Leach field or no leach field, I may have to plow up my back yard and start planting a garden again. I don’t live under a rock, and I’ve heard the stories about the rising oil and gas prices making the cost of everything else go up, too. But it’s getting scary!!
Lately I’ve been going to do my weekly marketing after church on Sunday. I’ve been going to the same market for at least 15 years. Their prices are usually good, they have awesome “Buy 1, Get 1 (or 2 or 3) Free” sales and the meat and produce is fresh.
They prices have been rising over the past year, as they have everywhere else. But I really had the produce equivalent of “Sticker Shock” this past Sunday when I saw the price of produce. Green beans really stuck with me because they’re one of the few vegetables everyone in the family will eat. The previous week, the price of green beans was $2.49/lb. This week, the price was $3.49/lb. If you’re math challenged, that’s a $1 increase in a week!! Looking at it another way, it a 40% price hike. That hurts!! Imagine if gas prices did that in a week – one week you’d pay $4/gal at the pump, the next it would be $5.60.
It baffles me that this administration could for so long sit there and tell us that the economy was okay. It’s obvious that they don’t struggle from pay check to pay check to make ends meet. I’m buying half the groceries I bought at this time last year, but it’s still costing me almost as much when I check out. I guess they don’t buy their own groceries very often.
I’m really afraid this country is in for a rude awakening. Between the rising fuel prices (gasoline, diesel for trucks to transport goods, jet fuel, heating oil and natural gas) and the natural disasters (floods in our nation’s “Bread Basket,” drought where flocks and herds graze, hurricanes and tornadoes), we have more problems than we can afford. When you toss in the amount of money shipped overseas in “Aid” and to fight this questionable war, you have a recipe for disaster on a grand scale.
So planting a garden is looking like a good alternative. I already recycle and reuse. I conserve power and water. I turn the thermostat down at night in the winter and only use the air conditioner on extremely hot, muggy nights so I can sleep. The problem is that I’m not 20-something anymore and gardening is difficult with fibromyalgia (check out the commercial if you don’t believe me). But I will buy more local produce this summer – to support my local farmers and to stretch my food dollars.
What we really need is a national awareness of changes that need to be made to rein in this troubling economic downturn. I can’t tell you what that would be. You’d think there have already been enough crises to pull people out of their tunnel-vision lives of living for themselves only. It hasn’t happened and I can’t imagine what could do it. It makes you want to shake the collective masses and “slap the nation upside the head” to wake everyone up.
Maybe it will happen when green beans reach $10 a pound!