Na Na pinches her pennies

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.

Spectrum update

Would the people who have been praying for snow and rain please stop.  I think we’ve had enough for awhile.  Mother Nature has said its time for spring.

On Saturday I had a phone call that the caller ID said ATT.  I thought maybe they were calling to get me back.  I was all set to give them my two cents worth of complaints about their customer service.  I answered but there was no one there so I hung up.  I turned on the computer to work on a post.  I clicked on google browser but it went to something called turnvailing.com and then said no internet connection.  I had never heard of turnvailing before.  Google always says google.com when opening.  Nothing I could do would change it.  I was beginning to wonder if ATT had done something with that call.

I decided to call for advice from Spectrum.  No phone.  Its dead.  This was around 9 am.  I had an appointment with Spectrum set for 8 am Sunday so I didn’t worry too much about getting it repaired.  I kept checking throughout the day until about 7 pm but I still had no phone or internet.  I used a neighbor’s phone to call about service.  I was told there was an outage in this area and they were working on it.  The phone and internet started working sometime during the night.

The technician showed up right on time.  I was very pleased with this visit.  The young man was very patient and answered all my questions.  He explained the previous person had wired everything wrong at the pole which was causing issues with the wifi.  The previous person apparently didn’t register the modems either.  Without registration it might work but usually doesn’t.  He helped set up the wifi properly and took the time to be sure everything worked.  He even gave me his personal phone number just in case I had trouble after he left.  He told me the long outage yesterday was due to them working to update to a faster speed service in this area.  More people are using more wifi things within houses and it was requiring faster service.  I do understand that because my daughter and her family use several things at once.   Two or three tvs, ipad things, cell phones, game systems, and so forth might all be going at the same time.

My daughter is on a very strong antibiotic medication for the skin graft on her leg.  She was told to not move her toes or try flexing her foot at all as it might damage the tendon under the graft.  She is supposed to remain setting or laying with her foot elevated unless going to the bathroom.  The kids, even the youngest, is being very helpful fetching things mommie can’t reach.  A visiting nurse visits regularly to change the bandages and check for signs of trouble.  I have faith that everything will turn out ok for her.

I have a question.  Does anyone do sprouting or micro greens?  Can you suggest a good reference book? I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for at the library.  I’ve heard there is a danger of salmonella when eating them and that’s why they aren’t sold in the grocery anymore.  Does anyone know if this is true?  I can’t actually eat sprouts or micro greens without teeth but I would like to read and study in order to be ready when I do get my teeth.

I remember Grandma Mama used to grow herbs on a window sill but my memory has faded about what she grew except for chives in pots and mustard and watercress in saucers.   I’m going to do my best to grow something this year even if its only an herb or two by a window.  Of course my plan is to grow several things in pots on the back patio or along the front of my house.  I used to have a fairly nice square foot garden when I was younger.

I have a problem with groundhogs.  At first I had thought about getting an artificial owl to scare them away until I seen one in a yard with bird poo all over it.  On the other hand one of those motion activated dancing Halloween witches might do the trick.  When suddenly activated it scares me, dogs, cats, babies, unsuspecting strangers, and most likely groundhogs half to death.  🙂

 

20 comments on “Spectrum update

  1. cripplewing
    March 8, 2019

    I laughed and laughed at your post today. I love your sense of humor!

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    • Anita
      March 8, 2019

      I believe you are the only person who noticed the humor. Ok, maybe just the only one to comment about it. Thanks Dorothy. Say, didn’t you used to have an art blog? Am I missing something or just confused?

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  2. Lilli
    February 26, 2019

    Anita, so happy to hear you have some good things going on in life. Working internet makes the whole world get better. There’s almost a solution at every click of the button. Jeannie over at ” get me to the country ” seemed to have had many trolls wandering around her her property. If you search on there, you might find a doable solution. I hope everything goes well with your daughter. There is nothing worse than a momma laid up and even much more when it is such a serious problem.I don’t know much about sprouting but people have been eating them forever. I would think there would be precautions you could take to help keep them safe.

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Thank you Lilli. I’ll have a look at that site. Who knows maybe she has something that will work. I believe growing sprouts and micro greens at home is much safer than buying from factory grown. Similar to canning is much safer than buying factory processed food. As long as I sterilize everything I believe it will be safe to eat.

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  3. Nicole A
    February 26, 2019

    I believe most common kitchen herbs can be grown inside in a sunny-ish window. So, rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano. Parsley also grows well in low-light conditions (it’s a self-seeding biannual, so you might need to replant every year, or let it go to seed and hope it reseeds itself…or save its seeds and plant them). Mint also grows well most anywhere. Same with lemon balm. Growing herbs inside is probably the best value for your space, as store-bought herbs cost so much, and you only need a little, and they taste so much better fresh.

    Mint is also good for suppressing hunger, and there’s some studies showing that it helps control blood sugar. It’s also good for digestive problems (my husband uses large doses medicinally for his Crohn’s, and it seems to really help.)

    Ginger and turmeric also like growing indoors, even in very low light. They’ll grow from a chunk of root bought a the grocery store!

    Aloe is also a nice plant to grow indoors, and is low-maintenance. Mines in a tiny pot, doing fantastic, with minimum care. It’s good for dry skin and other skin conditions (I use it for my psoriasis, and it seems to help).

    I wonder if there’s any plants that grow outside that critters don’t like to eat, but that you can eat? Where I’m at, NOTHING eats daikon radishes (they’ll eat the little pretty red ones, but not the huge, long daikons). The seed pods on a radish taste like spicy green beans. Maybe there’s some plants you can grow that nothing else will eat? Some weeds are edible, too, and some are actually quite yummy, like lambsquarters (it tastes like spinach) and nipplewort (awkward name, but the young leaves taste great cooked). Dandelions are really good for you, and while they’re bitter uncooked, the leaves make a nice tea, and even taste pretty good cooked in the spring.

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Thanks Nicole, you’re right, there is alot of things I can grow indoors. The reason I’m looking for a guide book is because everything has a different growing need. I want guidance about those needs before investing in pots or soils etc. Actually I know more about gathering wild food (weeds) to eat than I know about container gardening. When I was a child Grandma Mama showed me all kinds of wild food to eat or make into other things but they were all outside plants. She made wines and jams and salves and medicines with wild plants. I wouldn’t trust anything I could find here in the city though. Too many people use chemicals and there is too much factory smog or car exhaust landing on the grasses. Not even city parks would be free from any chemicals. She used dandelion roots for coffee which tasted very much like the coffee I drink now.

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  4. Di
    February 25, 2019

    Sorry to hog the comment section but I found what I was looking for your garden. This man built cages for his pots, it’s near the end of the video. He used conduit but you can also use PVC (not quite as sturdy, but easier to work with. Wrap the whole thing in chicken wire and the critters should stay out.

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Thanks for the link Di. Groundhogs are so clever that nothing keeps them from getting to the food. They climb, dig, jump, or whatever it takes to get at the food they believe is grown just for them.

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  5. Di
    February 25, 2019

    I don’t have a book but I found these two sites:
    https://www.deseretnews.com/article/700147828/Use-caution-when-growing-your-own-sprouts.html
    https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/sprouting/raw-sprout-safety-tips/
    I’ve relied on the Cultures for Health site for a few items and I’ve found their advice to be sound.
    I sprout at home with two different systems. One is in a quart mason jar with special plastic lids for sprouting. They have different size holes depending on the seed size. I also have sprouting trays that stack so you can do more than one kind and/or stagger them so you always have fresh. I never did the cheesecloth-I like to be able to put everything in the dishwasher.
    As far as safety, I’ve never had a problem. I rinse mine frequently and thoroughly and upend the jar onto a towel to get all standing water out of the sprouts. The trays drain nicely. I’ve never done the peroxide treatment and we’ve never had a problem. With all your canning experience you know how to be safe and sterile with food, but it’s an option to be extra safe.
    I wonder if alfalfa sprouts would be OK for you now. They’re small and fairly tender but I wouldn’t want you to be uncomfortable.
    So excited about you having a garden this year. I’ve been thinking of how to protect your plants from the groundhogs. Best I can come up with for now is a chicken wire cage. Post your ideas as the season gets closer and we’ll all put our heads together.
    Prayers for your daughter’s recovery and so glad you got someone nice at Spectrum to take care of you.

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Thanks Di. I was gifted two sprouting tops for mason jars from my amazon wish list and I plan to make a couple more from plastic mesh. I used to sprout alfalfa in a mason jar but also bought some at the store when I couldn’t get the seeds. Currently my problem is not having any teeth for chewing. Best I can do right now is mush soft cooked foods. The teeth made for me by the dental school don’t fit anymore and the school doesn’t work for free. It will take time to save enough but I keep setting aside what I can to pay for new teeth. This time I’m going to a regular dentist. The wait to get into the dental school is much too long.

      I have a plan in mind for getting at least some of the food I grow. I’ll plant a few things for the groundhogs in addition to what I grow for myself. Groundhogs dig, climb, and are as cunning as raccoons at stealing garden food. No amount of fencing or other gadgets will keep them away. They have nothing better to do all day than figure out ways to get the food they believe is grown just for them. I plan to have everything in pots or buckets to make it easier on myself.

      Thank you for the prayers.

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  6. Marybeth
    February 25, 2019

    Glad you daughter has lots of help. That was nice of the technician to give you his phone number if you needed help. Hope it is working better for you. Sorry I am no help with micro greens. I have never grown them.

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Everything is much better thanks. Right now I’m only in the thinking and planning stage of what to grow.

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  7. Jackie
    February 25, 2019

    I am thrilled your service call with Spectrum went so well!
    It sounds like your daughter has a path to travel, but will be fine. I believe “youth” covers a lot! Lol!
    We have chimpmunks in our yard. Dang little critters ate the concrete on our stairs and the corner of our foundation! Had to have the corner rebuilt and a new stairway built. Ugh! We resorted to a trap and then we released them far, far away. They grow a new crop every year, though. 🤪
    I used to grow alfalfa sprouts years ago. I used a mason jar, a piece of screen and a canning ring. I would soak about a tablespoon of seeds overnight in the jar and then drain and rinse in the morning. I would shake them all around the jar to space them. I would then put them in a bowl upside down, at an angle, cover with a towel and put the bowl in a dark place. I would rinse every morning a few times and repeat this until they grew to the length I wanted. We would store them in fridge and rinse every couple of days if they lasted that long. The kids loved them on pita bread sandwiches. I don’t think I had a book source. I believe my SIL taught me.
    Here’s hoping that Spring arrives soon!

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Aww gee whiz chipmunks are hard to get rid of too? I hope I don’t get any here. I never knew those critters would eat through concrete. I want a sprout guide book in order to know the different growing conditions each type seed needs. Kind of like having a favorite garden guide book for reference. Right now I’m only in the thinking and planning stage while waiting for when I get new teeth. The outside garden is also in the planning while waiting for warmer weather.

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      • Tracy
        February 28, 2019

        I loved the chipmunks when we lived in the country, and the fireflies and bluebirds! I’m happier ( and healthier ) out in nature.

        Hope your daughter feels better soon, what a journey.

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        • Anita
          March 1, 2019

          Thank you Tracy.

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  8. Sandra ONeill
    February 25, 2019

    Glad you received some helpful service.

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Thank you.

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  9. Silveryew
    February 25, 2019

    Thank goodness for the nice technician. I hope this will now be the end of your internet and phone troubles.
    I hope your daughter makes a swift recovery soon.

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    • Anita
      February 26, 2019

      Thank you.

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