- When the power is on, keep the cell phone and Kindle plugged in so they will work when the power is out.
- Keep a pan of water simmering on the stove so that when the power does go out you can make tea.
- Books...old fashioned, but they work when you've ignored the first rule. E-readers are good, too...can't have too many books.
- You can knit by book light.
- White wool long johns, hunter orange knit hats, hot pink and purple wool slippers and blue fuzzy gloves are a perfectly respectable ensemble for lounging around the house when the lights are out. The cat doesn't care.
- Cheese and crackers and freeze dried peas (straight from the can, dry and crispy) make a nice meal in a pinch. Particularly if you paid attention to the second rule.
- The cat is perfectly happy to keep your feet warm in a pinch - you know, when she's cold enough to cuddle.
- You will be just fine without TV and Internet. Really.
- Be kind to the people who want to rescue you from the solitude...but don't let them succeed - unless you want to be rescued.
- Snow tracking is fun!
- So is birdwatching from the window.
- When the power goes out and you pack your freezer with snow, just give the birds the bread crumbs you had frozen for meatloaf.
- Give thanks for the people out in the storm who work so hard to get the power back on for you.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Latest From the Foothills
Links to Cool Sites:
My Favorite Fiction Authors and Books
- Suzanne Arruda- the Jade del Cameron mysteries: "The Mark of the Lion" "Stalking Ivory", "The Serpent's Daughter", "The Leopard's Prey" and "The Golden Cheetah"
- Ken Goddard - "Balefire" and others
- Stephen White - the Dr. Alan Gregory books are all great. "Kill Me" is my favorite.
- Harlan Coben - anything he writes is great
- Elizabeth Peters - Amelia Peabody mysteries
My Favorite Nonfiction Authors and Books
- "Coyote's Guide to Connecting With Nature" by Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGown- 2nd edition coming soon!
- Gavin De Becker - "The Gift of Fear"
- "Deep Survival" by Laurence Gonzales- the best survival book I've ever read! Not a how-to, its more of a who does,and why.
- Candice Millard - "The River of Doubt -Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey"
- Anything that starts with "Peterson's Field Guide To..."
- Tom Brown, Jr. - "The Tracker" and others
- Mark Elbroch - "Mammal Tracks and Sign" and "Animal Skulls"