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How Different the World Has Become

It’s almost April of 2020. A few weeks ago everything was normal. I’d wake up each work day and drive to work. On the weekends I’d spend time with my family. We would drive around the Dallas Metroplex going to various stores to get things we needed or just wanted. We’d usually eat out at one of our favorite restaurants near wherever we happened to be.

Now everything has changed. In an effort to slow the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, many areas have requested people stay at home. Toilet paper is scarce, Amazon is slow now, many groceries deliver but they’re often out of basic items. It’s now taboo to be closer than 6 feet from another person in public. Our workplaces have asked that we work from home, possibly for months.

We were actually able to prepare somewhat. I went to Costco and bought large bags of quinoa and rice, as well as cans of tomatoes, a couple packs of bottled water (just in case) and some of the oils we used to use to make our own soap. At other stores I picked up the chocolate milk my son likes as well as dried beans and some frozen veggies.

As we start using the supplies we bought, now that we’re almost a month into staying at home, I keep thinking ahead and wondering, “What will we do if the grocery stores close? What if Amazon stops delivering? How long can we survive on the huge bags of rice we bought?” It seems unlikely that literally everything in the US would shut down where it wouldn’t be possible to get food but I like to plan for the worst and hope for the best.

Several years ago I started to get into hydroponics as a way of growing my own food. I was doing reasonably well at it growing leafy greens and herbs. Then I moved and had to take down the whole setup. Unfortunately, I never set it up again. With everything that’s been happening, I decided to start hydroponics up again. I’m also looking at other things we use at home to see if we can create or produce them ourselves to become more sustainable. I’ll be documenting our journey in this blog, follow along to see our successes and lessons learned through failure along the way.

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