Cold and wet. Rain on the plain, and the plane, and the horse’s rein for that matter……
Monday was mostly cloudy, misty drizzle, and occasional patches of nice. Temps were in the 60s most of the day.
Fairly early in the day heavy trash came and picked up the 11 bags of leaves and dead grass that I raked so the soreness from Saturday and Sunday’s exertions was worth it. But I am sore.
I am really feeling every dumb thing I’ve ever done and every thing that ‘made me stronger’ over the years in weather like this. Cold and damp when you have a ‘weather’ everything is no fun. One of the reasons I live in a warm sunny place is that cold HURTS. Cold DAMP hurts too.
Enough b!tching though, I’ve led a charmed life and wouldn’t be who I am today without the scar tissue and missing bits… I did learn a couple of months ago that if I want to be productive, I need to continue taking my maintenance meds though. 55 used to be OLD. Now it’s barely middle aged. Except on cold damp mornings. And when the NSAIDs run out.
Grid down lots of things will run out. Even in a long slow collapse, many things that are easily obtainable today will be hard to get. In my mom’s living memory, citrus fruit in winter was a luxury. Getting a single orange on Christmas was a very special treat when she was young. I remember as a kid getting a case of oranges or grapefruit from sales guys trying to bribe my dad at Christmas. A nice box of fruit was still an impressive gift for people of his generation well into the 1970s. That wasn’t that long ago.
War adds another level of privation and suffering.
The thing to keep in mind is that none of this worst case, or even ‘bad’ case is impossible. And on a long enough timeline, it’s inevitable. Humans haven’t changed. Physical laws haven’t changed. Things tend to continue on, mostly the same, until they don’t. Then it all changes and usually very rapidly.
When that happens it’s important to keep in mind that ‘nothing lasts forever’ and most people will get through it. That should be your goal, it’s mine- to get through it, whatever it might be.
Flexibility, preparation, strength, determination, knowledge, ‘tribe’, and stuff. That will see you through.
Stacking is the easy part. Get to it.