Thursday, January 30, 2014

Are you prepared for an emergency?

We are not.  I hate to say that, but we just aren't.  We live in the central valley of California.  I try to reassure myself by noting that this is the one area of California that does not have active fault lines.  However, there are many other natural disasters besides earthquakes!  Storms alone can cause sustained power outages, which can easily be a disaster situation depending on the length and extent of the outage.  Other weather-related disasters are tornados, hurricanes, ice, snow, floods, lightning-related fires.....all of which have the potential to be devastating.

According to the National Weather Service (, for 2012 there were:
  • 155 heat-related fatalities
  • 29 flood-related fatalities, with a 10 year average of 76
  • 70 tornado-related fatalities, with a 10 year average of 109
  • 4 hurricane-related deaths, with a 10 year average of 109
Power outages, as mentioned above, can have disastrous effects.  You and your family should be prepared to survive for at least 72 hours on your own.  Take a moment to think about all the daily activities that rely on a society, we are highly dependent.  Of course, consider those you know that may rely on respiratory equipment, such as oxygen, ventilators, CPAP machines.  Are you prepared?

I have thought about this topic a lot in the last year.  It seems such situations are prevalent in the news.  We have 5 children.  It weighs heavily on me that we are not adequately prepared, though our pantry is always well stocked.

A blog I recently discovered, called "A Bowl Full of Lemons" has an awesome post on emergency preparedness.  Find it here.  This links to the "week 1" post.  She conquered emergency preparedness for her family over the course of 8 weeks.  I need to talk with Pigeon Man, but I would like to get started on this plan.  Even if we need more than 8 weeks, doing something is better than doing nothing!

This site has a good post as well -

Thoughts, comments, ideas welcome!!  What have you done to prepare your family?  Especially if you have a special needs child - how do you maintain enough medication with insurance company limits on amounts?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Well....that is a good question!  The last couple years have been busy and personally challenging.  I'm not ready to write about them all yet, but I am ready to get started again!

On November 15, 2013, I had a gastric bypass.  I have now lost just over 50 pounds and am feeling so much better!  I am finding that as my energy increases, I am able to resurrect some of my previous interests.  I had over a year of health challenges which really affected my energy and general life engagement.  I was just surviving, not thriving.

Upcoming topics include crafts, sewing, Valentine's, financial aid (The Singer is a high school senior, and The Queen is beginning community college with the hope of transferring to a university), cooking/baking/recipes, linkies, diabetes management & struggles, pics of my family, home management, decorating, sports, etc.  You name it - I like to write about it!

I do not consider myself really an expert on anything, except some areas of nursing.  I do consider myself proficient with Type 1 Diabetes and home management.  We are raising 5 daughters but I find I learn so much more when each one passes through an age, I don't think I will ever consider myself an expert. 

Welcome to my world!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Huge List of Free Ebooks from Amazon!

Amazon is offering a huge list of free ebooks!  Check it out here, at Moms by Heart!

How many totally awesome people have visited?