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.

Staying around awhile

This is going to be a short post compared to my usual ones.  I spent a restless night with conflicting thoughts running through my head about shutting down my blogs.  I’ve decided to keep blogging because I believe I have something to share and I like my internet friends.   I’m planning several new things for myself in 2018 and it would be nice to have friends see my efforts.

I’m just frustrated because I can’t do what I’ve always done with my computer.  I don’t want to be a mechanic to drive a car.  I don’t want to be a chef to use my kitchen appliances.  I don’t want to be an IT person to use a computer.  I just want to turn things on and use them.

At about 2:30 this morning I woke thinking about how I was expecting too much from my computer.  I had forgotten that new parts never mesh with old ones.  There is always a need for something else and then something else and still something more.  That means a brand new camera is not going to work with very old computer software.  It also means brand new software is not going to work with a very old computer.  So, I need to take a step back and find a solution to my computer problems.  Finally I went back to sleep knowing a solution can be found if I think about it awhile.  Suggestions from friends are always helpful too.

Why did I need a new camera?  I don’t know.  I thought I needed one for what I want to do.  Here is a link to a video on youtube that shows a person stitching a design on a customer’s quilt.  Its not necessary to watch the whole thing to understand what I want to do.  Not only is the person letting her customer see the progress on a quilt but she is also sharing with other professional quilters a design and how to stitch it.    Threadworks factory.

Switching to a new computer was a mistake but I had no other choice.  With the old computer all I had to do was plug in a new device and the computer recognized it as new.  The computer then installed it and set it up to work for me by making it operate.  This newer computer doesn’t do that.  So what was the problem with the old computer?  It was operating with windows XP.  XP was no longer supported by MS and my computer kept picking up viruses from the internet.

Ok, my computer time is up for today.  I’ve got some work to do in my kitchen.  If I don’t watch myself I could end up being on the computer for the whole day and nothing is done.

18 comments on “Staying around awhile

  1. Erica
    January 5, 2018

    I just thought that you should know that you are part of my Friday afternoon commute routine! I always check in on you while I’m on the train ride home from work. I’ve been off work over Christmas so I was a bit behind on your posts but I admit to holding my breath today when I read that you were thinking of not continuing! I’m so relieved to hear that you are because I do like your posts, they always give me something to think about. I hope that a solution to your computer problems presents itself soon so that you can get back to enjoying your blogging and using it as another creative extension to your quilting. I am an amateur quilter and have learnt so much from videos and blog posts. I really do appreciate it when people take the time to put “pen to paper” in the internet world and explain tutorials or offer tips and tricks. I am excited to hear about the things that you have planned and look forward to learning from your videos too. Don’t give up, but at the same time try not to let the difficulties get you down. While you have this frustrating down time perhaps you could write scripts for the videos that you are planning?
    or a list of important points that you want to remember to make when you do a video on certain topics? This might help to keep your momentum and creative juices flowing while keeping frustrations at bay. Wishing you all the best!

    • Anita
      January 6, 2018

      Thank you Erica. I’m not giving up but it is taking time. I’m writing drafts and taking photos until I figure out how to put them on my computer etc. I’m waiting on a camera clamp I ordered a few days ago. Don’t know why it hasn’t shipped yet unless it has something to do with all the snow and bad weather. I don’t know how long it will take to get back up and posting but its my goal.

  2. Helen
    December 31, 2017

    Great news that you are going to continuing to blog!!!

  3. Margie in Toronto
    December 31, 2017

    Very glad to hear that you have decided to stay. I am going to take a deep breath and try to follow your example of not letting the frustration overwhelm – my Mailbox has decided to act up now – but – a techie friend is coming to visit on Tuesday so hopefully she will be able to assist – until then I’ll just muddle through.
    Have a Happy New Year Anita and good luck with everything.

    • Anita
      December 31, 2017

      It took my two year old grandson only seconds to figure out how to use an Ipad so maybe I should get him over here to fix my computer. 🙂

  4. sarasinart
    December 31, 2017

    I’m glad you decided to keep writing, cos you do definitely have important things to say. Happy New Year!

  5. craftytadpole
    December 31, 2017

    I am thrilled you re sticking around. My internet life would be poorer without you in it. All the best in 2008.

  6. Sandy
    December 30, 2017

    Not charity. A donation to a very worthy cause.

    • Anita
      December 31, 2017

      Thank you Sandy. I looked at some blogs with donate buttons on them and emailed a couple asking questions. One person told me he didn’t consider it a charity but instead thought of it as a small payment toward the next chapter of his book. That convinced me. Over the years I’ve been told many times that I should write a book. My reply has always been “my blog IS my book”. If I keep looking at it as a pre-payment rather than a charity I’m ok with it.

  7. Tina
    December 30, 2017

    I’m so glad you decided to keep writing your blog. I think what you are doing is important and you have valuable things to share. Besides, I really enjoy reading what you write. 🙂

    Many blogs I read have a way for readers to donate to help defray the costs of the blog (like a Paypal donation button). I’d be happy to contribute if you had a way to do this. Just wanted to mention it.

    Sorry about all the computer problems….that’s no fun.

    • Anita
      December 30, 2017

      Tina I’m actually thinking about using the donation button IF I can get over my childhood training to never accept charity. I’m working on it.

  8. Patpower
    December 30, 2017

    Hi. Please don’t quit. I knew yesterday you were frustrated. Darn computers.
    Is there a way you can make money on your blog? I follow ‘Rockstar Finance’ which is a roundup of daily blogs re finance. Some of those guys make a lot of money doing the same thing you are. I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple of adds per post. Your posts are great. Informative, well written and funny. I devour each and every one.
    Please dont quit!

    • Anita
      December 31, 2017

      Thanks Pat, I’m going to keep blogging. I would miss my internet friends if I quit. I can’t add any ads to the blog unless I upgrade to a paid WordPress account. I plan add a donate button though and that will work out better for me.

  9. Nini
    December 30, 2017

    We’ll I’m excited that you are staying. I visit often and use your tips as well. I appreciate all of your hard work that goes into running a blog. with that being said…darn computers! More of a pain than a help at times. I also respect if you wanted to hans up your hat and move on. Blessings for which ever you choose.

  10. Linda in NE
    December 30, 2017

    It’s a shame, but things that worked with XP just won’t work with anything else because the makers of those items didn’t offer updated software so those things would run on 7 or 8 or 8.1. Forget about 10. I have a nice HP scanner that I really like but can only run on XP. The library has a really nice Epson scanner that will only run on one old XP machine that is left. I can’t say I had problems with viruses on XP even after MS quit supporting it. I was running a good anti-virus program and Spybot Search and Destroy (running the immunize function every so often). Also scanned with Malwarebytes and Super Anti-Spyware pretty regularly and cleaned out the general junk with CCleaner….pretty much all things you have to do to keep a computer running well.

    I’m glad you’ve decided to keep your blog going. I’ve enjoyed reading it.

    • Anita
      December 31, 2017

      Yes it is a shame and we are all victims of the don’t repair, throw it away society. The computer people must have been coaching the cell phone people how to force users to spend more money by upgrading. Aww geeze, a thousand dollar upgrade over a simple battery purchase?

  11. Jackie
    December 30, 2017

    Yay! I am glad you are still writing! Happy New Year, Anita!

  12. Sandy
    December 30, 2017

    So glad you decided to stick around.

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