The little Swift gets amazing gas mileage for which I am grateful but even so the costs to fill it are rising up and its fall which means that its time do a full rotation on the winter storage gas in case of power loss due to winter storms, high winds and ice storms.. The longest we have been without power is 5 days but the farm was without power for 3 weeks during the ice storm. we are on a very small grid, less then 300 on our loop.. and while I will give credit that most of the time they get the power back within 48 hours.. anytime there is something that hits bigger/wider.. our little grid is most certainly not considered among the “lets get that one done now list”
A “facebook” friendish in a local group was taking about price of gas as the group was talking about that it could reach 2 dollars a liter or for my USA Friends that would be 4.5 liters per gallon so that would be 9 dollars a gallon.. currently locally I am paying 1.50 a liter or 6.50 a gallon. What is gas prices at your local area currently?
Gas mileage certainly was a factor when we were looking for our coming vehicle and we had indepth talks about eletric vs hybrid vs gas.. its far more tricky then you would think.. Maybe you live in a place that has good power rates but we do not.. given the massive lack of charging stations, the only thing we could consider is hybrid.. and we did look at it but then we also looked at our planned trips, places we were hoping to go (all in canada) its a massive country and so much we have yet to see but its not developed yet for hybrid or battery.. its fine for the small city driving, its fine for the main highway if you are careful and plan well.. but once you get off the main highway. No, Nope..
Now trust me, while we are dreaming of packing up, loading the dogs and with planning for the farm and gardens/harvests and more, we are also aware that the world is in flux and that it might or might not come to pass..
Gas prices have a massive influence on many things, far more then meets the eye.. it effects layer after layer after layer.. and each layer adds just a bit more pressure and a bit more cost to goods. Goods that are already costing more for a number of reasons.. and will continue to rise at least for the next while..
I am watching as peaple that have for the past 19 months said again and again.. just a bit more and we will be back to normal.. o peaple.. back to normal.. i guess that for some its possable. However for most.. that before is gone..
Rising interest rates, Inflation, recession (lets hope) Depression, the unevenness of the global view means that we are in for a lot of coming hurt.. Even for those of us that have “step out sideways” on the system, who have made the choice to live on a different beat.. we have been harshly reminded that we still use the system.. Reminded by needing health care, reminded that we still use “go to the store and get X or Y”
I was a 80’s child in alberta and let me tell you with a pipelining father, it was a very rough time.. to say that we were poor at times is a soft way to say it.. and I will leave that there.. but even as young as I was I remember a number of stark things that happened.. I remember sitting and listening to the adults talk and I can honestly say that listening to peaple talk on the groups of current issues, I am seeing history repeat itself.. the same questions, the same worries, the same fears..
It was a long slow 10 year crawl up into the 90’s and for some they never recovered, for others they hit the sweet spots and thrived.. I expect that will be the case again.. I am honestly not going to worry about the 10 year plan, its there.. I think like so many, I will just in the here and now.. with a side eye on the winter and 2022..
I think a few of my closest friend are going to be giving me a rant or two over a coffee while they snarl at me.. you see we all had sit downs and real hard talks 10 weeks or so before the lock down, I took the time to book/drive/lay out what I felt was coming and how could we help each other, how can we prepare etc.. and I made it clear at that time that I felt that 2022 was going to be “Big BAD B$&#h” year that we need to get ready for.. I really had hoped I was going to be wrong.. I wanted to be wrong.. I wanted them to come back to me and say.. ha.. WRONG..
Sadly I do not think that they are going to get to tell me I was wrong.. I think point in fact that we will be sighing deeply and having heart to heart talks on the hardships, on the pressure being felt, on the modifications being made..
We will also see hope, We will listen to music, we will make music, we will sing, we will dance, we will dig fingers into wool, into soil, we will gather, we will see the things that went and are going right, we will see the light in peaple we care about, we will smile and laugh at the children enjoying simple pleasures, we will snuggle our cats, our dogs.. we will make and eat good food, we will hold some things in higher regards, We will share what we have and help each other in so many different ways..
In short despite it all there will be flowers in 2022.. do you know how I know this.. because we will plant them, tend them and stop and enjoy them.. There will be time made to stop and smell the roses..