Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tornado Watch

So all day yesterday they were telling us that we are under a tornado watch.   With the images of the devastation in Oklahoma still fresh, it was a little bit scary.  So, I made a little plan and packed a little bag...
The plan was for each of us to grab a cat and stuff them in a cat carrier, then grab the dog and her leash in one hand and my bag in the other hand and run for the car....it was night time and we don't have a TV so I'm not sure how we would have known when to make a break for it, but that was the plan.  My little husband did stay awake and monitor the internet until the watch expired.  Me?  I didn't hear a thing.

And here's what was in my little bag...
...my Bible...

....the quilt I am working on....

...my sewing pouch and glasses!....

...both fully charged Kindles and a real book...

...all tucked securely, with the computer, into my new
favorite polka spotted bag!

Thankful that all I had to do was unpack the bag this morning.  Nothing serious came through here.
Of course, as I was unpacking I thought of so many more things I maybe should have packed.    But, in reality, there is not very much 'stuff'  that I couldn't live without.  

There are things I would miss...but if I have my furries and my little husband...and something to read... and something to make, I would be good for quite awhile.

What about you?




15 comments:

Constance said...

OMG how big is this quilt you are making?? It looks amazing and I can't wait to see it finished!!!!! I really like the polka spotted bag too!

Donna said...

Quilt will only be about 3 ft square...more a wall hanging...it will have a black and white polka spot small border and a green and green polka spot bigger border. I got the bag for $10 from a couple of sweet girls who are trying to raise money to get to camp this summer. Misty said it is a 460 dollar item! Yay. Score!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

SOoooooo glad to hear from you, lady!! I've been missing you. Donna, that quilt is AMAZING! You do such beautiful work.

Very happy the packing a go-bag was only an exercise in preparedness!! Those tornadoes have been brutal.

I think you made the perfect selection... only, I'd add my knitting. ;) blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Donna said...

I knew you would add your knitting! Do you go anywhere without it? I can't wait to show off the finished quilt. It is Noah's Ark. I bought a pattern this time, but now I have ideas for my next one! Thanks for missing me....
Love, d.

Donna said...

Oh, and if anyone is reading the comments that polkaspot bag is not a 460 dollar item, but a $60 dollar item....hold the shift key down longer next time!

no spring chicken said...

How frightening! I'm so glad that all was quiet. Your bag was so practical, I'm afraid I'd start loading a trailer and my poor little husband would leave without me! I tend to get pretty sentimental about things...

Love that quilt you're working on. Wow! And I've read Bruchko a couple of times. GREAT testimony!

Blessings, Debbie

Donna said...

Debbie, I think I stopped being sentimental about things when I realized I wasn't having children and I moved 2 or 3 times!
I am really enjoying Bruchko...once upon a time I wanted to be him...so glad now, that God had other plans!

Rachel said...

I can remember the year my mom had back packs packed waiting. It was the year that the fires were super close. All night every time a vehicle would turn around in our driveway our tummies would clench. Would this be the warning to evacuate? Living in the boonies it wasn't normal for trucks to turn around in our driveway but the fire camp was up the road and trucks were driving up and down monitoring. Even as a kid it was a long night. So scary as the flames seemed to be at our doorstep. In the end, we never had to evacuate. I can remember as a kid trying to figure out what I couldn't live without. What I needed to bring. I can't imagine what my mother went through trying to get all of our photo albums and such ready to go. All we were allowed were one pack per person.

As a mother now, I've thought many times if something happened, as long as I had my family... nothing else would matter. I can always rebuild and buy more 'stuff'. I'm afraid I'd have to let the chickens out to fend for themselves but as long as we could grab our puppies and I had my children and husband....... the rest doesn't matter! I've been too close to the brink I guess. Even the photo albums and papers, journals, etc. (oh boy can I hear Kristen arguing with me over this one :) they don't matter! This life is but a blip on the screen. In the next life, we'll have a perfect memory.

Not to say I don't think these things aren't important! Don't get me wrong...... It's just if I had to choose, and those things were lost, I'd shrug my shoulders and start taking new photos and writing in a new journal about how we lost all of our 'stuff' but that I am so grateful for my kids and husband.

Now, that being said.... you would laugh if you saw the 72 hr. kits I've made everyone in my family. One pack per person and they are so loaded and heavy not a one of us can lift them!!! :D

Donna said...

I guess I would have a few of the photos from recently on the computer, but I'm with you....it's either a memory or it isn't and on the other side I will know.
I want to hear more about your 72 hour packs. What is that? 3 days? It never really scared me enough to pack anything before, but the reality of them was too new this time.
Oh, and I did wear more substantial jammies that night!
:-)

W-S Wanderings said...

Your quilt, Donna - oh! how wonderful it is! And your Kindle cover with the paisley prints. So much love for paisley.

I'm so glad the tornado watch turned into nothing more than a bag packing exercise. Well, okay, there's the thinking about it all part too, isn't there? When the children and I (Where was my husband? I can't remember. Not home, though.)made a dash to the basement for fear of the violent winds, all I brought were some blankets, water, snacks and the cell phone. I don't have bags at the ready, though I love the idea, but we do have the spot all scoped out and the children trained in the emergency plan(s). Now, if I had a little bit of time, my camera and the bag it lives in would join us. It's how I process the world. Hmmm, a processed world does not sound healthy...

Donna said...

I can't wait to show off the whole quilt. I got the material for the back and the edges this week! I love my Kindle cover, too....paisley and polka spots. <3
The longer I thought the more I could have taken, but I knew I had the MOST important things, so I went to sleep. But, you? You NEED your camera. WE all need you to have your camera! The world processed through your lens sounds - well, looks better than real life!
Doesn't Eldest worry about her big animals? That would be so hard....

Rachel said...

Yes, a 72 hr. kit is a pack that has three days supply of food, water, food, flashlight, hygiene stuffs, money, etc. in it. Mine is more like 5 days instead of 3 days. :) You don't have to add too much more to make it 5 days instead of 3.......

Donna said...

I will have to see one of these when I am out there. We would have to have one just for pet supplies and meds!

K said...

We have made 72 hr kit after 72 hr kit. Backpacks for the children, a larger bag for the two bosses. THen years would go by, and we had to face the reality that, if we had to grab those bags and go, the underwear in the kids' bags probably would fit past their ankles. Now we've got the four horses and two dogs, so my strategy is to pray constantly that there's no flood or tornado or fire or earthquake AT ALL. Yeah. I know. Sigh. And as far as MS. Rachel goes - that's why I'm digitizing everything and backing the important stuff off site. Like, on another side of the planet.

May I just say that I LOVE Noah's quilt???? I loved the pattern, but I love the closeup far more DEEPLY. WONDERFUL. And like Wabi - I'm takin. the camera -

W-S Wanderings said...

Wait. Where'd the reply button go? Ah well, here I am out of order. I just wanted to let you know that we ALL worry about the horses during storms. Last year we had a massive windstorm that took out hundreds of trees, and the trees are exactly where the horses head to during storms. Luckily no one was injured. It's not like we could even go get the herd into their shelter because it would be just about impossible to find them in the forested acres. Drat those horses who refuse to take shelter in their perfectly good free access barn!!!