Monday, October 29, 2012

What Do You Do With A Free Day?

Have you heard of this little storm we're having in the US right now?  This little thing called Sandy?  NO?  Not familiar with it? 

Yeah, I'm here to scoff like the Scoffy McScofferson that I am because once again, a major hoopla has been made and once again, we are not feeling it very much here.

Sure, these could be my last words as she swoops in and knocks us right off the face of the earth, but I doubt it.

It's supposed to be the biggest storm in the last 1/4 century because it's colliding with a storm from the north and it's going to all just meld together into a superstorm that will devaste us beyond anything imaginable.

But, as with all things related to weather, it's really unpredictable and no matter how many serious men in ties stare at computer screens and run around the weather maps showing us what will happen, we really still don't know.  It's all a wait and see game.  A game of maybes and potentiallys and what ifs.  And if they look extra serious, we will probably take them even more seriously.

I will admit that because they have talked about it for so many days, I have actually done some things to prepare. 

I brought my remaining plants into the greenhouse so they would not drown. 

I took my hammock inside. 

I cleaned up some of the really lightweight things that might blow around.

But that was about all I did outside.

We already had a butt load of bottles of water and gatorade that I had stocked up on at the end of the summer for k-ster.  We have lots of freezer packs in the freezer and an empty cooler waiting for them.  We have propane and I realized yesterday, if we have to, we could "borrow" some propane from the trailers in the campground and replace them later, so that's a relief.  I've vacuumed.  I've cooked some stuff.  I've frozen some stuff.  I've actually replaced batteries in things.  My computer and phone are charged.  I did laundry.  I ran the dishwasher.

I sure did a lot for that unwelcome guest, Sandy.

There really isn't much more I could do to be prepared.  But those damned weather boys would have me think I still need to do something.

And my heart isn't it in it because I just don't believe we'll have much damage from it.  You might remember how bad Irene was to us.  It's all about crying wolf. 

The police have done 2 reverse 911 calls.  My favorite part is when they say "the town beaches will be closed and locked".  How does one lock a beach?  We walked to a locked beach today and simply walked around the gate.  DUH. 

So, on my day off, I'm not sure what to do.  This always happens to me with snow days.  Usually, I make some bargain with myself that if we have the day off ,  I will FINALLY clean such and such or do such and such.

I know some people feel like a cancelled day of work means they can just loll around all day being lazy to the fullest extent of the law, but I just don't work that way.  I always feel like it means I have to do something I would never normally do because now I have this gifted day that's meant for tackling some big project.

What about you?  How do you spend your gift days?


  1. You could always go and clean my house!!! I'm at the Dennis PD waiting and waiting and waiting!!!! There are buses here that will take people to the shelter if need be and I'll be a monitor!!!

  2. I know what you mean about all the warnings about the storm. I'm not even in the area of the storm, but even here, we are hearing the warnings from announcers on every radio and tv station. I guess I would rather be over-prepared than unprepared.

    I try to spend my gift days doing things that I otherwise wouldn't get a chance to do. Sometimes that's catching up on the cleaning or cooking, but other times it's crafts, sewing, reading, etc.

  3. Hm, a free day....let's see. First it depends on the weather if it's nice I'm all about being outside riding my horse. If it's raining or cold, I can see myself quilting...good for you for preparing for the storm, even if it doesn't hit your area, at least you were ready!

  4. I have veterans day off of school but my kids have school. My youngest just has morning Kindergarten, so I have 3 hours and 45 minutes of freedom. Will probably come home and clean... I should plan something better. Hmmm.


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