The folks who I feel sorry for? Those who've, since March, camped out upon their recliners watching the news. And turned into zombies.
Now, I've watched the news, of course, but, 1.) I refuse to watch mainstream media news ('a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump,' shall we say. Er hem.), so I searched for alternative news sources.
Whew. What a relief to find these (technically I don't watch each; I'm just presenting these for variety and your consideration)--
One America News Network (OANN)
Blaze TV, via Youtube here
And Twitter. Daily I love me some Twitter. (Deal with it.) シ
And 2.) I've sought to stay busy, productive, proactive because hey, 'idle hands are the devil's playthings'. It's a thing. Gulp.
Lists! I've made lists. Lived by lists, but that's what you've gotta do sometimes, especially when a year like 2020 happens.
Want a peek at a few of my lists' headings?
Meals to Make From Practically Nothing
Bible Verses Which Explain This Crazy 2020
Broken, Annoying Things to Fix Around the House
People Who God Speaks Through Relevantly
Ways to Beef-Up Your Immune System
Local Restaurants to Help Support
Foods/Emergency Supplies We're Stocked Up On (Or Not) For Eight Months
Skills to Learn And Relearn (candle making, food dehydrating, long-term food storage, etc.)
Items To Share With Neighbors
Helpful, Inspiring Email Alerts To Sign Up For
Clothes To Buy To Complete My Wardrobe
Local Food Pantries and Go Fund Me's to Contribute To
Warnings God Gives Me to Pass Along to Others
Ways to Get Back Into Shape
Cast-Offs to Carry Down to the Salvation Army Drop-Off
Ways to Relax And Have Fun
Subjects to Research (like, just how much power does the gov't have, anyway?)
People To Encourage
Ways to Live On Less Money
How to Prepare Mentally and Spiritually for Battle
Ok, of course not all of these are written upon paper or a draft folder. Some exist only inside my head.
But as I've sought to complete these goals (no, I've not arrived, but I believe in aiming at targets rather than the air), they've kept my mind and body active, miles from passivity, fear and confusion--
--and far from feeling a loss of control (which, disagree if you will, is exactly where the government wants us so they can control us, instead).
Ol' Debra's never gonna turn into a Well, What Are Ya Gonna Do? Zombie.
"You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you." ---Romans 8:9
Now, this was cool: The Honor of Living In Dark Times.
"You can be pitiful or powerful, but you can't be both." --- Joyce Meyer
Okay, 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' was one of the best movies Tom and I watched all year. Poignant, funny, adventurous, sentimental--it had it all.
We found it at Hulu.
Here's a dry mix we like for Ranch Salad Dressing.
Instead of the dry buttermilk, I use powdered milk because I'm stocked up on it. Turns out fine and tasty when you dredge raw chicken in the dry mix. I store this mix in a glass jar:
Dry Ranch Mix (Makes 1+ cup mix)
1 c. dry butter milk powder (or powdered milk)
4 tbl. parsley
2 tbl. garlic powder
2 tbl. onion powder
4 tsp. dried chives
2 tsp. dill
3 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
"Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys." --Proverbs 18:9
"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