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.

Women unite!

Mostly I stay away from religious or political subjects but its my blog and I have a voice and I have an opinion which is going to come out now and then when I feel strongly about something.  Now, with that said, today I’m joining with the millions of women, not just in the USA but all over the world, and adding my voice to those who oppose Trump’s demeaning of women, minorities, and immigrants.  He may turn out to be a good president but we won’t know that until after his presidency is over and the history books record it.  I’m against his lewd language, racial, and sexist attitude.  I’m adding my voice to the women who marched on Saturday by saying I believe his attitude and words casts a dark shadow all across the USA.

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Canned a bunch of mandarins

On Saturday I was unable to attend the women’s march here locally but I was with them in spirit.  I was marching with them in front of the tv and computer screen.  There were marches of women’s solidarity in places like Japan, England, Australia, Mexico, Germany, and Canada.   Six hundred and seventy marches have been counted across the USA and in such places as Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Berlin, and Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territory where the temperature was 6 below zero.  (ie Washington Post)  There may have been more marches that were not counted and surely many more people supporting in the same way I did.  Women and men were marching for all people.

What made these marches different was that there was no violence.  There was no rioting, no broken windows, no fires set, no fights, no pepper sprays or smoke bombs or fire hoses.  There were no arrests.  Just many voices all over the world chanting as one.   The march may have been about stating an opinion against Trump’s language and attitude but it was so much more than that.  The marches were statements that female voices have merit too.  We have opinions and we have strengths.  It was a statement that women are a mighty force to be reckoned with.   Throughout history it has always been the women who held families together.   The men flex their muscles and fight wars but women are the backbones of holding things together until the men calm down and peace is restored again.  Women are the ones bringing people into the world and yet we are treated the worst.

Trump’s election was a wake up call for all people who oppose such attitudes.  To quote actress America Ferrera “Our new president is waging a war on the values that define our country with a credo of hate, fear, and suspicion of one another.”  “Our dignity, our character, our rights have been under attack.” “But the president is not America.  We are America.”  I agree with her statement.

The march focused on many of the same issues of other marches in our history.  Equal worker rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, ending violence against women and more.   How can a president help stop violence against women when he says and believes its ok for a man to grab a women by her p**sy then laugh it off as male shower room banter?  I can’t help but wonder, if Putin were to grab Trump’s wife or daughter in that way would the president simply laugh about it?   Would he seriously let his female family members be disrespected in such a way?  BTW the word p**sy is not a curse word.  Its a cat.  The word is only dirty when someone with a dirty mind uses it in that way.  I didn’t use the full spelling because I don’t want to get search hits on my blog from dirty minded people.

The president has lots of rage toward the media coverage.  If the president didn’t want to be under constant visibility and scrutiny by the public then why on earth did he run for the most visible and scrutinized position in the entire world?  So why is he now trying to suppress the media coverage?  What has he got to hide?   Will the president’s next move be to keep out any news person who dares to ask tough questions?  Will he ban the press from the press room and only let in those who agree to be censored ask the questions that he lays out for them to ask?  The job of a reporter is not to soothe someone’s ego. The job of a reporter is to gather news and information in order to keep the people informed of important events.  Although the method of reporting is constantly evolving the job description remains the same.  It calls for hard work, writing skill, ethics, fact checking, and a desire to report the truth.   Reporting should be neutral, fair, and accurate.  That would even include fact checking the president or any other person.

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Canned half pints of beans too

True, there is a lot of fake news these days but tabloid (fake) news has been around for a long time.  We see tabloid magazines in almost every checkout isle in every store.  A legitimate news agency only wants to report the truth.  If a reporter asks a question but then makes a mistake when reporting it the president should be man enough to discuss it with the reporter instead of ranting, raving, and acting like a spoiled child in front of the cameras.  When a legitimate news agency gets it wrong they print a retraction and an apology.  Fake news and tabloid news does not admit wrong statements.  The president should be adult enough to admit when he is wrong too.  The women of the world are not all news reporters but we are watching.

In my opinion, the president needs to think and do some fact checking of his own before he talks or tweets or whatever the heck he does.  To quote ex Vice President Joe Biden, “Grow up Trump.”  It is not ok to rage and rant against someone and then expect that person to calmly give in to your demands.  People will forgive but they do not forget.  Words do hurt.   Words do demean and demoralize people.  Words do start wars.

Even now Trump is not changing his attitude or apologizing to women.  He still has a ‘blame the victim’ attitude.  He is blaming the women of the marches.  Tweeting “Why didn’t these people vote?” Uh, I think we did vote but the popular vote didn’t count.   Trump won with the electoral vote not the popular vote.  I could be wrong but wouldn’t the number of marchers across the USA be about equal to the number of votes Clinton got that were not counted in the electoral count?  Wasn’t there about a million votes not counted and about a million marchers nation wide?  If the people in political power actually want to improve our voting system they should abolish the electoral college in favor of one vote, one count.  Let the people be the ones to actually vote a person in office.   The USA is watching.  The world is watching.  The women of the world are watching.  We are women, hear us roar!

Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now.  I have a loaf of bread and beet pie to bake.  Feel free to comment if you wish but please be respectful when you do.  We may not agree but we all have our opinions.

 

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43 comments on “Women unite!

  1. Janice Humes
    January 30, 2017

    I am heartsick about this post. I thought I was communing with women of similar values and to find that so many are validating the vulgar and vile filth that came from the women’s March. Ashley Judd, Madonna, using language that makes Trumps words pale in comparison. Women wearing obscene costumes, vagina hats, and those silly p word hats. Why does being a woman give you some special right to be crude. And to think you are proud of this sick behavior. How does this help raise responsible, discerning daughters. I agree with a previous writer who said where is the outrage over little girls being aborted by the millions. I will never, never read anything here again, wallow in your own slop.

    • Anita
      January 30, 2017

      Just Ugh!

      You had your say and I have not deleted it because I believe you have the right to say it. The march was not about abortion it was about EQUAL rights. To show that women have the same rights as men to be crude and vulgar. It was about a president who believes being crude and vulgar toward women is ok. But let me say here I KNOW not all men are crude and vulgar. There are lots and lots of really respectful men. I’m very fortunate to know several. Not all women are sweet submissive objects either. Some of us are willing to take tongue lashings in order to state our point of view.

      It depends on how you interpret responsible and discerning. My daughter was raised to believe in herself and not depend on a man to tell her what she should believe. She was raised to respect herself and expect respect from the men in her life. To understand she has the freedom to form her own opinions. If her vision is different than mine I’ll still love her not threaten her. We are not living in Korea or under terrorist rule. We have the freedom to choose our own path in life. My sons were raised to respect women and not treat them as objects without brains.

      Didn’t you notice that the march against abortion was held on a different day? Did you march? You had the freedom to do so. Did you tell the world you marched so you could get a tongue lashing for stating your opinion? Abortions are going to happen whether its legal or not. I remember the days of illegal abortion deaths and mutilation of women. I happen to believe its better to keep the women safe in a controlled place. Oh and by the way, if you are so set against abortion how many unwanted children have you adopted out of foster homes and orphanages? Or are you the type that believes a twelve year old child should carry her incest baby to full term or that a woman should carry a rapists baby to full term? What happens to that unwanted baby? Only a few get adopted. The rest spend a lifetime in institutions.

      I hope you find your utopia.

      • Janice Humes
        January 31, 2017

        So you think you know me huh? You have a very stereotypical view of those who disagree with you.nso here goes and it will be my last. But you put me in a position to defend myself and other like me. Yes I have marched. I marched in Washington DC when it was freezing cold. I marched around hospitals. I marched around capital buildings. I marched myself to our local birthright chapter to volunteer hundreds of hours of my time. I have two adopted granddaughters. Adopted by my daughter and her husband. The girls were abandoned by their crackhead parents. Abandoned in a cold house with no food for days. They were 3 and 1 years old. Then God opened the heavens and gave those girls to us. Now lovely young women who praise God as bad as their parents were, they did not abort them. My son and his wife live in an inner city, the poorest of poor inner city and there they along with us to help when we can, take in foster children. My husband, children,, and in laws have spent years in Africa helping poor people build buildings, build orphanages, dig water wells. What gives you the right to judge me or anyone. I was raised by loving parents and married to a wonderful kind man who supports me in all I do. But I have known grief and sorrow. The real feminists are those who honor their mothers and grandmothers who pioneered women’s rights. The women’s March shamed and disgraced them by their vulgar language and vile behavior. My good friend happened to be caught up in so called March and was apalled and disgusted by the obscene talk that was thrown at them. And by the way the women in that March seems to have forgotten that they had a president for 8 previous years. Why not hold him accountable for equal pay? Easier to talk ugly and cloak it all in “just my opinion”. And as for the twelve year old girl who is pregnant. I’ve seen only one of those, but birthright was there beside her. Loving her, coaching her and helped find a wonderful home for baby.and she was taught to respect how precious that sweet little life is. I came to your blog because I admired how you can stretch money. I admired you for being resourceful and frugal. If I wanted a political blog I would have gone there. There are plenty of wonderful frugal living sights I can read. Don’t need yours.

        • Anita
          February 1, 2017

          Janice, the debate on my blog post is now over. No more rants. I wrote the post at the risk of loosing readers because I really did want to know what other people were thinking. I had only asked that comments be respectful. There is mass hysteria and anger sweeping across our nation. I refuse to partake in it anymore.

          In the words of Buddha; How people treat you is their own trauma, how you react is yours. And also; If someone gives you a gift but you refuse the gift who owns the gift. So, I’m refusing your gift.

          I do hope you find your utopia blog.

  2. Trisha
    January 27, 2017

    Thank you for this thoughtful post Anita. I have been so troubled by what I hear happening every single day. I marched with my grown daughter in San Francisco, and am planning to do it again.

    • Anita
      January 28, 2017

      Its always good when people stand up for what they believe is right.

  3. Anita
    January 26, 2017

    Ok, now that I’ve posted a little bit about politics its time for me to get back to frugal living. Thank you to everyone who chose to comment.  I seriously do like knowing the opinions of other people.  If I don’t get thoughts from others then how can I know anything more than my own thoughts?  How can I be sure I’m right or wrong if I don’t have other ideas to think about?  I get tired of talking to the walls and getting only the same answers.  Especially thank you to the guys who read my blog while the women talked about women’s issues.

  4. Mary
    January 26, 2017

    I don’t think I can get too upset over Trump saying something in private that the media could not wait to unload at what they thought was just the right time. Way too many people are offended over the very things they pay to see in the movies and listen to on the radio. I wonder how many of these same men and women that marched are concerned at all about this.

    Our values in this country are not the same as they were years ago. But not because of President Trump. Because we have taken God out of everything. No morals, no self worth, not wanting to suffer the consequences of our own actions.

    I know what my self worth is and I don’t have to have someone tell me. Every time I hug a friend, kiss my grandchild, walk in my office, see a stranger’s smile, lie in the same bed with the same man I married 37 years ago. And yes, when I fold his laundry and cook his supper and clean his bathroom and make his bed. But guess what – I feel totally secure in who I am as a woman and what my presence means to others. I don’t have to make a sign for my child to hold that says F… you Donald Trump just to make me feel worthy as a woman.

    When was the last time we had to censure what our children watched on the evening news because it was too embarrassing for anyone to watch with another person? Bill Clinton comes to mind. I guess that doesn’t constitute as degrading because it was consensual? Porn is degrading to women but that is consensual. Just think about it. Women parade across stages with little on just for the sake of beauty. I see that as degrading to women because it wouldn’t be a contest without the skin.

    A lot of music and movies are very degrading to women but where the heck are the people marching against that? They’re paying to see and hear it. This is where our country has gone.

    I can’t help but think what a woman in Ethiopia or North Korea would think if they saw what happened across our country with these marches. They would probably wonder what the heck have they got to worry about. They have freedom and full bellies.

    There are many women marching for my rights and they wear the military uniform!

    Thank you.

    • Anita
      January 26, 2017

      Thank you Mary for your comments. You have valid points to consider. Yes, our world has changed a lot over the centuries. Throughout history women have always been standing up for one thing or another. We can do our best but sometimes our best is not enough. You are so very lucky to have a wonderful faithful supporting husband for so many years. Very few women these days can say that. And Yes, I support the military whole heartedly.

  5. Kim Stewart
    January 25, 2017

    I was at the March in DC and am happy to answer any questions anyone may have about it. I live 35 miles from downtown DC and used to work a few blocks from the March location. I’m so very thankful that I was able to be there. It was a day that gave me hope that all is not lost; that there are many like-minded women and men that have no intention of letting our country be controlled by a tyrant that throws temper tantrums and toxic tweets.

    No, we didn’t trash the District. First, there was a lot of trash from the day before activities. I was in town by 6:30 AM, long before hardly any marchers had come to Independence, Pennsylvania or Constitution Avenues so there was trash that was not from any marchers. Second, trash cans are removed from the area so bombs can’t be placed in them so there wasn’t a place to put trash. Third, the trash cans that were further down the Mall, towards the Washington Monument, when full the trash was stacked up neatly next to it.

    Also, when you get a permit for this type of event, the fees cover many things including trash removal. My understanding is the fees for the event were $2 Million. Also the posters were not allowed in any of the Smithsonian museums and so one was instructed to leave them outside. They were neatly stacked along the wall outside. The posters are actually being collected by different museums to be curated because this was a history making event. A historical day that will be in history books! The posters were left on the fences as an expression of resistance. The pictures I have of the posters are amazing.

    I told people this-
    On Friday I mourned.
    On Saturday I marched.
    On Sunday I rested and
    on Monday I called my Senators!
    And I keep calling everyday!

    Dissent is patriotic and after seeing what he’s done in the past 3 days resistance is the answer.

    Kim in Maryland

    • Anita
      January 26, 2017

      Thank you so much for the first hand knowledge Kim. Makes sense to me now. It was a great march.

  6. Melinda
    January 25, 2017

    Anita, I loved your post. I agree with you totally. My husband read that more marches are being planned for April 15th. Tax Day. And Trump will be called on to release his. I’m sure he won’t, but we must keep protesting for our rights and not let his vision of our country become normalized.

    • Anita
      January 26, 2017

      Thank you Melinda. Not since the civil rights marches have I seen so much enthusiasm for the rights of others. Actually, I worry less about his tax returns than I do about him creating so many new laws without any debate or over site. Executive Orders are laws that do not have to be approved by anyone. Not even Congress. Think about what power that gives one single person.

  7. kasilofcate
    January 25, 2017

    I just started following your blog but I will stop as of right now. Women have freedom in this country that many tortured and mutilated women around the world do not have and yet they MARCHED against the government. IDIOTS! SO, you’re telling me that you voted for ABORTIONIST Hillary. Enough said. I hope some day God removes the blinders from your eyes.

    • Anita
      January 26, 2017

      Everyone has an opinion. Isn’t that what our freedom is all about? We have the freedom to vote or to march or to speak out. Isn’t that why we have the constitution? Free speech. My blog is my freedom of speech. Even angry opinions are freedom of speech.

      I think you misunderstand the reason for the march. The march was not just about abortion. It was about people, women in particular, being treated with respect even if they don’t have the same color, nationality, or religion as our self. I supported the march especially because of all the women in all the other countries who don’t have the rights and freedoms we have here in the states. If a sister in another country can’t speak out or march without getting killed then I’ll march and speak for her. If you want to stop following me because I have a different opinion from you that is also your right. I didn’t ask you to change your opinion or your views in order to read my blog. I’ve not told anyone at all they must convert to my opinion in order to read my blog. So why are you threatening me to believe the way you do?

      The campaigning is over. The voting is done. The new president is in office. Only history will tell us if he is a good president or a bad one. NO, I did NOT vote for Trump. That was my right. My vote against him had nothing at all to do with his views on abortion. I just don’t think he is the right man for the job thats all. I’m sorry you want to force a Trumpism view on me but it won’t work. BTW The facts about Hillary being an abortionist is ALTERNATIVE FAKE NEWS. I hope you find your utopia.

    • Kim Stewart
      January 27, 2017

      kasilofcate,
      You might want to drop those stones your throwing so you can take those logs out of your eyes. Please remember Jesus said, “Judge not that you be judged.”

      Kim

      • Anita
        March 5, 2017

        Isn’t that what you were doing to me? Judging me because I voiced my personal opinion?

  8. Jane
    January 24, 2017

    I’m in Canada, and what happens in the U.S. is important to us, too, our your neighbours and biggest trading partner. Many marched in Canadian cities as well. I still have trouble believing that DT was elected. What a horrid man!

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      Thank you for the support Canadian friends! Yes, I keep trying to figure it out in my mind even though I know the mechanics of how he won. I’m really going to start to panic big time if he keeps the news reporters in the dark. Secret meetings and black out news is never a good sign.

    • kasilofcate
      January 25, 2017

      Like you said, you are in CANADA. We don’t comment on your leader, you don’t comment on ours!

      • Anita
        January 26, 2017

        Keep it civil. Everyone has an opinion. Disagreement does not mean disrespect. It mean opposing views.

      • Jane
        January 26, 2017

        Thank-you, kasilofcate. I’ve actually said almost nothing on-line about your new leader as I’m a Canadian. Only once did I, on the post of a U.S. friend agreeing with her, and somebody else said I was welcome to comment. (Plus, U.S. citizens often comment on our leaders.) BTW, did you read the link I posted? It’s pro-woman’s march.

        • Anita
          January 26, 2017

          Yes Jane, you are welcome to comment the same as anyone else. Comments and questions from outside the states are a way for us to know what the world thinks of us. Because I do believe in free speech I’m willing to listen to others. I don’t have to agree with someone to respect their right to free thought. I’m quite sure if I had a question or comment about something in Canada you would help me understand. Wouldn’t you?

          In the blog world (internet world) we are all the same. I can talk and discuss topics with people in Canada and in Patagonia the same as I can talk with people on boats at sea or factory workers in the US. There are no borders on the internet. It still amazes me how I can communicate with people over such great distances. I remember the days when we had a crank phone hanging on the wall. You had to shout in them to be heard.

  9. Jackie
    January 24, 2017

    I think it would behoove us all to understand how autocratic/dictatorial governments are formed. I believe we are seeing the beginnings of one. Anita, thank you for your well formed essay. You are a gem!

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      You are right about that Jackie. I believe I (we) should spend some time reading and understanding how that happens. I don’t mind telling anyone that I’m more worried about the economy than I’ve ever been before. Heck, I would much rather have Bill Gates or Warren Buffet as president than DT.

  10. Donna
    January 24, 2017

    I agree women need to speak up and they did it peacefully unlike some demos on inauguration day. However, a total detractor was the huge mess left behind. (At least in Washington.) I don’t know if it was intentional but I think it caused a negative impact on their whole reason for marching. Just my opinion.

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      Gosh I didn’t think of that. I thought there would be trash bins everywhere.

    • Jane
      January 24, 2017

      I read the Facebook post about women leaving their signs behind after the march, too, but…http://thetab.com/us/2017/01/23/no-women-didnt-just-dump-signs-march-58836

      • Anita
        January 24, 2017

        Hey thanks Jane. I don’t do Facebook but I can read it sometimes. I feel better knowing the trash was really a symbol of a wall.

      • Donna
        January 27, 2017

        Thank you for the clarification. I am afraid I fell victim to “alternative news reports”.

  11. KAYTHEGARDENER
    January 23, 2017

    There was even a small demonstration protest organized in Antarctica!!

    I was in jr high & high school when the earlier Civil Rights movement was going strong, but that didn’t stop me from speaking out to adults who could vote on how it would affect me when I was older… I wanted to have my vote count as much as anyone else, I wanted to get paid the same as anyone else, I wanted police protection against aggressive bullies as much as anyone else…

    IMHO, it seems that I got more respect & willingness to hear me out back then, than today…
    But as Nancy Sinatra sang, “These boots are made for walking!!”
    I am a STRONG SURVIVOR & retirement is not going to stop me.

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      Seriously? A march of solidarity from so far away is fantastic. My thanks to the people of Antarctica and to you. My very first march was during that time too. I took my oldest son with me. He was two years old and could walk instead of being carried. I was pregnant with my next son. Hmm… now that I think about it, I got more respect when I was younger too.

      • KAYTHEGARDENER
        January 27, 2017

        Here’s the Antarctica photo, if the link works!!

        • Anita
          January 27, 2017

          Oh my what a beautiful view. Thank you for sending it to me. I know the photo is of the women marchers but that view is really nice. Every now and then I do a search for photos of other places like Antarctica. For awhile, as I visit the photos, I can escape from all my worries over money or food or crime by pretending I’m there.

  12. Linda S
    January 23, 2017

    Wow! That was the most well-thought-out, & truthful article I’ve read in a very long time. You make so many good points & I agree completely. I live 45 miles from Boise so I couldn’t attend their march of 5000 but my daughter did & took my little great-granddaughter, 4 yrs old, to her “first protest march”. I have a picture of her holding up her little sign reading “Power to the Peaceful”. Made this old hippie proud. Lol

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      I love that saying, power to the peaceful. Who thought of it?

  13. Jen
    January 23, 2017

    Amen sister!

  14. Cynthia
    January 23, 2017

    It was a wonderful event. We joined the march in Charleston, SC, and it poured rain much of the time. Two hundred were expected and 2,000+ beautiful people turned out! I’m so glad we were able to go and I hope and pray that 4.5 million strong women can make a difference.

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      Me too.

  15. Randal Oulton
    January 23, 2017

    Oh, and do you have ideas any thoughts on less fattening pie crusts? I’m on Weightwatchers, and the standard shortcrust (2 cups flour / 3/4 cup shortening) costs a lot of points per slice. But when I cut back on the fat, I end up with pie crust crisper than a soda cracker; you need a chisel to get through it.

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      Randal I have LOTS of ideas about alternative pie crusts but not all would be fat free. The word crust simply means bottom side. Most pie filling can be cooked without a crust. How about using granola as the crust and filling it with yogurt so you can have pie for breakfast? Hee, hee. But seriously you could use just about any crunchy food item such as pretzels, crackers, cookies, cereal, ice cream cones, and stuff like that. Crush them up, moisten so it sticks together, and press into the pan. I usually use butter to moisten but when I’m out of butter I use water, milk, or an egg. It depends on what crunch stuff I use. I’ve also used hash browns and potato chips. Sliced fruit (suitable for cooking) can be a crust too. For a bean pie I’d probably use plain saltines crushed or bread crumbs. Held together with just barely enough melted butter to hold together. Hope this gives you a few ideas to use. I don’t know the WW point system but is cocoanut oil fewer points? Could you use that instead of regular shortening?

  16. Randal Oulton
    January 23, 2017

    Beet pie, based on carrot pie recipe?

    • Anita
      January 24, 2017

      Yes, same recipe but beets instead of carrots. I was out of carrots and beans to use. I couldn’t taste the beets but I had a nice pinkish brown pie.

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