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.
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. 🙂