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.

Nephrologist news

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.

8 comments on “Nephrologist news

  1. Jasna
    October 14, 2021

    So glad to see you’ve had professional advice on your kidney problem. Lots of good vibes go your way!

    I ‘m having issues both with the internet connection and this laptop. I think it’s VERY tired, lol.

    The prices of electricity and cooking gas are rising here in the Rep. of Ireland, too. It’s going to be a long winter.

    Stay well and safe.



    • Anita
      October 14, 2021

      Hi Jasna! I’ve been wondering how you are doing. I hope things are going well and that you are prepared for a long and expensive winter. There has definitely been issues with anything electronic all around the world over the last several days. Its not the devices but something else. I heard it has something to do with solar flares causing electrical interference and that’s why people from the far north countries are seeing the northern lights. I finally called my internet company to get it fixed. Seems to be fine now. Hugs from KY and stay frugal


  2. craftytadpole
    October 11, 2021

    We’ve also experienced “communication” issues here too, especially with our cell phones cutting out at the most inopportune times. I use messenger to keep in tough many people who are far away from me so the whole facebook debacle did make it hard to talk with them. I fear that communication issues will only get worse and so I’ve gone back to writing letters. I’ve acquired two additional pen pals through the summer – they are old friends but still, it’s nice to find the occasional letter or postcard from them waiting for me in my mailbox. Canada Post is ridiculously ineffective and slow but eventually the mail does make it through, well most of the time.

    Costs here are rising at a steady pace. More and more of my customers are complaining of the price of groceries. I see a lot more people shopping the sales and buying ingredients instead of ready made meals. It’s going to be a long winter.

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!


    • Anita
      October 12, 2021

      Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you too and also Happy Indigenous People Day (USA). Our post office has started a new policy to deliberately slow down the mail delivery and raise the cost at the same time which seems kinda crazy to me. Mail is already pretty bad. Neighbors have told me the store shelves here are empty of popular items and very high on others. A very long winter for sure.

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  3. Silver
    October 10, 2021

    I’m glad the news were (kind of) good from the specialist. Yes we know our energy bills will be higher this year as our energy supplier went bust while I was away and we’ve been shuttled to a different one, where we know our current tariff will not be honoured….


    • Anita
      October 12, 2021

      I read your blog about the change in suppliers for you. Here, where I live, we have only one supplier for natural gas & electricity and only one supplier for water & sewer. Both are regulated by a state public service commission. Regulated is a joke because the commission always sides with the two companies when people file complaints about costs or try to stop the raises.

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      • Silver
        October 12, 2021

        It’s hard to know what is best – certainly here many people feel that those kinds of services should be back with the state. They likened the privatisation of healthcare, transport, utilities to selling off the family silver….Though as you say I am unsure if the quality of service would improve hugely.


        • Anita
          October 13, 2021

          In our case the state run utilities are a monopoly. Its pay the price or do without only we aren’t allowed to do without completely. Even in cases where the utility is cut off for non payment the amount owed continues to accumulate monthly from meter rent. Its illegal to remove meters. The only way to combat high bills is to cut back on the amount used. Which is why I’m always searching ways to limit how much I use.

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