I Am Not a Winter Person.
January 31, 2011
I am not a winter person. If I could stay inside and hibernate until May, I would be happy. But since I have a job (that I love) and since I do drink milk and make sandwiches once in a while, it’s best that I suck it up and travel.
One of my biggest fears is getting stuck in a snow storm, ice storm, or anywhere unpleasant . So, I have decided to be proactive and keep items in my car that will help keep me safe.
List of Emergency Items to keep in vehicle during cold bad weather.
- A red handkerchief -- When I was in high school, we were allowed to take a short course in auto mechanics. The instructor told us to tie a red scarf or handkerchief on the antenna of the car. He also told us that girls can stand on the side of the road next to a broken down car and cry. According to him, that worked every time.
- An extra change of clothes -- (including undergarments, and incidentals like socks) In case you need to stay somewhere other than home. Sometimes coworkers and friends will put you up. Bless them!
- Snacks -- like chocolate, dried fruit, energy/snack bars and/or nuts. Especially the energy bars. They will help if you have to dig out. And the chocolate will just make you feel better.
- Water -- keep in the interior of the car so less freezing occurs. Just purified water is best as the spring water separates the minerals if it does freeze and then thaw. The minerals separating won’t hurt you, but it isn’t too appetizing. You didn’t want to pay for mineral water anyway.
- Flashlight -- check batteries frequently as they run down faster in cold weather or get one that winds to charge. These are great. Just make sure that the grandkids put it back so that you will have it when you need it.
- Towels -- so that I can keep the snowflakes from collecting on my glasses.
- Blankets -- because I hate being cold.
- Snow boots -- are great when you are on your way home from work wearing your new high heeled pumps that were on sale and are so very, very special and you get stuck in a snow bank.
- A jacket -- or a sweat jacket with a thermal lining to add an extra layer of warmth if you need it. Especially when the new jacket you bought looks so much better when it is NOT covered in snow.
- One of those small shovels that you take camping with you. It fits the hands of husbands, tow truck drivers and other assorted emergency folks. Remember to cry.
- Don’t forget the trusty old scraper. My husband bought me the king size, jumbo, mega scraper. He usually does the scraping, probably because I can’t lift the thing.
- You must have a working cell phone if only to cry on someone’s shoulder that you are stuck somewhere and can’t get home to snuggle up with that romance novel that you have been waiting for and just came in today and you can’t get to the library to get it and they might have to send it back…………… Put the library number into your cell phone.
- Last but not least, reading material to pass the time. This is absolutely a must. We can only guess when the knight in shining armor will come and rescue us so it’s best to rescue ourselves. After all, we are women, hear us roar.
The library accepts donations of paperback books. We "check" them out, however they don’t have a due date. So, you can keep it in your car until you feel the need to stay for a while and wait for help.