Sorry to have been away for so long, but having to always be ready, willing and able to solve people’s First World Problems all day leaves me completely brain drained at the end of the day. And most of my first day off, too.
However, sitting here, watching what our world has become has me wanting to reach out to anyone reading this to see if you are doing alright. I sincerely hope you were prepared for this lockdown and that you and your loved ones are all healthy. I hope you’re not suffering from Cabin Fever too badly if you’re in an area where you’ve been told to shelter in place (or whatever they call it in your country), but I see that as a good thing! It means you are healthy.
I can NOT believe it has been a year already since we lost most of our things in the flood. We lost about 90% of our back stocked food in the flood and unfortunately the house I’m living in is too small to be able to replace it. My husband lives and works 3 hours away and does have room, but being the type of male he is, has focused more on the guns and ammo than food. We both have enough that we only have to pick up milk, bread and lunchmeat weekly. We did learn from watching what had happened in Venezuela and have over 90 rolls of toilet paper!! 😁
I really wasn’t surprised the store shelves were empty when this started a month ago, what did surprise me and really worries me was when the shelves stayed empty for so long. Two weeks later wasn’t all the result of panic buying, I don’t think. I do think it showed more the weakness of the Just Time Delivery system. Stores don’t have more than a day or two’s worth of merchandise in stock and warehouses don’t have much more on hand either. It has really brought home to me the importance and wisdom of being prepared through Prepping.
Looking back, the last twelve months have been mostly Learning Experiences for me. Yuck! 😝 I’ve learned that you are never as prepared as you think you are. I don’t mean you need to have three of everything, there’s a saying in the prepper community, “two is one and one is none”. However that doesn’t apply to everything! Mostly things you’ll use a lot like screwdrivers or flashlights. What I meant was, we’d prepared for tornadoes or an economic collapse, but we didn’t think too much about or prepare for a flood. I learned we have friends we can count on and no family we can. The house I’m living in has been loaned to us by a friend, he won’t charge any rent, nor will he put the utilities in our name even. Partly so he doesn’t fall under any landlord laws, but mostly because he’s a good friend who wants to help us out. Family on the other hand has done very little. The family living in the city next to me, haven’t lifted a finger to help. A cousin on the east coast who owns a health food store restocked my herbs by sending me a pound of everything I’d lost. My sister in law by Houston has given me all the moral support I need, which is all she can do since my brother had had a major heart attack a year ago this month.
There have been other lessons over the last months, the hardest and the one I’ve struggled the most with has been Letting Go. Letting go of the house and letting go of the past. The major struggle has come from the fact that leaving the house wasn’t really by choice, first was the actual flooding and then when my husband made the financial decision to sell it the first of Aug and I could see the logic in it. But my heart didn’t agree. I went along with it, however, because it looked like the area would flood again this Spring and I couldn’t go through that again. It looks like it won’t happen, though….
Anyway, Ember (our dog) and I are safe, we’ve been working from home for the last 4 weeks and probably will for at least another 2. I say “we are working from home” because I am taking customer service calls and she has to stay quiet beside me. Bear, my husband, has been able to drive back every weekend so far, but running a rural hospital means he may not be able to soon. Our Governor says she may not put the state on lockdown since 75% of the population are in occupations that are exempt, like farming. So that’s good. For now, we’ll just keep on keeping on and celebrate the small victories, never thought I’d consider buying a 12 roll pack of toilet paper in a brand I don’t like to be a victory….. Our current “normal”.
Be safe everyone!!