Posted by: flipflopfarmgirl | 12/15/2014

Prepping for Winter


As I sit in my craft room working on my laptop, I take a minute to look out the window onto the cranberry bogs. It’s a beautiful day here in New England, well if you don’t mind it being 35 degrees out that is.

But it is a beautiful day. The sun is shinning, there are only a few clouds in the sky & from the coziness of my warm home, looking outside it does look just like that, a beautiful day.

But days like this are few & far between here in New England. Some of you have even gotten a ton of what I like to call “the pretty white stuff that falls from the sky” (yes I refuse to say it out loud lol) over the past few weeks (thank god it’s not us, sorry lol).

But that gets me to thinking about what I need to do or what I have done to get ready for “the pretty white stuff that falls from the sky.

We live out “in the country” surrounded by cranberry bogs, which I love. Having said that, the nearest store is only a few minutes away, but definitely don’t want to drag my two littles out in the crappy weather b/c I forgot to get toilet paper.

So here is a list of things to remember to get before “the pretty white stuff that falls from the sky” starts to do it’s thing. The idea is to get it now before it even starts so that you don’t have to run out the day before, like everyone else in town, & try to stock up on things you’ll need to get through the storm:

Toilet Paper; diapers & wipes for your little ones; any medications that you & your family need; flash lights & plenty of batteries; paper plates, plastic cups & plasticware in case you don’t have power, & like us have well water, you won’t be able to do dishes; plenty of water for drinking & also again if you have well water & want to use the bathroom make sure you have plenty of water to flush the toilet with; bread; peanut butter, jelly, & fluff; no cook/bake snacks; candles & matches; a good shovel to clear your steps & driveways, or make sure you can have someone plow the driveway for you; board games & cards to help pass the time; salt for the steps to help keep them ice free; a well stocked first aid kit in case of a minor emergency; if you have a pellet stove make sure you have plenty of pellets; wood for your fireplace or wood stove; a few warm blankets to help take the chill off; make sure that your cell phones are charged in case of an emergency; another form of communication like a ham radio, we have one; a solar powered radio, set to your local NOAA station, so that you can keep updated on what’s going on in case of a power outage.

Here is a link to the Massachusetts State website that has some helpful tips on preparing for a storm: http://blog.mass.gov/blog/safety/massachusetts-snowstorm-preparedness/. Check with your state to see if they have a similar list of tips.

This is in no way everything you will need & I may be forgetting some stuff, but this is just some of the things that I’ve thought of that we would need to make sure we can get through the storm. Please feel free to copy this list & share it with your family & friends & add anything to the list that you think that you’ll need.

Keep warm & safe,

The Flip Flop Farm Girl….

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