Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Ants in the kitchen

I don’t know what happened to February.  It passed right on by me without notice.  I was sick in bed almost the whole month of March.  It’s difficult to think about writing a blog post when all I could do is get to the bathroom a couple times a day, drink some water to stay hydrated, and stumble back to the bed.  I have lost a few pounds.  That’s not a bad thing.

I’ve been battling ants for a few weeks.  The ants BITE! Believe me when I say that the bite hurts.  It feels like being stuck by a pin or a needle.  They are meat eater ants.  They won’t eat sweets or other food items.  Just meat.  The nest is underneath the house and I can’t get to it.  I’ve tried just about every natural repellent or chemical killer and none have worked.

It looks like I have a speckle color kitchen counter.

It looks like I have a speckle color kitchen counter.

Those darn things attack anything that moves close to them.  You see how they swarmed near me when I was taking photos?  Here are some of the things I’ve tried.

A few of the ant products I've used.

A few of the ant products I’ve used.

I can’t cook on the stove and I can’t wash dishes in the kitchen.  So, I wash dishes in the bathroom.

I'm glad I have enough room on the counter for washing dishes.  The sink is just too shallow.

I’m glad I have enough room on the counter for washing dishes. The sink is just too shallow.

I cook on a table on the other side of the kitchen.  I make good use of my crockpot, my microwave, and my electric skillet.  I do plan to have an exterminator come in just as soon as I can save up the money.  There is one consolation to having meat eater ants….. they eat termites and other bugs.

If you look closely you can see a cluster of ants.  It's the brown spot near the center of the picture.

If you look closely you can see a cluster of ants on the kitchen faucet. It’s the brown spot near the center of the picture.

Now that I think about it, I haven’t seen a spider, a centipede, a water bug, a roly poly bug, or anything else around my house for a very long time.   I thought it was because of winter weather but now I’m not so sure.  I worry about sleeping at night.  I have nightmares of waking up to see millions of ants all over me.  (shudder)

Ok, enough time on the computer for today.  My house is a total mess from no cleaning for a whole month.

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