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.

Heat wave

Like the rest of the country we have been in a heat wave.  At 4 am the temperature inside my house would be 82 degrees.  The actual outside temps during the day have been in the high 90s but with the humidity here in Louisville the heat index has been 104 to 107.  I feel lucky that our outside temps are not as high as those in other areas like out west.  Their high temps combined with our humidity would make life pretty miserable.

The baby and I spend a big part of each day in the survival room.  Its the room with a small window ac that I can close off to stay cool. I get as much work as possible done before the house heats up and then go to the survival room for the rest of the day.  I still need to do the quilts in order to pay the bills so that’s my early morning priority.  My computer is not in the survival room.

I’ve avoided cooking as much as possible and rely on cold food for meals.  I’ve not been going to the mobile food bank either so I’m using only my food storage to get me through this heat wave.  I did try my new thermal cooker.  I cooked what I hoped would be beef and veggies.  I hated it.  The meat was tough and the veggies were cooked to mush.  I’m not really a fan of boiled meat so this cooking method is going to take some getting used to.  I do remember Grandma Mama using this cooking method but not much about how she did it all.  This way of cooking has a learning curve that will take me time to work out.  It does keep me from heating up the house though.

I saw my doctor today and got a good report.  My A1c is 5.9 down from 6.2 at last visit.  She still tells me to keep doing what I’m doing because its working.  Yeah, I knew that.  August is crunch month for all the quilting work.  Nearly every year there is a quilting back log during August so I probably won’t be blogging much until its all done.

Covfefe = COVering up FEderal FElonies


6 comments on “Heat wave

  1. captnmike
    July 28, 2017

    Tin foil on the windows with the shiny side out keeps a lot of the heat out – works much better than any blinds – neighbors might look at you a bit strange – I have used this several times and works great – you can put the foil on large pieces of cardboard if you want to not have them up all the time –

    Had a friend try this a coup;e of years back and had a real tough time with it – she is a mental health counselor and when she first started many years back she worked in a state mental hospital and the wing with the worst crazies (sorry can’t think of a better word, no insult intended) was called “the tin foil wing”

    I still use this on a couple of my windows at the top of my vaulted ceilings – also makes the room a bit darker

    Good luck

    • Anita
      July 28, 2017

      I can understand the friend’s problem. At one time there were lots of tin foil hats being made. I use foil on the windows that get the hot afternoon sun. Don’t care what the neighbors think cause they don’t live in my house. I do. Thanks for the suggestion though. A reader might benefit.

      I like your salmon suggestion even better. I make chicken salad and tuna salad that way but hadn’t thought of using salmon. Tried it and you are right it was good on Ritz crackers.

      • T
        July 29, 2017

        I’ve had the tin foil up and it helps but still, we are at heat index 106 so the a/c limps along until the early hours.

        One unexpected benefit of doing these small clothing washes and hanging to dry- my son had complained of anti-perspirant stains on his favorite tshirts, well it must be the dryer a reaction because washing with Tide in cold water and hanging to dry- no more crusty weird stains!

        I found that interesting as I had assumed cold water washing would be less satisfactory clean, just shows we are brainwashed into the spending mindset.

        • Anita
          July 29, 2017

          That’s interesting about the stains. In the old days we used to say the sun would bleach out any stains so maybe its true. Yes, we’re all told spending is good and saving is bad. Those of us who live frugal debt free lives are the oddities of the modern world.

  2. sarasinart
    July 27, 2017

    Keep cool and keep up the good work with that great a1C!

    • Anita
      July 28, 2017


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