I like to think I’m pretty tough mentally but I’ll tell you I got a bad case of the lazies after the water test. Between the weather being a bit wonky, a bit of finacial stress and just plain worn out, my motivation level was very low. I did not stop getting ready but let us say buying stuff was a heck of a lot easier than getting physical. The water main trench finally got a bit of dirt filled in. Your ankles and possibly a knee was at risk stepping on the mound breaking through the clay crust and dropping about 12 inches just walking through the yard. I have enough challenges physically I don’t want to deal with a trench over 20 feet long, ready to to teach me all about “Newtonian physics”. Got a few tools out and they actually made the job a bit easier for about 30 minutes of work, I sort of filled up the trench and redirected the water from my gutters away from the foundation. The soil will settle a bit after the next rain or snow but it isn’t to dangerous to walk around the yard for now.
My mind has not caught up with the concept I actually have tools that make tasks easier. If you move dirt you need a shovel but I found using my garden fork, a garden rake and sharp tine rake for cleaning up a lawn of grass clipping( I can’t remember the name) does a good job breaking up clay soil. While not easy work I finally took the clippers to the grape vine that have overgrown with very little attention on my part. But an hour or so of work I managed to fill a big trash bin the city requires me to have and cleared at least a small area of overgrown grape vines.
The easy stuff I did this week is trying out some cleaning ideas for the raw beeswax. Dad and I did another apple wood run and I should be good to go for the rest of this season and have good start on next season’s wood pile. I finally found a store with Diakon radishes so I can try making some Kimchee and I got the hoses for filling the water barrels in the house.
I have always been a procrastinator of sorts. Usually I get the min. of what I think I will need and some times I sort of blow off the follow up of doing the work. This is a problem and I suspect many people do sort of think the same thing as we can top off before an emergency of disaster. I assume I’ll get a bit of a heads up via the news or the web but who can plan. I live in the west but a “New Madrid” earthquake would be devastating because of the transportation and lack of refining capabilities in my state.
Always look at your supply lines and logistics of having enough on hand to see you through a minor disaster. You probably can’t stock enough gasoline for a year, but a couple of weeks would power a generator that would power a fridge and freezer until you canned, smoked or dehydrated all that food in your fridge and freezer.