Do any of you do anything special to prepare for the Winter?
I stock up with cooking salt to keep the path clear and make sure the snow shovel is at the front of the garage.
Also - I make gallons of soup, stews, cottage pies etc., to keep in the freezer - restock my store cupboard with lentils, split peas, barley etc., - and make sure I have plenty of tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, butter beans, tuna fish and corned beef. If we do have heavy snow I can live from cupboard and freezer for quite a while!
This year I am also going to make lots of pickles, chutneys and relishes to give as gifts as well as to use myself. To that end I am off to do a raid on the farm shop as soon as they open !!
Scholar peruses robotic snow ploughs.
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I go and cut some firewood.
The US Govt USDA (US Dept of Agriculture), and its Food Safety And Inspection Service, has a 12 page free download called, A Consumer’s Guide To
Food Safety-Severe Storms & Hurricanes at this URL:
There are of course loads of similar docs all over the web.
A printout is good for a review when any type of a severe storm is in the forecast, even if you're on the periphery of the expected track.
I made up a label for mine to affix to the front page with all the local agencies names/phone numbers that have a role in a diaseter since you can't count on having internet/cellular access if the power goes off [to do phone number look ups] (to include that the cellular service might be maxed out due to the volume of calls).
A high quality laserjet printout looks real good in case you have to view it via candlelight. Mine is affixed to my frig via magnet as a ready reminder that I have such a resource.
A battery powered carbon monoxide detector is especially important for those that live cheek by jowel in, say, an apt building and some idiot starts up a portable electric generator indoors, although there have been incidents that even when they were too close to a bldg outdoors, the wind blew the exhaust into the bldg. A portable generator should be treated as a potential fire hazard too, and especially when refueling it. Have a gizmo to siphon gas from a vehicle to fuel the generator is a good idea, i. e., it beats sucking on a hose to create a siphon.
I live across the road from one shop and a few doors down from another and there are two restaurants in one direction and a couple of cafes in the
other so no need to stock up here. What might surprise you is that I live in a small village.
I have, however, been given three hyacinth bulbs and hydroponic vases to grow before Christmas. I hate ice and snow. I dread when that starts but can take the wind and the rain and often don't bother with a coat.
Oh dear, Jack, I was not even thinking about disaster on that scale (maybe I should) just the sheer inconvenience of winter.
My nearest shop is the one in the village a half mile walk away, then there are Sainsbury, Aldi and Asda - all a one mile walk to the East, and an excellent farm shop a one mile walk to the South. That one is my favourate. I do not own or have access to a car - so it makes sense to fill up the freezer/store cupboard just in case the weather becomes too bad for walking.
I don't eat proceessed/commercially prepared foods as you can never be sure what is in them. Anyway, I love to cook so making my own is no problem.
Did a raid on the farm shop yesterday - will spen today and tomorrow up to my ears in spices and vinegar making chutneys, pickles and relishes to give as Christmas gifts! What fun!!
I plan on going on a diet if disaster strikes
Nearest supermarket is 8 min walk.
We lost our power for just short of 24hours just recently. The biggest hassle was getting medication for SWMBO which was due that day. Had to drive
over 100km just to find a pharmacy that had the stuff. Our local pharmacy couldn't open because of the power outage.
I think candle and torch sales were very good that day.