Yes, Elvis, why?
Batteries! And matches! Those other things will be useless without them!
I’ve seen it snow in July in Alaska, and there’s always a snow job going on in Washington DC…
What about foods? Gotta have some emergency ham!
Elvis is the CN meteorologist?
Blizzards bring interesting things to the Big Pink House like Tommy and Beatrix.
It’s better than snowing in the summer, isn’t it?
Because if it snowed in summer, it would flood.
I love Elvis puffing out about it. but Lupin pink, right down to his tail is still precious. power outages in winter is no joke. I remember doing this checklist right before our blizzard during Christmas week!
then there’s the other, other thing. the group snuggle, with the cocoa, near the fire, with all your furbabies, wrapped up in the electric blanket!
Here in NYC, we have no idea what you’re talking about! ; )
Sunflower Elvis, blooms year round!
We also keep a battery charger for the phones and I have my scanner radio on my phone so we can pick up the local police channels. I used to have a NOAA weather alert radio and it was terrible! You had to test it every week or the alarm would go off, usually in the middle of the night or when we weren’t home, if I forgot, and the poor animals would just freak because it was so loud! I ended up getting rid of that in a hurry. Awful thing.
Panel by panel, Pink Lupin appears to be fading to Blush Lupin.
bottled water? toilet paper? cat food?! litter?!!!
It’s always a good idea to check the emergency kit every year. Don’t forget food and water for three days for the pets, plus any meds they need.
We should check ours. We put ours together for two people and three cats. The thing is, we now have three people.
He asks as I look out the window and recall that all the snow my area has gotten is a few flurries. (No, I’m not bitter about it, why do you ask? :P)
Elvis is getting old enough to want to move to Florida
Let’s not forget the French toast trio-eggs, milk and bread!
Hisstorical note, yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the great blizzard of “78” here in R.I. Land of the BPH. Good reminder to check emergency supplies, for those who do that kind of thing…. hmmm.
In Florida, Texas, etc., we need the same checklist for anything that could affect power, such as an itty-bitty hurricane. I keep candlesticks and small mirrors with the candles, and a small Sterno™ stove to use outside. I’d add a manual can opener, watch or battery clock, and powdered drink mix to the group’s list.
From the last week-long power outage these steps were added to my check-list- Fill tub with water for toilets and another container with drinking water (well water)- Firewood in the garage so it stays dry- Coffee already ground and a verified way to heat water without electricity
Ah, preparing for a giant storm. It’s a high of 54 here today, so definitely none of that. I think I will give Puck credit for piquing the interest of the audience and fellow reporters with his vagueness.
Try living here in Nevada, Elvis. I dunno about the the rest of the state, but I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually seen snow in Vegas. We did get some nice rain last month, though!
It doesn’t have to be snow. It could be a violent thunderstorm that takes down power lines. It is always a good idea to have a few supplies on hand for emergencies. We have a generator for the house and enough gas to keep it running for several days, more if we don’t have too much load on the system.
You’re gonna need some light
You’ll be glad you bought some candles
Elvis is so uptight
You know snow’s more than he can handle
Might be snow or even slipp’ry sleet
So you better find a broom
With winter things complete
Snuggle close in your warmest room
Well you could’ve done anything that you wanted to
We can see
It’s all the winter things you do
“Pinky” really likes the things you do
- Robert Rogers / William Robinson Jr. – The Way You Do the Things You Do – The Temptations
Elvis the Weather Cat, bringing those keen insights to feline reportage every day. XD
Procol Harum: A Whiter Shade of Pale
We checked the drawers for batteries
And did the candles have a match?
The radio reported the weather,
A snowstorm coming in a flash!
The Woman said first and foremost,
We must make a shopping list,
To beat the crowds that will be rushing,
You know we have to get there first!
And so it was with Puck and Elvis
As Lupin told his tale
That the Meeser, first just angry
Puffed out to a grander scale!
They said they need milk and eggs
The fridge they had to fill
There had to be enough groceries
To last until next April!
The snow arrived, the flakes came down
Covering the ground for all to see,
At the end the alleged snow storm
Yielded two inches, or maybe three!
Meanwhile, Back on the Nile
Thomios: Do we have enough fruit and juice for my fruit fiesta dessert?
Sue Chef: I’ll check, but I’m pretty sure we do. I just heard giggling in the background.
Thomios: Great. I’ll have enough for the Artisans’ Wearable Art Fashion Show.
At the Artisans’ Studio
Maat-Tilda: We’ll have to rethink the fashion show a bit now that Lupinium’s gone all multicolored.
Sophititi: How about Gold and Silver for Puck, and Jewel Tones for Lupinium.
Tillie: Wonderful idea. Tabith-Isis, do you have any red dots we can use?
Tabby: I can catch some, no problem.
Soph: And Arachna, can you weave some fine silver silk?
Ari: Do you think I’m made of silk? But sure, I can do that.
Tillie: I think we have a plan.
They were forcasting Snowageddon. I bought an electric snow blower and extension cord and put it by the garage door. We didn’t have measurable snow for 5 years.
I get the message of this tale but have to say them standing together with their CN microphones is adorable.
Geez Elvis, take a chill pill dude. All of our cats have always been indoor cats, however each and every one of them gets one opportunity to explore the great outdoors. This chance only comes in the winter, when there is snow on the ground. It is priceless to watch a cat when it first encounters snow. It also helps to curb that drive to go outside.
Candles? Check. BBQ lighter for candles and gas stove? Check. Food? Check. Water? Not on a well, so should be OK. Toilet paper? Check and double check? Cats? Both still here, check. Cat food and treats? Getting low on food, lots of treats. Blankets and warm clothing? Check. I think I’m good.
Elvis, it snows in winter because it’s not supposed to snow in summer.
Well cat, it never snows here in winter.
I see Lupin is still pink!
The radio is so that you can hear how bad everything is everywhere and how we’re all doomed.
I’ve never understood the radio but then I’ve usually lived outside of radio reception so the device would prove of no help. Are there really emergency announcements over the radio in, say, Rhode Island?
That’s what winter does, Elvis. If it’s winter, it snows. You can’t have one without the other.
Unless you live closer to the equator where it’s too warm to snow…but I would argue that doesn’t count as “winter.” You cannot have winter without snow, I’m sorry, folks. I don’t make the rules, I just tell them like it is. :P
Gotta say, Lupin is adorable pink!
I would totally freak out in a power failure. I’ve lived in the same condo complex in Chicago for over 25 years and we have never had a power failure. I would be totally unprepared and helpless. I had some old matches and a candle, and for some reason, I tried to light a match a year or two ago, and the matches were so old, they just crumbled.
I used to live in Texas (hated it!!!) and lived through power failures all the time, mostly in extremely hot or otherwise horrible weather.
We just did the winter thing down here in Austin. Four days of school closures due to ice and thousands without power.
“BCN reader Robyn Clark shared this beautiful piece of fan art, created to show the BCN crew in a classic scene imagined as people! Thank you so much, Robyn, this is wonderful!!”
(I’m assuming the Puck h00min has a prosthetic leg. Unlike cats, h00minz are weird about missing appendages.)
Speaking of snowing, see today’s report from that other cat news channel on today’s Mutts…
It’s so cute that Lupin can still blush pink while being pink.
Someone remind me what snow is? :-p (I live in the south)
Have we found a name for pink Lupin yet? Is Plupin too obvious? How about Lupin Bug? The kids could make black dots and antennae?
Don’t forget lots of warm and cozy blankets, People.
I’m fortunate i’ve only had to deal with a winter blackout.. twice. Also at least you know the world isn’t gone anymore Elvis. You have that.
I adore pink Lupin! :)
Come to southmost Texas, Elvis! Down here, it’s snowed twice in the past twenty years, and before that it hadn’t snowed in a century!
And the Winter Prep Checklist continues: …
Woman: " Elvis’ Protective POOF-Proofer ? "
Man: " Check. … I mean – That doesn’t even exist !! " … :)
Why do people, and cats, say “hot cocoa?” One of my sous chef duties when I was a kid was stirring the cocoa while it heated. My mom had me do things like cream butter and sugar and stir stuff. It wasn’t till I grew up that I realized that she was offloading the time consuming tasks.
Lupin in Shades of Pink. By the time we get used to his Hue-ness he will revert back to his original White-ness…… A change can be a good thing.
Oh Elvis, how I wish it was. 40-50° for days—if February.
Wow after catching up on the comics I just realized how long I have been down with Covid. I am still not well but feeling better. I haven’t been contagious for a week and a half so that’s good. I still feel horrible but can at least get some house chores done.
@miscreant Hope you have a good support system in place. Take things easy.
Hmmm, where is the Big Pink House again? After my off topic post last week, could be anywhere in the U.S. Though I thought it was supposed to be Rhode Island.
Facebook post from Georgia “Many folks have asked this week if Lupin was ever really pink. Yes and no… Was he ever specifically pink? No. Was he sometimes other colors? Yes. Back in 2013, Lupin was yellow for a few weeks after getting into some daffodils. (We were lucky he did not try to eat them, only rubbed his face into them and batted them with his paws. We’ve been careful of what followers come in since.) He was also sometimes gray, because he loved to get into the fireplace and try to sleep in the ashes. Longtime readers may remember the second photo. My sister The Intruder sent it while she was babysitting the kids and the cats, after turning around and unexpectedly finding Lupin in the fireplace.”
fun fact pink is littrly just red infact we used to not have a name for pink it was just light red becouse thats all it is
Bring in more firewood and stock some more by the back door.
I 100% agree with Elvis
It’s because you don’t live in southern California, Elvis!
February 26, 2016