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  1. 8AM eastern.......6AM Mountain. Yep, I'm sleeping. I'm trying to remember if anything in the house sounds an alarm when power goes off. Yeah....we'd be woken up rudely by the battery-backup multi-plug device for computers/modem/etc. Well, sort of awake. But because this had happened yesterday and power was out for 40 min.....I had already refilled all the water precautions I did last week [for the Bombogenesis STORM]. Yesterday I would have been grabbing more juice bottles....tho hadn't yet dumped last week's water except the buckets in bathroom to flush. Refill those. I would have really stocked up on water yesterday. Including filling the horse tank and more for ducks/goat/dog. Creek is likely open in places...or could be broken open for animal water. Have Katadyn pocket filter if need be. As for food, we've had a chance to pick up more food [people/animal] since the STORM that kept us home for days. And of course we've got enough anyway. Would not go in to town or village. Just switch over to mode until we find out any different. Speaking of data, besides getting up and wandering outside to look this direction and that, I'd be getting the wind-up, AM/FM/SW radio out and try to find data. That could take a while but we'll hear that loop...telling us nothing. Well I'd be on the phone [we have land line with Princess phone back-up] to call folks and such.....IF PHONE EVEN WORKS. As for the transformers.....well, they are out a ways. There is a collection of them down the road to the north which we can't see from the house. Fortunately, we're still really wet! [see Bombogenesis STORM]. Once initial power surge is done, the rest will fizzle and we might not even notice. Unless the transformer lid is blown off. IF that happens, clear, carcinogenic oil is sprayed all around with that explosion. [ask me how I know...slid thru that stuff once!] Not sure we're close enough to the source for that to happen.....waaay down the power lines. Since it's been two days in a row, I'm suspecting a computer virus has been planted. Esp considering so many patterns: of timing and of missing the largest cities. At this point on Day 2, we have no power if everything blew transformers. We have phone but no well water pump, no lights, no furnace/pellet stove, no appliances but lots of snow for refridge and freeze. Have backups for most of that...for a while. IF it lasts long, we'll have to tear pellet stove out of the old fireplace and restore that. NOT easy and we'd delay that for days.... WOULD we have Internet satellite? Have fire wire to directly plug into....what? Cuz modem needs electric. Keeping an eye on the smoldering elect poles in our area....... WOULD that cause a back flare into the house...where things are plugged in: running or not running? I think we'd go check. And a NOISY radio unwinding .....playing the radio loop in the background while we wait for more data...... The wind-up radios make loud groaning noise as they unwind! MtRider ....cool game, Ambergris!
  2. Which did you get, Jeepers? Mine arrived by UPS guy hours before the MegaBlizzard started. Didn't get a chance to even open the box till yesterday. DH got me hooked up to our wifi and I began a Collection: Cooking. Then I downloaded a half dozen books from my stash of ten thousand. I got the 32 instead of the 8. No brainer for me. And since I've drowned 2 of 3 phone sets in the washing machine....I got the waterproof one. Also no brainer. Spent hours reading the instruction -- on the device. Bookmarked where I'll have to go find that again to remember what I read. Still not done reading the whole thing. But just before bed, I read a little of one fiction book. MtRider
  3. DH was able to shovel the sunny side of the parking area up top. ....Course there is spotty snowshowers in this week's forecast. But getting down to dirt again is good! A lot has melted from hillsides. I took this day off too. By tonite I'm feeling much more normal. It's been quite a lot of physical labor for days and I was all done in! Glad we had sunny days ...give a chance to catch up. MtRider
  4. You'd think folks bright enough to discover these tricks could get a real job and make millions.... https://news.yahoo.com/kidnapper-calling-daughter-apos-iphone-100004594.html MtRider ...be wary out there, friends!!!
  5. Well finally yesterday, DH was able to drive his car down the driveway.....go to town to get cell messages/a few groceries. Also made it back up....the second attempt. I'd used the time he was gone to clear snow from where he parks - lot of deep snow all around his car. Then scraped a path on the steepest part of the driveway....so if he didn't make it back to the very top, we'd have a safe path to carry stuff. NEEDED THAT! Only made the hill until the steepest part. Can't believe how many directions the car faced as he "swam" up the gushy snow/ice. Later he backed car down and shoveled a second drive-path for the wheels and improved on mine. Let sun work on it and then he could make it back up to parking space. Today he went down and up in morning. Late afternoon --- lot of sunshine -- he tried to position car to go down the driveway again. It's a tighter-than-right angle right turn to go down driveway... with a drop-edge. So you have to pull forward/back/turn/back/go.... But that wasn't gonna happen....just kept sliding in circles. Well YEAH! He tried it when the 6" of snow is all greasy with melt under it. Morning and nite....after it gets cold again... are the only times he'll be able to maneuver up here. I'm not bringing truck up till this top is fully melting. ....again. Today.....I was flattened! It all caught up and this was indeed a Day of Rest! HE has a pretty good idea with that, dontcha think? MtRider
  6. Um......spring gardening plans? MtRider
  7. WE are fine....... The electric stayed on. Satellite dish ....I could brush snow off with a long-handled thing out the living room window. The other part that points at the dish had ICE......and that shut down our Internet. Including news and weather and my DOPPLER. Was thinking of a ladder and my hair dryer..... The storm did NOT miss us..... Thankfully, we had only our usual IMPRESSIVE WINDS...but they came from BOTH the North and the East....which messes up the horses shelter. We NEVER get wind from the east cuz that's our high ridge! AND....we got double the snow that was predicted for us... We're veterans of blizzards from the Midwest: Iowa, Minn...and Colorado plains. We've dealt with 2+ FEET of snow on many occasions. This was a "mere" eighteen-wind-blown-inches. BUT WE WERE YOUNG THEN! AND...dear W did TRY TO PLOW OUR DRIVEWAY..... Tried to run UP the drive and plow down. On the 3rd unsuccessful try, he got stuck backing down. Ground is no longer frozen. He never got UP. So we have one vehicle down near road ...where he did successfully plow. Remember why I said we do that? This IS NOT OUR FIRST RODEO. The car is up here, stranded on the other side of very deep snow for......300 feet? DH and Koa walking down and up for feeding. Drag sled with duck water. {good grief, the hose for horse water is under all those DRIFTS...HIGHER THAN 18".} We'll wait till spring.....which we were having, actually when WINTER did an encore. Remind me to tell you of the CHAOS with the horses.... "All's well that ends well" ....Caroline Ingalls ....but speaking of "rodeo" Thankful we were not out on the CO flatlands out east. They've got a MESS. Trying to sort out abandoned cars. Found 2 folks ...one died/other recovering from severe hypothermia. The blizzard we survived with LOTS of horses down there decades ago....quite a number of people died. Tons of livestock died. I haven't heard any other deaths so far, in THIS storm. MtRider ....tooooooo tired for more. We're still buried EVERYwhere...
  8. Well....I saw the price marked down so I bought a Kindle Paperwhite. Arrived today in the middle of the PREP FOR ODD STORM day. So it's out of the shipping box but still all wrapped out. It's late and I won't be able to even look at it til we know this storm stuff is passed. But....I'm excited to try it out. Brain needs to be working.... all new to me. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR DATA AND INPUT. Hopefully more folks were learning from this thread too. MtRider
  9. Well actually there ARE anaerobic bacteria and such. But it does eliminate a lot. ============================================ Anaerobic bacteria are bacteria that do not live or grow when oxygen is present. In humans, these bacteria are most commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract. They play a role in conditions such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, and perforation of the bowel.May 14, 2017 Anaerobic bacteria: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003439.htm ================================================= MtRider
  10. We did a HUGE amount of prepping for this storm. I think we'll miss most of the effect....that low is near the Kansas border out in the plains. But... we're still in the zone for some snow/WIND. The biggest worry is losing electric due to some branch or tree falling on electric lines somewhere.... So we got heaviest winter sleeping bags from my truck..then moved truck down near road. Out of way for snowplowing. Washed up duck eggs cuz we're out and didn't have time/energy to go to store. Also will run out of milk and such. So we're adapting. Pulled up some cans of evaporated milk...also have condensed and dry milk. We'll live. Had to find the bucket that held some of DH's things....I found it right off - where I put it when I ORGANIZED last summer. I LOVE ORGANIZATION! DH baked bread yesterday so we're good. I need to bake the bacon tomorrow morning....elect. stove too. Poured water for animals in basement - 3 five gallon jugs, a spare bucket and the Reliance jugs. Upstairs I poured in two buckets in bathroom for washing/flushing. In kitchen....lots in juice bottles which is one of the reasons I save ALL of them. Also my bedside 7-up bottles for drinking water too. And for pet water. Also have katadyn filter inside. Moved the coleman stove and the Buddy heater upstairs. The fuels are kept a bit away from house so got some Coleman and propane and lamp oil I'm thinking for general lighting, I'd rather use non-flammable lights but ....oil lamps produce heat. Pellet stove and furnace are electric. Big Dietz Jupiter oil lamp is at-the-ready. .....OH... we do have a kerosene heater for basement too. IF we'd be in danger of freezing pipes. But we've been very warm and tho this ODD storm will drop temps a great deal, it won't be here long. Glad I just thot of that option. Busted pipes would about drive me over the TENSION edge. Not about this storm but .....life has just been ONE THING AFTER THE OTHER in the past 3 years. We're so tired and some things are escalating with folks. They're struggling with health and such. They might get more snow/WIND than we do. Hopefully this is all just another dress rehearsal. We're only on the edge of a Winter Warning zone. For animals we spent a great deal of energy dumping sand/grit in the horse shelter. The hillside has deposited melted water into that shed and it's ICE. So we covered it with dirt/grit. Thot DH was going to collapse. I brought energy bars and we took a break for him more than me. But got that done. Got trash pick up started today....and had to figure out WHERE to put the big thing. Didn't fit into the horse trailer so we put it into the old truck. So close to road and no outta sight. Might just chain it to the gate posts. ??? Something to think of another day.... I think we're set for power outage. And now computer is acting up so I'm going to bed.... MtRider signing off.
  11. NOW.....we're looking at a RECORD BREAKING LOW PRESSURE CELL ......like.... in all of history. This MEGA-LOW is going to go thru Lamar, Colorado and at that point will be tossing rain to the east. Because the LOW pressure system is circling counter-clockwise, it will continue in the circle, drawing down cold/snow from the north .....over the Rocky mountain region. [That's us...I think...cuz it's such a big thing, I'm not sure it could miss. ??? Actually, because this thing is a MONSTER....it's affect will cover several states. Weather guy explains: " 972mb over Lamar, at Noon Wednesday would likely be the lowest barometric pressure on record ..... The wind that follows Wednesday afternoon and evening, will be INTENSE! " Lamar, CO is on the border of Kansas.....no where near our mountains. But they're explaining that 972 mili bars {I think that's what mb stands for} --- is equal to a CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE in pressure. My mom caught an estimate of 8-14" of snow.....which would be tragic for us in our condition right now --- but it wouldn't be record-breaking, certainly. In our YOUNGER years, we've hand shoveled the whole danged driveway of 24" of snow. Could not do that now..... MtRider ....aiiiii yi yi!
  12. A nationwide flour recall was issued on Monday for specific five pound bags of Pillsbury flour. The Federal Drug Administration alerted consumers to the recall via Twitter. "Hometown Food Company announces voluntary recall on select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The flour products were sold through a limited number of retailers including Publix & Winn-Dixie. Do not eat," USDA Food Safety tweeted out. The recall impacts more than 12,000 cases of the product. Salmonella is a bacteria that sickens about 1.2 million Americans and causes 450 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Food is the source for the overwhelming majority of the infection, which typically causes diarrhea and fever. A picture of the LotCode/Best If Used By Date of the impacted products is at the top of this article. Item Name: Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5Lb Case Item Code: 0 5150022241 3 UPC Item Code: 0 5150022241 6 Lot Code: 8 292 or 8 293 BIUB Date: APR 19 2020 or APR 20 2020 As of March 8, there were no reports of illnesses tied to the recall. "We apologize for the inconvenience this caused and are offering replacement coupons for your product," Home Town Food Company wrote in a release. "Please call our 800 number (1 800-767-4466). We remain committed to producing the high-quality products you expect." MtRider
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