My kitchen is THE room in the house where I spend nearly all my time during the day right now (that and the garden). I’m wearing myself out like a ‘prepper possessed’, a tad manic almost, trying to catch up with the mental to-do list playing over and over in my mind. It’s even keeping me awake at night right now. I keep asking myself what difference will 4 jars of applesauce and several jars of pickled beetroot make and to be honest, I can’t find a ‘bona fide’ answer. All I know is that I’m driven to do it..
Although I can’t be sure, I believe it might be subconscious anxiety. Despite what is unfolding around us I’m calm and feeling some self-worth due to being productive. Being in the midst of a pandemic is the first for most of us and we are all going to cope in quite different ways. Certainly, with lockdowns, worrying about family and friends, food shortages, queue’s, rationing, alarmist negative media reports, and no longer able to do things the way we are so used to doing, HAS to be having an effect on us even if we think we are coping well.
Today, after another sleepless night, I made jars and jars of bread and butter pickles (because that’s what you did during the Great Depression right?), pickled beetroot and applesauce. It took all day, made a huge mess but it kept me busy. And last night, after dehydrating orange skins and grinding them I went to sleep creating in my head a recipe for a simple hand soap using the orange peels, a bottle of olive oil and some caustic soda convincing myself it would be a good thing to add to my ever-growing ‘prepper pantry’. If I had found the time I would have made that too!
Please let me know what you are doing, or what you aren’t doing and if your behaviours have recently changed. How is your anxiety manifesting itself and how are you coping with it? How do you feel?
Stay calm, stay safe, stay home
PS: Yesterday and today in photos from my phone below xxx