Well, I just got back from Costco. Yep, I stocked up on waters. In case you haven't heard, we are preparing for a barrage of storms headed our way! Hanna is expected to hit the coastline of South Carolina sometime late tomorrow or early Saturday and Ike is on her heels. I got phone calls yesterday from my parents and best friend wanting to know when I'm packing up and leaving!? Sorry guys, I don't leave for a tropical storm or even a category 1.....but if Ike doesn't calm down a little, you may be seeing me head in-land next week!
I remember my first few hurricane seasons after I moved here. I didn't prepare and brace for the storms, so much as I fortified the place as if we were going under enemy attack! I filled the bathtubs full of water, bought enough batteries to power a city block, some propane tanks for our camp stove and as many jugs of water as I could load in my Mazda Protege! I also got a handy-dandy flashlight/radio/siren thingy. I TAPED THE WINDOWS. I can not, for the life of me, figure out why I would put masking tape x's in all the windows of our house. That was our first house and it was small but it was old and it had about 26 windows, not counting the attic! It took months of weekend work to get all that tape off there and I never did it again! If the wind rips the window out or blows it in, exactly what is tape going to do??? I moved all the furniture away from the windows...... because obviously I was worried about all my new furniture. I took all the pictures off the walls and packed them under mattresses and couch cushions! I packed my wedding china our TV and other small "precious" belongings into the Mazda and left town in a hurry! Good grief!
Fast forward 14 years....I bought some drinking water today. I have batteries for the flashlights and one propane tank for the grill. I have plenty of canned food and bread and peanut butter, always do. We will "batten down the hatches", meaning Paul will bring the grill into the garage and the trash cans, and take the flag down. I recently got rid of our handy-dandy flashlight/radio/siren thingy. We never used it but my mother will say I jinxed myself and now we will need it! IF the storm hits, I will fill the tubs with water. But, I won't move the furniture (same furniture by-the-way). If the windows blow in...or out, as the case my be, it will just have to get wet. I won't take the pictures off the walls and if my china gets broken, so be it. IF the storm gets close enough and is strong enough, I will pack my precious children in the mini-van and leave in a hurry.
Isn't it funny how things can change?