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.
Dang computers! My phone, internet, and computer have all been very cantankerous for several days which has made it impossible to get this posted before now. I finally got the phone company to fix the internet issues. It seems that just about everyone had the same issues starting with Facebook and rippling out on the web to everyone using an internet connected device. Could that have been deliberate? Maybe. Solar storm? Possibly. EMP? It kinda felt like it but cars were still moving so no not that either.
Well anyway, the news is good after my visit with the kidney specialist. At this point he says not to panic. (I like his words.) The growths appear to be cysts on the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. A follow up CT scan is scheduled for a year from now to see if the growths have stayed the same size or gotten bigger. He told me what to watch for and said he couldn’t stress it highly enough that given my history with kidney issues I should change my diet now to prevent eventual dialysis. Again with the “diet advice”. Sheech! Absolutely everyone says the exact same thing and everyone claims “only their version” is the correct one. All I can do is my best with what I’m given.
I’m guessing by now everyone has heard about or seen the rising cost of EVERYTHING and possible shortages all over the place. Panic and fear sells. I believe every doomsday prepper around the world is saying the exact same thing. Ok, me too but only because I just want to say PLEASE DON’T PANIC! A “shortage” doesn’t mean “starvation” or “complete disappearance”. Shortage simply means less than before and higher prices coming. Low and fixed income people will suffer the most by the higher costs. As prices/costs climb we must find ways to use less, make it stretch, or do without. Sound familiar?
I have two angels who bless me with money each month which I use for medicine and a few groceries. Thank you K and M. In September I received an extra unexpected angel blessing from D. I thought and thought about how best to honor this unexpected gift in such a way that it would stay with me far into the future. My first thought was to put it into my teeth fund savings. However; when I received notice from the water/sewer company the rates were going up again AND a notice from the gas/electric company their rates were also going up again PLUS seeing higher food costs and then higher medical costs in 2022 expected; I decided to buy these two things to help me use less water and less energy.
The shredder will save money by being non-electric and the light weight is ideal for getting out to use and put away again. The steam canner is both water and energy saving for canning foodbank fruits. It cannot be used for vegetables or meats. Its also much lighter than using a large water bath canner full of jars and several gallons of water. This only holds 2 1/2 quarts water so its safer carrying it to the washing machine to empty it.
I’m doing more canning now that the weather is cooler. My house is too hot for canning in the summer. I’ve done 3 types dry beans, 9 pints of ghee, 6 pints chow-chow, 4 pints tomatoes, and 10 pints carrots. All from the foodbank. Yesterday I canned 12 half-pints ground beef that was a gift from my sister. She bought a half cow for her freezer. Each half pint holds 1/2 pound. I bought ten bags of frozen veggies from Kroger’s 10 for $10 sale last month so I’ll be canning vegetable soup for winter eating. It will be good to open a jar of soup when its snowy and cold outside.
I did an unboxing video for youtube.
Dang internet issues on Monday last week caused me to loose the end of the video. Viewers have asked me to do a video review of both the steam canner and the shredder which I plan to do this week. It’ll be a good way for me to show a couple ways I save water and energy in everyday use.
Hugs from KY and stay safe everyone.