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.

Aww, not again

Well, I did get the December quilt finished and delivered to the post office so its on its way to the forever home. That felt GOOD. Finally something accomplished.

I had some emails to answer but finishing the quilt was most important. I wanted to get in the mail before the approaching storms because there could be power outages. KY is one of the states expecting major storms so I’ve charged up batteries for the CD player and the flashlights just in case there is a loss of power. At least I’ll be able to listen to my books and look through the unfinished quilt projects for a couple of hours until the batteries run out. I do love books on cd.

I finally got my first covid vaccine shot. I go back in April for the second dose. No one is saying whether we have to get a yearly shot or not yet. Maybe if we need a yearly booster I could get it the same time as I get the yearly flu shot.

I haven’t gotten the stimulus money yet but I had been dreaming of what I could use it for. Maybe fabric to make myself some clothes or maybe curtains for the windows. Maybe I’ll save it toward my surgery and dentures. Maybe you remember the furnace took the last stimulus. Well, once again, just in the nick of time a reason other than my dreams will get the money. While putting a load of clothes in the washer I found these.

I’ll have to call an exterminator. No telling how long those guys have been hiding behind the washer. I’ve been through carpenter ant infestation before at my previous house. The hidden damage can be substantial. At the other house it cost around $5,000 to repair the structural damage. I made payments for a few years. I’ll pull the washer out for a closer inspection in a couple of days. Give myself a little time to brace myself for the shock. Here is a 20 second video for those who would like to see.

I’ve been told that red pepper powder will kill them off. I have serious doubts but I’m willing to give it a try. My neighbor picked up red pepper flakes from the Dollar Store and I’m grinding it to a powder. Some for her, some for me.

Ok, an ant, a spider, and a centipede were setting around drinking beer and watching a ball game on tv. When the ant realizes the beer is running low he says he’ll run to the store to get more. The centipede says “No, let me go, I have more legs, I can get it faster.” They all agree.

Ten minutes pass, then 20 more, then another 30. The spider asks, “what’s taking him so long?” The ant decided to head out to see what could be wrong. Maybe he had an accident and needs help. He opens the door to see the centipede setting there.

The ant asks, “Hey man, what’s taking you so long?” The centipede replies, “I’m still putting on my shoes.” 🙂

Don’t let disappointment slow you down. Look for the silver lining when possible. Ok, so the ants are probably going to take the stimulus before I even get it, at least I HAVE the money to pay the exterminator instead of finding it necessary to sell something or go into debt for it. The sky is growing dark so the expected storms must be not far away. Hugs to all and stay safe.

Anita

18 comments on “Aww, not again

  1. Jasna
    March 30, 2021

    Wonderful quilt, Anita! There’s nothing like that feeling of accomplishment you mention. Last week I finished a modest project I’d been dragging on for almost two months: sole linings for my slippers. They are comfortable to wear again. : )

    I hope those annoying ants have gone.

    Hugs,

    Jasna

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    • Anita
      March 30, 2021

      Thanks Jasna, the owner loves it. I’m glad you accomplished something too. The home remedy ant killer doesn’t seem to be working. My neighbor asked that I give it a couple weeks.

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  2. Jean Bontrager
    March 28, 2021

    You are such a trooper, Anita! So glad we are friends! Jean

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    • Anita
      March 28, 2021

      One time, years ago, a woman commented that she noticed when a boulder landed in my path I would step back, look at it a bit, then start walking around it to go on my merry way. Yes, that’s me. Except for the missing year of covid in 2020 and now I’m finding myself again.

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  3. Selena
    March 25, 2021

    Based on what I’ve read re: why SS recipients are waiting for their stimulus, not only should a few bricks short of a load leftover be relegated to the trash but common sense programming be employed. Do IT for a living and I am flat out appalled.

    While a true bummer that your stimulus is already earmarked, at least the exterminator bill doesn’t have to come out of normal monthly income.

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    • Anita
      March 26, 2021

      So true Selena. I’m thankful but it makes me nervous the money hasn’t arrived yet.

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      • Erma Dunk
        March 29, 2021

        Mine has not come yet and know of some others that did not get the $600.or this $1400.if not for family helping them i don’t what they do.I can use mine but there is others in worse shape then i am.

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        • Anita
          March 30, 2021

          That’s true for me too. Others much worse off than me but like most everyone else, its spent even before it arrives.

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  4. Silver
    March 25, 2021

    That’s a beautiful quilt!
    Fingers crossed the ants will take the bait.

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    • Anita
      March 26, 2021

      Thanks. its called a Dear Jane quilt. A pattern created during the civil war years.

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  5. oldfashionmama
    March 25, 2021

    I have never had carpenter ants but have had other insects and always have success with peppermint essential oil and bay leaves.

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    • Anita
      March 26, 2021

      Carpenter ants are the larger cousin of termites. They both eat the wood of a house and breed extremely fast. Normal types of pest control doesn’t work on them.

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  6. Di
    March 25, 2021

    Try this before spending money on an exterminator. Their products have always worked for me, inside and outside.
    https://www.terro.com/how-to-kill-carpenter-ants

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    • Anita
      March 25, 2021

      Thank you, my neighbor did pick up terro baits for me and put them outside near the crawl space. I put one bait under the washer.

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  7. Donna Luke-Peterson
    March 25, 2021

    Sorry to hear about the ants/bugs. Hopefully it’s not too bad. We full time travel in an RV, so we deal with bugs and ants and mice. There’s sprays and insecticides, borax… we try a mix of steel wool plugging any entrance point possible, and I put some peppermint and clove and citrus essential oils on them (the scent is how ants follow a trail, so this breaks it up), along with food-grade diatomaceous earth, a non-toxic powder that I think is ground up shell fossils. It gets between the exoskeletons of any insects, and kills them. It’s used in farm yards, and commonly for chickens, so you may know about it already. I bought a ‘puffer’ to put along contact points of the RV and ground. It seems to be working so far!

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    • Anita
      March 25, 2021

      I did buy some terro carpenter ant baits this morning but couldn’t find any diatomaceous earth. I believe the main nest is under the house in the crawl space. I’ll need to find someone willing to crawl under the house and put bait there.

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      • Donna Luke-Peterson
        March 25, 2021

        It’s sold on Amazon, but also at Tractor Supply and any farm feed store.

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        • Anita
          March 26, 2021

          We don’t have Tractor Supply or a farm feed store in my area. Neighbor thinks it might just be temporarily sold out because its spring bug season.

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