As posted by yours truly, many hours ago, at RevGalBlogPals:
I'm listening this morning for word of Hurricane Earl. Is he coming to visit, or will he bypass my part of Maine and move further Downeast, or veer toward Nova Scotia? Should I buy those bottles of water, just in case wind brings branches and power lines down? And how many times will the tracking map change today?
Herewith, a Friday Five about the storms of life:
1) What's the most common kind of storm in your neck of the woods?
I live in Maine, the home of the Nor'Easter. This can be a snowstorm or a wind-and-rain-storm. Either way, it's likely to knock down trees and branches and lead to Question 2.
2) When was the last time you dealt with a significant power outage?
In December of 2008 we had an ice storm, not so huge as the famous one ten years before, but bad enough that our power was out for 8 hours, a sharp reminder that we are spoiled and were unprepared in the extreme. My husband went out early and got batteries for our radio. We were very cold, because the power went out before dawn and therefore before our thermostat kicked back up from the day. So it was only 60 in the house when it started dropping. Brrr….. We went out to breakfast hoping it would be back when we returned, but it still took more time. Luckily, we had heat and light again before it got dark.
3) Are you prepared for the next one?
Yes. I have jugs of water, and I know where to find flashlights, and they and the radio do have batteries. And I have a nearly full tank of gas, but at this point, it doesn't sound like this particular storm will be so bad for us.
4) What's the weather forecast where you are this weekend?
We are watching Earl, whose profile has diminished since this morning. I expect tomorrow will be rainy and windy, but not as bad as we might have thought earlier. Sunday is supposed to be cool and nice, so after the storm, our weather, which was a heat wave Sunday through Thursday, should improve.
5) How do you calm your personal storms?
I talk to my friends, and I write. I seem to need a combination of the two. I'm grateful for the dear people who will listen, and I'm glad to have an outlet that works without a companion, too.
I hope the skies are calm wherever you are this weekend!