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Snow day prep

February 1, 2011

George and I both rolled into the office a bit… well… later than we generally do.    I was rearranging travel plans in anticipation of the  storm that is coming our way is gonna really mess up  air travel.   The airline agreed to move the flights a day back on both ends to avoid future hassles. Sometimes they will do that if you know that a major storm is going to mess up everything, and you call them and ask them to change.   It is a good way to avoid getting stuck in Newark or Atlanta or some such place because your connecting flight is snowed in… in Chicago.   Most airlines have some sort of policy for changing flights due to really bad weather.  

George was delayed because of a chimney fire… or evidence of one… at his own place.  Sometime in the last 36 hours there was a fire in the flu that extinguished itself, but left the tell tale traces that the chimney pipe had been on fire.  He doesn’t know if it was while he was at work or at home, but the evidence was there.   He had just cleaned it out on Sunday,  hauled out 1/2 a sap bucket’s worth of ashes and had checked the flu.  He uses a rear view mirror from an old VW attached to a long stick so he can look up the chimney.    So it was a huge surprise to him that the wood furnace  was smokin’ and when he checked,  the flu opening was tight up with creosote.  Only a pinhole view.    *George had to stop and take the time to “bush it out”. When he cleaned out the chimney ash this time, now only a couple of days later, he got a bucket and a half.   This time of year, with all the cold weather and impending snow makes fire prevention most important.

 And now at the office  we are planning for the Big Snow.    I can bring my lap-top home and work from there and thought about making a venison stew for the crock pot tonight for tomorrow.  Then a Facebook friend reminded me that the plan was only as good as the electric.   I called my local utility and found out that the average electrical outage for my area is 1.5 days per year and the average time out was 2.5 hours.   Also, there are no wind warnings out for my area and, it has been cold and snow is not really sticking to the trees,  so downed limbs should not be a problem.     We are expecting a light snow and not ice/snow/sleet/freezing rain.  Light snow should not pull the electric lines down.  The risk to the lines are things going into the poles, like cars and trucks of drivers who should have stayed home because the roads are horrible.  Which includes me and George and Linda and the rest of the gang from the office.

But just in case I better think about plan B.  Plan B is what you do when nothing you planned is gonna work.  Snow Shoveling is probalby what I will be doing.

*Note to readers:  George is a Lieutenant for the Hyde Park Fire Department and is also a Fire Prevention officer, therefore he is qualified to clean out his chimney.  I, on the other hand,  would call a professional chimney sweep, as should you if your wood stove or wood furnace starts to smoke. 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 12:21 pm

    We wish you were here to shovel with us as well. But don’t you have a ton of snow there too? Seems to me that we have all had our share of the while stuff 🙂

  2. February 9, 2011 12:19 pm

    George, supposed to be good luck to shake hands with a sweep…hope you passed on all that potential to those around you! Glad you still have an intact home.

    Stay warm, you Vermonters – wish I could be there to help shovel snow!

  3. February 2, 2011 8:53 am

    Yes… love the red hat. He was explaining how he looked up the chimney with the VW mirror and he brought it in after lunch.. the whole office smelled like wood stove.

  4. Margaret permalink
    February 1, 2011 5:14 pm

    Looking good George, thanks for the good advice.

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