a reply to: violet
Lol! Thanks for the chuckle! I completely forgot about the snow shovel scenario! So true!
I have back up cat litter too. And we always keep a big bag of the cheap, crunchy, dollar store kind in the car in the winter in case we get stuck
somewhere or need traction on ice. It has come in handy a couple of times!
One winter it was especially icy here & the stores couldn't keep the ice melt in stock. When we ran out we used table salt, baking soda, even rubbing
alcohol! One of the best tips I ever read, was if your car door lock freezes, put some hand sanitizer on the key before you insert it or squirt some
directly in the lock. The alcohol in it is supposed to melt the ice. Never needed to try it & a lot of people have push button fobs now, but it's
still good to know. The lock on the house door could get icy too. I always carry one of those little sample bottles of hand sanitizer in my purse,
just in case!
I guess it works to hold the end of the key in the flame of a lighter until it's hot too.
I forgot about the radio. Youngest son got us one of those battery powdered, hand crank type ones, with all kinds of gizmos on it! It has an LED
lantern, flashlight, red SOS light, alarm siren, USB port & cell phone charger! It should cover just about anything. Best gift ever!
Our kids kept telling us that since we both have cell phones, we should ditch our landline phone!
They didn't get it. Told them the landline phone still works when the power goes out! They said, how often do the cell phone towers go out?
Famous last words! The cell phone towers were down a few times since then! Of course daughter was very glad she was at work with a landline when it
happened! But the first time it happened was late at night. TV cable went out, internet was gone, power was next, then the cell phones, & the radio
station went off the air. Complete & utter isolation! We were able to call the electric company & find out what had happened & how long it would be
before they expected power to be restored!
Score one for the old people! Lol!
I look at the landline as a form of insurance too. You never know when you might need to call the fire department or ambulance during a power
The same thing happened when Virginia had the 5.8 earthquake that we could feel here. Oldest daughter always says that I waste my time paying
attention to earthquakes that have nothing to do with us!
She must have told the people she works with about 'my earthquakes'. She works on the second floor of the hospital & as soon as their chairs started
shaking, they said, quick, call your Mom!
I bet she knows what just happened! Ha, ha! Score another one for the old people!
Well, at least we are aware & as prepared as we can be. Because someday, there may be a lot of people, with a lot of questions & needing a lot of
help! Hopefully we will be able to give them some answers & advice!