Actual conversation on social media (name of network not used for confidentiality)
Friend of Daisy: Green beans, tomatoes (yes, more) and cucumbers are on the canning list today. Whew.
Friend of Friend: Busy, busy. It’ll be lovely to have them all come winter.
Friend of Daisy: Yes it will. It was great last night when we were without power. Just needed to open some jars of yumminess to make a satisfying dinner. But we need a better camp stove.
Daisy joins in: Ah, the camp stove. Our next door neighbors have one. It’s good to be prepared!
Daisy adds: I filled my minivan with gas today. I don’t like going below 1/4 tank. I don’t know if it’s a touch of paranoia since 9/11 or something else, but I don’t want to have to refill in an emergency.
Friend: That’s brilliant! I do the same thing.
Daisy: It feels more paranoid than brilliant, but it helps me keep calm and carry on.
Friend: Well, paranoia is the friend of “preppers”.
On that note, I think I’ll put down the laptop and bring up a jar of tomato sauce to use with supper. Enchiladas!