Managing Our Expectations

Much as we would like to think that we can sort out the world around us and make it the perfect place, it doesn’t always work like that.

We are human and that makes us fallible in a number of ways.  One of those ways often seems to be that we underestimate the obligations we have to the rest of the world.  Often intending to do so much and then wondering why we have not managed to carry out those tasks we intended. 

Let’s look at why we need to slow down and accept the limitations on what we are able to do on a daily/weekly basis.

The first of these is that we need to sleep and we need to eat.  Therefore, there comes a time in each and every day when we must stop what we are doing and allow ourselves time to recuperate.

For many of us, we need to work.  Paying bills to keep the roof over our head is a pretty important factor for many of us.  This means that for a set number of days/hours throughout the week, we are not available at home as we are at work.  Whether working from home or in a workplace, we are not available to carry out tasks at home.

Familial obligations are also something that take time out of our day/week to look after children/elderly relatives. 

Once you take the time for these very basic obligations out of your day/week, I am sure you will find that there are many fewer hours available than you initially thought. 

This is why, when you are trying to prepare for upcoming events, you should be realistic about your expectations.  Make sure to factor in all the demands on your time then add in some rest and relaxation.  Burning yourself out is not going to help anyone, least of all you and the extra things that you want to get done.

It is all very well to have the intention of getting a load of fruit and making jam for your prepper pantry, it is however very time consuming.  So time consuming in fact that it is not something I have managed to do on a working day.  That has left the weekend which has recently been wiped out by my having covid.  I therefore have a whole lot of plums, waiting to be processed when I feel fit enough.  Hopefully that will be before the plums overripen and become useless.

Be kind to yourself and be realistic about your expectations.  There is only so much you can do in a given time frame.  Maybe we need to look at different ways of doing things which will cost us less time.  Sometimes it is a false economy to do your own baking/canning when you are time limited. 

7 thoughts on “Managing Our Expectations

  • July 7, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Glad to see from your latest vlog that you are starting to feel a lot better. My office mate has just come down with Covid so I will be testing again later this evening – COVID – the gift that just keeps on giving!

    As a single woman, in a small apt. (a wee bit older than you) – I do have to think about my energy levels, my space and my finances when it comes to prepping. I only have the freezer above my fridge (apt. sized here is about 5′ tall and 28″ wide with a decent freezer compartment on top) – and it is stuffed – mostly with meat and butter and as much frozen veg as I can manage to squeeze in – those are the priorities.

    It really doesn’t make sense for me to can as it is a lot of work for one person – really, a half dozen large jars of jam would do me a year. 25 pounds of flour would go bad before I could use it up and smaller bags of rice and pasta make more sense for me, in terms of use and storage. We really do need to think about what we eat and the portion sizes. I may only currently have about 25 cans of fruit in my pantry – but I need to remember that each can is easily 4 servings for me so that’s 100 portions! I think that people sometimes get overwhelmed when they see these perfect prepper pantries on Youtube and listen to people talking about raising their own wheat and owning cows and chickens and pigs! For the vast majority of us – city dwellers – this is impossible. I find your situation and what you do much more relateable so keep up the good work and take care of yourself.

    • July 14, 2022 at 6:09 am

      Thanks for that Margie, I totally get what you are saying here. I have gone for a lot of stuff quite quickly, mainly because I got a fright lol. However as you say, I don’t need 25lbs of flour any time soon which is why I got it and put it in mylar bags. I have family who are not quite at the prepping stage yet and I am sure they will be very grateful for the bits that I can give them.
      Let’s be honest here, us ladies of a certain age who are working full time are never going to have perfect prepper pantries, I am lucky to have most of it in one room rather than all over the house.

  • July 15, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Just watched your video on the impending heatwave – you got lots of great suggestions but just wanted to add a few more….
    I know that people don’t think of Canada as being hot but in fact our weather goes from one extreme to another. Today it is 28C and we think of that as just lovely – the weekend will be 29C both days – 27C on Monday and 33C Tuesday and Wednesday – all perfectly normal for us. And that is the big difference – we are used to this and even if we don’t personally have A/C (I have a window unit in the bedroom) most public spaces, including buses, trams and the subway are all air- conditioned. Buildings like mine that are older and don’t have central air must list the nearest cooling spot – the city sets them up in Govt. buildings, community centres etc. and along with A/C they stock water and have emergency personnel on hand.
    If you have any kind of basement or cellar – use it – even if only briefly.
    Make lots of ice-cubes now,
    Put many jugs of water and other drinks into the fridge now.
    Cook food now so that you can eat it cold later – the last thing you’ll want to do is put the oven on!
    If you can stay home then wear as little as possible, do as little as possible, drink lots of fluids and stay in front of a fan if you have one.
    Yes, keep the drapes and the windows closed – but be careful – schedule times (set the alarm) for opening the windows throughout the day or the heat can really build up and be deadly – your homes are not properly insulated for either heat or cold. If you have an upstairs – open those windows and keep the downstairs closed (hot air rises).
    .Sleep downstairs.

    I was in the UK for six weeks the summer of 1976 so I do remember the heat, water shortages and wild fires. Hopefully this won’t last more than a couple of days. Oh, and check on elderly family members and neighbours – the very elderly can dehydrate and die very easily in this weather.

    Good luck.

    • July 17, 2022 at 5:34 am

      Thanks so much for this Margie, some great points there. I am definitely considering sleeping downstairs for the next few nights

  • July 18, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Hello Karen

    I live in Dundee, up on the Law, not the posh side with views of the Tay and Fife, I’m round the back with the peasants on the North side. Lol.

    I have just listened to your latest video regarding climate. I can’t leave a comment as YouTube banned me for life at the begining of the Ukraine crisis. My crime, was to participate in a respectful conversation between women from around the globe in the comment section of a video, uploaded by a Siberian woman. I was not the only one, and the uploader removed the video, because it was causing problems with YouTube.

    Regarding the weather. Are you aware, we entered a Grand Solar Minimum around 2016 ? The warm weather is just one of the cycles within many cycles of weather. It would seem all evidence points to a repeat of the Maunder Minimum, 1645-1715. Millions died by way of starvation and hypothermia. There has been no real science for the last 100 years, the globalist control most universities, and scientists are paid to lie to you and me. Those who speak out are murdered. Remember Dr Kelly. Valentina Zharkova of Bristol University, published a paper showing us that the four magnetic fields of the sun are in decline, bringing forth the Grand Solar Minimum. Our summers and growing season will be very short and winters, depending on where we live, will be either very long with sub zero T°, or very long, cold, with lots of rain, and of course, famine. Zharkovs was got at. She retracted some of her work. However, the historical records show the true picture.
    Add to that the alignmemt of the gas giants in October 2024. We will have no protection from space debris/asteroid belt. By March 2023, we could see the begining of meteor bombardment. Fingers crossed it won’t come to that. Frankly, that is the least of it.

    I will leave it there. If you believe in global warming, you will think I am a crazy conspiracy theorist.


    • July 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm

      Hey Joyce, great to have you here. I don’t think you are a crazy conspiracy theorist, I think you have information I did not know about and thank you for letting me know. I am a great believer in looking at information from a variety of sources and then deciding what one wishes to move forward with. I hope you will keep in touch. I should be putting more posts here in the near future.

  • July 18, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Correction. Space debris by March 2025, not 2023.


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