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    Bless you all and keep you safe.

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    Sending warm thought your way. Stay safe and warm.

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    In Springfield, MA, the snow is coming down pretty good now, with 4-5 inches already on the ground. We expect 2 to 3 feet by morning. It's cold, getting colder, and windy. That wind is howling hard -- and coming through any opening in the house it can, such as the bathroom ventilating fan. The governor has banned traffic since 4 pm (Connecticut roads are closed) except for emergency personnel. The penalty is a year in jail and a $500 fine, but it probably won't be enforced. State and private workers were told to work at home today. We are officially under a state of emergency. We are expected to lose power. The Thundersnow should be starting anytime; that is thunder while snowing.

    We are prepared except that, should we lose power, it will be cold as the furnace blower needs electricity. The oven uses an electronic ignition and the only heat will be gas burners on stove. Anyone know how to magnify that? Haven't been able to talk hubby into a wood stove or generator yet. We do have propane camp stoves for cooking if need be. We also have a propane heater, but it isn't safe in the house. We have flashlights, oil lamps, many quilts. I'm headed to take a shower now, while we have hot water, and then to sew. I figure I'll use electric sewing machines while we have electricity and then I have 6-8 homeless quilts to sandwich and baste or tie by the light from the window. We also have plenty to read and plenty of food.

    Last year in October we had a freaky snow storm, and the whole region lost power and heat for six days. It was cold, we had massive tree and other damage, and about two feet of snow. That was not fun, but I acted as though I were camping - a favorite activity - and just stuck it out. I got out the treadle machine and sewed by the light of the window during the day.

    The power companies had some serious explaining to do, and this time, they say they are prepared. They have pre-positioned personnel and supplies. The Governor has been on their backs, big time. We are hoping that, if we lose power, we get it back soon, but they have said they will not endanger their crews to do so. This could be multi-day event if there are wide power outages, given limited personnel. Today is Day One.

    I know somebody who is going to break out her long johns. That is, if hubby doesn't beat me to them, as he doesn't know where he put his. LOL
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    Well, we lived through tornado, then a hurricane, then an Ice storm in October of last year, and we are still here in Brimfield, Mass. I don't mind the snow, I just don't want to loose the electricity, because our coal stove doesn't work without it. We used every blanket in our house during the ice storm, lost electricity for almost 7 days. It really sucks when you can't even shower and have to do sponge baths in the cold. During the day wasn't that bad when the sun was out, but it got chilly at night. I did a lot of reading by flashlight and this time I plan on hand stitching the binding onto my extra large queen size quilt. Told DH we are too old for this, hahaha Thank you all, for thinking about us, Quilters are awesome.
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    You aren't going to believe this! I went to the bathroom and it snowed on my back while I was in there! A gust of wind blew snow through the ventilator fan. That's how hard the wind is blowing. Wasn't I surprised!

    I'd better find a way to block that.

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    Jerseyrayne, I went through all those storms with you. And I agree, a week without showers or heat is downright yucky. I wanted to be clean but didn't want to be so cold in order to do it! I finally did bite the bullet, and I'm remembering that, so I'm showering tonight, while we still have heat and electricity.

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    I'm from upstate NY and our snow estimate is between 8 and 12 inches. It wasn't supposed to start snowing until later this afternoon and the weatherman made a big production of telling us not to expect snow when we got up in the morning. Guess what? It's been snowing all day-that heavy wet heart attack snow. I used the snow blower and cleaned out my driveway and the driveway next door. When I came in I was soaking wet. I heard on the news that our govenor declared a state of emergency ( which means unless it is absolutely necessary, stay off the roads). We are pretty used to this kind of weather and as long as power lines stay up, all is good. I hope all of our neighbors to the east stay warm and dry. Take care all in the path of this blizzard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseyrayne View Post
    Well, we lived through tornado, then a hurricane, then an Ice storm in October of last year, and we are still here in Brimfield, Mass. I don't mind the snow, I just don't want to loose the electricity, because our coal stove doesn't work without it. We used every blanket in our house during the ice storm, lost electricity for almost 7 days. It really sucks when you can't even shower and have to do sponge baths in the cold. During the day wasn't that bad when the sun was out, but it got chilly at night. I did a lot of reading by flashlight and this time I plan on hand stitching the binding onto my extra large queen size quilt. Told DH we are too old for this, hahaha Thank you all, for thinking about us, Quilters are awesome.
    Four years ago last week I was living in Kentucky and we had an ice storm come through the entire state. We were without power for eight days. I braved the showers because at least the hot water was warm. However I went to my husband's job site, a construction site that was running on generators, and washed my hair. It was horrible! I went around with 4-5 layers, wearing a stocking cap and hooded sweatshirt, plus a coat. The temps got down to about 10 degrees. We bought a standby generator after that. It automatically comes on when the power goes off and runs on gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute View Post
    Jerseyrayne, I went through all those storms with you. And I agree, a week without showers or heat is downright yucky. I wanted to be clean but didn't want to be so cold in order to do it! I finally did bite the bullet, and I'm remembering that, so I'm showering tonight, while we still have heat and electricity.
    Ditto! Did that already also. Elliegirl, We have a well for our water, so your not going to get any warm water from it, with no electricity. We have a small coleman stove DH would heat a pan of water on it, to wash with. You do what you have to do, but you don't have to like much. I don't mind the snow or the cold as long as I can go in where it is warm. Good Luck to all of you here in New England, I hope you all stay safe.

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