Checking our emergency supplies

I woke up this morning and turned the TV to the Weather channel to see what was happening with Hurricane Gustov. Gustov made landfall as predicted west of New Orleans but fortunately was only a category 3. From what I have seen on the Weather channel coverage New Orleans is faring much better than it did with Hurricane Katrina three years ago. What has me worried is that TS Hanna is now a hurricane and is threatening the East coast. It is not likely to directly influence us as early predictions show it making landfall in Georgia. But you never know with hurricanes so I have been checking our emergency supplies. While I was doing that TS Ike has formed in the middle Atlantic and another potential storm is off the coast of Africa. So as the peak of the hurricane season fast approaches things are really heating up in the Atlantic.

As far as supplies go we are pretty well prepared. I have emergency MRE’s enough for 4 days and other emergency supplies like water, first aid, weather radio, batteries, etc. that should see us through all but the worst hurricane. I bought a backpack a couple of years ago that is packed with emergency supplies that will supplement the existing supplies. If it appears that a hurricane is really going to hit our area I will buy additional supplies from the grocery store so we should be well prepared. I just hope that we will not have to use any of this stuff.

I also hope that no hurricanes impact the Kennedy Space Center as I already have hotel reservations and a plane ticket to go there for the October 8 launch of STS-125. I am really excited about going down there and seeing the shuttle launch. I bought a ticket package that will allow me to tour the KSC facilities and observe the night launch from the Visitor Center there.

TS Hanna
TS Hanna

Happy Birthday to Kirk and Dana

Today is Kirk’s 17th birthday. This coming Saturday will be Dana’s 21st birthday. Dana is coming over this evening and we will be celebrating both birthdays. I have been out getting birthday presents and getting the ingredients to bake a cake. Everything is go now, with the presents wrapped and the cake done. Dana is really excited about turning 21 and I hope it is for more that being able to legally drink now. Kirk’s dad just called a few minutes ago and sang Happy Birthday to him over the phone. Both will be getting a lot of presents and I hope the party will be a success.

On another note my brother Skip called today and told me that my Mom wants him to bring her to my church one Sunday this month. My mother has been asking me about attending services for a while now but it is nice that Skip is going to attend also. I am looking forward to both of them being in church one Sunday soon.

Retirement is going well and I am finding plenty of things to do. I don’t know how I managed all these years giving up 10 hours a day to work. I can accomplish so much more with those 10 hours now that I am retired. Plans are still on for a trip to Florida to see the shuttle launch in October. I hope to stop in Huntsville, Alabama to see the Space Museum as well as a guided tour of the Kennedy Space Center. This is something I have dreamt about for a long time and it is finally going to come true.