Kelly Larson


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xcskir
My mom & dad kept a sled, blanket, candles, and matches in our car during the winter. Living 50 miles south of our Canadian neighbors made this a necessity, so if we became stuck (the days before cell phones or pagers), the decision to stay with the car or ride the sled while my parents could pull my little brother & me to a safe place.

When you are prepared, the best feeling is knowing you have a plan, even if you never need it. We never needed it but living In North Dakota, it was common sense.
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xcskir
I grew up with a plan, and to this day I carry my "common sense" supplies in my car, even though I live in Indiana now. The common sensibility as a grown up meant having a basement; now I have a kit for tornado emergencies, including a hand crank weather radio fully tricked out to charge a cell phone, with an LED bright as the sun, a siren, etc.

We kept our landline and have an outlet for a phone in case cell connectivity is disrupted. Five gallon water bottles, handheld can opener, and more.

I have my plan down to a science; I know how long it takes to get there with spouse & pet, and having witnessed the destruction a tornado can do in seconds, this is common sense here.

That said...I REALLY miss North Dakota. :/
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sfskies
Photo shows the remains of the giant concrete-topped island that separated my expansive galley kitchen from the great room (living/dining) after remediation was completed following major water damage from major roof leaks. I returned from 2 weeks at a conference and research trip, collapsed into bed and found water everywhere when I awoke. There had been heavy rains while I was away, with the topper the night I returned.

The roof has been replaced. I have chosen a contractor and have spoken with his cabinetmaker whose estimate will be used in negotiations between the insurance adjuster and the contractor. Insurance covers the cost of replacement of damaged or demolished structures and features with same or similar construction. That leaves lots of possibilities for upgrades as long as we stay within the budget.

This is obviously an unplanned project and NOT recommended. I have already done some maintenance projects this year and have other ongoing projects.

This is also an opportunity to purge stuff that I no longer need, want, etc.
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officialeboni
We are in the construction stage of our first 'home'! (buildingournvhome.blogspot.com)
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