Major snowstorms blanket the Eastern coast

Over the last two days I’ve heard from friends and readers recount their stories of the last few days of confronting the snow storm in the east.  Two of my friends attended a Christmas party at an upscale townhome in Annapolis, Maryland.  They drove their SUV and felt that all would be well in spite of the windy snow storm. When the party was over and the guests were leaving, it was quickly apparent that no guests were leaving—not even the driver of the Hummer. All of the vehicles were literally snowed in.  So what did the guests do? 

Bail Out Bags Perfect for weathering the storm

I’m happy to report that 3 of them were able to get to the “bail out bags” in their vehicles, put on a change of comfortable clothes, and help the hostess get everyone settled down for the night. The fire place crackled with plenty of wood. The shelves were suitably stocked with something other than caviar and cream cheese. And the hostess dutifully earned her title as “the one with the mostess” as she pulled out a sufficient number of sleeping bags and bedding for all!  She was also able to supply the less prepared individuals with alternative clothing for sleeping. This is happy story #1. To make it even happier would be to know that YOU could do the same thing if you were such a hostess.

Happy story #2: This is from a reader in New England. “Kellene, thanks for writing such a great blog that I can rely on. As you know, we’re preparing in this area for a “noreaster” storm. Going to the grocery store requires a hour of drive-time because of where I live. But since I’ve been reading your blogs, I’ve been going less and less and stocking up more and more. When I heard the news of the storm, my girlfriend called me in a panic wanting to go to the store and stock up. I told her that the news had just said that the stores were already empty and not to worry because she could stay at my house for a couple of days. I already had enough to see us through the storm.” Don’t you just love happy stories, folks?  Again, it would be much happier if you knew that you could do the same in your world.


Bail out bags work great as vehicle emergency supply bags

Here’s a so-so happy story. I was sent this via a tweet from a reader in the East. I don’t know exactly where they are though. “Thanks to you, I at least have my b.o.b. (bail out bag/box) Good thing since we’ve been stranded on the road for over two hours now in the snow.” Obviously, this would be a happier story if they weren’t stranded. But hey, stuff happens and we simply have to be prepared for it. I hope the have solar flares, heat packs, blankets, water, and something to eat as well as extra warm clothing!

Is a storm all we need to worry about?

The point to all of this is that the storm experienced in the East aren’t indicative of “the end of the world as we know it” but they sure did wreak havoc on “normalcy” in the lives of over 60 million people. (and they still are, of course.) I only got to hear from those who were happy with their efforts of preparing themselves. I think that at Christmastime we are especially vulnerable to not being prepared. Our efforts and energy are consumed by all of the Christmas activities that need to be done.  I’m very pleased to hear from these few individuals who didn’t put off some preparedness efforts “as a New Year’s Resolution.”

Recently my husband and I were greeted by a Secret Santa gift of some cash. Want to know what we’re doing with it? We’re going to buy more molasses, sprouts, vegetable oil, orange zest, and diced tomatoes because I feel a little shy in those areas specifically. That’s a perfect Christmas gift to me! Hopefully you’ll all provide the perfect lifesaving gift to yourselves and your loved ones this year by having families ENTER the New Year being better prepared.


MZ · December 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Where do you get your orange zest and molasses?

    Kellene · December 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    No where special. Just at the store.

jamie · December 23, 2009 at 8:53 am

Had a friend come stay with me, He was from Ohio and had to drive 30+ miles to use a microwave. Yeah the power was done and he had to drive all that way to be safe, heat water power. Of course I gave him heck about it, and his answer was power will be there somewhere. He was a guest otherwise I’d have smacked him. Dang Power like Ike and Katrina got? Power like ND and Appalachia got?
Sitting on I-95 for 15 hours did anyone stop by and offer a cup of soup, chocolate or coffee?
We all make jokes about government incompetence. Yet we put our very survival in their hands. Do you trust the Government to carry out anything? So why would trust your family and your own very survival to the DMV. TSA is posting airline security manuals on line, NSA is posting best security practices online. We are wide open for another attack.
We are going Latin America style
1. Cult of Personality Obama
2.Nationalize private business Banks,GM&Chrysler, Insurance companies, Wall Street and banks
3.Censorship: Fairness doctrine and we are not allowed to call a terrorist a terrorist. What is it now a man-made disaster? what the heck is that?
You know Malik down in Ft. Hood says he has not been treated fairly. I think he’s got it pretty good. Much better than the 14 he killed and 30 wounded. But us silly soldiers assumed anyone promoted to the rank of Major was worth trusting. It must be our fault or Bush’s fault. Perhaps we could ship him back to Palestine, since we don’t have great relations with those folks maybe the Israeli’s can help us out.
PC Politically correct doctrine is shutting folks down. If you defy Obama or the Democrats you are a racist,homophobes, sexist.. I’m sure I’ve left some out I just can’t keep up any more. I have been been declared a terrorist. Malik is not a terrorist but I am. Ironic, George Orwell’s supposition and playing out in the US of A. Read Animal Farm or 1984 you want to get really scared read “Brave New World” by Huxley.

jamie · December 23, 2009 at 10:00 am

Well been building my vehicle boxes for a while. Just need a good time to spring it on the family. Doing razor blades for a knife but like mom says I can’t do it all. I’ll give them some pretty solid basics. Then all I can do is hope and pray?
I do hope they catch on. It be a bit hard to put on tombstone I died because I was a moron.

TODD · December 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm


You need to lay off the caffine. Seriously I can hardly make sense of your posts they seem so full of rage. Almost every post you make goes way off on a tangent from what the article is about. What does Hasan have to do with a snow storm? Perhaps you are too fast to use “terrorist.” How do you know he had political motivation beyond not wanting to fight in iraq? Perhaps he really did just snap? Why not ask how one man is able to shoot over 100 times, 4 reloads before any of the highly trained soldiers can stop him?

See now you have me doing it!!

jamie · December 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

You right TODD. It’s not so much rage, as fear and frustration.I am trying to calm myself down for the new year. I have to learn that I need to let God and everyone work through these things on their own.
I have cut down on the caffeine, and letting stuff go. I’m trying to see how crazy things really are and that I really have no control but over my own actions.
I apologize to all, You don’t deserve my rants. I’ll try to do better.

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