Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Is anyone else...

 feeling like they are on sensory overload?

Everywhere I look I see stories and articles and videos about the mess we are in and how the next world war is likely just around the corner.  Some of it is true and some is not.  Some of it keeps us informed and some is just click bait.  But it seems like no matter where I look, it is getting more difficult to find anything good in our situation.  And I know that I am guilty of posting similar things.

My morning routine is to pour a mug of coffee and check the online news to see what new horrors are being thrust upon us.  And lately I find myself spending more time online than I should.  I don't know about anyone else, but a steady diet of doom and gloom can send a person down the slippery slope into depression.  And I haven't got enough time left to waste on 'poor, pitiful me' thoughts.

Everyone has things in their lives that bring them joy.  One of my daughters and her man just spent several days at their cabin on a lakeshore.  Disconnect from work.  No Wifi.  No cell phone service.  Drive into town to use both.  Play with their new puppy.  Good for them!

My son and his wife just spent a few days in Arizona.  Farmed the one son still at home and the dog out to Grandpa and Grandma.  Just the two of them.  They FaceTimed me to show me the beautiful red rock cliffs of Sedona.  Both work so hard and a mini vacation was needed.  And my heart is happy to see this couple who have been married well over 20 years and who still like each other!

Me...I need to stay in touch with what is happening in our world for it could easily have an effect on us all.  But at the same time I need to stay sane enough to make good decisions should the time come when those decisions could mean life and death.  

I once had an acquaintance who remarked when I said I was too busy for whatever event she had planned, "How can you be busy.  You're retired!"  Honey, get comfortable.   I'll tell you!

I will be canning more chicken and hamburger next week.  I am in the process of sewing little pieces of fabric together to make quilts.  (Snow flurries are predicted for this weekend.  Good grief!)  I am writing down family stories - mostly about my parents and grandparents - because my kids have shown an interest in them and maybe some day so will my grands.  There is a boat load of information being entered into my genealogy program so my family will know where they came from.

Staying busy works to keep me relatively happy.  Whatever works to keep you as sane as possible is a good thing.  These days when we have a truck load of lies, deceit and just plain bs headed our way on a daily basis, we need to deal with it while still keeping from losing our minds.

I find that prayer works the best of all.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Don't Care

I don't care what Trump is doing.

I don't care who becomes Speaker of the House.

I don't care that there are those who believe in multiple genders and I surely don't care if they are butt hurt over 'misgendering.'

I don't care what your sexual preferences are and I certainly do not wish to celebrate whatever they are.

I don't care what the news networks say for most of it is lies.

And I really do not care what most politicias say or promise, for not only are they liars, most are bought and paid for.

There are some things I care about.

I care about my grocery bill being more expensive by the week.

I care about what my great-grands will be taught when they reach school age.

I care about fuel prices heading skyward.

I care about illegals getting free everything while our vets are homeless and many of our citizens are suffering.

I care that the current administration allows our borders to be open with God only knows how many terrorists entering at will.

And I care that nobody in power gives a rat's ass about those who put them into office.

Mostly I care about my family and what could happen to them if the crazy doesn't go away.

Things really do need to change.

It is time.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

No Rant. Just Work.

As you all know, I enjoy a good rant now and then.  Gets rid of some of the frustrations we are facing, and it really is kind of fun sometimes to virtually slap the snot out of those who are determined to rule over us.

Just now I simply do not have the time.

I pay very little attention to any of the major news sources.  For the most part, they wouldn't recognize truth if it bit them on the bum.  And I stay away from the YouTube Channels and Blogs that tell me if we don't do what they say, buy the gear they are selling or stock up on what they say we must stock up on, we will surely die.

But there are those who have earned my respect over the years.  Pinball Preparedness ( Pinball Preparedness - YouTube).  Patara at Appalachia's Homestead  (Appalachia's Homestead with Patara - YouTube).  Modern Refugee  (Modern Refugee. - YouTube).  Rudy at Alaska Prepper  (Alaska Prepper - YouTube).  Alaska Granny whose link is on my sidebar.  There are others, but these are the ones I pay attention to the most.

All of the above are not busy screaming that the sky is falling like so many others do.  They do not try to scare us. They instead are keeping us informed about what is happening and are urging us to continue our preparations or better yet, step up what we are doing.  

I don't care what the sound bites from the White House or Congress say, things are not getting better.  We are up to our necks in government debt.  I buy groceries every two weeks and every two weeks prices are higher.  There is a whole boatload of things that need to be fixed.  Not happening.

Those that I trust keep saying that the future is not looking all that great.  I seriously doubt that the upcoming election will make much of a difference either way.

So most of my time is now being spent doing whatever needs to be done.  Today I dehydrated broccoli and mixed vegetables.  In the morning 4 large bags of shredded hash browns are going in the dehydrators.  While they are drying, there are bags of flour that need to be repackaged to avoid creepy crawlers.  There are several quilts that need to be finished, including one quilt top made from bright pink plain and floral flannel that my daughter has laid claim to in exchange for a fabric store run to bring me quilt backing fabric and quilt batting.  :)  My storeroom (formerly my bedroom) needs to be sorted out so I know exactly what I have and what I need.  There can no longer be guesswork in my grocery orders.  Not with prices headed skyward.

Prayer has also increased.  Not for myself.  I am doing OK for a cranky old lady.  For our nation.  For those who are having a rough time keeping body and soul together.  But mostly to allow the Almighty back into the areas of our lives that He has been tossed out of.  Schools.  Courthouses.  Government buildings.  Some have even been arrested for preaching on city sidewalks.  

Pray.  Keep on preparing.  And pray some more.