Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Preparedness


Still tilted from the earthquake?

Well, what do I do
 when I am a bit freaked out
 by impending storms? 
Either hide away
and read a book
 (when on the boat)
 or cook something.

 Today I am cooking.
Cooking up a storm
you might say.


Roasted lemon chicken will sit well
 if, 
I mean...
 when, 
the power goes out.


Also great for sandwiches
 with a slice of avocado.


Just 'cause the world is coming to an end, doesn't mean you can't eat well!



Roasted rosemary potatoes are a great finger food, tasty at room temp. Also an easy potato soup can be made on the BBQ by adding a box of chicken stock and hey, maybe some of that chicken.
 ....speaking of chickens, 
having a dozen hard boiled eggs around
 is never a bad thing. 
Some salt and pepper and you have a snack that is high in protein and can fit in your pocket!

Some other preparations for the storm:




get some cash, 
if electricity is out 
no ATMs










After I fill up my car with gas,
just in case we need to
 hightail it up to Vermont, 
I will gather precious family heirlooms.


Like this old guy.


The Broome family bible. 
I am the last in that line
and love reading about those
 who came before me. 
Most from NYC. 
Remind me to tell you the story of how I almost got arrested
trying to steal the Broome St. sign in my teens.
 The bible will be placed in my storage space, in a huge ziploc bag,
 along with my vintage suitcases which are filled with family photos, letters, certificates and other stuff that is very near and dear.

 
 Other things placed in the suitcases 
for fear of water damage
are cherished items that could never be replaced:

Photos of my parents
 when they were young,
the negatives long since lost,

the tape of my mother speaking to me
 on her death bed, 
what seems like a million years ago.
Talking about love
 and other life lessons
 that she wanted me to hold dear.
I hold that tape dear.

Silly little goldtone whale pin
 that I fondly remember her wearing,
every summer
on one of her fabulous
 whimsical sheath dresses.
Maybe I'll pin that on my raincoat for good luck instead.

A lapis ring that my dad's sister
 entrusted me with a few months ago. 
It was a gift my grandmother, who died at 47, gave to her sister Natalie when she was young. We don't have much from my grandmother so I cherish this ring as if was the Hope diamond. Her sister must have too as it is obviously well worn and loved. I would be heartbroken if I lost any of these items. They are not worth much monetarily
 but priceless to me.

Enough of sentimentality...
let's be practical.

Other things to think about:
Along with topping off your gas tank,
Fill your tub with water.


 If you don't have a tub, 
use buckets or garbage cans.
Use that water to flush the toilets.
Just lift lid on tank and fill when empty.
This is a godsend when your power is out.
Trust me.
Have plenty of potable water too,
in bottles, gallons or pitchers.


Move all potted plants and other outdoor items; birdbaths, chairs, lanterns, etc.. 
in to the house/barn/garage. 
Don't want that stuff flying around
 when the winds hit 90mph or higher.

 Put some candles in a ziploc
 along with some matches and/or a lighter. 
 For a nice romantic chicken dinner perhaps?
 Rubber Boots and Gloucester fisherman Sou'wester hat? 
Of course!
Raincoats and foulweather gear at the ready.

I am getting gas and oil for our chainsaw
just in case. 
You can never be too prepared.


Seriously, keep a first aid kit nearby.
A fire extinguisher too, you never know.


If winds are high
situate yourself in a room
 without windows if possible.

 Fresh batteries in your flashlights
 Beverages,
 for medicinal purposes of course.
 Bring plenty of firewood indoors, 
and an axe, 
to keep the home fires burning.
 Have the fireplace set up and ready to go
with plenty of newpaper and kindling.
Charge all your devices. 
Phone, camera and computer.
If there is damage, 
take photos for your insurance company before you start cleaning up.

Check in on neighbors, 
especially the elderly, 
see if they need anything.






If the power is still out on Monday
come on over for a big mixed grill BBQ
I can probably keep the meat in the freezer frozen until then.






if you have battery powered speakers
 for your ipod
crank some classic tunes as above.


Try not to think about the evil avocado below v






Hunker down and hold on,
this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sail Away... Sail Away... Sail Away...


Summer is here, in full force.
Hope you are finding time
to enjoy the warm breezes.



Sand between your toes.


Fresh Brilliant Jewels
from the farmer's market









 Dinner Alfresco
recipe here
 /







Rock to Some Live Music.



sea the world.....




Friday, June 3, 2011

Garden Glory

I am much better at posting when the weather is inclement and the days are short.


THIS is why:

 when I am not on set



working 10 plus hours a day


 all I want to do is be in the garden









 can you blame me?
 what's better than having a whole slew of amazing, sweet, gorgeous friends

 smiling back at you every morning?


 or your best friend
helping you dig holes?
Always makes me smile. 
(when he digs in the woods and not in the beds of course!)



So chances are my posts
 will be like summer...
relaxed and carefree.


Hope you enjoyed this garden tour.
Until the next one,
keep smiling!
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