March 6, 2018

Nor’easter 2018

March, 2018 came in like a lion and hopefully will leave like a lamb!  After 2 1/2 days of brutal,  wet, and windy weather, I awoke this Monday morning to a light dusting of snow and winds whipping through my side yard. Being a true New Englander, severe storms and hurricanes are what one grows accustomed to living here!  I don’t know whether it is the rheumatoid arthritis or I’m not a kid anymore, but I realize you need more than milk and bread to survive a Nor’easter. A young Mary Ann would love sitting around in candle light having a few cocktails and playing games while listening to the transistor radio, eating junk food.  Well, this past weekend it was mighty difficult putting together combinations of healthy food and limited exercise, leaving me in a blue funk craving healthier food choices and wallowing in the carb doldrums.  Even though I didn’t stray very far from nutritional balance, I really missed the energy and sound sleep I’ve grown accustomed to when eating healthy.

So, this morning I’ve started to compile an “ICE” file, suggested by my RD, Patty Berry!  My “In case of emergency file” will be supported by a gas fireplace, gas stove top, and great neighbors. I will not be dependent on the 3 day supply of non-perishable food products commonly suggested by emergency readiness organizations.  My supplies are going to be the large amounts of batteries I will need to allow me to read my large print books and dine sensibly.  I will now structure a three-day meal plan that will contain ready-made salads and protein, stored in a cooler on the porch.  On the stove oatmeal, soups, and omelets will be a mainstay, and I will have that bottle of wine ready to be uncorked.  Writing this after weathering the storm I realize the cavalier attitude I had that placed me in an awkward position whereas we didn’t have a great selection of healthy food available.  I hem and hawed a day before the storm and didn’t make it to the store, therefore our food selection was limited.  Thankfully, our neighbors fed us Friday night, and Saturday we hunkered down, listened to the wind howl, and ate soup!  

I’m sharing this in an attempt to explain how complacency bit me in the butt, and I’m glad because I’ll be ready when the next storm hits!  It is always a wake up call when you wander the neighborhood and realize just how powerful Mother Nature is!  

Aftermath of the Nor’easter!

Have a great week!  




    Great Pics Mary Ann. Love the update.

    Stay strong.


  2. Valerie Fuchs says:

    Great blog! I almost called you to see if you were hosting a white Russian party by the fire…ah the good old days!!

  3. What a nasty weekend Mary Ann. And we have another storm arriving tomorrow! I am fortunate to have a generator So we had most of the comforts of home, including cable and showers !

    My joints won’t stop aching and today will be brutal with the upcoming storm.

    Stay strong