Prayers please?

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  1. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

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    I am worried, and I thought it might help to get it out in the open and deal with it. We are having an ice storm-it is sleeting right now, but we are supposed to be getting up to an inch or more of ice and then 35 MPH winds. I am home alone with 4 small children. My DH is a truck driver who does local runs, but he works nights. He really did not feel safe leaving tonight, but he needed to. We have one vehicle, which he used to get to work. Our house is heated with heating oil, but the furnace needs electric to run. We do have one kerosene heater, but the storm took us by surprise and we don't have much kerosene. I have no cell phone either, so if the electric goes out I will have 4 children (ages 6,4,2, and 7 months), no phone, no heat, no car and no way to get anywhere. We live in a rural area, so I would need to walk a little ways to get to the nearest neighbor. I will have the computer as long as the battery lasts.
    My plan is this: if the electric goes out I plan to send an email to my sister in PA who can then call my DH and inform him. Then what? I have no idea. [​IMG]
    Meanwhile, I have bread rising, almost ready to bake. Three gallons of milk are in the fridge, with a bunch of cereal in the cupboard. I am making a beef stir-fry right now, and when it's done I will do fried chicken. If the electric goes out we could be out for days-but at least we will have food to eat. [​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    [​IMG] be safe hun [​IMG]
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    It is good you are preparing food a head of time. If you have charcol and a grill you can cook food that way. If the power does go out, I would use the smallest room in the house for everyone to be together, also cover the windows with blankets to help with heat lost. You can use candles in coffee cans to put off some heat but you have to be very careful around the children. Good luck and [​IMG] are with you.
     
  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    We are going through it up here to [​IMG] Got quail eggs in the incubator so I'll be up all night making sure the power doesn't go out and the eggs don't get cold.

    AC
     
  5. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Electric, you have to stay on!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Sounds like you have most of the preperations in place. Look on the bright side. At least the milk won't spoil [​IMG] Good luck tonight! I'll be thinking about you [​IMG]
     
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  6. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Prayin the electricity stays on!!! Gather up all the blankets in the house if it goes out, and everybody in one room. I stayed under a couple blankets alone once and stayed plenty warm enough, the kids should too. Just keep them tucked in and their own body heat will maintain warmth as long as they have food to fuel those little heaters [​IMG] I am hoping it all stays on for you though! [​IMG]
     
  7. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

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    Thanks everyone! I knew I would feel better once I got it out. Thanks for all the advice, too! We have a propane grill (with a full tank of propane!) , but I hadn't thought about grilling! [​IMG] Also, Jason just called and said he is coming home! [​IMG] He spent an hour warming up the truck and de-icing it, and got out on the road and decided it wasn't worth risking his life, so he called the dispatcher back and said he was going home. Now I hope it doesn't cost him his job!
    Kelly, I will be praying that your electric stays on too!
    Jennifer, spoiled milk (or food, for that matter!) is one thing I WON'T be worried about! [​IMG]
     
  8. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:[​IMG] GOOD! More body heat just in case [​IMG] [​IMG] still praying for all of ya'll stuck in the wintry mess! [​IMG]
     
  9. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    Yeah really don't wanna loose these quail eggs! I do have backup plans though. Just gotta sneak them under 1 or 2 of my three broodies. They want to peck at them though! [​IMG]

    Praying for you down there [​IMG] Sounds like this is going to be a bad one. Glad your DH said BS and came home to his family rather than risking his life.
     
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  10. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Also, hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if your electricity goes out and your laptop uses the internet through a wireless router, you will not be able to send e-mail unless you have some way to power up your router.

    If your laptop has its own satellite connection/card and you don't need wi-fi, you should be ok.
     

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