Winter is quickly approaching, and it’s time to prepare. You just never know about the weather here in Missouri. We can have anything from deep snow, ice, or temps in the 50s. I’ve seen it all – sometimes in the same week.
I like to keep supplies on hand and often assume that I have something because I know I bought it. With three other adults in the house, it’s dangerous to assume anything. Batteries, especially, are consumed like candy. I buy several eight packs at a time, and they’re usually gone by the time I need one. It’s a good argument for rechargeable flashlights and oil lamps.
I let myself become complacent last winter and didn’t have an ice scraper in my car when I really needed one. I don’t ever remove it, so I was shocked to find it missing. I still don’t know what happened to it. I’m guessing my husband or one of the kids borrowed it and never returned it. Regardless of who took it, I should have made certain that my car contained my winter items. I have an ice scraper in my car now. I double checked.
In addition to my ice scraper, I carry a blanket, flashlight, cell phone charger, a drink, and a little something to eat in case I get stuck in the middle of nowhere. It’s important to remember to check the batteries in all flashlights. I sure don’t want to find the batteries dead when I really need a light.
I make a point of keeping enough food and supplies in the house in case we get snowed in, which has happened a few times. We have a wood burning fireplace to keep the house warm if we lose power and enough wood for a few days. Like I said, Missouri’s weather is fickle. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you have enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.
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