It's been a busy week!
I am hoping I can get a bottomless carafe of coffee Thursday and catch up on all my blog reading.

I seem to be chasing many things these days.
But at least the scenery is lovely along the way.

Part Two of our recent hike.
(click any image to enlarge)



Got em...??

  
Just one sec... adjusting the light...  hold!!!


 Got it?
Nope.


Literally, my mind.




Good Morning and welcome to Coffee Chat!
I don't know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but we are experiencing a rare heat wave.

It was 34 C by 10 am Father's Day.  We did not leave the house.
The same thing again this morning.  Tuesday calling for even hotter.
It is likely ICE tea in my cup this morning.


And yes, I actually do brew my ice tea under solar power, on the back porch in mason jars.
It's like a little glass of sunshine.
And sugar.

If you like an "adult" version every now and then much like the peach flavoured one above  - probably not at 10 am though - go HERE for the recipe.

But what if London is Falling!!!!???
We must Save all the Tea!!



Fine, I just needed an excuse to use a Gerard Butler action shot.
Actually, no - I don't need an excuse.
Some girls just like it Scot!

Have another.


Well, it sure would be nice if Mr Gerard Butler could come save me in the event of an emergency.   You know, his duty as a fellow Scotsman and all.   But as that seems highly unlikely because Left Brain won't let me watch his movies I had best be prepared on my own.

This post is timely since it is currently storming outside, and I find myself scrambling around trying to remember where the flashlight and spare candles are.   

Honestly, can I BE any better at this segues?

Time out for Mom




Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

What's in your Emergency Go Bag?  
You do have an Emergency bag, right?


Aside from my guilty pleasure amazing taste in action movies... and Scottish men, Left Brain also likes to tease me about The Bag.

The Bag is in the car.  In the trunk.   And it only gets removed a few times per year; normally according to Season.   Inside are clothes.  For all of us.   One spare change for all, and one set of PJs for each child, and a few extra socks and underwear.

We have never used this bag of trunk clothing.  A fact that only adds fuel to any teasing.  It is just...There.   You know: IN CASE.

I also have spare blankets.   Beach towels.   A set of plastic dishware.   And a bag of toys, colouring things and some other stuff to entertain bored children should it be necessary. THAT bag may have come out a few times.

Of Course there is also a roadside emergency kit complete with jumper cables, flashlights and flares, and a small first aid kit.   There is also a very handy smaller first aid kit in the glove compartment.   As well as a small make up bag with some feminine emergency supplies.   Because pre menopausal is a bitch y'all.

I used to also keep bottled water and some non perishable snacks, but they kept getting drank and eaten Every Darn Time.  So they will have clean clothes, a blanket to keep warm and a flashlight; but no food for any of you little piggies.

Left Brain thinks all this "preparedness" is fine and dandy; but the one thing that is more likely to happen and that I am NOT prepared for:  how to change a tire.

Also, I can't remember where the spare tire is either.
But I have a jack in the roadside kit!

I should probably learn how to change a flat this summer.
Maybe I'm just still holding out for a hero.

Here's a handy little list you can print off to make sure you're ready for anything this summer.    I would definitely add spare sunscreen and bug spray to this list!

   
Water!!!!  two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles)



Consider these additional emergency kit supplies:

  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
  • Candles and matches or lighter (place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)
  • Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
  • Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and garbage bags
  • Prepaid phone card, mobile phone charger
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Infant formula, baby food and supplies
  • Activities for children like books, puzzles or toys
  • Prescription medications, medical equipment
  • Utensils, plates and cups
  • Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife)
  • Small fuel-operated stove and fuel
  • Whistle (to attract attention)
  • Duct tape


What safety precautions do you take while traveling, or for in the event of an emergency?
Is there anything you would add to the list?


Next Week:  What journey do you most want to take?   It can be a geographical place, and emotional or spiritual quest, or even a creative pursuit. 

What is a tired mama to do with her noisy children on a PA Day beautiful Friday?

Tell them to take a hike.


No, don't do that.
I mean yes; say that.

But you go also.  Bring your camera.
And then yes, you must forgive them every time they yell "Mom BIRD!!!!!" or "MOM I SEE A CHIPMUNK."  
For they know not what they do.
And birds are flighty y'all.   See what I did there?

Anyway, you knew they were noisy, so who's the real fool?
Just shut up and enjoy the shots you did get.





Sometimes I like to pretend I actually live in a tropical jungle.
But then I remember that I live in a place where mosquitoes eat you when you enter their domain, and I vow to Stick to the Trail.









I am not saying I took a lot of pictures and this might be a two parter.
I'm just saying stay tuned for part two.


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