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.

Before the pandemic

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

6 comments on “Before the pandemic

  1. Selena
    January 19, 2022

    Stuff when it belongs to you – George Carlin deems stuff of others as excrement lol – I do so miss him. I’ve been picking at papers, again. No sooner than I get caught up, work or family demands lots of more time then I’m back to paper tigers.
    At least shredding can go out with the trash – been hard to donate much as most places stopped during Covid-19. Some are close to back to normal but not near enough.


    • Anita
      January 22, 2022

      I miss George Carlin too. I have the same issues with all the paper stuff. I don’t have a paper shredder so I’ve been using a rotary cutter or scissors to cut it to pieces. I started giving stuff away on Freecycle when the thrift stores closed. Anything not asked for is then put into the trash. If no one wants it there really is no need for me to hold onto it either.


  2. Lana
    January 19, 2022

    I am not sure about KY but here is SC we do not have magnesium naturally occurring in our soil so we do not get it through our drinking water. Most that I know here have pretty much eliminated kidney stones by taking 500 mg of Magnesium daily.


    • Anita
      January 22, 2022

      Thank you Lana, I’ll give that a try.


  3. Pam in CT
    January 18, 2022

    I have had that kidney stone surgery I think 5 times. I lost count. The stones were too large to pass naturally, and you must be Superwoman to have a stone pass. It’s great that it is past (pun). My doctors question my very overweight condition and say perhaps weight is part of the picture.You and I both need a diet, lol. Maybe a mean dog to guard me from my own self in the kitchen.
    As far as how stones form, my doctors all have said it’s a big unknown. Oxalates may be involved. That would be beets, kale and spinach and whatever has intense color. And coffee and tea, too. And oh horrors, chocolate. Time to Google.
    I think it’s bad juju.
    So glad you are well.


    • Anita
      January 22, 2022

      Thank you Pam. You’re right, how the stones form is a big unknown. I’m also pretty sure being overweight doesn’t help me. The very things which are said to be good for a diabetic are the worst for causing kidney stones. Strange that a vaccine can be created in a few months but a cause of kidney stones still isn’t known after decades of treating them with surgery.

      I had such an extremely horrible experience with stone surgery that I never ever want to go through again. I only go to the ER when home treatment doesn’t work. Depending on the nurse practitioner I see in the emergency room they give me either ibuprofen or morphine in an IV which puts me to sleep through it. So I figured sleeping is the key for me. I take doses of Tylenol PM and sleep. I have a small supply of Tylenol #3 which I only use when the TPM isn’t enough. Citrus juice also helps me. I have a few thousand single serve True Lemon packets I bought when I didn’t have a refrigerator. I double and triple the packets in a pint of water and drink lots of it. I’m going to drink it on a regular basis from now on. I think of drinking lemon water the same as taking a vitamin supplement. It only works when used. Hugs from KY


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