These are tough and strange times in which we live. You’ve all been in my thoughts and prayers (i know it’s not in fashion to consider prayer valuable, but it is a very potent spiritual tool) since this all began, both because of the sickness and because of the economic realities attending it.
My household — Gods willing – is so far, healthy. We already self-isolate so having to stay indoors and avoid face-to-face social interaction has not been a hardship. I’ve had a great deal of anxiety over my health, the health of friends and loved ones but I am managing that as best I can. My university was really amazing in how they dealt with this all: we had the system organized for online classes two weeks before things got really bad. I’m grateful for that. I also tend to keep a fully stocked pantry so we’ve been good (plus, my husband works from home already). As someone with a compromised immune system, I am deeply grateful for all those who wisely decided to stay in and socially distance even though they themselves are young and healthy.
I know that none of this is the case for everyone reading this. I also realize that the social distancing is especially difficult for those extroverts out there. Please reach out. Let us know if you need anything – seriously; and I urge you all to keep each other in your prayers.
One resource that I recently found has been helpful when it came to grocery shopping so I want to pass that on. Now, I’m not sure how far nationally this goes, but i’ve been using instacart.com and they have been excellent. I recommend them.
I have read that cardboard can hold the virus for 72 hours so wipe down whatever comes into your house, maybe open packages outside and definitely wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Be kind. I’ve read horrible reports of retail workers having to go sit in their car and cry because of how horrible people have been to them. These people and your medical personnel, your postal carriers, UPS, etc. are putting themselves out there and in danger to provide what we need. Be kind to them. They’re scared too. If you are working in the medical field, may. Apollo, Asklepius, Eir, and Hygeia watch over you and keep you safe.
For those who have relatives abroad or in nursing homes – I am so sorry that you cannot be with your loved ones right now. I can only say that I hope this resolves as quickly as possible.
It can be hard to be stuck at home when you’re more used to being out and doing, especially being out and doing in the midst of a crisis but if you’re one of those people, know that praying is doing something spiritually beneficial, and staying home is keeping people safe. There will be time to be out and helping in a hands-on fashion when the worst of the threat passes. In the meantime, I’ve tried to find local businesses in my area to support and also foodbanks. It is frustrating for all of us.
Know that you are not alone. We can be there for each other and our Gods and ancestors are there for us always. You are ver much not alone.
Finally, here is a bread recipe that I found recently floating around my facebook. I was vastly dubious but tried it today and it’s actually quite good. It’s a Beer Bread, a good option when you need bread but have no yeast. It’s very, very easy to make too. For those worried about the alcohol content, that will burn off during the baking. It doesn’t rise very much but it has a nice, nutty flavor. Here you go:
Ingredients: 3 c flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 c sugar, 1 can beer, 1/2 c melted butter.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Add beer. Now the original recipe doesn’t say anything else at this point, other than to put it in a greased pan, but you need to knead it a bit and to shape it into a little loaf.
- put in a greased loaf pan
- pour butter over bread.
- bake one hour.
Enjoy, and if you’re participating in the novena to our healing Deities or a particular healing Deity, feel free to post insights, prayers, updates on how that’s going etc.