I am very thankful that the high winds caused us to lose our power on December 24-26 because it motivated us to buy a propane heater and a generator so that we are all set for Monday and Tuesday when the weather is supposed to turn nasty. The U.S. National Weather Service has posted, “A potentially dangerous winter storm will impact northern Michigan late Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Snow, freezing rain and sleet accumulations may be significant.” I’ve read we could get about 1/4 inch of ice and around 5-9 inches of snow and “power outages are possible.”
I hate to think what we’d do if we lost our power and couldn’t get to the stores to buy a heater or generator or if the stores weren’t open because of power outages. The Christmas Eve’s wind storm was almost a preparation for the nastier weather coming. The only thing I have to be concerned with is Eric and Jared making it home from work on those days. I always worry about them driving, especially in ice. But EJ is going to put sleeping bags and stuff in their vehicles and if the weather is bad enough, they can stay in a motel. There’s plenty of those up here in the North.
Today I was very busy. I cooked steaks for breakfast/lunch. My guys got up late so I’m not sure exactly what meal they were eating. I also put a roast in the crockpot for our supper. I made eight turkey and chicken pot pies (four of each) which I put in the freezer for future meals.
EJ and I went to the local grocery store. He got gas for the generator and I bought a few groceries. I didn’t need many, but I had run out of freezer bags to put the pies in so…..
After we got home, I cleaned up the kitchen and vacuumed. Then I took Danny outside and while he was wandering about, I put up another of my bird feeders just outside the living room windows. We haven’t seen many birds since we’ve moved up here since they pretty much stay in the forest. The bird feeders are drawing them out into the open and I’m loving watching them. We are getting a lot of chickadees and also some downy woodpeckers and nuthatches.
A couple of days before Christmas JJ accidentally left the Buggy’s lights on while he was at work and the battery was dead when he came out to drive home. A co-worker tried to help him jumpstart it, but they didn’t really know what they were doing and couldn’t get it started. She offered to drive JJ home, but EJ was able to leave work early and he got the Buggy started. JJ appreciated his co-worker’s help so he told her that he wanted to take her out to a restaurant soon as a thank you. Last night she asked him, “Is this a date or a just a thank you?” JJ replied, “It’s whatever you want it to be.” She said, “I would like it to be a date.” So JJ is feeling really happy because she is his age and he likes her.
In a couple of weeks JJ starts college. His life is really taking off.