It's been a busy day.
Dad came over and helped me. Two chainsaws made short work of the big stuff. I now have firewood for the winter, plus some pear and wild cherry for the smoker.
When the storm hit on Sunday, I was up in a treestand doing maintenance. I had not thought the storm was going to hit so soon-- it wasn't clouding up-- so I just hurried on and went to the next stand. Yikes!!!
We drove home to Cincinnati during some of the worst of it. Trees were falling. Limbs as big as my arm were flying across I-71. As we got closer to home a lot of streets were blocked. We lost a few trees, but luckily none of the big ones and the house sustained no damage.
Here are some gadgets that really made life easier for us:
1) Hand Crank Flashlight -- All the batteries were weak in the house, but this was really all we needed. I got mine at Walmart.
2) Hand Crank Radio -- I got one as an Xmas present. It did a great job. Mine got AM/FM plus TV Sound and the NOAA Weather station. I think this one came from Radio Shack.
3) 12 V Inverter -- After we could get out in the car, I was using a 350 watt inverter to charge my laptop battery. On the last day of the outage I hooked up the Inverter to my trolling motor battery and ran the laptop off that.
4) Coleman Fluorescent lantern -- Mine's 13 years old. It lit up a whole room until we got the candle or oil lamp lit. It was great in the bathroom at night.
One thing is for sure: when officials tell you to hunker down. DO IT!
My neighbors all got bored by mid-morning on Monday and went out driving. One lady got 15 miles from home looking for gasoline and got overwrought by the combination of long gas lines and damage. She had a panic attack, flooded out the mini van and her husband had to come get her. Another woman got weird and drove off, leaving her distraught teenage daughter wandering the neighborhood trying to find sympathy. I drove out Tuesday and found gas right off. My only trip out on Monday was late in the day-- a quick trip to the liquor store, but I called ahead first to see if they were open.
Oh yeah: a good single malt scotch is an excellent tonic in situations like this. While the rest of the neighborhood was in a snit, I was quietly reflecting out on my back deck. I plan on adding a couple of gallons to my emergency provisions.
Shaman, what did you miss most?
As soon as it was prudent to do so, I went out and filled up my truck at a Speedway and bought 2 hotdogs and a large fountain drink. I don't know why, but that hotdog and Pepsi tasted mighty good. I'm still waiting for milk to go back on sale.