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.
A few days (maybe a couple weeks) before the pandemic lockdown of 2020 happened I had started on a project to downsize my life and my weight in order to control my diabetes and fibromyalsia. During the after Christmas sales I bought a few plastic containers from Dollar Tree to help with the organizing and began to finally finish unpacking the boxes moved from the old house 4 years earlier. When the pandemic lockdown started I lost my motivation. For two years (2020 & 2021) I ate, slept, vegetated, kept falling down the internet rabbit’s hole, added several pounds to an already overweight body, and my health suffered alot. (now at 227 pounds) I’m wearing my fabulously warm house shoes gift.
Ok, long story a little shorter; during my 2021 holiday blogging break I resumed the downsizing I had started two years before. Well, as usual, every time I get started on a project something happens to delay my progress. That Christmas kidney stone happened putting me several days behind schedule. Now that I’ve recovered from the medical issue, I’ve started all over again downsizing to an empty nest. I keep reminding myself it took over 30 years to get that house just right so this house won’t be done in just a few days.
After living in this house for going on 7 years I hope to finally transition from being Neighborhood Nanny at the old house to Empty Nest Grandmother in this one. I’m downsizing as many aspects of my life as possible and documenting my progress as I go through the next two years. Why 2 years? It took two years to put on the extra weight so the least I can do is take it off just as slowly.
I’ve decided to keep my Christmas and Birthday money gifts in a separate grocery fund. BTW, thank you to Pamelia E-P for the belated Birthday gift. I’ll still be going to the foodbank once a month while using my grocery fund for adding fresh fruits and veggies each month we don’t get from the foodbank. Someone sent me some food from my Amazon wish list. I don’t know who because there wasn’t a gift receipt in the box. THANK YOU!
For those who might be interested; the stone that was stuck in my kidney finally passed out of my system. It took a week of lemon water, lemon water, lemon water and a bunch of Tylenol but its gone now. I hope. I sure do hope there isn’t another one behind it. I did it all without having to go through a dangerous surgery. So now my mission is to figure out how to prevent the stones from forming in the first place. If the stones are never formed there won’t be a need for medical intervention. Right?
I owe a couple people an email. I’ll get to those as soon as I can.
Hugs from Anita in KY