Being a prepper doesn't mean preparing for the apocalypse.. although it can... Most of us are sane preppers and hope to never need to be prepared for the disasters we prep for, but if they happen, our stress will be much less because we are prepared.
Stress raises cortisol levels, and high cortisol levels affect our immune systems. Prepping for disasters big and small helps keep me healthy... I already have enough stress in my life and battle with anxiety.. I do not need to add anything else to my plate in the event of an emergency.
I almost lost our $4000 Zero-Turn to our pond not too long ago.
I woke up that morning to a beautiful sunshiny day. With dreams of completing some work in the yard, and getting ready for spring.
Andy went to work early to fill the trailer with wood for a project we are working on and I went out to the yard to start working.
10 minutes later the mower was stuck in the mud 😂
Using the jack and some plywood, I was able to get it on a steady platform so it could get traction. That didn’t work. So I jacked up the front end and realized that the mower had sunk down and was stuck on the 4-inch tall stump (maybe 2 inches wide) that had been in the middle of the weeds (4 inches tall, because the mower is a BEAST and cut through it - also a good reason we probably needed to buy new blades recently.)
Off to the garage for the chainsaw... cut that baby down, dropped the mower, and I was back in business.
The dogs and I went for a ride around the property, mowing down bits of weeds.
I took the dogs inside for a water break and decided to mow around the pond....
And that’s where the trouble happened...
Just a few minutes in, and I slid a tire off the edge, almost went for a swim, and my phone landed 6 inches from the surface of our pond after rolling down the incline. 😳
After contemplating for a bit about the options (very few with no towing capable vehicle here and no one I know close enough by to lend a hand) I called Andy at 3:05 pm. 15 minutes into his workday... I needed his advice and to warn him before he came home.
Well, that amazing man of mine stayed cool, calm, and collected while I was freaking out. He told me to find some rope to anchor it, and I tied that baby to the pecan tree.
He came home and after we unloaded the trailer it took us all of 5 minutes to save the mower.
I learned even when it looks like there is no solution, and you know your mower exceeds the weight limit of your crossover's minuscule towing capacity, a little bit of ingenuity and patience can fix any problem.
And insure your equipment. It's just as vital to the property as you are. After this incident, I called our insurance company. Not only did I simplify our insurance by combining everything into one policy, but I also saved us soooooooo much money!
My car was on its own policy, we recently purchased a truck, and we added the truck we recently purchased to our insurance. And we still saved money.
It is so important to check your insurance rates a few times a year.
After this incident, we will be adding other equipment that is vital to our property to our insurance policy.. Could you imagine how much it would suck if someone stole our woodchipper?
Making an inventory of the items in your home is important too. That inventory can be forwarded to your insurance company so if something happens, they know what items you had that need to be covered. Preparing ahead of time for any disaster is important, but so many people forget to prepare for things like this. We prepare for hurricanes, storms, and even business shutdowns thanks to a virus... but as a society, we are not generally prepared for what could happen in everyday life.
How do you prepare for everyday disasters?