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.

Lock down day eighty four

What does the future hold when things settle down again?  I wish I knew.  What I do know is that not one person in the whole world is safe until every person is safe.

I lay awake at night thinking.  I think about my family and friends and wonder what the future might be like.  There are those who believe the world will soon go back to the way it was before this virus happened.  What I believe is that our world is never going to be the same again…. ever.   The virus is not going to change our world in the future because it has already changed our world.  A virus that kept us confined to our homes has already changed the way we touch or keep in contact with family and friends. We’ve lost our innocence – our complacency – because we now know that touching things, being around other people, and breathing air in an enclosed space is extremely risky business.  How quickly that realization fades will be different for different people but it can never completely go away for anyone who has or will live through the year 2020.    Shaking hands and hugging could become a relic of the past.  Constantly washing our hands might just be the precursor of real disinfecting stations located everywhere and not just in a science fiction movie.

Actually there are millions of possible futures.  All dependent on how governments and their societies respond to the virus and its aftermath.  My hope is that people use this crisis to better ourselves and build a brighter future.  However, I say buckle your seat belt because I believe there is a very bumpy road ahead.  I’m not talking about just the virus.  Our world is divided and that divide is growing wider each day.  Our world is at a breaking point.  Its divided in ways never seen before in our history.  Sure, we’ve had world wars and civil wars but never a war like this one.

In wars of the past we had soldiers shooting each other in the name of patriotism but you can’t shoot a virus with a gun.    Maybe patriotism should be re-defined as cultivating the health and well being of others within our own country instead of blowing up someone else’s country.   I see many puzzling things each day and ask myself is it just because I’m old that I don’t understand.  I have many questions without answers.  For example; with thousands and thousands of people loosing jobs – why is the stock market doing so well?  Now that the states are opening up again – why are people headed to bars and beaches before workers go to dairy barns and vegetable farms?  There are people saying the virus is fake – a democrat hoax – so why is that person who said it taking pills for a hoax disease?  Why are over 90,000 people dead and more dieing everyday?  Why take hazardous pills or rush to find a vaccine for what is called a “fake” disease?  Why are protesters not picking vegetables in fields or handing out food at a foodbank instead of waving guns and shouting at elected officials for trying to protect them?  To do their jobs.  Do elections no longer matter?

Grandma Mama and Papa and their two boys. I don’t know where the two girls were.

Alright, I DO NOT want this to turn into some kind of political statement.  That is not my intention at all.  I only say those things to give you an idea of how my mind has been working overtime.  I’ve never had so many puzzling thoughts before.  I have other – just as puzzling – questions in my mind.  Such as; when did I get so old?  How did I get lucky enough to actually be old?  Death – even without the threat of a virus – is a real possibility at my age and health.   Every morning when I wake up I ask myself – if I died today what knowledge would I leave my children and grand children?  How would they deal with the accumulated STUFF I leave behind?  I have hundreds of family photos of ancestors and I’m the only one who knows who they are.  Will I have time to put the photos into a cohesive order?  I also have many family history stories to go with the photos.  How can I be busy writing those stories if my time is occupied writing a blog or editing a video?  At the same time I ask myself how can I not keep writing posts or editing videos for those who will need help.  So, so many newly poor are going to need help learning a new way of life.  A life of surviving with very little.

I’ve spent so much time thinking and agonizing that its effecting my daily life.  I’ve got until June 23 to decide what path my life will take.  That’s when wordpress will renew for another year.

32 comments on “Lock down day eighty four

  1. Tracy
    May 29, 2020

    I hope the second stimulus bill passes, the first one worked to keep the economy going as best as possible and to reassure people.

    Things are pretty normal here Anita, we already had drive-through everything, and we have had so many flood and storm disasters here it *is* normal in Houston for our lives to go on hold for a few days, weeks or months, and for emergency protocols to kick in. This is a good place to be in a crisis, everyone helps and just gets on with it.

    Look for the positive and kind people, they are always there somewhere on the front line in a crisis.

    The supermarket workers are a recognized part of that front line now, they keep everyone’s spirits up and a sense of normality. I wasn’t surprised, when my life fell apart after Harvey it was those same people who always had a kind word and encouragement for me. Some of them are my friends now!

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    • Anita
      May 29, 2020

      A second stimulus would be helpful for a lot of people. I worry about how all that national debt is going to be paid back. Social services is usually put on the chopping block when there is budget talks.

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  2. farmersmouse
    May 27, 2020

    Yep idiots including a few friends. Glad I taught my kids how to garden even in pots in an apartment and canning. Even my single sons were already stocked when this hit.

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    • Anita
      May 27, 2020

      I wish more people had done that. Like in the old days when knowledge was passed from one generation to the next.

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  3. Silver
    May 24, 2020

    I understand how you’re feeling – I have had to stop checking the news and Facebook before bed, as the stuff I read about how other people are behaving is driving me to despair and keeps me awake for hours.

    Husband is clinically vulnerable, and so has been shielding at home since the 23rd of March. I am still working from home thank goodness so the bills are paid.Even though the lockdown restrictions have been eased here I am still staying at home, to keep Husband safe.

    Husband and I have talked about this a lot; how the world will hopefully be different when this is over. One of the changes I intend to make is to ask for flexible working, to work more from home. It means less time spent commuting and more time being available if Husband needs me.

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    • Anita
      May 25, 2020

      The news gives me nightmares. There are days when I moan and groan about leaving a completely paid for house to move here and a new mortgage that takes 60% of my income. When I see news reports of what’s happening in the old neighborhood I realize how fortunate I was to have moved when I did. The move is very well worth the sacrifice of living with less. Working from home saves you money as well as time. My daughter has worked from home for several years and loves it. Take care.

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      • Silver
        May 26, 2020

        It does indeed! It saves me time and money on my commute, plus it means no tempting shops to walk into on my way home! XD

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        • Anita
          May 26, 2020

          🙂 I forgot about the shopping after work.

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  4. craftytadpole
    May 24, 2020

    I was just thinking about you the other day. Glad you are still blogging – long may it last. You are a light in the darkness.

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    • Anita
      May 24, 2020

      Thank you I appreciate that. I see you and Mrs Wigglehead are surviving lockdown together.

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  5. Penny
    May 24, 2020

    how much does your wordpress subscription cost if you don’t mind my asking

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    • Anita
      May 24, 2020

      It started out as free, then went to $30 a year and then to $60 and now its $120 for a year. I’ve got the money to pay it but I’m just not sure I want to keep paying the higher and higher cost. An extra $120 set aside for my dentures is good but $10 more a month for living instead of handing it over to wordpress would be good too. See what I mean?

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      • eckster
        May 24, 2020

        Can you downgrade to personal instead of premium?

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        • Anita
          May 24, 2020

          Personal is not free anymore. Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered already. I’m just making a decision about paying it. I’ll explain in my next post.

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      • farmersmouse
        May 30, 2020

        check out blogspot. It’s what I use for my blog.I don’t pay anything

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        • Anita
          May 30, 2020

          Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve used blogger and blogher before. Its free only up to a certain point and then the costs start.

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  6. Isabella
    May 24, 2020

    Use this time to organize your photos! I recently did this. It took hours and hours but worth it. My underlying criteria was, “Do my children want this?.” So, first I sorted. Out went lots of photos–photos of old high school friends, people we have not contacted in over 30 yrs etc. I was ruthless. I removed every single photo that was in a photo album. I also mailed many photos my mother had of various relatives to those families.

    Then, I labeled every single photo that was remaining. Next, I began to sort the photos into piles that pertained to each of my four children. After that, I sub divided that pile into more specific categories–Baby, Early Childhood, Holidays, Sports, Elementary School and so on. Those specific categories went into labeled 5 x 7 envelopes. Those envelopes went into archive boxes. Now each adult child has several archive boxes with all their photos. It’s very neat and orderly.

    Before that, I was in charge of all my mother’s photos when she passed away. The process was very much the same, but I also scanned and uploaded many, many special photos on Shutterfly so that each family member could have access to these. (My 5 siblings helped with the costs on this.) These were photos of ancestors, my parent’s wedding photos, special ones of their 6 children I wanted all to have etc. I also wrote captions on Shutterfly to identify these. All my extended family loved this. Now, they can print ones they don’t have. (We divided up the originals.)

    PS Since it was such a big task, I worked certain amount of time every day. I just chipped away at it.

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    • Anita
      May 25, 2020

      Thats kinda the way I planned to do mine. I thought I’d start with the oldest photos first because those are the ancestor photos. Newest photos are recent family photos that everyone should recognize. I can’t afford shutterfly so I’m planning to put everything into a Legacy family tree book form. My idea is to have copies made at Staples. They will put the comb binding on too. I’m not sure how much it will cost yet. For now I’m concentrating on just getting everything labeled before something happens.

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  7. Selena
    May 24, 2020

    I was telling my daughter that at one time, there were drive-in restaurants and movie theaters. People having their carryout given to them in their car is not anything new. I find it humorous that the complainers had no issue using the drive-thru at a restaurant or pharmacy. Yet now are complaining about it.
    We’ll continue to be safe and it will be a long time before any in my family stop wearing masks when out in public. And if the store or pharmacy is full of covidiots, we’ll stop patronizing the store and will send correspondence to “corporate”.
    But it is sad that people had to be reminded to wash their hands. And now businesses are cleaning more. Cleaning and maintenance are always the first areas of budget cuts (and outsourcing). But the almighty dollar rules. So none of us should be surprised that holding sporting events et al is a higher priority than people who are hurting. I may never watch a sporting event again, much less attend in person. Security (ignoring warnings seems to be a trait for some) almost had me at that point anyway. I will not enable or support greed.

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    • Anita
      May 25, 2020

      Oh so true Selena. When I was young integrity meant something. I’m pretty sure there are several readers who remember too. We had grocery boys, car hops, pharmacy deliveries, doctor home visits, and kids respected the elderly. These days everything seems to be measured in who can be the biggest bully or idiot and dollars gained from the most views on social media. I have said for several years I felt like finding a cave to live in and become a hermit. Maybe I don’t have a cave but I can stay away from crowds of people right here at home. I have to re-think my whole life after all the changes in our world. Like you I won’t support greed. Not knowingly anyway. Stay safe

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  8. eckster
    May 24, 2020

    I hope you decide to continue blogging. Yours is one of the only blogs I read these days. Your tip jar says your saving everything for oral surgery and dentures. Could you write a post about that? You do very thorough and thoughtful walk-throughs about all the hidden costs and minutiae one doesn’t consider until it’s a roadblock. Thanks for the information and keep writing!

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    • Anita
      May 24, 2020

      Thanks for asking. You haven’t commented in awhile. I hope things are ok with you. Yes, I’ll do one to explain about my teeth. I was already thinking about what to put on my youtube channel introduction. Maybe I can do a post at the same time.

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  9. Karen West
    May 24, 2020

    Hoping that the June 23 date doesn’t mean that you might leave us! I have just found your blog and love it! At the ripe old age of 75, I can relate to you and your thoughts and stories.

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    • Anita
      May 24, 2020

      I’m only thinking about it for now. Looking at my options for income for now.

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  10. statumford
    May 24, 2020

    You are awesome.. that’s what I want to tell you! Take it easy on yourself and be careful and keep on keeping on! Aloha From Hawaii 😘

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    • Anita
      May 24, 2020

      Aww, shucks, I’m just experienced that’s all. Aloha to you too.

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  11. Rhonda A.
    May 23, 2020

    Very interesting post, NaNa. I agree, our society has definitely changed with this pandemic. However, this is not the first “life altering” event we have experienced, nor will it be the last. Really, how many of us remember life before 9/11? This is also not the first major historical event that changed the world, either. The great depression, World War II, polio outbreaks….so many major catastrophic events have changed the way the world operates!

    Those of us who are living, right now, are living through a major historical event. Furure generations will learn about this in school, analyse it in scholarly papers and create numerous movies about it for many years to come. Will humanity pull though? I have no doubts we will. But not without many changes to our world. And the whole truth about how political leaders handled this event will come out eventually. Of that, I am sure!

    So, my job right now, as I see it, is to do what I need to for my family and I to survive and thrive the best we can during difficult times…and to roll with the punches as they come. Many people are having to rethink how they live their lives. The societal well of plenty just dried up for many. What I am most thankful for, is that I was wise enough to learn from history, and people, like yourself NaNa, how to provide for my family with very little BEFORE all of this happened. There are a lot of people who are now having to learn these lessons this during an extremely difficult time. That’s tough!

    I am new to following you blog. I do understand if you choose to discontinue your blog for financial reasons. But I will miss reading your strong opinions, poinient observations and incredible wealth of knowledge. I just want to say how much I appreciate your blog. Thank you for sharing a little bit of you life with us. Stay positive…we will get through all of this in time!

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    • Anita
      May 25, 2020

      I agree. I lived through a few major events myself. I remember the polio epidemic and the typhoid epidemic of the 1950s. We’ve also had outbreaks of listeria and botulism that killed people too. Over my lifetime my resolve has been tested many times. I can’t count the number of times I felt like simply giving up but kept going anyway. I can’t remember a single time when I felt this worried about leaving home. I’ll get over it eventually but not today.

      Thank you for following.

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  12. Diane
    May 23, 2020

    I am sorry you are still on lockdown. Things are pretty much back to normal here. We haven’t had a new case in my city in like 7 weeks. Our state still has had less than 500 cases total, and my county only had 11. Our governor has moved us to phase 2 starting June 1st, but everything is now open with At least limited capacity. People though have pretty much gone back to life pre-covid. But worst of all, the tourists are back in full force, spreading all their out of state germs, totally ignoring the fact that we have a mandatory 2 week quarantine for anyone entering our state. My dd was just asking me when we could take our next road trip to Salt Lake City and I said no time soon-it’s not responsible. She agreed, but we like to go a couple times a year and haven’t gone in about 9 months. That’s really the only lingering consequence for us right now. That and using hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes when in public. So I do think for the most part we can get back to almost normal if people are just smart-ok, that’s expecting a lot lol.

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    • Anita
      May 24, 2020

      You are one of those lucky ones living around caring people. I live in a place surrounded by covidiots. One lady here KY mad about being required to wear a mask cut a hole in it for her nose and mouth saying the hole made it easier to breath. We would call her mask real ghetto. She is now a Covidiot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7LBBjZBcLs If we are out and about how can we protect ourselves from other Covidiots like that? Nope, I’m staying put for awhile longer.

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  13. janehallstrom
    May 23, 2020

    Thank you for the interesting video of recanning applesauce–I wouldn’t have thought of doing that.

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    • Anita
      May 23, 2020

      My mind never stops asking “what if”. Sometimes it gets me into trouble. 🙂

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