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.
Denial is not a river in Egypt. Denial is believing everything will be normal again in a couple of weeks when nothing is normal and won’t be normal again for quite some time. We don’t know much about this virus which means no one can say how long it will take the world to recover from it. No one can tell us it won’t come back again right away. A virus is Mother Natures ultimate weapon. She created a virus as a super predator for fighting back against global warming and over use depletion of resources.
I was very, very disturbed by something said during a presidential news conference a few days ago. The doctor had said if we get sick we should just stay home and not try getting tested. He went on to say we could be tested for the covid 19 virus but testing would not help anyone. At most it would make people feel good about knowing but we should just stay home and not overcrowd the hospitals because there is no cure and no medication for it. HUH?? I’m not a violent type of person but if I could I’d do one of those Mama smacks on the back of his head and ask what the heck is wrong with you? People today are really scared wondering if there is anything that can be done to protect themselves and that’s the best advice a doctor can give? So why are the politicians getting tested? (Uh, yup, money talks.) Needless to say I rely on the information from Canada and Italy to stay ahead of what will happen and watch our local KY news for updates.
I said people are scared; however, that may be only partially true. I’m seeing lots of Covidiots roaming around lately. Covidiots are not taking this virus thing seriously. Kids are outside playing in groups on playground things. Adults are setting together as the kids play. Just look at how many young people took to the beaches for the big spring break party. Its the same with several online youtube people. Everyone is making videos of going out in public to shop or make videos of store shelves. Its seems as if half the people are covidiots and believe the pandemic is just one long holiday. Personally I HAVE to take this virus VERY seriously. I catch absolutely every illness that goes around. Even before the CV19 started I would often isolate myself to avoid illness. I’ve not been out of my house except on the porch for fresh air and sunshine since March 11th. That was the day before the announcement of schools closing and the panic buying.
I talked with my daughter a couple days ago about whether I should go to the scheduled mobile foodbank next week. The thought of being without any fresh produce is heavy on my mind. I have plenty of food. If I need food there are places I can go safely. Sigh. I never thought I’d say this but I miss the cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and onions we got every month. My daughter asked me a simple question – “Is the foodbank food worth dieing for?” Needless to say I won’t be going back to the foodbank until things settle down again. I’m self isolating myself in the hope I survive this pandemic. I also saw on the local news that the main foodbank hub here is seeing a record number of people in lines for food because of job loss. Well, if I don’t go it means one other person can have mine. I won’t be going to the store either. I don’t know how many sick people are walking around there.
Yes, we are living in some really scary times. Between the CV19 virus and a nose-dive stock market people have worries. If there has ever been a time when the news reports and the stock markets have scared the daylights out of people more than the last couple of months I don’t know when it happened. The flu epidemic of 1918 killed millions of people but we have much better communications today. The Great Depression happened but it wasn’t combined with the flu epidemic at the same time. We all need to just take a chill pill and start thinking rationally again.
I woke up this morning laughing about something I remembered from last summer. My son in law had came to cut my grass. I pointed out some Polk stalks and asked him not to cut it. When he asked me why I told him I planned to eat them. He went back to my daughter and said she should buy me some groceries because I was eating weeds. He thought I was crazy to eat weeds. When I woke this morning I wondered if he still thought eating weeds was such a crazy idea after seeing empty grocery shelves. Foraging wild edibles may become fashionable again as food gets scarce. During WW2 the government actually paid kids to pick certain kinds of edibles to make medicine with. Rose hips were turned into a jam for vitamin c also pine needles for vitamin C and the tiny pine buds were made into antiseptic. Wood sorrel was used to reduce fevers. Willow bark became a pain killer. Thousands of wild edibles have been forgotten except by a few enthusiasts. I wish I had access to more of the wild edibles I remember.
It’s a known fact that humor makes people feel better so here’s a link to the Moron Brothers of Kentucky. They are musicians with a new song you might enjoy hearing. Its a song about the toilet paper shortage. Be sure to listen to the whole song.