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Why Toilet Paper?

Alternate paper sources aren't as soft?

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As shelves empty and there are reports of TP theft in various places, I see people asking, why toilet paper?

Well, the short answer is: no one has those thick Sears or Montgomery Ward catalogs anymore.

While I myself have never resorted to catalog page bum wiping, my dad used to talk about having the catalog propped to one side in the outhouse. It served a double purpose. He had something to look at while he went and a page to use when he was done. He grew up during the depression and had an adaptable outlook right up until the end.

Let’s face it, we’re a generation unprepared for anything but the fluffy, white stuff for our tender posteriors. I know as I look at, um, alternate paper sources, my bum is wincing. And I’m wondering how well our sewer system can handle the non-fluffy stuff, too. Just in case life wasn’t fun enough if we happened to get quarantined. 

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Core punching means entering the heart of a storm.

This also got me thinking about the last time we had to prepare for something that might be incoming: Hurricane Ike.

Now, there are a lot of differences between Mother Nature sweeping through and taking out your power, and Mother Nature sweeping through and giving you a virus. For one thing, you get to keep your WiFi and your heating or air conditioning with a virus. That’s a biggie to me, even though I hate to get the flu. Seriously hate it.  

I know back before Hurricane Ike, I considered myself pretty prepared. I mean, we’d been “in training” for a hurricane since we moved to the Gulf Coast in 1980. I was feeling, not sassy, but definitely prepared. We had our 72-hour kits, we had gas in the cars, and cash on hand. We even had an old-style phone that didn’t need electrical power to work. (Yes, that is a real thing.)

We lost our power pretty fast, but our at-college son kept us posted about what was going on outside. It was unnerving to sit in the dark and listen, but I did pretty well getting through the storm.

It was the aftermath that was the most challenging for me. 

I underestimated the impact of stress, of this jolt out of normal. 

When you spend time in a disaster zone, the things that are normal matter a lot. Even silly things like toilet paper. 

Panic is pointless, but being prepared for not-normal is never a bad idea. If not-normal doesn’t happen, then you don’t have to go shopping for a couple of weeks. It’s not like toilet paper goes bad, well, it doesn’t until you use it. Lol

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Vi never liked math and aftermath isn’t floating her boat either….

And this is just a suggestion, but you’ll probably want a few more things. I know for me it is about the carbs. I can’t tell you how much I missed donuts during our adventure in not-normal. 

What would be in your “nest of normal” if you had to go into quarantine?

Perilously yours,


P.S. I actually have a book with a hurricane and a lot of dealing with not-normal if you need a distraction!

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If you like mystery mixed with sci-fi, humor, intelligence, and action, then grab this new series by Pauline Baird Jones. But batten down the hatches for a crazy ride!

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