Friday Five: Storms of Life Edition
I’m listening this morning for word of Hurricane Earl. Is he coming to visit, or will he bypass my part of Maine and move further Downeast, or veer toward Nova Scotia? Should I buy those bottles of water, just in case wind brings branches and power lines down? And how many times will the tracking map change today?
Herewith, a Friday Five about the storms of life:
1) What’s the most common kind of storm in your neck of the woods?
Nor’Easters. Horizontal rain, wind…
2) When was the last time you dealt with a significant power outage?
During and following the earthquake in Chile this past February. This was accompanied by a water-outage as well. I’ll take no power over no water ANY DAY.
3) Are you prepared for the next one?
I know a heck of a lot more about what do do when there’s no water than I did before, so yes, I’d have to say I am much more adequately prepared. Bleach is your friend, let me just say. Wonder worker, that. Power outages? Small radio, stash of batteries, sanctuary candles (in glass all the way up, tall, burn forever…), kitchen matches and a coat hanger holder for them to stick them down in pilot light holes or deep candles…add bread, water, fresh fruit and raw veg…yep, basics covered.
4) What’s the weather forecast where you are this weekend?
Rain should be coming–will be something of a relief for the heat, actually, though I am sorry it comes because of Earl because of what it will mean for the others who will feel the brunt of it.
5) How do you calm your personal storms?
Ah… I’d a friend, sadly felled recently by a brain tumor, who used to remind me, “There is no problem in this world that sleep will not help.” Solve, no, but help, certainly. Also, I am a believer in the utter goodness of massage as a way to re-unify body/psyche–two aspects of myself that sometimes tend to wander their own ways during those storms. Writing helps me as does sitting alone in silence in a space I find comforting. Both the writing and the sitting are part of praying for me, so that too is a part of it. Good friends are a help too. As safe places to bounce things around a bit or as necessary distraction.