Hurricanes, Kitties, and Home Again

You can tell a hurricane is coming by the commercials with despondent families standing in the wreckage of their homes.

Because of Irene last year, I think a lot of people are kind of pooh-poohing the idea that Sandy could get bad. Up here, Irene caused about as much damage as a surprise sneeze, and I’ve already heard reports of people refusing to leave their homes because they feel that the weather officials “cried wolf” with Irene.

My opinion? A storm that’s big enough to sit on a third of the country (almost half — look at the map) isn’t something to blow a raspberry at. Not to mention that it only takes one hurricane-force gust of wind to drop a tree on your car, or your home, or your head. Be safe this week. If you’re told to evacuate, get your arse out.

This weekend was an odd one for the Mears clan. We said goodbye to a grandmother, a mother, a sister, a wife, and an aunt. My cousin Karen sang “I’m Going Home” at Gram’s request, and it bowled us over. Karen has a stunning, rich contralto voice. I’d never heard her sing before. Gram would be proud.

And in the midst of the grief, it was good to see my mother and aunts and uncles and cousins. We also drove up to see my sister-in-law who is expecting a wee one in February, and we got to visit a couple of good friends and their husky puppy. I expect Vinny Pup was depressed that we didn’t bring Buffy this time.

We arrived home after a long, rainy drive last night. I had work to do but had to go to bed early due to a migraine and woke this morning to a very happy kitty snuggling into my chin.

If you have to have a hurricane, it’s good to wake up to kitty snuggles.

I hope you all had a good weekend — I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule. Also, Costumed Curses winners will be announced on Wednesday (though if I have no power, that could be delayed).

If you are in Sandy’s path, here are a couple things you can do to get ready:

  • Get a couple gallon jugs of water and fill them. Or buy them full. These aren’t recommended for extended water storage, but for a few days it’ll be fine.
  • Make a big pot of stew or soup that only needs to be heated up or that can be eaten cold. Make it vegetarian if you’re worried about losing power.
  • Get stuff for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and other meals that don’t require refrigeration or cooking.
  • Move anything valuable away from windows, especially if you have trees outside your home.
  • Tell family you’re going to rewatch Perfect Storm and celebrate not being on a ship.
  • Make sure you have candles and batteries, and cake doesn’t go amiss.
  • Have a plan in case you need to evacuate. Got pets? Make sure you know where their carriers are. Pack a couple small bags with enough food for them for a few days. Just in case.
  • Find some rum so you don’t have to wonder why it’s gone.



About Emmie Mears

Saving the world from brooding, one self-actualized vampire at a time.

Posted on October 29, 2012, in life intervention and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’m not IN the hurricane pah this time, but I remember about ten years ago, when a hurricane was supposedly coming through. I weathered (excuse pun) it out in my tiny apartment all weekend with a bottle of NyQuil (I was sick, I swear). It was no worse than a thunderstorm, so I understand the “poo pooing”. It’s hard for me to even get concerned now, being so far away…but since all my fam is still in MD, I guess I should be worried some.

    Sorry for your loss, Em.

  2. Good luck getting through the week. We have family on the East Coast and they’re taking the “so what?” approach. I think you’re smarter.

    • When it comes to 1000-mile wide storms, I think saying “so what” is a little bit on the silly side. I’d rather be prepared and look stupid than be unprepared and get hurt/damaged/blown away.

  3. Up my me Irene was nothing to Poo Poo at. There was a lot of damage, and then the freak blizzard redid a lot of it. People here are freaking out that we’re going to be in a similar situation with Sandy now. My family didn’t have power for a week and a half after the blizzard last year. Now we have a million contingencies plans in case.

  4. Great post and I hope everyone stays safe. Good tips too, we’ve got emergency packs at home, back packs filled with essentials just in case. Obviously I’m well away from Sandy, in the UK, but I recall our own hurricane back in 1987 when I was only 15, and it was so scary, lost half our roof and trees blown down everywhere, terrifying night…so my thoughts are with everyone in its path…

  5. Stay safe, Emmie et al. It sounds like your beloved Gran was honoured in a fine and special way.

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