Are you ready?
This year's hurricane season starts June 1. Are you ready?
I'm not. Then again I never feel like I am, but I scratched a big-ticket item off the list Sunday.
Hoping Floridians will make the effort to be prepared and prepared early, the state declared a sales tax holiday on certain items from May 21 through June 1. To make matters even better, Home Depot is matching whatever Florida's sales tax would have been, with a reduction on the item's price.
Since Da Kid was off as was Herself, we three went to breakfast, saw The Da Vinci Code, then went to Barnes & Noble followed by a trip to Target, and finished our day at Home Depot — where I bought a new generator.
"Gramps," the old generator, is in the shop and we don't know yet what's wrong with it. It could be something minor and inexpensive and we become a two-generator family, OR because of its age Gramps might not be worth fixing.
The Home Depot folk were helpful and had all kinds of handouts available explaining what items are included in the state's hurricane-preparation tax holiday, and for comparison purposes a separate one with each and every generator on a spreadsheet for easy comparison.
I left with a Briggs & Stratton something-or-other model with this, that and the other that Da Kid agreed is good, and powerful enough so that if we ARE faced with a power outage for an extended period of time (which I know we won't be now that I've bought a new generator) we can keep the water pump atop the well, the refrigerator, the big freezer in the garage, and a small window A/C unit all going if we have to. (And possibly the hot water heater and / or the stove if we're careful to make sure everything's not all going at the same time.)
Not that I know how to even RUN a generator, but Da Kid said it was really simple and it is. And this one's on wheels for easy portability and has a detachable handle, which means even I could move it out of the garage and set it up if the need arises, which I know won't now that I bought the new generator.
In any case, here it's on to additional hurricane preparation: socking in additional canned goods,
Hopefully again this year after I've made every preparation here I can think of, all of Northeast Florida will once again be spared the worst.
Knock on wood.