In fact, all I feel is silence. Ominous, ominous silence.
A state of emergency has been declared through Tuesday. I've packed myself, my husband, and our little munch suitcases in the off-chance we need to evacuate (our area floods... a LOT). I've also stuffed a tupperware bin full of ready-to-eat food and juice in case we're without electricity for a while.
Instead of sleeping on the second floor, I've made up the guest room to serve as our camping grounds for the next few days. Since we've got a lot of trees around us, I never feel too safe upstairs since any one of them could come smashing through the roof.
So, we sleep in a guest room off the back of the house on the main level. It's got a queen sized pull-out bed, so the three of us get a little cramped, but we're glad to be safe and together. Vince typically gets a kick out of us all piled into the bed anyway, so it's win-win all around.
I also have an empty tupperware bin lined with a blanket that will serve as our cat carrier for the three girls should we need to leave. When storms like this hit, we keep the three of them shut into the room with us so we don't have to go running around the house trying to find three scared kitties. Plus, putting them all into one carrier makes our lives a lot easier. One of us can take the tub while the other takes Vince.
Finally, I made sure to have those candles and flashlights out! I recently had six candles blessed by Fr. Eucharist, so I'm feeling pretty good about our lighting situation. I also made sure Vince and John had hot meals throughout the day in case we have to go without them for the next few. Hopefully we won't, though!
Yipes, though. Let's hope this is all bark and no bite. May the storm pass quickly and quietly, and may we all make it to the rainbow in safety.