IRENE COMES ALONG, & FOR
CANDLE POWER I"M USING 100% VIRGIN
OLIVE OIL WHICH BURNS WITHOUT ORDOR. & GIVES YOU SOME LIGHT. REALLY NEAT!!!
YOU WILL SURVIVE THIS STORM,
& GET NEW LIFE LESSONS AT CAF VIA THIS STORM, & "POST"A GREAT BLOG ABOUT IT WHICH I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING!!!
FRIENDS, BLESSED YOU ARE TO
HAVE THEM BECAUSE YOU ARE JENNA, &
NOT PLASTIC AS THE HIPPIES' USED TO SAY!!!
CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK,&
I'LL CATCH UP WITH YOU AFTER THE STORM ON A GREAT BLOG CALLED CAF!!!
THANKS!!!
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I AM LOOK FORWARD TO

August 27, 2011 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Ivanhoe said...

I'm a bit late here and this doesn't really have much to do with anything but I think you need to write a novel called Storm Dogs. It doesn't really matter what it's about. I just think it'll probably be an amazing read and the title would be such an epic grab. Just sayin'.

August 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

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