Wednesday, October 13, 2010


It's been awhile, but she's BACK! Yep, that's right, Helene....Mom is back and better than ever before! She's got some dandy hints and tips coming up in the next few weeks, so roll up your sleeves and get prepared! lol

MOM MINUTES by Earlene

According to the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac, this winter will see more days of shivery conditions: a winter during which temperatures will average below normal for about three-quarters of the nation. So, you know what that means! Ice, Snow, and COLD! I'm not sure that I am ready, but I do know one thing for sure: my closet is ready! Is yours? If it isn't, I've included some tips to help you make sure that when that first snowflake falls, that all of your cold-weather gear is in order.

Winter Tip #1: Start now by organizing coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, umbrellas, etc.

Winter Tip #2: Check flashlights and install fresh batteries, if needed. If you use kerosene lamps when there is power outages, now is the time to clean it, put in fresh kerosene, check the wick, make sure that you have enough matches or lighters, and stock up on lamp supplies.

Winter Tip #3: If you use a kerosene heater for emergency heat, then Tip #2 applies. Make sure that it is fully operational, empty and fill with fresh kerosene, wipe down the outside of the unit, and check the wick.

Winter Tip #4: Do you use a generator (either portable or whole house)? Now is the time to do routine maintenance and make sure that everything on the unit is functional.

Winter Tip #5: Take advantage of sales and stock up on foods that do not require refrigeration or heat. Examples would be peanut butter, jelly, canned fruits, crackers, granola bars, etc. In case of a power outage, you need to have some staples on hand in order to feed your family.

Winter Tip #6: Stock up on bottled water. We have city water, so during power outages, we still have fresh water. But, just in case, I like to have my own supply.

(I don't know about any of you, but I am definitely going to put the above tips into action! I hate being caught unprepared!! Thanks Mom!!) :)

If any of you are having cool, sunny weather today, I hope you have a chance to get outside and enjoy it! It is going to be about 68 degrees and partly sunny here today, so I am hoping for a chance to get outside!



  1. Great ideas! I need to start digging out the coats!

  2. Tell Mom I said hi and thanks for the great ideas. I keep all of the gloves and mittens in one of Anna's old backpacks from when she was very little. And I have an old ice cream pale with hats. Not very pretty but it works!
    Have a great week!

  3. Oh good grief you always begin with a comment to me "that's right Helene" arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My fridge needs minimal cleaning-cos I haven't done major shopping or cooking. I dug my room out from under the mess. Not fun when the cat gets on the dresser in the middle of the night and things go BOOM! Found my way overdue library book finally-under the bed. Bags for SA still on one of the sofas. And in the basement from awhile back.
    You know who this is :-)

  4. Hi McVal, Sonya Ann and HELENE!!! HAHAHAHA!!! You can run, Helene, but you can't hide!! LOL