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home : lifestyle : putnam   May 29, 2016

11/19/2012 11:56:00 AM
Nancy Prill column: It's all over

Nancy Dinelli-Prill

I’m writing this the day after the election and I’m glad it is over. I think that a president should be elected for two terms and then be out, with the provision that he can be “kicked” out if he isn’t doing his job. What is my next joke?
I think this president has been campaigning throughout his first term for his second term. It feels like nothing much has gotten done. The time and money spent, the bothersome telephone calls that continued even on election day, were unfair and unwanted.
Yes, we are lucky that we live in a country where elections are carried out as they are. But when you see what went on and still is going on with Jesse Jackson Jr., a couple of judges and some others who ran for office and were elected again while being investigated, makes you wonder.
Let’s talk about what is going on along the eastern coast of this United States.
What a mess, what a horrid mess and the thing that makes it a bigger problem than the Gulf Coast storms are the cold and the snow.
If I were president, I would bring all of our troops home and assign one serviceman as a “guardian angel” for each family to just help keep them on their feet. I can’t even imagine how these people are keeping it all together.
The other thing I would do is purchase a couple of old, unused retired cruise ships and park them near the destruction so people would have a warm dry place to find relief, have a hot shower, a bed to sleep in, a hot meal and get out of the cold.
I just don’t understand it all. We are fighting a war we will never win, so what is the use. The war that our country is fighting against “Mother Nature” seems to be one we can’t win either, but at least our servicemen would be home doing a job that will help our people more. When are we going to wake up to the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t want to live the kind of life we live?
Let me ask you something. What have you learned about being prepared and could you be prepared for the storm that hit out east. You have read in this column several times my concern about the big trees near our house and the electric and telephone lines. I love trees and I’ve planted hundreds of them, however, to continue to let the trees grow tall over the electric wires is nuts. I watched as those big trees fell on houses and power lines and made a real mess. I felt vindicated that I pushed to have the big tree that I myself had planted to close to the house, taken down this summer.
For the past two years, I’ve asked the carpenter if that probably 40-foot tree was too close to the house. He told me not to worry.
For the past two years, I’ve asked the tree man if that probably 40-foot tree was too close to the house. He told me not to worry.
Everyone told me that the tree wouldn’t fall on the house, it would fall the other way. I kept my mouth shut.
But then, in one of the wind storms we had this summer one of the bigger branches fell — on the house and that was all it took to give the “take ‘er down” orders. To this day, when son Kevin walks by the remaining knee high stump he says he can’t believe that tree was so big. Well, I just measured the stump by wrapping the extension cord around it and then measuring the amount of cord. It measured 9 feet around.
One of the things I noticed when we were in Italy, was that the trees in the towns were not allowed to grow taller than the buildings and utility wires. The trunks were large and you could tell the trees were old, but their tops were contained to be like big round balls.
Having said all that, I remember I wrote an article earlier this year that said we were too “tech” controlled. I said we needed to equip our homes with some of the old ways. Ways to get water and heat and bathroom facilities and food independently.
We pretty much have that. I’m just sorry, when the big digger was here, that we didn’t dig for an outhouse behind the barn. We have our generator and I tell “The Farmer” we need a small 10-15 gallon tank of gas behind the barn for the generator. We have five 5-gallon jugs of water stored. I have no canned goods, which I probably should get a few, but if the generator keeps the freezers going that would take care of food. We have two wood burners and plenty of wood for heat and to build a cooking fire outside.
One thing that worries me is our everyday important personal papers. I’m going to get a little one handle file box that one of us could grab and run if needed. Important papers are protected from flood and fire. Money! What are those people doing for money and are the banks now operating to get to their money?
I’ve always worried about all that stuff and I don’t know why. How prepared are you for some unexpected “Mother Nature Happening”? Ciao!

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