Feather your Nest Friday, 22nd September, 2023.
It has been a big, big week with glorious sunny days and a little bit of rain, just enough. I have been planting out seedlings every day. My trays of seeds have been sprouting, the warmth has got them all coming up. As they grow big enough I move them out into the garden.
My new planter boxes are here. We filled them with compost we have been making and then filled with seedlings and also a couple of already large tomato plants a friend gave me. Lettuces keep coming up and I keep moving them, potting them up and giving them away.
I haven't mentioned news and events in recent weeks. I feel like most of us have eyes to see and ears to hear and get the drift. This week though some news, repeated over and over in different forms, has me a bit worried. For us Summer is by far the hardest season, especially if it is a hot summer. The last two years we had short and cooler summers which was fantastic. This just makes me more nervous that this one might be a hot one! Keeping gardens and animals (and humans) going in the real heat is hard but it is fires and windy days that are the hardest. All year we work to be prepared for this. We have already been warned our state and our neighbouring state are likely to have electricity shortages. They have blown up (with actual dynamite) numerous power stations so it is little wonder why. However this week one headline was "Perfect Storm brewing for blackouts in Summer." Millions are warned we could be in for blackouts as sections of the grid are switched off to "share the power around." Many of you wherever you live in the world may be hearing or seeing the same. One article went on to say each household should have a blackout plan. This is true, we all should. Not blowing up power stations would be one of them! 🙄
They included handy tips:
Inform ASAP your electricity supplier if you or someone in your house is on life support or life supporting devices.
Keep a physical list of emergency contacts.
Prepare alternative sources of lighting, batteries and battery packs.
Have batteries for your radio where broadcasters will be letting you know updates and what to do. For some this will also mean actually get a radio before you get the spare batteries!
Have a pocket wi fi modem in case the internet goes down.
Have boiled water and shelf stable food.
Have a BBQ and gas bottle on hand so you can cook.
Install safety switches to protect your appliances from power surges.
Use solar batteries.
They finished with "there is no knowing how long an outage may last."
I find they always tell us what is going to happen next. So we have been told. For anyone who has not taken my preparedness course I will remind you this is in my index, can be done in any order and many of the ways you can prepare are completely free.
We have been preparing for this scenario for some time and it is coming at people in different ways. First the power can just go out. Second they can now restrict how much power you can get and some appliances can be remotely slowed down or cut off. Third you may have a reliable and continuous supply and simply not be able to afford it. So as we head into the warmer months (while others are heading into the cooler months) we need to think on these things and prepare. Seriously, do not just hope, actually make a plan and put it into action. If someone asks you what you want for Christmas say a "battery operated fan" or "a water filter" or "a generator." Forget about perfume these times are no joke.
To the above list I would add to keep plenty of bottled or tinned fruit juices and the ingredients to make your own electrolytes. (Recipes found in my course.) Also to have a battery operated fan per person and back up batteries, spray mist bottles and if you have a lot of frozen foods a generator to run 15 minutes in the hour to keep them all solid. Also look out for others. Families with small children and the elderly... they may simply be too overwhelmed already to do serious planning ahead.
Every week as we feather our nests, build our pantries and gardens we can enjoy some encouragement from each other. Don't you just love how Donna described how they managed through war and depression years and how family and friends helped each other! Every week we can use our opportunities to be a little bit more prepared, a little more stocked up or further ahead in some way.
Being prepared (or doing our best to be) is not fear. It is responsibility. But if you feel worried or fearful go and look up Psalm 37, verse 12 to 20. My favourite bit is:
"The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken."
Last bit of advice for the week... collect and keep old Bibles. Already they are producing AI Bibles with altered scriptures and they "sound" convincingly real with, however, content that is not.
I hope you had a week of sunshine and goodness like I did! We worked really hard and are tired but it is that good and happy, I will sleep well, tired. 😊 xxx