(This is just the mind doing its job. No real action happens yet).
Sunday at 6:00 am the phone goes off. Family emergency, do
something! We are free, aside from monetary difficulties, to help. So
let’s get this show on the road. We will drive, airfare and departure
schedules don’t work for us.
What about all of the home projects, unfinished tent-like structures,
the garden, the dogs and cat? Firewood enough for a few weeks,
but winter is almost here! The generators, and rigs that need fixing
before snow, will they just fix themselves?
Don’t panic. Do what you can do, ask someone to help with some of the rest. Figure out what we absolutely need and pack light, don’t get carried away with over-packing, after all, what do you really need with you when you go to a hospital to learn of their condition?
The garden isn’t quite ready for harvest. Still lots of beans, radishes, peas, and squash. The tomatoes aren’t even close to ripe, and the cucumbers are still growing. Should have planted much earlier in the season. The gourds are almost there, and soon the onions will be ready for picking too. The peppers need more time too….
Make sure the fence is solid so the steer don’t help themselves to dinner. Tie down tarps better, move obvious stealable things. Tools, machinery, small carryable things people like to walk away with, the guitar, the old computer, the inverter, all of those little things, stash them all.
The dogs and cat? Memphis, the cat can take care of himself, just leave food out, hopefully he will eat the mice and pack-rats that try to eat his dinner. The dogs? Another can of worms! ( you may find this was posted in the worm category)
The dogs would rather be stuck in a hot small enclosed space with us, than be left behind. The trouble with that is we have to go to California, and those folks are not happy with people who are doing what they have to do. Cruelty to animals, letting them waste away in a small, hot stuffy car. We can’t even think of the cost of boarding them, that just isn’t in the budget we still have to borrow to do this thing.
A neighbor said he would look after the dogs, after all, it’s only going to be a few days, right? There’s plenty of food, two 50 pound bags we bought just the other day. The neighbor will hang out while we leave, and then check on the place daily, and feed water the animals and garden as required. That should cover it. No stone left unturned?
The car? Well it just got back from a 700 mile trip, over the course of 2 days, but it will probably make it just fine. (more worms) Just clean it out, and pack it. Tools in case something breaks, no dogs on this trip, we can put some stuff in the back seat for easy retrieval. What are we forgetting? I guess that should cover it, we’ll see what we really need, or should do after the fact. Wish we had hindsight before we need it!