This comment came in from reader Maggy: I consider you fearless, since you're living on your own
in the middle of nowhere! As another single female (who's not nearly as fearless as you),
how do you manage in times of trouble? (Illness, power outage, pet emergency, yada yada ...)
The short answer is: as best I can. Mercifully, there haven't been too many "times of trouble"
while living here. Power outages are easy – I have a backup generator. With one notable exception,
I never get sick, but when I did, reinforcements arrived from near and far to help me.
The pet emergencies are tough, but each one gets a little easier – experience is a great teacher.
If there's one thing I've learned from a decade of living alone in the middle of nowhere it's that
worrying and being fearful are big wastes of energy. Whatever is going to happen will happen
no matter what I do, so it's best to just figure out a way to deal with it and move on.
And it's also helpful to always be mindful of one's surroundings.
See my footprints at the bottom of the picture? I was walking across an area
where some industrious critters had burrowed tunnels in the ground.
I've watched all sorts of creatures disappear into these tunnels: turtles, bunny rabbits,
jack rabbits, kangaroo rats, squirrels...there's an entire community down there.
One of its members climbed out of his hole to catch a little sun.
See him up there in the top left?
Let me zoom in for you:
Lesson learned: steer clear of the soft dirt in the springtime when rattlesnakes
are waking up from their winter hibernation.