Winter Storm Leon snuck up on the south this week. Folks that were caught off guard ended up being stranded at work, and in their cars on the highways. Schools cancelled buses due to safety concerns and kids spent their nights in the classroom. Being prepared can make a dangerous situation a little more manageable. I left work to head before everyone else was sent home. Road conditions were changes fast and I did not want to be stuck at the office all night. The drive home is only 12 miles but in the short two hours since the rain/sleet started roads and bridges were already getting icy. What most people don’t think about is what happens if you get stuck in traffic due to accidents or the roads close due to weather.
We can all start with being prepared.
I need to work on being prepared too. In the past I kept a flashlight and blanket in my car. After a while they seemed to take up space and ended up back in the garage. After seeing what happened this week its time to build a better car kit so that I don’t end up in a bad situation. After all it might not be weather, but what if I ran out of gas or my car broke down.
Let’s build a car kit and here’s what we’ll need:
- Duffel bag or Plastic Tub
- Hat, Toboggan (Took) and Scarf
- Energy Bars and Snacks That Won’t Spoil
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlights and Extra Batteries
- Matches and Small Candles
- Cat Litter for Traction
- Small Shovel
- Battery Booster Cables
- Flourescent Flag or Cloth to Tie to Your Car Antenna
Be creative and create your own emergency kit. Check expiration dates on edible items and replace as needed so that you always have a fresh supply. You may not get stuck in a snow storm, but if you do you’ll be better prepared to handle the situation. Remember – stay with your vehicle.
Yesterday we woke up to below freezing temps and rain. It wasn’t too much longer before the rain was mixed with sleet. We headed to work even though we knew soon we’d be released due to weather. Here in central Alabama we are not prepared for snow and ice. At 9:30am hubby and I decided to head for the house since everything was starting to ice over. After only two hours our truck was covered in ice. The bridges were already slushy and we did see a few wrecks during our 12 mile drive. This morning we woke up to more snow, but since temps were in the teens last night everything turned to ice.
We didn’t go to work today since all the roads are officially closed until tomorrow at noon. I hate burning leave for a snow day, but better safe than sorry.
I’ve been a little busy this weekend and thought I’d try something new. Over the years I’ve made jelly and jam for canning but standing over a pot worrying about it burning or trying to remember when the boil started took away the fun. The past week I saw a couple of video’s showing how easy it is to make jelly with an automatic jelly maker. So I did a little research and picked up my own Jelly Maker Needless to say I’ve been on a jelly roll since it arrive on Saturday! My first test was an easy blackberry jam (recipe book included). I picked up some berries, sugar and pectin on my grocery trip. My first batch (4 – 8 oz jelly jars) was done in about 45 minutes. The jelly maker made it so easy that I wanted to do more! Since that first batch I’ve made some Irish Breakfast Apple jelly and some scuppernong jelly. I called one of our local wineries and they had extra scuppernong juice left over from pressing a few days earlier. The scuppernong jelly was a test since I did not have a recipe. Instead I used the apple recipe from the guide and used scuppernong juice instead. The first batch turned out awesome! The second batch did not set so I will reprocess it later today. I was going good until I ran out of pectin and used a different brand. Lesson learned…if a recipe calls for a specific pectin don’t swap it for a different brand. Well swap if you’d like, but you’ll be doing twice as much work when re-batching time comes around. Take a peek at all the jelly!
Homemade Travel Sheet – Instead of purchasing a travel sheet and spending anywhere from $15 to $60 I decided to make my own. I picked up two flat sheets for $2 at a local thrift store. The sheets are like new and I didn’t have to orphan any of my existing sheet sets. One flat sheet was solid white and queen size. Mine is a vintage gold and yellow stripped full size sheet. Both are percale and feel great! I folded one flat sheet in half on the long edge with the right side (the pretty edges) on the inside. Laying it on the floor I measured where my waist would be if lying on the sheet. Using my sewing machine I stitched across the bottom and up the side to where my mark was placed. I reinforced where the stitching ended just so it wouldn’t pull apart. Once complete I turned it right side out. It’s like a sheet sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner. Fifteen minutes later I was done and now we have our own personal travel sheets! I did not shorten the top so there is plenty of room to cover my pillow as well as covering the bed so that I don’t have to lay directly on the mattress. I repeated the process with the white sheet since hubby wasn’t too keen on something so brightly colored as my yellow sheet.
Counting down the days until we travel to Ireland with everything we need just in our backpacks! I’m not sure how it’s all going to play out but I’m excited either way! Backpacking Ireland and staying in hostels…who would have thought!