It was a cloudy day but very warm for the first week of March. It is staying above freezing at night, so starting a fire in the evening heats the house for a warm morning wake up temp. My fire wood use is much lower this month. That will save my existing firewood pile just in case getting wood deliveries goes a little sideways this year. I think I have enough fire wood for next winter already on hand. I will feel much better about the wood pile if I could add another four cords stacked up and ready to burn. Using the Carport area for fire wood has been great. I think it will help give me more time to stack wood deliveries as the wood will be under some overhead cover and protected from rain. The little split Doug fir/kindling box seemed to work out but I need to be more proactive getting the box filled by fall.
I finally got started cleaning up two of the raised garden beds with the most leftover plants from last year. The beds looked a bit ignored and abandoned but I found many onions have reseeded themselves and I have some lettuce that is coming back though a few leaves got frost nipped. I’m rotating the crops in the beds as I had one large bed and 3 beds stay fallow. I neglected those beds last year because I was doing all that fire wood stacking during gardening “Prime Time”. I’m going to be optimistic and say all those raised beds needed to rest and it was all part of my plan. I filled up one garbage can full of grape vines and yard trash so it was a good week.
Gardens of any sort will be a thing when people start to realize the supply chain of goods into the west start having hiccups in the delivery systems. Things won’t just get expensive. Some items won’t be available at any price. That is okay as you can substitute items or stock up ahead of time. The time to stock up on some items has been limited but not impossible. I am a news geek/fiend and I was a bit concerned around the second week in January. While I had stocked up for the 2014 Ebola scare with masks and Tyvek suits when I could afford to buy those products I was not panic buying. I knew what I could afford to spend and bought what I could afford.
Poor people (I’m considered poor via government standards) had the month February to get a couple bottles of bleach, canned goods, rice , beans and other basic supplies. Most people in the USA had plenty of time to do some stocking up without cleaning out the local grocery shelves. Stop wasting your money buying bottled water! Tap water will flow and if you don’t like the taste buy a PUR/ Brita water filter. Power/ electricity or gas pumps are not going to stop working in the few weeks. Even if the water supply gets a bit iffy for safe drinking water you can boil water of add a few drops of chlorine bleach to make safe drinking water.
I think the Supply chain will take a major hit and many of the goods/products will be in short supply for a few months. Clothing items for example might be in short supply in stores. Electronic items or even major appliances might go up in cost or be in short supply. That is the Higher cost items going a bit harder to get. There will be pain as the Globalist economy setup is taking a big hit in the markets. Many people are whining about how life is getting less convenient for them. That is life and “stuff happens”.
I suggest stocking up on “herbals” for basic home remedies. I had no idea so many of the pharmaceuticals have been off shored to China and India. I don’t blame any country declaring all medical items will go to local citizens first. We might see anti-anxiety meds start to dry up. That is not a good thing as some people can have a psychotic break when the Zoloft or other medications are unavailable.
In a way, I’m optimistic that people will learn the Globalist maximize short term profit over long term sustainability will get a look by people. Yes that is a very optimistic mindset on me. The data from the Corona virus/Covid 19 looks like about 80% of people will have flu like symptoms and recover. I have a compromised immune system so I will probably be in the 20% of very ill if I catch the corona virus. My Mom has Fybro and at 70+ years old is an at risk person to this flu. I have read about many people on the internet that seem to hope boomers die as that means kids can buy a home cheap…? It could be a meme but is disturbing to me.