Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows,
it empties today of its strength.
Corrie ten Boom
(my extent of “prepping” for our latest cirises/ Julie Cook/ 2020)
The market has crashed.
Our savings have suddenly taken a nosedive.
Our life’s savings have shrunk drastically, if not totally having disappeared.
All in the course of a few hours on a Monday morning.
Thanks to Russia and Saudi Arabia…
Italy is closed for business.
Forget the impending Holy Season of Good Friday and Easter.
Forget your favorite olive oil, pasta or historical wonders.
News flash, the Pope has a cold.
Well, China is a bad word…in more ways than one.
South Korea and North Korea…typhoid Marys…
Delta is canceling flights left and right.
Grocery store shelves are reminiscent of an impending snowstorm,
let alone the ending of the world as we now know it…
But remember, you just lost your life savings in the crashing market…
therefore you can’t afford the grocery store’s price gouging on things you really don’t
And whatever you do…
DO NOT TURN ON THE NEWS!!!!!!
Do you remember the days following 9/11?
We were told to prepare.
We were told to put together a “survival” kit.
We needed to fill a plastic tub with:
Duct tape should be used to seal all windows and doors in case there was a dirty bomb.
Duct tape, as a saving grace from nuclear annihilation, who knew?!
Because our water systems would be targeted.
If there was a run on grocery stores, supply would not meet demand —
Should a catastrophe ensue, our food sources would be targeted.
Because there would be a run on the banks and the Government would
shutter the bank’s doors in order to protect the markets…in turn,
you’d not be able to get any of your money.
But remember, you don’t have any money because the markets crashed.
Flashlights and batteries as power grids would be targets.
Old fashion radios because communication would be limited due to destroyed
Batteries– to power our now old school technology.
First aid supplies since we wouldn’t be able to leave the house should we need care.
A bottle of bourbon.
That was my addition—
So fast forward to today…
Each morning I’m blessed to wake up, I’m hearing more and more about doomsday reporting.
I’m hearing that hand sanitizer is now a rare commodity and so the DYI folks are
offering hacks to make our own.
Think alcohol and aloe vera gel.
So this morning was my typical morning to head to the grocery store for my
If I listened to the people, be they the news folks or just friends or neighbors,
I would need to go out and prepare for this latest plague and end of times crisis…
I would need to stock up on bleach, hand sanitizer, canned foods, bottled water,
iodine tablets, surgical masks, nitrile gloves, zinc tablets…
I would also need to grab my mail out of the box while wearing gloves.
All deliveries would need to be put down at the door while I retrieved them while
wearing gloves and a face mask.
And better yet, I should not order anything because chances are everything has
been touched by ‘the infected’.
And so that image up above, well it’s the extent of my gathering.
I saw the sanitizer wipes on an end cap on sale…what the heck, I’ll pick up a canister.
I use them when cleaning up around the cat box.
The bleach… well, spring and pollen are coming and I’ll need to be cleaning down the deck
following the onslaught of yellow powder that will settle upon our world.
Plus we’ve had so much rain, the deck is a giant piece of mildew.
The Oreos you ask??!!
Well, my husband will need something sweet to nibble on should he be stuck
inside a duct tapped domicile due to the impending apocalypse.
No better way to go then while munching on a few Oreos.
And whereas we should always take precautions, as we normally do when viruses or
bacteria such as the flu, West Nile virus, Ebola, Ecoli…
each run amuck, we also shouldn’t ready ourselves to climb out on
the latest window ledge to jump before we are taken out by the latest plague.
Be smart with your health but NOT a henny penny panicker who is listening to the
doomsday news naysayers…folks who actually want our nation to fail and fall apart…
Because yes, there are those who want our Nation to fail…
We need to stay calm while staying smart…
Oh, and by the way…I caught wind that toilet paper is becoming scarce.
Why in the heck there’s a run on toilet paper I have no idea, but supposedly some
shoppers in Australia got into a smackdown over the last package on the shelf.
When I visited my local grocery store today…I’m happy to report that the
shelves were full and there wasn’t the slightest sign of scarcity…
I did, however, pick up a package of toilet paper…
just to be on the safe side…
Because like Kathy over on atimetoshare noted, the Sears catalog has since long come and gone…
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.