Let's lighten the day

By: Proserpina , 2:27 PM GMT on October 10, 2012

I voted. Pictures, Images and Photos

A little quip can lighten the day


Laughter is an instant vacation.
~Milton Berle


If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.
Yogi Berra


Life is like an onion. Why is life like an onion? Because you peel away layer after layer and when you come to the end you have nothing.

Please make someone happy with a clean quote, a clean cartoon, a clean joke, etc. Thank you.

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132. Ylee
Glad You all made it through the night with your power! Yippee!

Do not apologise for your rant; the man is a fool, and deserves the full force of your Red Ant Fire! :)

Hope you can get out and about today; the worst for you, I believe, has passed! :)
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Glad to see your post this morning and know that you are ok. And you have POWER! :O)
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GOOD MORNING, WE ARE FINE! So far anyways. It is still too dark to go out and see what happened during the worst part of the storm, we did hear periodic bangs, as if a tree bit the ground. AMAZINGLY we did not lose power! It is a first. In the over 33 years we have lived here, we have lost electricity in every little weather event. It is still raining and we will still get some heavy winds today, so they say.

I just turned on the news and my thoughts and prayers go to the people in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and anyplace where there is loss of life, homes, etc. While my area was spared from major disasters (that I know of so far), other areas are disaster areas. Lots of bad stuff has happened in Hoboken due to the storm. My mother was born in Hoboken and the place holds a special place in my heart, so much so that in the late 1950s I went to visit Hoboken just to see where mom was born. Amazing the reasons for the 'places of the heart'.

I am listening to Mr. Rosen from Hoboken talk about his experience and fear (wife and children trapped with him)during the flooding. It was HIS choice to stay behind and keep the little children with him. I saw him laugh and make light of his decision when he was interviewed before the storm! He offended my sense of parental love and children first attitude, when he told of his decision, and I am furious now that he is bellyaching that he was in danger, blah blah blah! I have vented and apologize for my rant and also for the stupidity of some people and the hubris that makes them tick.

Oh back to my message to you. Again, we are fine. Thank you so much for your care, love, prayers. You are the best.
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Hey here's hoping your okay this morning and your house is dry
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Just woken up here, but the news is not good .... I doubt you will get much sleep.

{{{thinking of you }}}
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126. Ylee
Give Koko an extra hug from me, too! Poor pup, all this storminess is probably frightening to her!

You and Raindad take care!
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Thinking of you and hope you will be ok after the visit from Sandy
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Well, last post from you was quite awhile ago. I wonder if you lost power.....

We've been watching the news this evening and lots of wind, rain, and storm surge we've been seeing. Hope you're all OK.

They are now calling her a super storm. Amazing the trickle effect, with thousands of canceled flights all across the country. Glad I wasn't planning on going anywhere .

I'll look for an update tomorrow, from you, Rain or Aqua.
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Hi Pros. I have been thinking about you. Stay safe. Feel better soon.

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Stay safe Prose. While it was scary here, it was not as bad as i had dreaded it would be. We're still having wind and rain but flooding subsided and not expected to flood again tonight. We are still in high wind warning and weather alarm just sounded so i'll check into what that's about after I post this. Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and hoping for the best.
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Our thoughts are with you stay safe!
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Just stopping by real quick to let you know you are on my mind.
Sorry that you have to go through this, but you are going to be okay. Won't be fun, but you will get through this.

Take care friend.
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The winds are picking up and I do not like it but Sandy has not asked for my opinion!

Our electricity has flickered on and off several times, more than likely we will lose electricity soon. Our son Rain will post something here later if need be and if we can use our cell phones. He just called and I am grateful for such a thoughtful son. I love my Rain and my Aqua, they are my blessings.

On the humorous side: The news was showing people evacuating (in NJ ?)flooded streets, some were in rafts, others were waling with water waist deep, and one older gent was trying to 'evacuate' riding his bike. Obviously he wasn't getting far and provided me with humorous giggles and frustration fat the same time. By this time in his life he should know to evacuate when asked, before the flooding, and that the bike in deep water would not get him anywhere. Oh well, ....
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Hurricane Sandy is about to get worse.

Think of the derecho storm with high winds in June that lasted 24 minutes. The winds we’re about to experience beginning this afternoon are like the derecho, but they will last for 24 hours.

To paraphrase: Instead of 24 minutes of dangerous winds, it will be 24 hours of dangerous conditions.

We need you to stay off the roads and indoors as travel will become extremely dangerous with winds and heavy rain beginning this afternoon.

Several inches of rain and potential flooding could start happening. We’re beginning to get reports of flooded roads.

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mom- just take care of those under your roof

I worry about the little ditch out back, I worry and fret-

TO EVERYONE HERE- thank you for the prayers on my mom's behalf

She called me the other morning, and it was so wonderful to start my day with the sound of her voice
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Prayers needed... Word has gone out that two are missing in the waters under Sandy..
I am praying for the crew of the Tall Ship HMS Bounty. It was caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina Outer Banks. Two crew members are missing while 14 others have been rescued by the Coast Guard.
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(((Pros)))) ~

Still thinking of you and others living nearby or in affected areas right now. So far, we're doing okay, weather-wise, with only periodic manageable rain-bands and wind gusts as high as 41 mph. This noontime till evening is when stronger gusts (51-55 mph) are expected, but fortunately without much further rainfall. Hubby and I have prepared ourselves in advance for any annoying outcome of this storm. We sure know the drill by now.

STAY SAFE AND, AGAIN, MAY YOU FEEL BETTER SOON! What a time to be feeling under the weather during this type of weather!

Thought I'd re-post your current local WU weather radar below along with WU's tropical weather tracking map (which, if you click on it, will directly link people to WU's tropical storm tracking site) in case you and others are able or wish to check out T/S Sandy's current pathway or whereabouts.

Again, may you and all our WU friends, living in, near or on the affected Eastern Seaboard and inlands, be prepared, stay safe, warm and well! Let us know how you've made out when able after this vicious thing blows over! BIG WARM HUGS!! ~ MASS.


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Good morning PROS. I see it still has not made landfall yet. Going to be another rough day for many. We have been only getting a light drizzle here yet but I am sure it will change as Sandy makes landfall and joins forces with the cold front. They are predicting up to 50 mph winds and buckets of rain up to 6 inches worth, the worse will be closer to the Golden Horseshoe area, Niagara London Toronto areas and northeast. Going to be an interesting couple of days.

Heard you are not feeling well yourself and I know how that is. Have been spending a lot of time in bed myself. I have to bundle myself up this morning and take the trash to the road before the heavy rains start. Thank goodness I don't have to go out shopping for a few days. Hopefully by then the storm will be passed its worse.

Take care girl, don't worry about a few trees. They can easily be replaced. It's lives that matter most. With all the proposed flooding, I certainly hope people will take heed and stay away from fast moving waters.

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Morning, Pros - not much to add except that I'm thinking of you. What a mess.

I'm going to devote a bit of time to the computer, then I'll be off and about once it warms up a little. It's in the 40s now, I think. I could check, of course, but that seems like a terrible amount of work!

Hope this one keeps moving faster than they've predicted and gets out of your area pretty quickly. Unfortunately, they're saying she's going to slow down a good bit - that could mean more tree loss for you. We'll just have to wait and see. Have a good morning!
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Prayers for you & your dear little KoKo. It is such a hard time.
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Good morning. It has been raining for hours, by the time the strong winds get here the ground will be totally saturated and the trees will topple down. What a monster of a storm!

Thank you Ylee, Jus, Janet, Aqua, Poppy, Rob, for stopping by with a kind word and the visuals. Jus I'll keep your beautiful photo in mind as things get a bit scary. Aqua, you have the right idea but I do not have the right body to be traveling 12 hours (which for me would turn into at least 15 hours or more). I might add that Koko is not doing well and my heart breaks every time I see how fast she is deteriorating. My fourteen year old Koko is aging tremendously.

I'll keep popping in to say hello as long as we have power.
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110. Ylee
Well, if you do lose power, you can make the best of it and light the fireplace and candles and have a romantic dinner of beenie weenies! :)

Take care!
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Hi Pros, sounds like you are prepared pretty well. But, hope you feel better soon. Maybe after this low pressure gets by you and Sandy heads far away, you will feel better!
We'll be playing in the flowers again in Spring and this will all be behind us.


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I hope your visit from Sandy goes as well as ours did. We have had only a steady breeze and rain since yesterday. I am ready for her to move on as she is starting to over stay he welcome. It does not take me long to start with the cabin fever.

also hope your pains ease soon

Stay save
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hey mom? you can always throw you, koko, and raindad in the car, and just head south. twelve hours.
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Stay SAFE prose!!!!!
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Well, you can't ever have it all under control, but you can be prepared to deal with what you have to. Sounds like you've thought it through pretty well. You even came up with an idea I never thought of. Hard boiled eggs!

I don't worry about power outages anymore since I have generators and can cook most anything on the BBQ and propane burner. (of course, I don't have to worry about staying warm afterwards) Yes, the most important thing is coffee! A cheap, old fashioned top of the stove drip pot is a good thing to have.

Be in a safe location.
Have some food and water.
(Including water for washing and flushing)
Get some rest beforehand.
Keep your wits about you.

Do those things and you'll likely be okay.
Sounds like you have.

So, be safe and anything else can be dealt with later.
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Good morning. It is overcast and windy, rain is on its way. We still have a grocery store run to make but when I say we, I mean hubby. I cannot do much of anything right now. The list is ready and hopefully he will go shopping soon.
I am doing the laundry just in case we have a power outage (just in case?), charging the cell phones, I am going to boil the dozen eggs sitting in the refrigerator for quick protein snack when the power outage occurs and it will. I am not preparing any other food as it would spoil, thank goodness for canned food! During the Derecho and the power outage it was hard to even find a place that had hot coffee so this time I have on the list instant coffee to prepare with water boiled in the fireplace if need be. Oh well, I am just convincing myself that we have all under control.

Ylee, your explanation of your grandma's comment makes sense. Thank you for your concern, hopefully the problem will fix itself with time. I have heard the comment about the solution being worse than the problem, now I know what it means.
If we lose power I will try to have my son post on my blog about how we are doing, provided the cell phone system is working.

Sandi, when I woke up this morning that's what popped in my head, when do we change the clocks in my area? So you start before us, not a bad idea, I do not like getting up in the dark. How did your shopping go? Did you get tired? Thank you for your prayers for gentle breezes, wouldn't it be nice?

BB, thank you. For once the focus is not on Oklahoma drought, fires, tornadoes,.... So it is our turn to prepare and wait and see. For once there are lots of preparations and plans by the State, County, etc. Of course no plan is going to stop that tree coming down on top of your house, of the fools that will try to drive through flooded streets,....

RR, once again you found the perfect visual! Love it! And yes, go away rain and wind!

Rob, I hope your family in VA fares well, they are in a bad weather area for this storm. Prayers for your family.

, as usual, you are my great help when it comes to maps! Can you believe it? I still do not know how to post maps, mainly because I have not made the effort to learn. I fervently hope that you and your family will be just fine during this storm. According to the paper, it extends all the way to Maine and even mentioned Canada. Of course, it looks like NY is going to be in a huge mess due to the high tides and flooding. Imagine, even the casinos in NJ are already shutting down, everyone is taking Sandy very seriously. But then we do know to watch out when a dame gets furious! Be well, be safe.

Karen and Shore, I just went back to the previous page and found your messages, sorry that I almost missed my opportunity to say thank you for thinking of me. Hopefully Sandy is all hype and it will gently blow away.

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101. sandiquiz
7:47 AM GMT on October 28, 2012
Hi there,
I got an extra hour in bed because our clocks went back last night.... a definite sign of winter and dark evenings in front of the fire.

I hope you got your provisions and are all ready for whatever the next few days might bring!!!

As Mass said, you have had more than enough to contend with lately, and really don't need any more.
Take care, both of you- I will be thinking of you and praying for gentle breezes!!!
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100. Ylee
2:22 AM GMT on October 28, 2012
Hi Pros, sorry to hear that the pain blockers are making things worse! I hope you and the Docs get a hold of this problem quickly!

I never gave what my grandma said about "holes in their britches" much thought until you mentioned it! Best guess is that she came from the Depression days, where there were a lot of unwashed folks with holey clothes! Perhaps they smelled to the point it made her eyes water and nose itch? I'll never know, since she long since passed! :(

Really, really, hope you feel better soon!
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99. Barefootontherocks
2:08 AM GMT on October 28, 2012
Hi Prose,
Whoa. Last time I stopped in Sandiquiz had just posted the popcorn joke.

Hoping this rare and powerful other "Sandy" doesn't cause you much trouble. Take care.
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98. RobDaHood
11:20 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
Hey Prose.
Sure hope you are feeling better.

I have friends, family, in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area so the folks up your way are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care and check in with WU friends after Sandy clears your area so we know you are okay.
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97. masshysteria
7:51 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
((((PROS)))) ~

So sorry to hear that you've been suffering with so much physican pain!! Naturally, my thoughts and prayers are with you during these most challenging moments! Speaking of which, I'm so concerned as to how T/S Sandy will affect you and your area. Hubby and I have begun making plans for what to do if our power goes out, etc. Our old generator bit the dust last year and we only have a small one left (1,000 watts) to cover our energy efficient refrigerator. Naturally, if it gets too cold or difficult to remain in our home, we will definitely seek out relatives, friends or a hotel (no matter how far) with power. Hope you and RainDad are prepared and make out A-Okay, as you, especially, have had more than enough to contend with lately.

Hope to get back online sometime before the weekend's over, as I have to chauffer my F-I-L tomorrow and obtain more emergency supplies for all of us. At least, he has a large working generator hooked up and an easy to use charged up senior cell phone handy. Right now, I could use a nice long nap after another quite hectic week and constant interruptions (when attempting to post) from hubby. ZZZZZzzzzzz, Ooops, sorry I dozed off there. LOL!

Boy, this is the second Halloween in a row where trecherous weather has more than dampened the spirits of what used to be a usually fun-filled holiday. It has definitely taken on a whole new too scary meaning. Wish Mother Nature would go back to bringing us pleasant weather treats instead of these unusual seasonally mean tricks!!!

Thought I'd post your local WU weather radar below along with WU's tropical weather tracking map (which, if you click on it, will directly link people to WU's tropical storm tracking site) in case you and others are able to check out T/S Sandy's current pathway or whereabouts.

May you and all our WU friends, living near, on the affected Eastern Seaboard or inlands, be prepared, stay safe, warm and well! BIG WARM HUGS!! ~ MASS.


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96. SBKaren
4:48 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
Pros - I thought of you first thing when I saw the predicted forecast for Sandy. Sounds like you are in for some rough weather this week. Please stay safe! I have a friend in Virginia right now and she is suppose to come home on Tuesday. I'm sure her flight will be affected. Just stay safe!!!
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95. shoreacres
1:53 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
Good morning, Pros - I've been so out of the loop I didn't realize Sandy is taking a bead on the east coast. I've not read a lot about it, but did just see they're talking about a New Jersey landfall - yes? If that's so, will you miss the worst of it? I just don't know. It's hard to imagine a hurricane where I am - 28 degrees, clear and still. Just beautiful fall weather.

I'm so sorry about that pain block being a non-block, too - or at least having side effects. I hope it eases up soon. In this case, temporary would be very, very good.

I'll check back later and see how things are.
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94. Proserpina
1:23 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
Sandi, our menace is with a Y and she is not you! YOU are a lady! Going shopping? You must be feeling pretty good and I am happy for you. Just go slowly.

The latest pain block has proven to be a pain maker! Yesterday I was so crazy with pain that I literally was screaming and crying out loud, not dignified for an old lady! I sure hope that it is just a phase and that the negative reaction of the block will dissipate. I have been told by the doctor that sometimes a pain block makes things worse but up to this last one I have not had the bad experience. I guess things catch up with one's body, soon or later. So I wait and hope for good results, assuming that it is just a temporary phase.

Thank you and take care.
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93. Proserpina
1:16 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
Weatheringpoints, that is one hilarious video. I am laughing heartily! Love that bird and the singer's reaction. Amazing. THANK YOU for posting this!
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92. sandiquiz
12:58 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
Dear Pros,

I am sorry you are not feeling any better... Take it easy going shopping. There will be hundreds of folks doing the same today, so it will be busy.

I do hope 'I' do not cause you any more problems.... I wish I could make my namesake turn right and head out to sea, instead of inland to you.

Take care, I pray it turns out to be gentle wafting winds and not headstrong gales!
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91. Proserpina
12:44 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
Good morning.

All of the news talk in this area is about Sandy. She is reported as a mean machine! We already have a state of emergency and people are making plans for loss of power, and weather mayhem. My worry is that we have lots of huge trees in our yard and we usually get one or two down in these kind of storms. The fear is that they might fall on the house. We'll see.
Hubby and I need to go get some canned food, soups, chili, anything that can be heated by the fire in a fireplace and eaten. We also need more food for Koko. We will make a grocery visit today or tomorrow.

Thank you Ylee, you are kind to offer prayers and I appreciate them. Your grandma sure had some interesting sayings! I am trying to figure out about the 'hole in the britches"! I guess I am a bit slow this morning, mentally and physically.

Janet, that's a good one! Thank you for the laughter, I sure can use a good giggle! Thank you for the book suggestions. I have not read any Fiorato books but I will look for them. I am intrigued by the Botticelli title and also the Murano one. Does she write mystery stories?

WP, as soon as I finish writing this post, I will watch the video. Something tells me that I am going to like it a lot. As I just said, I do need some good light moments.

GG, I do not know where you find the visuals that you post but I love them. I particularly like the third one about seeing Friday! Also the previous set of photos, I like them particularly the one about John Lenno-Harry Potter one. I actually see both of them.

Hi Sandi, thank you for the duct tape info, funny. I love the blond joke. Pink curtains for Windows indeed!
How are you feeling? I will visit your blog to see if you have been posting. I wonder how C's mom is doing, I know that the operation was already performed. So sad.

Mass, so good to see you. You and I are taking turns at disappearing from the blogs.
I hope that you are getting ready for Sandy, she is coming your way as well. She is not a nice lady! She is not a lady actually. You take care dear Mass.

Shore this is the best laugh yet! "Presidential poll update: 4.5% Obama, 4.5% Romney, 91% Stop Calling Me Or I Swear I'll Get a Restraining Order "! Love this tweet.
I hope that your trip is going well and that you are having lots of fun.

Ok, time to go look at the WP video, see you later.
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90. Proserpina
12:36 PM GMT on October 27, 2012
The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
Yogi Berra

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir %u2026 mighty scarce.
Mark Twain

Nobody goes where the crowds are anymore. It%u2019s too crowded.
Yogi Berra
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89. Ylee
9:35 PM GMT on October 26, 2012
Prayers for you, Pros! Feel better soon!
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88. Proserpina
9:13 PM GMT on October 26, 2012
I am not ignoring the posts, I just am having a difficult time with a health condition. I will respond as soon as am able to do so.
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87. Proserpina
4:49 PM GMT on October 26, 2012
Hurricane Sandy

Emergency Information from Chairman Bulova
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October 2012


According to the National Weather Service, the most likely timeframe of impact for Hurricane Sandy will be Sunday and Monday. The exact timing and extent of the impact is uncertain due to the timeline, distance and potential for change in course. While there is still uncertainty on the exact track of Hurricane Sandy, strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rain and dangerous swells will be possible for areas along the coast of Virginia and Fairfax County. In addition, strong winds and locally heavy rainfall will be possible during this time along and east of Interstate 95.

I encourage everyone to sign up for weather alerts from the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) - for the latest information on the storm and emergency services.

Preparedness Activities

We urge all of our Fairfax County residents to stay up to date on this storm as it has potential for heavy rains, winds and flooding.

Ensure that you have adequate food and water on hand in the event power is lost or roads are closed due to downed trees.

Don't forget your pets, medications and others who may need special assistance.

Ensure that you have a communications plan and that all family members understand who to call if you get separated.

In these types of weather events, excessive rain will loosen tree root systems so a greater potential for downed trees can be expected.

In the event you live in an area that is prone to flooding, be prepared to relocate your family and vehicle before flood waters have an impact. In past events, there has been little warning once the water begins to rise.

If you are driving and see a street that is flooded, turn around.

Make sure you have a stock of fresh batteries in case of power loss.

Consider including a wind up radio among your emergency supplies.


Sharon Bulova

Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Emergency Contact Information

Please take a moment to review the following four points and browse the Fairfax County emergency preparedness page. If you have questions about emergency preparedness, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711.

Assemble a Kit: Emergency supply kits can be purchased from numerous sources, including the American Red Cross, or you can put one together from basic supplies you already own. Just remember the basics for survival - fresh water, food, and warmth - when putting together your kit.

Be Prepared: Your family may be at different locations when an emergency occurs so you will need to a plan to contact each family member. You'll also need a plan for home, school and the workplace. Use the Make A Plan Web site to help.

Be Informed: Access to information is critical before, during and after an emergency. Be prepared by being informed.

Make a Plan: Help yourself and your community prepare for and respond to emergencies. There are many ways to get involved throughout the year.

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86. janetlee
12:40 AM GMT on October 26, 2012
hope you feel better soon

~dr. of laughter
(posted on my FB page today.)
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85. weatheringpoints
11:51 PM GMT on October 25, 2012
Hi Pros, Sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope you will be feeling better soon.
It was so much fun to read through all of the comments here. Thanks to all for the laughs!
Here is a video to lighten the day...

(watch on full screen)
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84. GardenGrrl
3:11 PM GMT on October 25, 2012

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83. sandiquiz
6:34 AM GMT on October 25, 2012
Lol - I love the John Lennon / Harry Potter cat! I could even add 'Billy Bunter' too!

Hope you are feeling better today... a head cold always makes you feel grotty. Plenty of hot fruit drinks and steam inhalations.

I am not feeling too bad today. Managed to sleep for seven hours, which always makes one feel better. I have a friend coming for lunch tomorrow. I am going to make a macaroni cheese, as I can do that easily, without too much standing or lifting. She doesn't know it yet, but she will be roped in to run the vacuum over the carpets for me!!! lol

Here is today's funny ....

You only need two tools in life - WD40 and Duct tape. If it should move and doesn't, use the WD40 and if it moves and shouldn't, use the Duct tape - sorted!

Take care. I will come back to check on you later.
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82. Ylee
2:37 AM GMT on October 25, 2012
Hi, Pros! Hope you feel better soon!
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