My Biggest Fears

Hola from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! We’re on our way to the Caribbean as I type this up (Monday evening).

Yesterday Adam and I woke up to sunny, bright skies but unfortunately in the afternoon dark clouds rolled in and stuck around for the rest of the day.

I tried my hardest to lay out on the deck and relax … but in the end the cold breeze sent me indoors seeking a hot tea and a good book. Hopefully tomorrow it will be nice and sunny for our day in St. Thomas!

Since I don’t have a whole lot to report on the vacation front I thought I would share with you some of my biggest worries and how I calm my fears :).

I worry that…

My house will catch on fire while I’m away. 

I never worried about this much when we lived in apartments and condos because someone would always be “home” aka in the building. That meant I could take comfort is knowing if my apartment caught fire a neighbor would likely call the fire department and someone would come save Cecil.

When we bought the house last year my neurotic self invested in Nest fire and carbon monoxide alarms. Since the Nest alarms integrate with the Nest app, if there is every smoke or carbon monoxide in the house while I am away my phone will notify me immediately so I can take action.

Someone is going to break into my house while I’m showering/while I’m out. 

Again, this is something that I didn’t worry about too much when I lived in an apartment. It would have been difficult for someone to break into the apartment complex, and then what are the odds that my apartment would be the one burgled out of the hundreds of apartments available?

Living in a house is a different story so I invested in a home security system. Not only do Adam and I have a security system but we also have Ring Video Doorbells that are triggered by motion sensors.

If you are thinking about breaking into my house I WILL have you recorded on camera before you even touch my doorknob or break a window. Also thanks to Ring’s two-way audio I will tell you to GTFO before I use my cat mom strength to apprehend you until the police show up.

Seriously though, I am not too worried about losing my stuff. What I am worried about is that most burglaries occur in the middle of the day when people are at work. The idea that someone could break into my house and Cecil could run out and get lost is what worries me most.

Which brings me to my next point.

Cecil will run out the door without me noticing. 

If you hadn’t caught on, I am absolutely insane when it comes to my cat. My biggest daily fear is that Cecil is going to run out the door and be lost forever.

When I leave the house I always check 10X to make sure he hasn’t slipped out the door.

Cecil running away is legitimately my biggest fear in life. He is not made for outside living. He needs a soft couch and someone to bring him his pâté.

So there you have it, all of my biggest fears have to do with Cecil. I am sure you are all wildly surprised! 🙂

Anyone else have a Nest Protect Alarm or Ring Doorbell?
-We have the Nest thermometer too. Everything pairs with our Google Home which we love! 

What’s one of your biggest fears and how do you manage that fear?



  1. April 18, 2017 / 6:49 am

    We have an alarm system, smoke detector, and camera system in our house that links up to our phones, too. I never worried about this stuff when I rented, but I worry incessantly about fire and break-ins now. It’s made me neurotic. I was worse when Archie was still alive; I was constantly a wreck wondering if he was okay or if something had happened.

    I just spoke to my neighbor yesterday because apparently she had a break-in last week. She wanted to update me on the situation and let me know that, as a stay at home mom, she keeps an eye on our house in the daytime just in case anything looks odd. I really appreciated her telling me that! Nothing puts me at ease like real human eyeballs!

  2. April 18, 2017 / 9:05 am

    When I lived in an apartment Mitten loved to try to sneak out the door. Strangely she doesn’t do this at our condo. BUT I am so afraid that when I traveling her cat sitter will not notice that she sneaked outside and she’ll just be gone.

  3. April 18, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Our neighborhood has a Neighborhood Watch FB group that I often troll for lols because people in that group are insane and petty and do nothing but bicker with each other (so neighborly!). But sometimes I have to stop because reading it can really give me a distorted perception of how much crime is actually occurring. Yes, it’s good to be informed but anyone who regularly reads groups like that will think our area is some dangerous hotbed of crime. The reality is that crime can happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone, and the way I manage my own worry is to take as many sensible preventative measures as I can to reduce the likelihood of being a victim.

  4. April 18, 2017 / 11:51 am

    I hope you are having a great time on your vacation and not worrying too much !!

    I think your fear of Cecil getting out is a very real one!! things can be replaced, but furbabies can’t be replaced! I hope Cecil is getting his nap and his nice delicious food right now!

  5. April 18, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Wow, our fears are completely the same. My BIGGEST fear is the kitties getting out of the house and never knowing what happened to them. I would never be able to live with myself if that happened. I am really impressed with Nest and Ring. I get VERY scared when Paul is not home… I will tell you more about the safety measures we have in private.

  6. April 18, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    My biggest fear is to leave the house with the cooktops on. I normally will cook something in the morning. So, because I leave the house in such a hurry everyday, I always get concerned that I’ve forgotten to turn off the cooktop. That is why I usually pay close attention to the moment when I’m turning them off. Otherwise I will literally go back to check.

  7. April 18, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Those are my fears as well! I unplug everything when I leave on vacation, afraid of a fire!