How to survive till/past 65!
Hi, Frugal Villagers,
Will I survive, till or past age 65, or not? :ponder: Place your bets here... (just kidding)
Offers of matrimony, with or without insurance policies, are politely declined. :smirk:
Many of you know of my less than limited circumstances, and what some of my challenges are at present. Here on Frugal Village, we are a group of sincere and supportive persons, with the same goals in mind...frugal living and coping with our challenges.
I hope to post here weekly with an update of my latest challenges and results, and invite others to do the same. :grnwave:
Inspiration comes from many places
It's another week, and I have about $65 left on my 'Food and Other' Budget.
I got quite a few groceries last weekend, so now I have some grains and vegetables on hand again.
Yesterday, I mixed some oatmeal, bran, sunflower kernels, whole wheat flour, white flour and cooked Red River cereal together, and made 5 huge loaves of whole-grains bread. Everything went well, and the bread turned out fine.
I've come to realize that my big problem with the toxic air in my neighbourhood is coming from CPR, the town's constant spraying that drifts into my home, the farmers constant spraying, the aerial spraying and the neighbourhood spraying for dandelions. Seems even though I have a registered buffer zone, people are doing it at night (2 AM, 3 AM, 4 AM, even...) to avoid detection. So, now I know what I'm up against, and unless I contact the department of Health, I have no real recourse. So, on Saturday, I started wearing an air mask when I'm outside in the immediate neighbourhood, and only removing it when I get into breathable-air territory. It helps. I've been wondering if I'm being deliberately targeted, because I've noticed vehicles slowly passing by for the past few weeks and staring at my unit. Well...whatever. Seems to me, we'll meet face to face someday in the cancer ward, if they don't smarten up.
I decided this past weekend to detach emotionally from this problem, and just go on with my life. And I thank God that the weather is much cooler now, so I don't have to air and cool my unit as often.
And instead of feeling devastated about my lost garden, I'll just enjoy it's beauty, and buy my vegetables and fruits this year. It can't be salvaged even by soaking the produce in several waters...so when I finally realized that, I accepted what I couldn't change, and moved on emotionally.
The weeding is all done now, and I am waiting for the birds to finish cleaning up my cherry trees (there are still a few cherries left), and then I'll prune them and mow the lawn again. And take some pictures of my beautiful, highly-toxic garden.
Somehow it reminded me of:
"and in the day that thou shalt eat the fruit thereof :munch:, thou shalt surely die.":thud:
Practical Gains from Watching Some of Those Reality TV Shows:
This summer, I started watching several tv shows which have been somewhat inspirational or motivating:
1. "Till Debt Do Us Part" by Gail Vaz-Oxlade (some of these shows are also available online); I'm not actually in this type of debt-situation, but it helps me none-the-less, because of the clear-cut goals, and the disciplinary tactics in achieving them. Plus, I can learn by watching others while escaping the personal humiliation they are going through for all to see. That alone is worth $5,000.:bigglass:
2. "Master Chef"... committment to excellence, while observing the attitudes that win and lose in the situation; also, the show is exposing one of my personal faults of eating my baking ingredients...chocolate chips, etc., instead of using them in a sensible recipe which would make them go much further. Now, when I reach for the chocolate chip tub, I see the blazing stare of Gordon Ramsey looking askance at me.:shame:
3. "The Amazing Race Canada"...accepting new challenges, no matter how exhausting or humiliating, learning coping strategies. And I don't have to struggle to find directions to places, leap off bridges, or shovel coal either.:bath:
4. "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls"...realizing that no matter how difficult my life is, it sure could be worse if I had to do the kind of stuff these people are expected to do. I shake my head at this show sometimes, because one of the first things I learned as a Canadian living in an unforgiving climate, is that you take precautions to protect yourself from injury...you don't race up mountains risking a heart attack or stroke, and rush down them risking a broken leg or neck...you watch what you are doing, stay warm and pick your route and pace, and keep your mind clear and focussed...and there are other things to eat besides WORMS, and if I had to eat worms, I'd wait till I got my fire going, and then cook them on a hot rock...should taste more like chow mein noodles after that. But, Spartanism and sadism aside, it's still a good show!
5. "The Following"... see what happens when you follow a cult? SO, DON'T GET INVOLVED IN A CULT!!!
And watch the lifestyle, to escape the consequences, and so somebody else doesn't start seeking revenge.
And maybe I'm not going to watch it anymore, if it doesn't start having more good than bad in it!:down:
6. "Under the Dome"...it's clear to me that 'the pink stars are falling in straight lines' because it's like the movie 'Chronicles of Riddick' where the attacking forces are seen as stars which are coming in formation to the world about to be conquered. And it looks like this show is going to be dragged out to the bitter end, before the facts are revealed that it's really aliens who've placed a dome on a certain spot on Earth in order to test it for possible habitation, for themselves, as they escape their own stricken planet...the dome being necessary, since they can't actually breathe our own air, but would have to live on Earth under domes with their own type of air...
Sorry...this last tv show is nothing more than pure imaginative speculation...without any real reason for watching it, I'm just staring idly at the tube, unwinding after a busy day, too tired to turn it off.:blush:
A few weeks ago, I gave up coffee, and after the first few days, I haven't missed it at all really.
I switched to drinking hot tea with cream and sugar a couple of times in the morning, and iced tea with lemon and sugar once or twice in the afternoon, and I'VE LOST ABOUT 6 POUNDS,:scale: and feel much better. By the way, this winter I started some seeds indoors...tomato and basil, and used coffee grounds mixed with water to water them, and they stopped growing for about 6 weeks, didn't even develop the second set of leaves; I kept wondering why they weren't getting any bigger, and then started watering them with plain water again, and they started growing leaves at that point. So, thinking back to the times I was told that coffee stunts your growth, or makes other changes in your hormones, I can say it sure proved true for my plants.
I am presently reading:
"The Old Man and the Sea" by Earnest Hemingway
This is one of my favourite books in my book collection, and it always makes me grateful for all that I have, and as I read through the account of this man's struggle and loss:gfish:, and his acceptance and undefeated attitude, I gain new insights each time. :wave:
and it's another little problem...
Nice to hear from you! Yes, I've thought of sprouting beans and have tried the white beans; it's impossible to get any other kind here, and they are extremely expensive. I have a few kidney beans from a trip to the city store.
Thanks for your post!
I was very uninformed about the qualities of dandelions till this summer, when I researched the internet on the subject and found abundant information and recipes. Why are we killing this incredibly beneficial plant??? We should all be out there digging it up for our health and meals. But then the pesticide and vitamin companies would go bankrupt. And the health care system would have fewer people with asthma and other serious illnesses. :blind:
Yesterday I had a brief reprieve from air contamination, so I got ready to mow my lawn...only to discover that my lawn mower wouldn't start. After mulling over various alternatives all night and trying to remain calm and positive (and not go to pieces about it), I decided to try a different extension cord. And it turned out that my old extension cord is burned out. I felt the cord near the end and heard the wire crackling where it was broken inside, and slit it apart and found a burned out spot in one of the wires. Unfortunately, this cord is ancient, so I've just bought myself a new extension cord ($20 for a 50 foot cord, plus tax). I might have tried cutting off a section of the cord, and attaching it to a new plug end, but a new plug end costs about $8, so a new extension cord is the best decision, I think. At least, it's not the lawn mower...:hmmm:
At this point, I have $11.70 left on my variable expense budget, which should be enough for 1 jug of milk and a small bag of potatoes, or some bargain-bin apples or bananas. I got a very good deal on lean ground beef this week and bought 2 family packs of it, and divided and packed it into 16 bags for the freezer. I usually fry it in my cast-iron pan, then divide it into 4 pieces (giving me 1 piece for supper, for a total of 4 suppers), so this deal netted me 64 pieces of meat, which is enough for 2 months. I paid $2.79 a pound, and spend about $41.50 in total. Usually, it costs at least $2.99 a pound on sale, so I've saved a few dollars here.
I eat as much protein as I can...I crave it constantly because of my illness. My body is always fighting to strengthen my muscle fibers, and without enough protein I am much weaker. So on my budget, my priorities are meat, milk, eggs, whole grains, etc.
Note to self (as per lawnmower/extension cord object lesson):
When trouble comes, remain calm; and if you can't remain calm, become calm again, as soon as possible.
Keep your head, and think it out; there's usually a solution.
Here are some of the possible choices:
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:doh2: :tay: :call: