Way back in another lifetime, I was in the Brownies for a year or two, but never advanced into the Girl Scouts, and I certainly wasn’t in the Boy Scouts. And yet, somewhere I inherited the “be prepared” idea. Having just watched Hurricane Ian plow through Florida and South Carolina makes me wonder if I am prepared enough.

About 10 years ago, the apartment community in which I lived had a water line break, and we were without water for about 30 hours. Since that event, I have stored away two gallons of potable water, though I would still boil it before consuming it. I also read recently that, in extended times of no water, you can tape a garbage-sized bag under your toilet seat so that anything you excrete goes right into the bag, and it can be removed and disposed of when it is appropriate. While it’s not what we would choose to do, it certainly is an alternative to filling the toilet bowl and then having to somehow scoop it out, I guess!

Because I am a coffeeholic, I also have on hand some of those dunkable single-serving coffee bags (they work like tea bags) in case we lose electric. I have a battery-operated can opener (I actually like it and use it more than my electric one anymore). I’m lucky to have gas radiator heat so that shouldn’t be an issue. But since my stove is electric, there is an issue of how to heat up water to make that dunkable cup of coffee. I remember, many years ago now, that my dad and his wife lost electric to their place in Florida, and his wife was a person like me who needed her morning coffee, so they ended up going out and buying a one-burner gas cooktop for any future needs. I’m thinking about that now, and I can get one plus 4 cans of fuel for under $50 on Amazon. I haven’t bit the bullet on doing so, and my head tells me I will probably never need it, but that level of preparedness has me thinking that way.

Some people would say I’m over-reactive in my need/want to be prepared for my friend, Justin Case, but I am very much a creature of comfort and want at least the bare necessities (and yes, coffee comes into that category). I mean, I have the sleeping bag in my car in case I’m ever stranded somewhere (I’m considering giving that up since 99% of the places I drive to are 1-2 miles from home and the other 1% are less than 10 miles from home). I have a decent first aid kit in my car, also Justin Case. I did recently go through and toss out bottles of things like transmission fluid and oil that I’d had, Justin Case, for longer than I can remember.

My brother continues to encourage me to downsize and simplify my life, and I’m making pretty good strides at that, although it’s ongoing. And I hear my friend, Marnette’s, voice when I remember reading her words that “It’s only stuff”. I can’t decide if getting that single burner gas stove (can be used indoors, but away from flammable objects) is over-the-top. And if it is over-the-top, is it still worth getting it if it gives me an additional layer of peace of mind? I mean, I’ve got plenty of candles and a good flashlight, and I can survive without food (or learn to eat things cold from the can), but not having coffee may be a deal-breaker.

I hate making this kind of decision, and wish someone would tell me that they think it’s a great investment Justin Case, and especially if it calms my anxiety!

6 thoughts on “Preparedness

  1. I find I try to adhere to a minimalist lifestyle the older I get, but it is hard, sometimes. I get emotionally attached to things, though.

    I have started doomsday prepping, and I’m looking into big time storage stuff for supplies of water, and “astronaut” food. So, I don’t think one burner for Justin Case (I absolutely love that, by the way! ๐Ÿ˜†) is going overboard. You never know when the power might go out long term, and I completely understand the need for coffee in the morning. I think it’s smart to be prepared.

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  2. I can tell you from experience that having some small creature comfort you love goes a long way when you are forced to give up many other comforts. It can provide amazing comfort in a time when little else is comfortable. I have a one burner camping stove in my bug out bag. They work great, are easy to use and safe. Plus, it provides the ability to cook other things. I think it is a smart purchase, even if it never sees the light of day. Feeling prepared and confident that you are ready for whatever life throws at you is priceless. Click that “buy” button, sis. Love you!

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  3. I’m glad you were able to appreciate meeting my friend, Justin Case. I call upon him quite often! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m even more glad that I’m not alone in doing some doomsday prepping. Thanks for seeing things the way I do!

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  4. I wanted your “approval” most of all, my beloved brother! I’ve donated so many things in the past months that adding one thing to my possessions that might become a necessity feels okay to me!

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  5. If the one burner stove is the difference
    between being comfortable or not, Iโ€™d go for it. At our ages, why should we have to compromise or not have the stuff that makes life comfortable? Weโ€™ve certainly done enough sacrificing! And donโ€™t even think of messing with my coffee!

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  6. Love your friend “Justin Case” ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, I agree with the others, click the button on Amazon and breathe a sigh of relief that you are prepared for your friend “Justin Case”!

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