Here, in my neck of the woods (the skyscraper woods, that is), we are talking about what it was like a year ago - in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Much has been improved, but folks still are struggling to get their lives back after impact of a weather disaster.
It always makes me think about other times when our lives are disrupted because of ol' Mother Nature. Even a small snowstorm can cancel school for a few days, and sheets of ice on the streets can mean you are inside for quite a bit of time. My parents and my sis live in the mountains and they all need to think about stocking that pantry, cupboard and freezer to be prepared for the upcoming months.
Here, in NYC, we are pretty lucky when snows hit. The streets are plowed often and so much is within walking distance, we don't have to worry as much, but I'm still doing a little bit of stashing and planning ahead, just to be on the safe side. Here's what this little city chipmunk is stocking up on for the winter:
-- Pasta and pasta sauce
-- Canned beans and rice
-- Extra ground beef/meat/chicken in the freezer
-- Frozen veggies
-- Shredded cheese
-- Chili making ingredients (beans, canned tomatoes, ground beef, seasonings...because who doesn't love chili on a chilly day?)
-- Extra paper towels and napkins
-- Wine and beer
-- Ketchup (because the kiddo just loves that tomato-red condiment)
-- Frozen feel-good munchies (think chicken nuggets and little appetizers that can make being cooped up inside a little more tolerable)
-- A bag or two of sweets (I mean, c'mon, we need to have some chocolate or something)
-- Microwave popcorn (for those movie marathons)
What do you stock up on when it turns colder outside? Do you get snowed in much during the winter?