Sunday, November 30, 2014

Calming day...



NOT REALLY!

Hubby and I took on a project to clean our bedroom faux-wood PVC blinds that I had bought from JC Penney’s (They still sell them there, but their sale price is what the regular price was ten years ago, interesting, hmm?), when we renovated after Hurricane Charley caused the need.



To this day Hubby thought they were wood.

His blinds in his bath are oak but his are not in the shower, of course! My bath window is in my shower and so when it was replaced I had one of those old fashioned bubble glass ones installed.

The faux wood blinds are only in our bedrooms and the wooden valance that encompasses the windows on three sides that I had hand painted them years ago, vines in one room the guest, I call the garden room, and sponge stamped seashells in bronze in the master is also on them and in order to remove the blinds you must take the top valance off with a couple of screws.

I used to be able to do it all by myself but these days it is nice to have Hubby helping me. I wash the windows whenever we do the window treatments as we did do today. Sure I wash them in between but this is nicer getting the whole shebang done at once, ya know?



The sunroom has the white fabric accordion blinds with wooden valances that I handed painted blue, green and white stripes on them to give them an awning effect, Hubby had cut the wood in a scalloped design that we chose off the net way back then and the front living room picture window one has the white PVC verticals for its nine foot width with its own white valance; easy breezy styling simplistic to care for when living in a waterfront home.



I got it at a better price, a third less; when I bought two that I made meet in the middle with butting the valances together, and Ta Da; at the fraction of the cost.



The ones in the sun-room sadly had to be custom since the windows are not standard sizes.



They are next on my list of cleaning the house down to its bare bones!



And no, we are not expecting any large quantities of company, but you never know if some one stops by or if that might change? It’s nice when people stop by during the holidays…and to be prepared with treats for them to eat too.



Any-who, So even with just one load of wash we were both busy with this project with averaging thirty slats in each one that had to be individually cleaned, and some were replaced and two even needed restringing, but Hubby saved the extra slats we originally removed since they were only sold there for 36"X 64" for our windows that are 36" wide but only sixty inches long in the bedroom; so those extra ones that Hubby stored was a great idea.



All are back now for hours and look great, like new!


On that note to try each day to do something productive, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

More visits with PICS ta boot!

There is always lots to see here in Charlotte County Florida and today the weather was so much nicer than most everywhere else in our country, sun shinning with blue skies, no filter on my camera, what you see is the actual color, and in the low to mid seventies with very low humidity too. Below is the Punta Gorda Florida, Farmer's Market today that I have spoken of often but seemed to forget my camera, today I did not!
















Fisherman's Village, what can I say about our home away from home. Our goto place when we want something fun to do. Right now they are lighted up for the holidays with displays I showed you just last week when our Number One Son was here. Today's PICS are of their marina and fishing boats that you can go on, full or half days, plus they also have evening cruisers to see the lights this time of year as well as cruises down to our nearby islands like Caya Costa, Cabbage Key and a few more...call there to get all info: http://www.everythingpuntagorda.com/king-fisher-fleet-punta-gorda/
                                       phone number:941.639-0969
Address:
1200 W. Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Email Contact:

 The marina is for public and private use too and there are many slips.

 These two areas also on the property are part of the amenities for their apartments that I do believe are time shares. The pool is off to the right, they also have tennis courts and many other things that I did not photograph today.

LOVE ME CHAMBER!
On this note of knowing that we chose the right place to live way back in 1995, after nearly nine years in Ormond Beach of course,  after the boys were grown, since after all this is the quiet side, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Galleria Mall and Peace River Seafood

Looking for something to do today away from the BLACK FRIDAY CROWDS I Googled antiques and museums and this place came up. Oddly enough they have been there eight years and somehow we had missed them. Perfect for a day like today when sadly our perfect Florida weather was unfortunately too cold for us locals to go to the beach anyway with highs only in the sixties, brrr! My maneuverability was not too bad, I was able not to hit either the other patrons or the goods! I felt a bit like a bull in a China shop, but to my surprise I did great, in other words I managed NOT to hit anything or anybody! And neither did Hubby when for a while he had to transform my chariot into its transporter mode...
Interestingly, while there I met and chatted with two women who had relatives with Multiple Sclerosis and one man who had it too and also had my current Dr. Happy in Sarasota too, what a coincidence, hmm?

The Galleria Mall is not far from the hub of Punta Gorda, it is only out on Duncan Road, also known as Highway 17 North, just a few miles to finding that gift that is a unique keepsake...5260 Duncan Road in Unit 5... (941) 347-8044 their site is: www.galleriamallantinques.com 
 email is: aspellboundcraft@aol.com T.C. Dorler is the owner.
Enjoy your virtual browse, but you can always go there in person, check their open close times at their site. Remember Saturday is small business day which is a great day to try something new, and for us they were just that, quite satisfying.




















 Lunch was at the Peace River Seafood restaurant! They are known for their blue crabs, but it kills me to pay for something that we used to catch for free... and so Hubby chose a burger with tasty fries, and I decided on, would you believe two dozen steamer clams that came with half a corn on the cob and a small red potato? Well, I did and they were great and Hubby did have a couple too, and I had a few of his scrumptious seasoned fries, very similar to Jack's on Marion, we thinks they might purchase them both from Sysco, the restaurant supply company out of Texas that we had used too back in the late eighties when we also were in the biz. And no, neither of us had a whim for Mullet that jump often in our canal behind our home, some love them, but so far we have nixed the possibility, as well as for catfish that so many seem to like. And yes, when we used to fish both were very easy to catch but we threw them back. The restaurant is on your right on the way back to town: located at 5337 Duncan Road too; a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Phone number is:
(941) 505-8440.

On that note of keeping you up to date on where we have been and where we are going, thinking and doing, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



The history of this holiday is two-fold, literally...

The original Thanksgiving with the Native Americans and the Pilgrims happened at harvest in 1621 http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving and the holiday became an official American holiday declared by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 http://history1800s.about.com/od/abrahamlincoln/a/Lincoln-Thanksgiving-proclam.htm; yep, over two hundred years after that momentous happening. Weren’t we in the midst of the Civil War then? The whole timing of the when is quite curious; as many things in life are, but good for him just the same.



Ah presidents, not unlike men in general, can’t live with them and apparently we cannot live without them, hmm?

Get it guys?

A turn around of the old joke?



Oh well… any-who, the verdict is in!

And no, I am not speaking about Ferguson.

At times although I have been right there with all of you on the story watching and reading and all the other stuff that goes with another travesty of justice creating havoc with all the participants and anger without forethought and allowing intelligence to come through, and I am talking before and after the horrible death under suspicion of how to handle the end result by people who were not actually there, such as myself or many of the people who might be guilty of playing the game telephone and having the original message distorted of what actually occurred? I don’t know, but it reminds me of so many other protestors then called rioters reacting and making things even worse for so many other innocent people who were not responsible for what happen but somehow have been thrown into the mix of anger and bear the brunt of those overly reactive mobs mentality…nightmares of Rodney King who survived and begged his supporters to stop and of the race riots of 1965 in every major city that we left on our road trip across country that summer of ’65 on mostly route 66…



At first in my ridiculousness I thought perhaps the Ferguson they were talking about was Craig of late night TV fame and he had gone berserk for in reality he was sorry he had quit his ten year tenure on CBS late, late night after Letterman and wanted to really stay, huh?



Nah, a young man by the name of Brown was killed by a deputy named Wilson, and the deputy felt he had no other option, but, and there is always a BIG but a Facebook friend of mine reminded me, retired deputy’s wife that he could have used his Taser,

"Taser Definition

dictionary.search.yahoo.com
  1. A trademark for a brand of electronic apparatuses designed to cause neuromuscular incapacitation."

on the kid and the story result could have, would have been so much different, but the deputy stated he did not carry his due to its bulkiness or some other lame excuse… my in-house deputy said that as a marine patrol officer they could not due to Tasers and water not mixing very well… And so I am stymied, there has to be an answer and we as a nation have got to find a better way than kill twelve year olds due to their toys looking too real and all these other reasons that to me at times seem, unreasonable…But I am me and not in law or a tough kid who is a bully and very big and or a child who thinks pointing a toy at real police is funny, what do I know from both sides although we MUST find a way to change these horrid endings to these news stories with horrible endings to lives…! Just my unbiased opinionated opinion, again.


Oh wait, I started this talking about the verdict being in and then got sidetracked with my opinionated opinion, only fair to chime in after the rest of you, hmm?

Hubby said that our turkey dinner was better than any in any restaurant that he has been had in his whole sixty five years or something similar to that, not a direct quote so don't hold me to it, and in this house his opinion is the only one that matters/counts on subjects of that nature with mine on many others! LOL!



On that upbeat note allow me to wish all of you the best black Friday's ever and for the snow to stop long enough to max out your cards on those loved ones and that by going out and fighting for those deals while you whittle down those 3K plus calories you consumed in one sitting, AMEN!


Love to all seriously and drive carefully and watch your wallets…On those additional notes allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!



And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Generations?




Years ago the lost generation meant something other than offspring deciding NOT to have children. I had no grandmas, they both passed away before I was born and I am still not one. And I really had hoped to become one.

In those long ago days it meant something more prolific, but also non-controllable at the time for people who felt as they had.
Somehow if I had been a truly great writer as the ones mentioned below I more than likely would have joined their group…in my heart I was there incarnate as I sometimes believe I am.
Being of a mindset to be allowed to think and do and write what you truly believe in should be within all people’s abilities that is unless they are putting themselves or others in harms way I truly believe it to be one of the ultimate freedoms.

“The ''lost generation'' of the1920s was a group of writers born from 1883 to *1900. They moved to Paris (Paris was the advant *garde for all areas of creativity. Escape from the austere materialism of *American cities expecting to find literary freedom.) living there from 1920 to 1930, they had a profound impact in society and arts. The term ''the lost generation'' was obtained by Gertrude Stein referring to the young workers poor auto mechanic repair skills. Gertrude Stein would take this phrase to define the people who rejected *American post world war 1 values. The two presidents from this organization were Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The three best known writers among this period were; Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald, and John dos *Passos. This generation include distinguished artists such as; Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Waldo Peirce, Alan Seeger, Sylvia Beach, and Erich Maria Remarque. ( karla.pd5 and http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/hpolscrv/jbolhofer.html )”

*This author’s corrections

Moving on…

The chill is coming into our beautiful south west Florida… again!
Tonight’s and tomorrow morning’s temps will be in the forties, and the highs during the day will only be going up into the sixties!
And yes that is COLD for south west Florida even in November!
It is very unusual and I personally cannot remember it being that cold this often before December in the whole twenty-eight years that we have resided in this state!

Another move on…

I was capable to do all my circuit at the gym/rehab today and increased weights as well as reps on my three pieces of my use of equipments, leg lifts, thighs inner and outer and the total gym!

After we ate lunch at Bob Evans and I had their 370 calorie salad of roasted chicken spinach apples cranberries and pecans with raspberry vinaigrette with ice water and lemon for my beverage!

Hubby had meatloaf with green beans and mashed potatoes and gravy and ice water too!

After that we went over to Publix, practically across the street and bought our turkey and healthier fixings for tomorrow. A four pound turkey breast, and low sodium bread to make our own stuffing with sodium free chicken bouillon, onions and garlic cloves etc. Our sides are sweet potatoes sliced or smashed with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon topped with miniature marshmallows and a frozen French string bean casserole also made with my own mushroom soup made from my frozen mushrooms, onions, garlic cloves, sodium free chicken bouillon and a wee bit of flour with extra virgin olive oil and a wee bit of butter too to thicken it and darn it if we are using those bad for you crispy onions gingerly on top of it, okay? Pumpkin pie with fat free real whip cream, who would have thought it could be done?

Interesting fact of the night: Did you know that there is a Port Charlotte in Scotland UK? Well there is.
I had no idea until I checked; here is one of the many links:

When I was in college I had the pleasure of visiting Scotland, specifically St. Andrews and always thought that someday I would get to go back, it was truly enchanting, back in 1969.
I was very fortunate to had visited Ireland, England Holland, France, Spain and Portugal as well all due to my college program back then.

On that note of learning something new daily, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Got two!



Chinese fortune cookies fortunes are what I have two of, but the cookies are Hubby’s and he did open one of the three, again?
His was rather ominous, I'll let you decide, “This is a time for caution, but not for fear.”
And the two remaining ones that were mine were,
“What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.”
“Everyone needs to be loved, especially those do not deserve it.”

Odd how moi wanted to edit that last one to read, sometimes I do know the right way to write a sentence, ha, “Everyone needs to be loved; especially those who do not deserve it.”
But that would have been tampering with the prophetic gods or some such deity, methinks?

Any-who, Hubby thought his referred to the days breaking news stories.
The two I had opened; in my first I think that one is fairly obvious that people have a tendency to take the easy way out of sticky situations, hmm?

And for the second one it is a wee bit holiday-ish, when we are supposed to forgive all those horrid so-called friends and relatives who at times annoy us or tell us the truth as they see it that we don’t want to hear and they are just downright self righteous, you all know the ones…?
Could be living with you right now or perhaps you should look in that mirror!
Like me at times and anyway tis the season to forgive them all! (Including yourself)
Nah?
Who says holding a grudge isn’t healthy for the holder?

All the so-called mental health professionals say that; just turn on Dr. Phil or even Judge Judy or Springer or anyone of the shows that bleepity bleep the airwaves when I am surfing the TV channels trying to find my favs on PBS!
And no, I have not watched those first mentioned ones, but here I go assuming, and we all know what assuming means, hmm? So you forgot?
Here’s your refresher course…Now, who wants to be made an ass of you or me, thus assume, during this the happiest time of the year! And no, I do not work for Disney!

Geez!

I just think that we all should try to love everyone not only for now but all year round.
Yep, even those incompetent workers at those not mentioned insurance companies that make it so you have to do their job for them or those non-service customer service peeps who are cheery and broken records repeating by rote what they were brainwashed to tell you for each and every complaint that you might be telling them about with grace patience and dignity! LOL!

Sure the world is in a mess, and crime takes over the airwaves nightly and we all wonder if those crazy survivalists, might not be cracked up as most of us sort of normals would think and that they are right to be prepared to hide somewhere…!

But you know that whatever I say here is still said with my tongue sturdily transfixed into my cheek and that all I believe is with a little bit of grain of salt prescribed by the bible somewhere for this I am mostly sure… since no one else has claim to it, and I think that I have taken much too much of dibs for any and all idioms unclaimed this year…

On that note allowing me to float your boat with silly hope, let me be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Monday, November 24, 2014

We got up, got out and got active!



I had forgotten to mention that there is a whole booklet that goes along with those bracelets from last night.

Sorry about cutting off the top so here’s what it says above for business is that it’s Open for Business and above that says Charlotte County Community Services IS…OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Alrighty now, and then goes on to tell you about programs and services in our parks and libraries etc.

And so now we all know.

Moving on…

Today I again was able to do my mini circuit of exercise equipment and increased my reps on them, good for me all around, small steps, but my steps, hmm?

Distraction seems to work best and it turns out that this older couple that I have been chatting with and the husband had had a stroke two years ago on his right side is doing nicely even with his speech coming back ever so slightly, his wife told me that he had said Good Morning!
I said WOW. She is exhausted and I asked where they were originally from and she said Bethlehem I suggested Pennsylvania she said no where Christ was born, how about that?
Tis the season and a first for me, never met anyone from there before.

Her accent was rather heavy, but she and her husband looked Mediterranean especially when she said that his name is Sal and hers was; now I am not exactly sure but I think she had said Vermilion or something like that but Vermilion is the color red, right? Right: Vermilion - Image Results

 

Pretty and I suppose that it would make a lovely name, but Middle Eastern? Who knew?

Anyway they are a lovely devoted couple.

After the gym/rehab we left and went over to eat lunch, we were heading for Ruby Tuesdays at the mall with some coupons I had acquired in the mail when we noticed that Longhorn Steakhouse that had recently been built was now open, and when we went in we had found out that they actually opened on October 27th! How many times had we passed by and not realize? Shame on us.

Their lunch menu is affordable and I ordered what you shouldn’t at a steakhouse, shrimp and lobster chowder, but it was good with a Caesar salad, just $6.99, Hubby ordered a steak sandwich with potato soup for $8.99 and both were quite good, we had ice water with our selections with lemons on the side...

After lunch we headed back over to Lowe’s with the objective to purchase tile grout cleaner when the salesman looked at the label with Hubby realizing that it was mostly muriatic acid that we do on occasion use to clean the pool decking and long ago to remove rust, caused by the sprinklers, off of our brick home on the other coast.
So a while back I stocked up on it and we have four whole bottles left!

And then we came home saving money on that.

On that note of trying hard to accomplish life like everyone else, allow me to be the very first wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to count your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mundane for a name and it isn't a shame...



Although, if something more exciting was happening while we were performing what most considered dull or routine than would it still be mundane?

I think not!

Hooray!



We have been chosen and I am not speaking biblically, I am speaking of now in this time and place to be part of an enormous family!



No, and it’s not just the family of mankind or of Mother Earth or any other new age thingy… we have been recruited to be a part of what is a family that all of us fifties kids wanted to be a part of… THE NIELSENS!



The advertising firm that has been around since the 1920’s but went to polling TV ratings in 1950, the same year I was born! I told you that I have been waiting all this time to be called by them to be a part of letting them know what programming I enjoy. And it finally happened a few weeks ago, they called and last week they sent us the forms to fill out while we watch and we are now a member of the ones who let everyone else know… we’ll know… what we do when not out and about being active! We are TV programming enthusiasts! And voracious consumers of all things TV via antennae/broadcast plus inverter boxes and they know that and still chose us! (We gave up cable way back in 1995, and never looked back.)




So even when we appear to be boring I do think that being part of such a long time industry of keeping an eye on an idea on what people enjoy in their time off from their busy lives or in our case of enjoying our retirement and for everyone it is different…I really, really think this is a very neato thingy to be doing! See I speak 1950’s-60’s slang, Ta Da!



When I was a kid I wondered who the Nielsen family was and now I know… it’s us!

Or could be you, oddly enough I do not know how they chose any of us, we did not request it and they just called then mailed the forms for us to fill out weekly, one for each TV and no return postage needed just flipped over, sort of like the DVD return envelopes, but thicker due to all the pages in the weekly surveys.



It is interesting and simple at the same time to fill out, not always though i.e. too simple. With your local stations call letters and the number of station used on our sets to access as well as the affiliate station letters, program’s name and time and if the TV is on or off and who is watching and which TV…and sure at our ages, perhaps any age, we made a couple of entry mistakes, but we fixed them and I do hope that was alright…



If the TV is off it asks that too, but not why or where you might be so it is NOT BIG Brother like I think I hear some of you thinking; boy I am good I can hear you thinking, KIDDING! But you all knew that, ha!



So now when we think that we are truly bums, although Hubby mowed our lawn today and finished trimming back our other, the baby from the original up by our patio, Bougainvillea down by the canal and I did some laundry and washed all our lamp shades as well as the return vent for air/heat that is in our hallway. First I sprayed it with white vinegar and water and then once removed I hosed it down outside while adding pool water and watering our potted plants.

So we were doing things besides watching the boob tube, oops did I say that out loud?



I sure did!



On that note of not being as big a dope as some might think, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!



And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A pictorial of mementos from our day's journey...




 We thought that we would just look in the above place and so we did at this other shelter in our county, as much as we felt for the dogs there that we visited none tugged at our heart strings, sadly as of yet… we will know if it ever happens again as most every one else knows, true? PS this was much further than our usual gallivanting on a Saturday, more like our younger selves…progress.
With the GPS in the new car we put in to find a seafood restaurant nearby, so much had built up since our last visit to Englewood it was almost unfamiliar…aha there was one within two miles heading in the right direction towards home… Beyond the Sea and neither of us had been there before, Hubby as a deputy or me with my journeys as a volunteer. And so Hubby did what he always does when we happen upon a new restaurant he scopes it out and brings out a menu to see if it is affordable and has things we both will eat, why not?
It passed both tests and so we entered, and the hostess, bar maid server was amazingly capable and took our orders and delivered all chosen items in a timely fashion. And their food was delish! Hubby had their seafood crepes and I had their seafood strudel, yum! We did order beverages our usual's, and shared each others entrees agreeing that both were very good…
As you can see they not only are a restaurant but most nights have entertainment. The three advertisements I grabbed were of there upcoming shows… best to call for information and reservations, @ 941-474-1400. At lunch time there is none. The first one is for December 6 “Memories”, next December 10 The Goldtones, New Year’s Eve Andy’s 57 Chevy.
Below is the picture that you have all been waiting for our newest baby, Connie, short for Conestoga Wagon? 
Who magnificently got us home.







On that note allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all you blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!



And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!







Friday, November 21, 2014

Life is interesting when things happen that hadn't before...

Have you ever had a sore swollen and stiff pinkie?
That is without injuring it?
Googled, “stiff pinkie all of a sudden?”

Oddly enough someone else experienced the same problem:

July 25, 2009
What is causing the unexplained pain, swelling, and stiffness of my pinky finger?
Yesterday I woke up and the pinky finger on my left hand hurt to bend and was a little swollen at the base of the finger (where the finger meets the palm of my hand). Today, the pain and swelling increased, and I also have stiffness of the finger. I didn't injure or do anything to my finger; these symptoms just started unexpectedly to just one finger/joint. What could be wrong? Do I need to see a doctor?”

Health Guide
July 29, 2009
It's hard to say what is causing your swollen and painful pinky.  Since you didn't injure it, it could be something like tendonitis, which is an inflammation and swelling of a tendon in the finger.  You could try applying an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time.  You might also take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin for the pain.  If it doesn't improve in a couple of days or gets worse, you should definitely see a doctor.”


Tendonitis



Apparently, other people have had this anomaly also occur without logic or reasoning.

Any-who, it is one of the reasons I am writing tonight only one handed; lefty is on ice, pinkie wise that is.

As it stated above to leave the ice on only twenty minutes, but I have been up and down from this seat where the towel ala ice pack is perched upon my desktop computer table.

The clock on this elderly computer works fine in the corner of this screen, but oops I have forgotten when I started the icing process…uh oh, and it does seem to help.
It has to be nearly ten minutes by now, hope not, since it does feel oh so much better!
Really when have you not iced a bad boo boo when it didn’t make it feel better?

Sure there is a fear of frost bite or indefinite numbness, nah, but not me!

I sadly recall a stupid thing that I did way back around 1975 while walking Number One to his Montessori class and I foolishly tried to light up a cigarette in a very cold wind and the whole match book went up into flames in my hand, yep the same hand that garners my sore pinkie right now, lefty, deje vu, hmm? I had second degree burns, blisters all over my palm, very painful! So when I arrived home after dropping my son at his destination, I put the hand in a bowl of ice! But every time I tried to remove it the severe pain resumed, it was hours until I was able to remove my hand. No Internet to Google then or quickie doctor info to access only what seemed to work.

Today, I would be scolded for leaving my hand in the ice for too long and for smoking at all,which I did stop years ago, thankfully. Although, my end result was that I had no frost bite or lasting negative effects from my way of handling my burn, excuse the pun, not really, my hand always functioned just fine after the incident, and had no scars at all.
It is true that I do have arthritis in both hands, but for over twenty years, which is not unusual for anyone who uses computers or drove as much as I did, 3K a month, osteoarthritis is common in all joints, it’s called the wear and tear one. And most people get it if they have lived…it is one of the more than 100 types; I have eight of them and I was diagnosed over twenty years ago with them.

Moving on…

I did go with Hubby via our new ride to the rehab/gym today and spent about twenty minutes using all my designated equipment except the stationary bike and I did not collapse, HOORAY!

We after went over to Panera’s and then to Lowe’s to look for under cabinet LED lights and we did find the type I wanted, cordless but needing batteries although the ones I chose they were included.
Hubby would have preferred ones with wires, but I felt he would be taking away outlets that I needed, since at this stage ripping open the walls would not be possible and or too messy to hard wire them all…
These disc like ones, each came with three triple A’s, only four for four locations in our tiny galley kitchen were needed to create ambient light for tasks.

On that note of I will see that he is probably right about the so-called savings will go the wrong way with the tallying up in replacement batteries…so allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

PS Time to ice the pinkie again, YAY!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Working hard to get a policy...

After an hour again on hold for Florida Blue I hung up again and called Healthcare.gov, and voila!
I am now enrolled with Florida Blue again with are you ready? No? I will tell you anyway, drum roll please… Blue Select! Yep the same one that they gave me by mistake last year since it states that it is for small businesses, but now it is not so Sangai their representative, told me.
As I was told my subsidy did go up over one hundred dollars, but it is another smoke and mirrors trick, since now all premiums have too!
Even though, I am now purchasing a Gold plan compared to my previous Platinum PPO plan which if you recall was costing me with the monthly subsidy subtracted $561.51 a month with doctors GP’s $15 a visit and specialists $20 a visit $10.00 for prescriptions for ninety days and deductibles in the $850-$2500 range, well that policy is now $831 and change a month subsidy included!
This policy is a Gold plan $494.87 with the monthly subsidy subtracted and has a $25 for GP’s a visit and $60 for specialists and $10 for prescriptions, the deductibles are 0-$3000, without any eye care. But its all for only six months till I go on Medicare, hooray!
So I am saving a bit, but not that much nothing to sneeze at either, $66.62 a month, which is good and does add up!

My goal like everyone else is not to use it too much if possible.
Unfortunately my health problems dictate its use, which was abundantly clear last year.

Moving on…

My pseudo exacerbations of my Multiple Sclerosis have become a regular problem with or without my cooling vest I cannot seem to regulate my workouts these days without collapse…thankfully only temporary thus the name “pseudo exacerbation”, even so it is so frustrating and this time I did place a call to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and they transferred me to our local office three hours up state and over in the middle in Orlando to a woman who I had left a message, but still have not heard back yet.

What I asked is if she had any ideas on how to deal with this too often happening, so I can take more than fifteen minutes of exercise, which is really too much since I collapse after… There has to be an answer, true?

The problem is the recovery time, if it were in minutes or a half an hour, no problem, but sometimes it takes hours, and there’s the problem.
So when we get a situation that we have no idea how to fix we go to a professional or at least someone who has better access than you do to the ones who know.

Patience again, Wednesday I tried the equipment and again I collapsed so now Hubby and Number One came to the conclusion yesterday that perhaps I should just trying walking more with my walker for a while, since it has that transporter safety net, right?

So for now that is what I will do, and maybe I will hear back in the interim from that more knowledgeable person than me and figure out how to make it all work!

On that note of new hope allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know who and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

I know, it's a bit excessive ...but useful stretching meals ideas at the end though...!

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