It’s gotten cold, and we’ve had a couple of snow days. I’ve never been a big fan of winter, and that hasn’t changed as I’ve gotten older. I’d much rather sweat than shiver. I’d rather mow the lawn than shovel the driveway. I don’t mind a little bit of snow, if it goes away in a day or two, but that’s about it.
But, since it’s here – we deal with it. Noah & I have been out shoveling the snow, and chipping ice off the walks. We got the generator out & started it up & let it run for awhile a couple of days ago, just in case we need it. I suppose if we have another big ice storm in Kansas City like we did in 2002, we’ll be OK for awhile.
Today Noah & I are going to work on making sure we have everything for cold weather in the emergency kits for the vehicles. It should have already been done, but we’ve been busy. With 4 children & all the driving we do, I think it’s important to prepare for prepare for roadside emergencies.
I’m also going to make sure that all of the gas cans are filled & have STA-BIL® in them to keep the gas from going bad. If you’ve never used it before, I recommend it. They make fuel stabilizer for gasoline (and diesel fuel) to keep it from deteriorating when being stored for over 30 days, as well as other products.
If you don’t have any fuel stored for your vehicles, you might consider it. If you paid attention to the news recently, there were shortages, rationing, and long lines at filling stations after Hurricane Sandy. It’s pretty easy to keep fuel stored in case of emergencies. Buy 4 or 5 five gallon gas cans & fill them with gas. Put the STA-BIL® in them to make sure the gas stays good. Number the cans 1-5, or whatever. In 30 days, put the fuel from can #1 in your vehicle & refill it with fresh fuel & stabilizer. Then put it in the back of the row of cans. 30 more days, do the same with can #2. And continue using the fuel in each can in order. Your fuel will stay rotated & fresh, and you’ll always have some on hand in case of emergency. Use your head – DON’T STORE GASOLINE IN YOUR HOUSE!!!
I was going to cook on the grill last night, but the propane tank ran out shortly after I fired the grill up. I have another tank, but didn’t feel like switching it out, so I cooked inside. I’ll pick up another tank tomorrow. If you have a grill, it’s a good idea to keep extra propane or charcoal in case you lose power for days & need to cook some food! You can even bake bread in your propane grill if you have to. Try it sometime when you don’t have to & see how you do.
I hope everyone had great holidays, & you all have a safe & happy 2013!!!