Preparing for Comfort

plumberSo, this happened. Rather than the quiet Thursday that we had expected, a pipe decided to interrupt our plans. Not only was it a lesson in our perspective on unexpected problems, but it also became a test of our own preparedness for such a crisis.

Preparedness? Isn’t that only for SHTF scenarios? Not so fast.

Preparing your household for emergencies can mean the difference between a family who is comfortable during trying times and one who is falling apart. Although we certainly would have preferred to have avoided such an issue, life had other things in store. So how do you deal with even a minor crisis like this when you are without water for even a day? Are you prepared for something like this? Or will a hotel stay be in order?

In reviewing your own preparedness for such an emergency, think of all of the tasks that require water: drinking, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene…the list goes on and on. By having even a small amount of water storage, you can keep your family comfy cozy during awful times, or even a minor crisis like our own.

Storing water, whether in large containers or small, will take up some space, but it’s worth it. By purchasing bottled water as well as containers designed for long-term water storage, you can be assured that you will have enough for an emergency. And that emergency, whether a plumbing crisis or the zombie apocalypse, will certainly affect your own family’s health and comfort. Preparedness may not provide an immediate comfort, but it will put your mind at ease.

So what did we learn during our adventure?

  1. Yay for water storage! It helped us to not only maintain personal hygiene but also provided us with drinking water.
  2. Attitude is everything. Having the mindset of gratitude is important for even a small crisis.
  3. Adding some disposable feminine products to your storage might be good for an emergency where water is limited.
  4. Having an emergency fund will allow you some peace of mind when having to pay for repairs such as our own plumbing problem.

And there you have it! Our plumbing is now fixed, and we had an important trial run in our own preparedness.

(In case you’re wondering, the plumbing company did a great job. They certainly would have made their namesake proud. I can recommend their work and their professionalism. And no, I’m not getting a paid endorsement; I’m just a happy customer.)

Frugal and Homemade Winter House for Stray Cats

Frugal and Homemade Winter House for Stray Cats

The link above describes the process that we followed in creating an insulated house for our local stray cats. As winter gets closer, we want to do what we can to help those kitties who live outdoors or who may be stray cats. The house that we made for these cats only cost us $5.00. If this protects any of these cats, then it’s money well spent.