I really didn't think this storm would get here. After all, we've had four hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean in the last six weeks, one of which hit us dead center in the mountains with its' unwanted remnants. Harvey did a lot of damage in Texas but didn't bother us much in the Blue Ridge. Irma came along about a week later and really trashed us up here. Then Maria, which went along off shore along the east coast and didn't have any real impact on us except some wind and a little r. Now Nate, and it's being tracked with a prediction that it will pass right over us, with North Georgia in the Northwest sector, which is the worst. NOAA says the winds and rain may be as bad as Irma.
I've tested the generator, cleaned the diversion ditches , cleaned out the gutters on the buildings, completely filled the tanks on the vehicles, and that's about all I can do. We went into town, and bought some odds and ends. Our store of animal feed got a bit depleted over this past month, so we replenished that. Didn't buy much for ourselves, as we really didn't need much. This time around my wife got two big bags of ice and put them in the deep freezer, and we have moved most of what was in the refrigerator freezer into the deep freezer.
People in town just seemed burnt out with it all. They were filling up their vehicles with gasoline, and buying whatever they needed,but there wasn't any excitement this time around. My wife pointed out to me that it's the weekend between payday on the 1st and payday on the 15th for most people who work hourly jobs here, and lots of folks will not have a great deal of disposable income for hurricane supplies. They will make do with what they have. They are good at doing that, some of these families have been living here since the 1840's.
We went by the library and my wife got some books to read, in case the power does go out. I have a three volume fictional series which takes place in New Mexico from 1866 until present day, so that should keep me gainfully employed. One of the worst things about the power going out for a long time is keeping yourself busy while you wait for it come back on.
The new Off Grid is out, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Just got my copy today.
Just skimming it, the look at the fellow's survival retreat might be interesting, and the gas mask article should be useful. I have enough Finnish gas masks with extra filters for the family. Most people buy the German Drager's, those seem to be the mask of choice for the well heeled, but my Finnish masks are good quality. You have to use an adapter with them to use NATO filters, but that's not a big deal.
Other than that, I haven't done a thing. Just waiting for the storm to come now.