As I become more dependent on others for help and my appliances events that could pose more difficulties bother me lately.
The New York Times story of recent attempts to hack our power grid and the increasing tensions with North Korea have hit me particularly hard.
When I lived in Arizona, we lost our power due to a transformer fire (caused by bird droppings getting too hot). We saw how hard it was to replace that transformer. The transformer had to be ordered from Europe, then could only land in a port in the northwest, it took more than a week for it to travel the highways at night to reach us.
So if the grid went down I know the job to bring it back up could take months.
Instead of letting the anxiety sit and fester I’ve become proactive.
First is to make sure I have plenty of water on hand. Our water is still horrible with no signs it will get better. After water is food. I try to have at least six months, preferably eight months of food on hand to get through winter. This year I’m trying to increase that to a full year’s worth of food. Instead of ordering seeds for next year’s gardens in February I’m ordering them now to be safe as well.
We’ve had a super rainy and cold summer so not everything I planted has done well. The strawberries didn’t produce any where as much as they should have for one. So now it’s a rush to assess what I might run low on and purchase enough to make ends meet.
The freezer has been empties and inventoried. The pantry of my staples have also been refilled. Lots of dried beans and legumes make up the basis of my staples. I still need more tomatoes for sauces which I hope to have by the weekend.
Along with food and water, I needed to address extra blankets and other warm clothing should we be without power for any length of time.
Of course if all I did was allow myself to worry about basic needs my anxiety would probably grow. I distract myself by working on furniture and playing in the gardens – mainly pulling weeds this time of year.
If you read this far, I probably spoiled your day so how about a sneak peek at the bench I found on the curb. Here’s a reminder of how I found it.
The fabric for the seat arrived today and immediately went into the washer so I can recover that tomorrow but here’s how the bench looks today – minus the cushion.
With so many neutrals on the deck I wanted a pop of color and this turquoise was the perfect pop I needed.
So I’m wondering, are you worried about our infrastructure or am I the only one letting this get to me?