Either Way, I'll Be Ready
OK, so I decided to purchase a snow thrower/blower this year and bought one at Sears on sale. It was smaller than the one I'd already looked at which was good. But, although I put it together just fine, I still haven't started it up. And, of course, with no snow, even when I do start it, I will not know how well it will clean the pathway to the barn and the garage for me.
That was to be the big purchase for October.
But, that was before Sandra--or Sandy, as she is more affectionately known. Who is she? A hurricane roving around the Atlantic, setting her gaze on the Northeast--namely New Jersey and New York. If she does arrive, she may well be met by a dashing young weather front cruising in for the party from the west.
The potential result? A marriage made in the sky some are calling a "Frankenstorm." Yikes.
Now, as some of you in the East USA may remember, last year we had the now infamous "Snowtober" storm right before Halloween, almost a year to the day to Sandy's proposed arrival. I lost power for about 4 days then when the leafy trees, downed by heavy snow dropped electrical wires all over the place.
I have a generator, but when I started it up the power output was so anemic, it barely ran the refrigerator.
I did not intend to get caught powerless again. In early spring, I had contacted an electrician to set me up with a new generator, but we never did get together. As the summer moved on, I didn't follow up.
So, here I was, once again threatened by no electricity which meant no water for me or the horses--I have wells and pumps. I called an electrical contractor, who, as it turned out, was the same guy I had called earlier in the year and his associate suggested I buy a generator at Home Depot--he even suggested a brand--and they would be happy to install it for me.
Off I went on an online shopping trip. Alas, Home Depot's telephone service was pathetic. I was either on hold, waiting for someone to pick up the line, or I got disconnected so many times that I finally gave up. So, I searched Lowe's and found another generator for a similar price and managed, within an hour or so to find the last one in stock at my very local Lowe's and buy it.
A pretty penny, and not exactly in the budget for the month, but I will pinch pennies and pay for at least part of it with my substitute teaching earnings for the month--a fair sum. In the meantime, the electrician should be here Saturday morning to get me set up.
If Sandy comes, I'll be ready. And, if she dumps some snow--so far not predicted--I guess I'll be able to clear the paths.
I may not have any money, but sometimes peace of mind costs a bit more than planned.