Yep. Head colds. Both of us. Son is sneezing a lot. I've had little energy the past couple of days and thought I was just tired but woke up this morning with a stuffed up head. Nothing serious. Head colds come and head colds go. We will survive.
Son is worse off than I am. On Tuesday he was cleaning the lenses of his glasses when they fell apart. Right where the nose piece connects with the lens frame. Glasses are now two separate pieces. Can't be fixed. Optometrist didn't have a frame that the lenses would fit. Friday is the earliest he can get in for an eye exam. In the meantime he is home. It is tough to run a forklift when you can't see more than six inches beyond the end of your nose. He says he was way overdue for an eye exam anyway, but isn't happy about having to miss work. Still has his sense of humor intact, though. While feeling his way to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee, he allowed as to how learning braille might not be a bad idea. :)
This got me to thinking a bit more seriously about having a backup for some of the common items I use nearly every day. We have a Mr. Coffee. Useless without electricity. I do have one of those coffee pots where you pour hot water in the top and it drips down over the grounds. That pot is about 70 years old. Got it from my Dad. Makes great coffee. But it might be a good idea to invest in another coffee pot that doesn't need to be plugged in. After all.....coffee is the elixir of life. I really don't know if I would want to face another day without coffee. :)
Can openers are another thing I would not want to do without. I have two hand-held openers. Because of a bit of arthritis in my hands, I need ones that are large, easy to grip and easy to operate. Should the ones I have cease to work, I would be hard pressed to open a can. I should have more can openers stashed away.
I have two kitchen mixers - one stand mixer and one hand held mixer. Both have electric cords attached. I think I need to find one of those old fashioned mixers that has two beaters that are operated by turning a crank. One of those old beaters was a necessity in my Mother's kitchen. She didn't have an electric mixer until I was about 15 years old. (That was a banner year. Got our first electric mixer, our first television set and my first and only baby brother that year!) And although the new mixer was a time saver and labor saver, we had managed just fine without it. Now I dearly love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer my kids gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. It makes life easier when the aches and pains of aging slow me down somewhat. But as a backup, the old beater mixer would be a good thing to have.
Now that I can see again, I have been doing some sewing in the evenings. I've been piecing a quilt using just needle and thread to sew the pieces together. Just wanted to see if I could make a quilt without using my sewing machine. So far - so good. I like the results even though it is time consuming. Anyway, that got me to thinking about sewing supplies. A couple of years ago I took advantage of a sale at Joann Fabrics. Stocked up on pins, needles, thread, etc. I noticed lately that my supply of thread was getting low. We live in a throw-away society. Lose a button or get a hole in a garment, out it goes and we buy new. Well, some of us buy new. Others like me were raised to fix what we had. Sewing supplies for hand sewing could be important in a grid-down situation. That includes the kind of thread for darning holes in socks. I know.....nobody darns socks any more. But if your last pair has holes in the heel and you can't get any more, darning socks is a useful skill.
I think I need to go over my list (Yes. I am one of those. I make lists.) of items to add to my preps. Seems I have forgotten a few things. The world around me doesn't seem to be improving much, so I don't think it would be wise to delay.