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.
The schools have been on fall break and Ladybug has been here with me. I took advantage of the time by having her help me do some fall cleanup work. When I first moved here I shoved things into the shed telling myself I’d deal with them later. Well, later happened over the weekend. Ladybug helped (a little) to pull everything out of the shed and reorganize it. Several things are boxed up ready for freecycle.
Then we washed lawn chairs and stored those away for the year. If by chance I should need them before next year its just a matter of walking to the shed for retrieval.
I’ve been s..l..o..w..l..y putting the base for my new clothes line into the ground. I bought the screw in kind of base so it could be moved later if I want. My muscle strength is that of a little old lady ’cause I am one. I’d go out everyday and turn the danged thing once or twice giving it every bit of strength I had. Even my son in law had difficulty the one time he tried. Anyway, I finally got the base low enough for a mower to go over it. Its not perfectly straight but who cares. I don’t think I’m going to move the danged thing ever.
Ladybug had fun opening and closing it several times. Pull the string to open. Push the button to close. Be sure to stand back or duck out of the way of the lines.
This really should be called a clothes “twine” because that’s what it is, twine. We decided not to give it a try with actual laundry just yet because there were so many mosquitoes attacking us. I didn’t pay much attention to it before but that area of the yard is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. I’ve got to find a pesticide safe to use in damp yards. I’m afraid this is something I’ll have to use continually because my house is in a flood plane and the yard will never completely dry out.
Next we mopped out the garbage can and the recycle bin. Yucky! Both had spiders in them and stank. They still stink but the spiders are gone.
After all those things were done we came inside to move things around in the storage room. I emptied a couple more boxes of stuff. I can’t finish all the unpacking just yet. I’ve still got some planning and decisions to make about having a quilt studio. Upstairs or downstairs?
I drew a design on a piece of foam core board for Ladybug to color for me. It is going to be an energy saver device to block air flow but that’s another post.
She works at the speed of a kid while I work at the speed of an old lady. Sometimes that’s a good thing and often just exhausting. Its hard to keep her occupied when she flits from one project to the next. Now that fall break is over and she’s gone home I’m taking a couple of days for rest.