Saturday, April 04, 2020

Some Self Quarantine Fun, Hints, Help and ?

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." ... Psalm 18:2


1.) Have you created new patterns and soothing rituals yet for these new-to-us days? Tom and I have and we're reaping the good from them. And mind rest. You're doing lots of mind rest breaks, right? We all need those.

2.) Go outside, ok? Even if it's just in your yard. I don't care who says it's not safe to do so--do it anyway. We all need the air, sun, breezes, sky, the scent of soil and birdsong. We do.

3.) Those Jiffy mixes I sent for? They arrived in just 2 days! Wow. How sweet to experience some bygone normalcy.

4.) Speaking of Jiffy mixes: here's a so-easy dessert-or-breakfast recipe I've made a hundred times. (You can also use less than a whole cake mix.)

Grease a pie dish. 
Cover the bottom with frozen blueberries or canned pineapple (leave in maybe half the juice) or canned or fresh peaches sliced thin.
Sprinkle a dry Jiffy cake or muffin mix evenly over top. Shake some cinnamon over all.
Pour 3 tbl. melted butter and 3 tbl. oil, blended, over all (perhaps more if you're using frozen blueberries or fresh peaches).
Place in 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Remove. Stir a tad to moisten any still-dry cake mix. Serve warm or cold.

5.) These tasks annoy me, but for safety's sake I wipe down (read: wash) all our delivered groceries. Cans, bottles, boxes, etc. Also I place our mail in a box for a week or longer so germs will have time to fade.

6.)  I shared this at Facebook--

Oh good! My former town's Facebook page reminded me that many folks everywhere are placing teddy bears, hearts, Easter eggs or rainbows in their windows so families can walk/drive by and count how many they spy. In our whole house we have just one bear, so there he went into our front window.  
Don't you just love how creative people become in hard times?

7.) The current principal of my old high school shared this in a letter to his students: 

"This situation we find ourselves in will reveal your true character." --Terry Hernandez

Exactly! (And perhaps that's what is actually scaring some folks?)

8.) Now, this was one excellent, sentimental, funny, take-me-away movie. We watched via Disney Plus. Highly recommended.

9.)  I also shared this over at Facebook--

Spied this over at my old hometown's group and loved it! Then immediately felt sad about that certain 1 item per order limit. That they must uphold that these days. sigh. (Just being real here...)
"Called to check on my folks today see if they needed anything. They went to the only store in town and just needed a couple things. When checking out they were told they could only get 1 bread item. So they kept the sandwich bread and put back the hamburger buns, paid and were leaving when a store employee they know called out to them and ran over and put the buns back into the cart. She had purchased a bottle of water and the buns so she could give them the bread they needed!! Thank you for looking out for our seniors!! So proud of the small town I grew up in! Still raising people that care!"

10.) Oh! And yesterday we watched Togo (also via Disney Plus) and Tom insisted it was the best dog movie he's ever seen, high praise from a guy who's watched them all. シ

11.) Oh and nearly forgot: I've added zinc to my daily immunity-increasing regimen. Read (and heard from Naomi who's practically our nutritional counselor) that it's a good boost for immunity.  **

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Remember: Now's a great time to do some of those things you always wished you had time for!  

Though yeah, there's this, below.  ツ   


And these days? Color me grateful that we have stairs in our house and that I'm climbing up and down them all day long--heh:

                                                                                                                                                                             **  Here's what else I take on a regular basis.(I've been sick only twice in 9 years whereas I used to catch everything.)  

5,000 units of Vitamin D3 
1,000 (or 2,000) units of Vitamin C 
1 acidolphilus capsule
2,000 units of krill oil
1,000 units of magnesium
Lots of forgiveness toward others
And much godly, peaceful contentment

I would tell you I exercise and eat right, but that would make me a Big Fat Liar.   ツ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Just Tryin' To Help (But You Might Get Mad)

"They are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance... the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things  ... Psalm 37:19, John 14:26


Warning: This post will irritate some of you. Read at your own risk.

Yesterday I gave our neighbor some extra food, hand sanitizer and 20-30 face masks. She knows where to take them. I do not.

These items were on our shelves. For months. 

Six years ago I became a prepper, (never a hoarder), over months, years, buying stuff a little at a time and as finances allowed. Rotated it by date (or tried). In my shopping, never snatched from anyone what they needed.

Preppers plan ahead, then thrive in hard times. It's kinda like this:

                   (Thanks, Dolores, for sharing this at Facebook.)

Over years, the Holy Spirit kept hinting that someday all my new prepping skills would pay off big time. 

He was right. He always is.

And personally? I'm determined not to visit a single supermarket during these wild corona virus days. Not one. I refuse to needlessly subject myself to creepy virus germs, empty shelves and frayed tempers.

Long ago I learned to shop for groceries online, fresh ones also, and have them delivered to my home. 

Basically I check these places, in this order:

Aldi (You don't have one? Check your area for stores which offer Instacart.)

I noticed this week that when we have a 2 months' supply of everything, I feel most comfortable.

Yet lately as I try to keep that supply? Buy cat food or 3 cans of diced tomatoes, etc.? The words 'Out Of Stock' or 'in-store purchase only' bombard my eyes at my Go To places. Or the prices shot up. Or delivery will require 2+ weeks now, not 2 days. And I confess--sometimes I've muttered, "You people who laughed at us preppers! You who did not prepare ahead! You make me tired."

And you remind me of this---

"For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut."   ... From Matthew 25

Ok. Calm down. 

Today's lesson? You've got a second chance. You're most likely at home and have some extra time to learn prepping skills. Some you'll be able to implement today, others, well, you'll have to wait on. Yet at least you can take notes now. Make lists.

But what I feel the Holy Spirit is saying to me this time? Since our Country has been shut down once, that'll make it all the easier to do it again.

Take it or leave it, it's up to you. Always it is, for Prince I'llSaveTheDay stopped making house calls eons ago.

"And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”   ... From Genesis 41

"The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty."    ... Proverbs 21:5


Go here for an easy crock pot meals video. Her many cheap meal videos are wonderful.

There are also lots of cooking from your pantry articles and videos out there from frugal folks as well.


Here's an article on gardening as therapy. Hooray! It's that time of year again. 

For fun, Tom and I opened this last week. Had been in our basement for years. The chocolate pudding was awesome!  ツ

Oh, and plug in 'prepper', 'prepping' etc., into my search box for my older posts on prepping. If you wish.  (This one has a ton of helpful links, although I can't guarantee each link still works.)


"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Man, Let's Go Someplace! (Yes, Right Now.)

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." ... Isaiah 55:12


Hey Everybody!

Let's go to a cottage on a lake!

Or how about to The Tonight Show? (And here.)  (And here.)

Or hey! Would you like to drop by Joanna Gaines' home while she makes zucchini bread?

Or how about visiting me in my new upstairs office?

After that we could go shopping and buy some cake and muffin mixes! (If you purchase 2 mix-and-match packages of 12, you're paying just a tad over $1 for each mix.)

Need to pick up a few more items? Let's ask Adam The Woo to take us with him to his supermarket. He makes it interesting and fun, even these days.

Perhaps we could stop by the library and check out some books and then listen to a Top 5 Favorite Song of mine from all-time?

Oh! Then how about a walk beside the sea? Or perhaps through a forest?

Maybe we could end the day with this concert? Or this one from a prison?

Whew! Well, that sounds like a lovely, full day to me. Join me, shall you? (Yes, I totally stole that.) ツ

And when your cake mixes arrive? This chart, below, may come in handy. シ 

"I have peace right now. I know things are chaotic. I know the stock market keeps crashing. I know these are scary times, but I have peace in the middle of a storm because of my relationship with God." ---Greg Laurie

And never forget this-- 

Inside your mind--always--you are free to travel wherever you wish!

Here's a useful website. You plug in the ingredients you have on hand then they'll give you a list of dishes you can make with them.

Or if you'd like to learn how to make 16 meals in one day you can go here.

"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15