Saturday, February 11, 2012

Notes from Here and There

1) It is very heart-warming that the Red Cross disaster preparedness drills take animals into account. The practice 'evacuation' describes how stuffed animals were used to practice taking pets into account during a real emergency. As for things in my neck of the woods, if I were to lose power, I'd hunker down in the house and keep the fire going until power is restored rather than let my cabin freeze up, as it would do so in the absence of the backup heat source that is my oil stove, which depends on power. I don't understand how anyone can live in a rural area without a wood stove! In theory, one could actually die in one's own home! Although in reality, I'm sure that only happens rarely, as most folks would just run to the nearest neighbor that has a wood stove. Also, what sorts of things cause power outages? Wind, storms, and heavy snow, none of which occur when it's very cold. So I guess the real danger isn't so bad. Still and all, I'm glad I have a wood stove!

2) Here is a video of a behbehbear cub and a behbehwolf cub playing together. You're welcome.

3) The weather is too nice for me to be sitting here. Bye!


Rena said...

Since you don't have running water and pipes to worry about, what are the dangers of letting your cabin freeze up? Does the glass start cracking? Would your appliances be damaged?

Arvay said...

The cabin would be fine, but a lot of my daily living requirements are liquid and would freeze. For starters, the water jugs would freeze and crack, and I couldn't just dump the water when I'm still living there. Then there's the laundry soap, the orange juice, etc, etc. Then when I reheated the cabin, all of these liquids would spill all over the place from their cracked containers!

If I were traveling out of town for a significant period, I would store a lot of stuff elsewhere and indeed let the cabin freeze up, and save the oil! But while I'm waiting out a power outage, I wouldn't do that...

mdr said...

I thank all the mighty God you have a wood stove too. It is good to learn survival skills in the extreme cold environment. You have proven much more brave and tolerant than most people including myself. With your bravery and tolerance, you will be well in the future and be more rewarded for sure.

Arvay said...

Mudder: I mean no disrespect, but I don't believe that your home arrangements are things that God delivers. They are things that you arrange for. God helps those who help themselves.

Rena said...

Laundry soap freezes? Good grief!
Somehow I did not think about your drinking water. Or your other drinks like juice or beer etc.
Mudder's right - you are braver and more tolerant than most. Especially me - brrrrrr!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the lack of bear-oriented comments. OMG bear. Bear bear bear! BEAR! BABY BEAR!

You're welcome. :)