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Seattle Snowmaggeddon 2012

Seems to me that just about everyone has heard about the glorious weather we’ve had in the Seattle area for the last few days.

Snow, snow, and more snow. Hundreds of thousands of people out of power. We’ve had an interesting week being cooped up in the house.

Some thoughts…

Procrastination sucks

I have this natural tendency to procrastinate from time to time. In this case, there were two things that could have bit me pretty badly.

First, our truck needs new tires. I’ve known this. It’s been on the list of things to do. And I didn’t get around to doing it. Work was busy, life was busy, the usual story. But it didn’t happen, and if we’d been out and about when the heavy snow hit, it would have been a problem for us. A big one.

Second, our generator isn’t in full running condition. I popped a pull cord on it a few months ago and never got aroudn to replacing it. I’ve got the parts, and actually doing it wasn’t going to be a big issue, until I got injured and lifting the darn thing became impossible. If we had lost power and needed the generator, I’d have to fix it on the quick, and maybe by flashlight. Again, not a good plan.

On the positive side we had plenty of food in the house, though we’re running pretty low on fresh vegetables and fruit. Looks like we’ll be able to get out of the neighborhood tomorrow though. Always a good thing.

All in all not a bad storm experience for us. Could have been much worse. We do need a better place for the kids to sled though. And at this point, we’re all ready for the kids to get back to school next week.

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4 Responses to Seattle Snowmaggeddon 2012

  1. Glad you could take care of your family as well as you did.

    When the East had it’s horrible nor’easter in October – we had power out for 4 days (which isn’t bad at all). But we had heat, we could cook – we could eat for quite some time – The freezers started to thaw. I didn’t loose much because they were both full to the top. The only things I lost were in the refrigerator/freezer. So number 1 on my list is to take items from the freezer and either can/dehydrate them. #2 on the list is lighting. I want to get more oil lamps that throw a lot of light. One or two a year will have to suffice because the are pricey. I have used southern lamp and supply. – does anyone use another company? Other than that we were snug as a bug in a rug (the exception being that we had three trees through the roof-so now we have a beautiful new roof). I wish other’s would take time to think ahead.

  2. We’re over in Woodinville, and DH had a heck of a time making it up one of the hills he has to traverse coming home from work and actually had to back down the hill and just barely missed being hit by a bus in the process…we ran out of fresh fruit and bread, and since the electric stove/oven’s not on the genny I couldn’t bake. Fortunately, I have two workarounds: one, a small oven made to work over a fire, so it should work over the little butane stove we have (great for camping and emergencies both), and two, I have Prepared Pantry’s emergency bread recipes, so in a pinch I could make something in a skillet.

    I did notice that snacky things were more on my mind than actual food – must be stress because of the storm.

    We contemporaneously decided to put in more LED lights to further reduce our emergency and non-emergency load. They put out nice light and don’t use much energy or cost much to run (larger lumen bulbs [LEDs go by lumens, not watts, although the packages usually say something like ‘equivalent to an X watt bulb’] say they cost 44 cents per year).

  3. Loved your “manning up” about the procratination. I’m reminded of the old hillbilly joke about the roof leak: When it’s raining, the roof can’t be fixed until it’s dry, but when it’s dry there’s no need to fix it!

    Seriously, though, the Norhteast Snowmageddon last year and this year’s NW Snowmageddon simply point up the fact we can’t choose our own catastrophes. Thank goodness you and yours were able to stay warm, sheltered and fed during the terrible weather. You story is yet another wake-up call to prepare for the worst and hope you never need it.

  4. Well, I feel a little better. I guess. Hadn’t run the generator for a couple months too long, and it didn’t start until it had warmed above freeing. Fortunately, we had enough propane for the indoors-safe heater, and fuel for the camp stove. So, note to self, run gennie with a load in the first week of each month. Also, try that gas station in Auburn that sells no-additive gasoline for the fuel can stockpile…