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.
Sorry for the long delay posting. I’ll explain where I’ve been and hopefully over the next couple of days I can get back to normal. In my last post I wrote about having another episode of chronic fatigue syndrome which knocked me off my feet for a week. The symptoms are exactly like having a bad case of flu but it isn’t real flu. I get the aches, chills, fever, stuffy nose, and all. It always happens when I exhaust myself doing too much.
Just as I was feeling better and getting back to normal my two year old grandson, Spanky, got his hands on some charcoal lighter fluid and tried to drink it. As soon as he tasted it he spit it out but also started coughing which caused some of the liquid to get into his lungs. If you’ve ever coughed because you swallowed wrong that’s kind of like what happened to him. Spanky has asthma so anything effecting his lungs is serious. He spent several days in the hospital intensive care with pneumonia. He is well now and the doctors say there won’t be any long term effects for him.
Well, as soon as Spanky went home the storms from hurricane Alberto came through Kentucky. That night and over the next day we had severe storms with high winds and flash flooding. Lots of trees came down all over the county. One of them was right here on our street.
I wasn’t about to go outside during a storm to take a photo of the power lines. It didn’t take long for the fire department to show up and the power shut down. Did you know the quickest way to get a response from a utility company is to get the fire department at the scene first? It is in our area. The utility will ignore regular phone calls from customers but can’t ignore the fire department.
It took eight days for my lights to come back on. Power is restored by priority. Street lights first, nursing homes second, schools third, and so forth. Neighborhoods are last. No power meant no phone, no internet, no tv, no quilting, nothing. Well, almost. I do have a gas stove so I could cook. Thankfully the refrigerator was almost empty. I had just bought several pounds of black seedless grapes intending to can them. Which I did.
Canning grapes (or any fruit) is easy. No pressure canner is needed. I canned 14 pints then quit. I had thought I’d make juice with the rest but changed my mind. I gave the other grapes to neighbors. Maybe next year when the black grapes are cheap again I’ll make juice. Or maybe some grape jam.
Are you curious about how I use canned grapes that is not a jam? Grape cobbler and grape pie of course. Pick any fruit cobbler recipe and use grapes as the fruit. Pick any berry pie recipe and use grapes as the berry. Black grapes taste very much like cherries when cooked in a cobbler or a pie.
Before I could get this posted Ladybug did something to the computer and now it needs to go to the computer doctor. I barely managed to get into my wordpress account in order to finish this post. I’m not sure how long it will take but hopefully not longer than a week.