Pigna [_pìn'n'a_] is the Italian word for pine cone. In jargon, it is used to identify a task which is boring, banal, annoying, painful, frustrating and maybe even with a not so beautiful or rewarding result, just like the obstinate act of trying to challenge yourself in extracting pine nuts from a pine cone, provided that, in the end, you will find at least one inside it. Here you can find a backpack of functions to be used to solve small everyday problems of coding or analyzing (clinical) data, which would be normally solved using quick-and-dirty patches. You will be able to convert 'Hmisc' and 'rms' summary()es into data.frames ready to be rendered by 'pander' and 'knitr'. You can access easy-to-use wrappers to activate essential but useful progress bars (from 'progress') into your loops or functionals. Easy setup and control Telegram's bots (from 'telegram.bot') to send messages or to divert error messages to a Telegram's chat. You also have some utilities helping you in the development of packages, like the activation of the same user interface of 'usethis' into your package, or call polite functions to ask a user to install other packages. Finally, you find a set of thematic sets of packages you may use to set up new environments quickly, installing them in a single call.