I think Caroline must be part kitty cat as she can clearly sense the approaching storm. (The forecasters are predicting the Midwest equivalent of a category 3 hurricane type event of historic proportions moving through today and tomorrow.) David and I got to bed late and I knew we were going to get up early to get some things done before the storms move through. Caroline was awake around 2:30, 3:15 and 4:00 this morning. I wish I could say I was completely grace-filled in my response to the 4:00 wake-up when she brought an armload of stuffed animals into our room and sounded like she was ready to get up and play. I was not and I sternly told her that the clock had a 4 on it, not a 6 or 7 so it was not time to get up.
As it turns out, she wanted to get in bed with us – something she never asks to do. So she climbed in bed and the ensuing hour before we got up confirmed once again in my mind that co-sleeping or the family bed is not anywhere on my radar. 😯
We got up at 5:00 a.m. since the weather radio had gone off shortly before to inform us we were now under a very rare for us early morning Tornado Watch. I’m not fond of these watches when it is dark outside and you can’t see what is going on in the sky. So for the past five hours we have been preparing for the storm.
Even though today isn’t laundry day, my laundry is almost all done after starting it when we got up. We’ve checked all our preparations in case we lose our power. We still need to run the vacuum and do a few small things, but we’re as prepared as we can be. (It is bad enough to be without power. I don’t need to stare at junk on the floor by the light of Coleman LED lantern to make it worse.) In my ideal world we would have a whole house back-up generator but since we never intended on staying here very long, it was completely impractical to spend that kind of money.
So now we just wait. I’m hoping against hope we don’t lose our power, but I remember what it was like when the 1998 Southern Great Lakes Derecho went through and we lost our power for five days. Not fun. Hopefully this will be nothing like that.
I hope everyone else in the storm’s path is tucked in safely at home. As I’ve been typing this the wind has been steadily increasing and the leaves are starting to fly off the trees outside my window. We’ll be muddling through the rest of the day with a tired little girl who was rubbing her eyes by 9:00 this morning. If I’m not around the next few days, you’ll know why! 🙂