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.

The easy button

Does anyone remember the Staples “easy button” humor of a few years ago? The easy button was an imaginary button that possessed mystical qualities allowing the user to magically fix all problems with a click. The humor of the commercials spread and became a popular catch phrase. Whenever anyone spoke about a problem the catch phrase “I need an easy button.” was included. Of course the sad irony was that the button didn’t work in the real world. It was just a button that created an imaginary perfect world where all problems are solved as easily as pushing a button. I believe my favorite easy button commercial was the lady buying gas. It goes like this.

A gas station attendant tells a lady her gas fill up costs $92.50. She points her easy button at the attendant, pushes it, and says “now how much is it”? He replies $92.50 and she says “can I put some back”? There were several other commercials just as funny. Unfortunately sadness and depression can’t be turned off as easy as clicking a button.

Finally sunny days! The sun has lifted my spirits a lot and gave me more energy. I canned the ten pounds of asparagus from my last grocery order. Can you believe that is $77 worth of food on my counter? I’m glad I only paid $28 for it.

I canned ten pints of beans and I almost finished all the dishes. Just a bunch of tattler lids and a couple other things left. It won’t take long for me to have lots dirty again. I’ve looked through my fabrics and watched some quilting and textile art DVDs for inspiration. I believe I’ll sketch out some quilt designs and make quilt kits.

The urge to start organizing seems to have worked through my brain fog. I’m ready to get started but there are a couple of things to do first. I want to finish a customer quilt (paid for months ago) and get it into the mail. That’s what I worked on over the weekend. It’s almost finished.

Did you know that the senior commodity instant powdered milk makes good yogurt? Well, did you know that there is a very easy way to make it? No cooking. No thermometers. No letting it set to cool. No covering it with blankets for 24 hours. No yogurt maker appliance. No hassle. Just mix the cold starter batch with cold milk and leave set on the counter overnight. I’ve been making it for a couple of months now and I’m really loving it. I don’t know about other brands of powdered milk because I don’t have any of them. I made a video of myself making six pints and put it on youtube. I am not affiliated with the company and they do not compensate me for telling about their product. I’m just a happy consumer.

Warm weather and more sunshine days has elevated my mood. I’m so ready to be active again. My goal now is to make up for a whole year of lost time and finish the unfinished. Hmm… I need an easy button. 🙂

12 comments on “The easy button

  1. margie in miami
    March 22, 2021

    Good news Anita Keep going with the enthusiasm

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  2. Silver
    March 22, 2021

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, you sounds more chipper ^_^ the sun has been out here as well which is helping both Husband and myself as well.
    Excellent food haul, all that asparagus especially!

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2021

      At $1 a pound I couldn’t resist. I hope it goes on sale again so I can get more.

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      • Silver
        March 24, 2021

        I completely understand that, fingers crossed it comes round on sale again.

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  3. Julie
    March 22, 2021

    Glad you’re back and up and running. I’ve missed you and your posts. I check every day for new posts. So sorry about your depression. It’s a life long battle/challenge. The only way to deal is to tie a knot in the rope of life and hang on tight till it subsides somewhat and to be kind to yourself since it is a condition that is not your fault. Just faulty brain wiring. Your life and log is a testament that even depression can’t keep a person down. You are a valuable and worthwhile person, an inspiration to others. Thank you for being you. I was worried about you. Keep in mind that you are dynamite even when you are not firing on all cylinders. The real secret is none of us are. Some may look like they are, but the truth is that is just their public presentation. Behind all the smoke and mirrors, we are all imperfect beings, striving to exist the best we can. Only, Jesus was perfect. Love, compassion, kindness are key. Especially compassion, kindness, and love for yourself. When the depression bug amps up, tell yourself I’ve know this malady and know it will lighten up, just hang in there till it loosens its grip on your natural mind set and you gradually get back to your better mental state of being.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2021

      Thank you Julie. You explained it very well.

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    • Julie
      March 25, 2021

      A lot of people are dealing with depression, the blues, melancholy (as they uses to call it in olden times. Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill for example) depression is a chemical imbalance in the body/brain. We are mostly composed of water and the chemicals are signals and messengers on a cellular level so the cells can perform their jobs and functions to keep us,the organism alive and functioning well. Sometimes the chemicals or the cells making them or reading them screw up; and problems result. Diabetes for example. Too little insulin, no insulin- problems result. Same thing depression. Depression is a continuum like autism. Some people suffer/deal with milder forms of it up to more severe forms of it like autism and other medical problems. Not their fault, just is and though not fair, like children wth cancer; you have to deal with it. It’s sad that other people don’t understand this. Since depression is invisible to others; they make thoughtless and ignorant comments demonstrating their lack of understanding. Forgive them for this. By writing this, I am hoping to increase knowledge of this condition. People dealing with depression, take heart, hope. A lot of people suffer from this condition and they are valuable worthwhile individuals like the famous examples I cited above. Not to mention countless unknown individuals soldiering on. Spread understanding, compassion. Light the path so others can see the truth and not stumble or make life harder for others inadvertently I guess is why I am writing this; to try and spread knowledge and light. So if a few other people see this and receive some understanding of this condition,the world will be a better place for all of us.Thank you.

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      • Anita
        March 25, 2021

        Thank you for the explanation Julie. I will add that sometimes the depression can be a sadness due to the death of a loved one or other trauma.

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  4. Selena
    March 22, 2021

    I’d settle for a motivation button. Procrastination affects everyone (to a lesser extent for some). IMHO, the pandemic has been a motivation zapper – regardless of the pandemic’s affect on one’s day to day life. A number of us have plenty of time and adequate financial resources yet still struggle to get things done.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2021

      What intrigues me is the number of people with the very same type complaints. The tiredness, the lack of motivation, etc. Its affecting people of all income levels and all ages. I hear the complaints from friends and family. I read about the same things on the internet and in youtube. I believe the lethargy is a side effect of covid pandemic.

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  5. oldfashionmama
    March 22, 2021

    That easy button sure would be nice! Guess hard work just has to substitute 🙂

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  6. Diann
    March 22, 2021

    So glad you are feeling better.

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