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Ponderings During - and Preparation After - The Big Power Outage

Monday, September 12, 2011

This week, I am buying more items to update my emergency kit. Lantern, stove, mini-generator, etc. An ounce of prevention, etc. etc.

While sitting in the dark last week and gazing at the starlit sky, I was reminded once again of how fragile life is and we humans are dust in the wind, totally vulnerable.

The stores were picked to the bone, and my fave grocery store was completely closed. Where would food come from if there was ever a major earthquake or similar calamity? I smiled to think how lucky are those who have gardens and can eat off their land. Mine? Hard as concrete - no earthworms, no nothing.

Overall, the outage was a great reminder to not take things for granted. The first thing I blogged about was the loss of internet and joked how that seemed like the end of the world. But the reality went much deeper than that.

Time to bring my survival kit to the next level and get these new items.

Wishing all a good week.

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NANCY- 9/19/2011 9:05AM

    Being prepared makes a difference. What kind of mini-generator are your getting?
It is amazing how dependent we are on having power.

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ABB698 9/14/2011 1:49AM

    We have a 5th wheel trailer we camp in, and I've always said that'd be our solace in an emergency, and sure enough, we were the cool ones with A/C and power and a working fridge. It was nice to know we still had comforts, the one thing I did realize though, is cash. I don't carry cash, but in a situation like this, my debit card wouldn't do any good, would it? So make sure your emergency kit includes some cash, you never know....
Glad you fared well through it. The stars were gorgeous that night for sure. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/12/2011 4:54PM

    I've been thinking about creating an emergency kit. I have lots of food in the house and try to keep a case of bottled water on hand at all times, but don't have a flashlight or radio that would last very long.

I bet being able to see the stars was awesome. emoticon

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SKYEFYR 9/12/2011 10:12AM

  Funny how alike we are thinking again.

When Irene came through we stored gallons of water because the supermarket didn't have any left. Every container we could find was filled, and kept till we were sure the rains were over and the water had peaked (because the local water company is right on the river, and if it overflows, our water is "bad" for drinking).

Needless to say, having all these containers was a PITA! (We eat breakfast and lunch in the kitchen, but dinner in the dining room - so they had to be moved every day!) We were just saying yesterday that we need to just grab a case next time we go to BJ's and keep it in the basement so we have one less thing to stress about. I also want to dig out my camping equipment and move it to a more accessable area. I'll feel much better once I do!

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NATPLUMMER 9/12/2011 10:08AM

    Good idea. I should check out my emergency kit.

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In Memory of Those Who Died on 9/11/01

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I have never forgotten. And I don't need a day of events to remember. It is forever etched in my heart. Not only those who died, but those who were injured or have gotten sick from the effects of first response.

God Bless America.

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SPOKENWORD 9/13/2011 10:47AM

    Yes, our prayers are with them, not just on that day, but always! Thanks for sharing!

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RSSSLHB 9/11/2011 7:44AM

    emoticonfor posting

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JLITT62 9/11/2011 5:09AM

    It's important to remember

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NATPLUMMER 9/11/2011 12:52AM

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NGLOWEY 9/11/2011 12:37AM

    To our American friends and family, we will remember those lost in 9/11 and all those who are still suffering from this horrible incident. May you feel love and some relief from those around you. Hugs from your Canadian friend, Gail

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End of the World - When Your Internet Goes Down for Over 24 hours!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Yesterday was the first day I didn't spark in over 2.5 years! After the major power outage we experienced in soCal, when the electricity came back on, the internet did not.

Man, talk about feeling disconnected from the world! It felt strange to not log on and reinforce my healthy lifestyle.

I had been thinking of taking a break from SP, but after missing yesterday I see that I would miss it. I think I'll just spend less time here, but not leave completely.

It's amazing how different life is without the internet.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/12/2011 4:38PM

    It's amazing that it wasn't that long ago that the internet didn't exist. Now we can't live without it.

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SKYEFYR 9/12/2011 10:16AM

  No! No go away!

Like I have a right to talk the way I went MIA....

But take a lesson from me. I went away and got miserable, depressed and at least 20 lbs heavier! Not worth it!

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FLORIDASUN 9/10/2011 10:36PM

    I must plead...don't leave...don't EVER, EVER, EVER know we love you girl and spark wouldn't be the same if you weren't here. Wow...that sounded a bit desperate didn't it? But VERY true! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 9/10/2011 8:27PM

    Yup, you go through withdrawal!!!!!

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CATLADY52 9/10/2011 2:41PM

    It gets to be habit forming doesn't. emoticon

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Hey, East Coasters...Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hope all are okay and not too shaken up. You stole our thunder; California is supposed to get those shakers.

Seriously, stay calm and remember to duck and cover. (although I always do what they say not to and run out of whatever building I'm in)

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TRACYZABELLE 9/7/2011 7:46AM

    my seat was going back and forth-- my dad thought it was a truck going by, lol MY cat is still clinging to me like cling wrap!

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SUEJENN 8/26/2011 3:32AM

    This is the second time in as many years that we have felt this. We are just about an hour north of Toronto ON. Not a nice thought.

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SKYEFYR 8/24/2011 1:22PM

  I barely felt anything, almost like someone walking behind me in an old building where the floor shakes a little. The hubby said it lasted for a while and at first thought my daughter was doing something, so he got up to find out what. (Since he couldn't figure out how she was shaking the house like that - usually slamming the front door shakes the house, but only for a second.) Big difference in perceptions between someone on the ground floor and one floor up.

Overall, I'm not really impressed. California can keep them. :-)

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JLITT62 8/24/2011 5:39AM

    Some people up my way said they felt it - but I felt nothing & have been in smaller ones before so know what it feels like.

I'm beginning to think the end-of-the-worlders in 2012 have it right, tho!

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LRW1233 8/23/2011 8:41PM

    You can keep them in California. I did not enjoy getting knocked off my feet this afternoon.

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LGAR519 8/23/2011 8:18PM

    I live in the Mountains of Virginia. My inside cats were a basket case all morning. They must have sensed something. I didn't feel a thing. Hope nobody got hurt.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/23/2011 7:44PM

    It's been a big day in the news between the earthquake and Libya

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CATLADYX8 8/23/2011 7:20PM

    I live in Appomattox, VA and we really felt the quake. Some stuff fell off the shelves on my porch. One of my cats was scared to death. His tail fuzzed out and he was staying close to the ground. Luckily nothing serious...

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2011 7:07PM

    It was definitely weird to read about.

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PJBONARRIGO 8/23/2011 6:12PM

    Yes, a bit shaken... things seem to be OK :-)

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Condolences to those In Ohio

Monday, August 08, 2011

My deepest sympathy to family, friends and other citizens saddened by the recent shootings. Words fail me.

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LINDA! 8/12/2011 3:59PM

    I agree....horrible!!

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IAM_HIS2 8/8/2011 6:45PM

    My heart has so much pain for these people and I pray for them.

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/8/2011 6:41PM

    Very sad news! My condolensces too! There have been riots in London! What a sad world we live in!

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    I agree....

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