This baby is headed up the Eastern Seaboard. We might only get rain from the outer bands, but we might possibly get much stronger winds and rain.
I am planning to take the fabric cover off of the gazebo on my deck and actually pretty much clear the deck of the table, chairs, plants, potting things.
We have some shallow rooted willow trees along our creek. A previous owner cut these trees down years ago but never took care of the stumps. Out of these stumps grew four to five trees each...too much rain - we lose one - too much wind, we lose one, so we anticipate losing a tree or two with this storm. There are no trees that could damage the house, but we need to check the trees near the barn.
Tim is supposed to work this weekend, so we are keeping an eye on the track of this storm. His work stays open in all kinds of weather and we are wondering what the storm would have to be like for them to close. I'd like to have him here with us if the storm is bad.
Another consideration is the animals. We only have to think of the horses and dogs. The dogs are easy - they will be in their kennels in the shop. We will have to take them out to 'go' though, so that may be interesting, depending on how long the storm lasts. The horses have the barn and the way we have it set up they can go in and out of the stalls as they wish. The trick may be feeding time - though they have lots of grazing available to them 24/7.
We have food, water, lanterns, oil lamps, candles, books, and games here at all times. We also have laptops that can play movies while the batteries are charged, so we are good.
We don't know what will happen electricity wise, but we are as prepared as we can be.
I am going out to do my regular shopping for groceries, hopefully a day ahead of the crowds. The family is scattered hither and yon today. Busy as always.
Lindsay is doing an Autumn product photo shoot today for our friend Denny's online store. It is up in a limited way - you can check it out here. He carries really nice products. Rachel is with her as an assistant. Emily is working today, too. Kyle and Sarah are going to hang out with Grandpa while I shop.
Friends are coming to have dinner with us this evening. We are looking forward to it.
For those of you who are going to be impacted by this storm what are you doing to prepare? Are you in an area that is going to have to evacuate?