Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Well... so it goes like this...

I am definitely being refunded that $442.02 charge to my credit card and my medicine, Spiriva, is in transit to our home as I write this. I was told it was sent Friday, but... what will have to be done four times a year is for me to have the non-profit, the PAN foundation, pay for it is once I receive the invoice from Humana RX I will have to fill out a POE form from PAN, and send both back to them and voila I am fully covered. Now this is only because Humana RX, unlike their sister company Humana Specialty does not have that ability to charge back to a non-profit so they say, hmm... odd that their other part of them does, is able, without an issue, hmm?
Any-who, it is done, and done!

Meanwhile, I did receive three medications yesterday, one was the generic Spiriva from Global Pharmacy in Canada, that has a complexity to how I must prepare to take it, a capsule goes into a container with it plunged into an indentation that snaps it off to cause a mist to be inhaled through and tube! Sounds all spy-like to me...anyway I have a ninety day supply of that, my Anoro Ellipta was much easier, just push back the lid and inhale.
I hope the Spiriva that will be coming is more like the Anoro Ellipta than the generic one of it, gosh, Hubby had to read the instructions to explain it to me and then demonstrate, though without snapping it into the mist!
No one should have to jump through hoops to use their medication, especially asthma, no I still contend any medication!
Oh the other two medications were my Simvastatin and my Fenofibrate, cholesterol and triglyceride medications that co-pay of $41.56 for the two, doable, both are for ninety days each, domestic, from Humana.

Moving on...

I did have PT again today, this afternoon at 2:15 P.M., so errands were after, thus why this is late, again with my blog writing.
I was able to do twenty minutes on the all over body machine and used the weight pulleys  for the first time the perfect flabby arm reducer so I hope, and I did many contortions at double times of fifteen reps for each set using both arms simultaneously, knee with ball crunches etc. etc...
Today my PT person was Sarah and she has been there for all the twenty years that I have been going there.

After we picked up odds and ends, and made it back in time for dinner with the rotisserie chicken we also picked up and all we had to do was make mashed potatoes and French string beans, done and delish! I was going to make Cole slaw  and potato salad but actually those would have taken longer.

On this note of fast food at home, 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 your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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

 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Oh where has sweet restful sleep gone?

Wondering for the last several days why my sleep deprivation has returned for I cannot come up with any logical reasoning for this unhealthful occurrence that periodically tortures me.
I have eaten light and well, and have had exercises to exhaust me and no nasty horrific or sad thoughts have awoken me from any mini short drifts into dreamland.
Why oh why do I have these things happening to me that cause me to stay awake for mostly all night?
I think I have gotten perhaps two to three hours of slumber in the last four nights.
Hot tea and my CPAP, breathing machine, have not been able to waylay this fleeting, thankfully,  disorder, and yes it has been known to come and go.
Who knows what causes it to return as a mean unwelcomed stranger for then I would be cured!
My best way to regain some resemblance of normalcy is to wait the aberration out... I have not-a-thing to expedite my sleeplessness to regain momentum in its peacefulness to return to an acceptable behavior!
Ah sleep, where is thee?
I am here waiting for your delicious return!

Moving on...

Today I visited my P.A., Adriana, in my bariatric doctor's office in Venice Florida for my check up.
I continue to do fine and according to acceptable weight loss for my particular procedure, the gastric sleeve. At just a relatively short time of three and a half months, I am stuck, for now, with a weight loss of thirty-six pounds, but counting down! (I hope so, anyway. Yep, of course I will!)
My only other competitor is my self, since at my age that is what one should do is be the best you can be, at any age really, and with my abilities or lack there of, after all I am NOT an Olympian!
Darn!
Kidding.

I neglected to ask about the important questions that boggle this gals concerns, like will caffeine and I every renew a happy energetic relationship? Is spice truly the variety in life we all desire, and can my tummy take it?
And lastly, most importantly, has wine become just another one of those things of loss I will find myself occasionally whining about or is there hope of a rewind/e, ha!? ( I will call tomorrow)

Now I will leave you all with those thoughts to ponder and I will forever more try hard not to fall asleep until it is a respectable time for that! Oh, I finished all nine seasons of the X-Files, and found a new show, but also with Gillian Anderson again as one of the stars, but now a blonde with a soft Irish accent, played well, a detective in Belfast Northern Ireland secreting out a serial murderer, riveting. Three seasons of The Fall.

Lastly allow me to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share of all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2016 Taxes all done!

Nice feeling of taking care of that, and no worries about when we are to get a refund, because for the last several years we don't get one!
We also are qualified all these last several years for 'free file', with H & R Block.
But we take ours to the post office to mail in instead of filing online; this way we are assured of a hard copy and we make sure our signatures are on there too.
We had filed online for a couple of years, but it was iffy to say the least.
In the long ago old days we even had an accountant when we were in business, but of course, then went in person to H & R Block's offices when working and had more complicated forms to fill out.
One year there was a mistake that the IRS made that they owed us $500 in an overcharge by them, and another year they gave us five hundred too much by mistake and they made us, of course pay it back in interest and increments since at the time that was a lot of money for us! Still is.
Our relationship has been interesting having had three businesses over many years we had to pay quarterly for many of those, and it was a rarity to get anything back, but when we did work for others we would.
So now for these last several years with a pension and social security as our only income, our lives are much more simple!
The pension is taxable, but social security is not, and that is why we pay $0.00!

Oddly enough those government subsidies for solar power to qualify you have to have a minimum of 46k of taxable income, and we do not, since less than half our income is taxable.
So basically those subsidies to save on power are for people who do not need to save as much as we might, sorta like the Tesla, a battery powered car that doesn't need gas is priced for the rich too, oddities in life, hmm?

My question for years is should people with substantial incomes still collect social security at retirement, for argument's sake let's say 250K a year or more for two adults or allow the lower income people like us at around 50K give or take 25K more or less to benefit from their pay ins, or should they even pay in anymore?
A sticky wicket of choice, hmm.
Any-who, just a thought.
Inequities in life it would seem.

Moving on...

DJ, DJ, DJ!
Doesn't he know our governmental laws or rights of written into our constitution? Or has he read the Statue of Liberty?

https://www.howtallisthestatueofliberty.org/what-is-the-quote-on-the-statue-of-liberty/


 


There are several phrases associated with the Statue of Liberty, but the most recognizable is “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits. The poem did not receive much recognition and was quite forgotten after the auction.
In the early 1900s and after Lazarus’ death, one of her friends began a campaign to memorialize Lazarus and her New Colossus sonnet. The effort was a success, and a plaque with the poem’s text was mounted inside the pedestal of the statute.

Statue of Liberty Poem

Also known as the Statue of Liberty poem, New Colossus and its famous last lines have become part of American history. Here is the sonnet in its entirety:
New Colossus
statue of liberty poem
"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


He is full of it!
And as the expression goes he is cutting off his nose to spite his face!
Thankfully common sense is prevailing with those stop gap measures of people who do know and understand the laws and yes they can stop him!


 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Go above and beyond your duty. You will benefit from it."

Okay, now the title one is not right in my opinion, not all good actions created personal benefit, as sadly not all bad actions don't, as our new president DJ is already horrifically proving. Do good things to do good things not for any other reason.

"If you chase two rabbits, both will escape." Logical, they are living creatures and most likely will not follow the same path, they are rabbits not sheep after all!

"Follow your instincts when making decisions." I am one that does take to this belief, and some times I am wrong, but I own it!

Only the title one was in any order, and it was mine.

Hubby chose to give me all three fortunes, while he ate his dinner, oh he did get all of  the cookies!

"Comme ci, comme ça is a French phrase that literally means like this, like that. In conversation it means so-so, or neither good, nor bad. It is pronounced /kôm ˈsē kômˈsä/ (come see come saw). It should be used with the comma separating the two phrases. Sometimes the phrase is spelled comme ci, comme ca, where the cedilla mark is omitted; however, this is incorrect. Perhaps it will become commonplace as facade did, but for now, keep the cedilla in place."
 
 
Thanks to:
 
And yes it is Chinese New Year and no we are not Chinese, but chose to eat Chinese food tonight anyway! Our usual China City restaurant, and the order was one Pu Pu Platter, small boneless ribs, and crab Rangoon side order, and yes the Pu Pu Platter does come with regular ribs and crab Rangoon but only two of each, anyway our small village is slowly gaining a smorgasbord!
Oh if anyone out there is celebrating the holiday tonight Happy Chinese New Year to you!
 
Moving on...
 
To another Humana RX bad mistake!
Yesterday, I called there three times trying to find out what the nominal fee of $41.56 was a charge for.
You see, they are supposed to send me an email telling me which medications they are sending, I had straightened all that out over a week ago, complaining they just sent numbers, not even the RX numbers just unrelated ones and so with me having quite a few with them I wanted them to write which ones by name and for that they needed my permission and I gave it to them, and a while back I also allowed them to charge my Visa.
 
A BIG MISTAKE I found out today when I checked my account and there was a $442.02 charge from them on it, pending, but billed yesterday! After I had been on the phone with them three times!
I told them that my doctor, my pulmonologist's nurse had faxed over my new asthma medicine and that the co-pay would be underwritten by the non-profit organization called PAN, Patient Access Network Foundation, www.PANfoundation.org, or call: 1-866-316-7263, who had a grant to help people pay high co-pays like mine for all types of medications including cancer drugs. And I was put on hold and they were to get my PAN account info, but never did, after I waited quite some time so I hung up and they always say they will call back, but they never do!
 
Any-who, when I saw the enormous unapproved charge on my account I went ballistic, but that was this morning, Saturday, their billing isn't opened Saturday, and it was a pending charge to my Visa!
And so I told them I no longer wanted them to access to my card and to ask me each and every time whether I approve of the item being sent and then I will say yay or nay, okay?
And I told them that I was calling my bank to tell them that this was a fraudulent charge, but in reality it was just a do not listen to your customer/ client/ patient charge!
    
The bank will be removing the charge, which is not even an early charge or anything charge, because PAN is paying the CO-PAY!
And yep, I have to call back Monday both Humana and the bank.
Geez, I sure wish someone would pay me for doing all their work!
Oh wait I did get paid, $442.02 every three months due to my persistent unrelenting doggedness in not wanting to be screwed by BIG PHARMA on needed American medications, Spiriva inhaler for my asthma! Still do not have my Canadian generic of that, waiting... soon will run out! Hey, that's what that title means!
So many good people are out there to help, just try and keep going until you find the one that helps you! 
 
On this note of I hope that was of some help, 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 your overages with you know whom and we will too!
 
And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!






 

Friday, January 27, 2017

As days go...

This one went fairly well.
Except for my tummy issue that was tamed by a Pepcid Complete just before physical therapy today at 2:15 P.M.
It had felt as if I had swallowed glass, just horrid, but subsided thankfully!
I had made healthy cabbage soup from scratch with everything from yellow squash to onions, garlic cloves, mushrooms, carrots and of course a half of a head of Savoy cabbage chopped, as well as beef and chicken sodium free bullion and stewed tomatoes, a dalliance of a splash of low sodium V8, Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste as well as thyme, a smidge of Cajun spice and also a dash of Old Bay too, all simmering for two hours on the stove, hearty and healthy soup, mmm, mmm good!
But as with many good soups with many ingredients that are not as easy for me to swallow as I once could before, cabbage is one it would seem, but after three plus months of after surgery I really thought that my tummy would allow it and that it would be alright.
Although, my tummy told me otherwise and I have enough left to share with a small village!
Hubby did like it, but not that much... for days and days worth, he prefers different things for meals.
Dinner turned out to be a rental, again.
Spicy is if you can tolerate it, and apparently those red peppers in the olive salad were too much for me, yet, not to mention those two chicken wings I had.
Another Pepcid and another ice pop, but this time I still have that burning gnawing feeling while I write this evening.

Back to PT, we waited for my tummy to be tolerably able. I had laid on my side until I was able to sit, so instead I sat back on my ride for the ball between the knees exercise, as well as leg lifts, and ankles up and down.
I did get to use my all over exercise body machine, this time for seventeen minutes, and I was done.

Again I drove BIG BLUE to the Bealls Outlet around the corner from the Sports Rehab and this time they did have two blouses in my size that were sort of what I was thinking of, but not quite, you know how when you get a concept in your mind... how that makes you think... that's it or no it's not!
Any-who, I took PICS and thought I could decide perhaps later after we had picked up dinner at the grocery.
I had forgotten all about the blouses and we came home, oh well...I guess that it wasn't meant to be then.
Probably wouldn't have fit when I needed the blouse anyway in a couple of weeks.

On this note of whatever floats your boat, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all kindly to count all your blessings and share all of your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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


  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A correction and other thoughtful ponderances of things...

First my minute detail, but to me very relevant since my triglycerides had been over two hundred and most recently around 197, bad when normal is supposed to be below 150!
I had stated that mine had gone down to a respectable 143, but I was mistaken it had actually gone down to 138! No applause please, but boy what a BIG difference all due to that Fenofibrate 160mg. 1X a day. The woman doctor in the hospital noticed that my triglycerides were high and so she put me on it in the hospital and Voila I was pronounced being in the normal range!
I had been eating healthy and before I became less mobile I was a very active person with just that triglyceride issue, since it was discovered over ten years ago!
I take that now with my Simvastatin 40 mg. for years and years when healthy eating and exercise could not get them resolved, and now they both are!
Instead of all those newer combo ones with too many side effects.
Simvastatin is the generic of Zocor, Fenofibrate is Tricor and has side effects like all medicines, but so far not too difficult on me to adjust to.
And truthfully I just now read about them, and they could be responsible for a few of my complaints, tummy and backache ones...hmm.

Any-who, we all have to give and take in life and balance with realizations can make one feel the weight of those decisions.
Health is something no one should mess with and as with anything in life we should all ask a professional when we have no way else to know.
But... research in the way of the internet can be helpful too.
An odd thing happened yesterday at my internist's office when I mentioned about my arm hurting probably from the weights I was using in PT she suggested using Tylenol and I said yes that is a pain reliever, but not an anti-inflammatory medication and she said that it was, an anti-inflammatory.
I told her all those years I worked with the Arthritis Foundation that I had been told that it wasn't and that aspirin is. I agreed reluctantly with her, since she is a M.D. trained at Harvard Medical, so she must know more than me, but... a very BIG BUT, and so I Googled it this morning wondering if I had told people all those years ago the wrong thing and I was feeling guilty and bad about that... but you know what?
I was right, Tylenol is NOT an anti-inflammatory, so sometimes when Hubby teases me asking me for my M.D. degree plaque or what-have-you, sometimes, just sometimes we must trust ourselves our knowledge or instincts or whatever we got to know for ourselves what is right.
My dilemma is because she is about ten years younger than myself should I say anything next visit or let it go... I have six months to decide and is this a bigger deal than it should be?
Or do I have one of those docs who is forgetting her stuff?
We all forget, but with doctors couldn't that be dangerous?
Anyway something to ponder, but not too long... I am leaning towards letting it go.

Now I will let you all go too and 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 your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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




  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Go here, go there, at times it seemed as if we were everywhere!

Talk about cutting it close, moments of concern, of being somewhere on time!
Some days going anywhere on the Tamiami Trail/route 41, named for its being the original route from Tampa to Miami, can take as short as ten minutes locally to a half an hour for the same distance, "in-season", "snowbird season", that is.
Today, I had my internist six month check up appointment that is approximately five miles from home.
Logically, it should take less than ten minutes with every light in you favor and no accidents and no heavy traffic, and on any summer day it can.
Today we made every other light, and the traffic was moderate and it took nearly twenty minutes!
We arrived in the parking lot on time, but then tried to find a handicapped spot at the doctors' offices and there are only about eight spread throughout! This place is not just several doctors offices, but also has tests from blood work to x-rays are done there, as well as prescriptions filled, a mini hospital!
Hubby thought he saw one right up front by the entrance that we would be using. I hadn't seen it and was concerned, since over the last year or so they had made their driveway in a one way direction, and so I was pointing to another around the corner that was free now, but Hubby was sure that he was correct, and he was right, YAY!

My visit was to find out my cholesterol and triglycerides and A1c and they all went down beautifully!
Cholesterol total 168, triglycerides 143 and my A1c 5.7 a little bit to go, but down from 6.1, so by July, I hope I will be out of that threat of a pre-diabetic, my goal is 5.3 A1c, not too farfetched I did go down .4 in the last six months! Dr. Nord was very happy about my weight loss and hugged me twice!

My blood pressure again was normal without any medication for over two months!
I forgot to ask about my thyroid, who knows...
I also was given scheduled appointments for my mammogram and July yearly appointment as well as my two year appointment for my bone density test, and scheduled blood work for that July appointment the week before.

After Hubby and I also let them know that we both needed our prescriptions called in/faxed to our pharmacies we had no refills left, we ate lunch at Panera's. Hubby had their Italian sub, and I had their Thai chicken wonton soup, only 290 calories and quite filling, half came home with us in the iced cooler we brought, we both had ice water. They were both new choices for us there.

Our last stop was PT, Amy the 3rd year grad student did my whole forty-five minutes with me, Jaye, not Raye, ( I think I had called her Raye the last time I mentioned her.) who is a woman by the way and a has a PhD. in physical therapy allowed Amy this time all by herself and she did great! Both women are very nice and understanding too.
Anyway, I did those mat exercises, but a bit different with pelvic tilts and an enormous ball to roll from side to side placed under my knees, and a smaller one between my knees to tighten and release. I did get to use that all body equipment machine for fifteen minutes this time, Yay!
My right shoulder of my two is the worse, so we did not do any arm exercises today. In fact I was told to rest it.
It seems to have decided to cause severe pain when operating the right sided controller on my motorized wheel chair, Hubby had to steer me out!
Getting out of the car too, pulling on that strap.
Going in its my left side arm is used, so not too bad.

We arrived home after three, and I crawled into bed, and only came out for dinner.

On that note trying hard as I can, 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 your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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


 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Did you ever start to look for something in your home and...

... realized that maybe, just maybe if that drawer or closet was better organized that you might have not wasted so much time?
Nah?
Oh well, I found another needy to be refreshed and organized area and that was my craft's drawer in the laundry room, used to be where the cat litter was stored and Casey our long haired orange Tabby with amber eyes who passed away about seven years ago had a circular entrance with his name on his door. After we waited for a while of mourning and did not get another cat I suggested ordering another closed door that matched the raised panels of the custom laundry room cabinet closet company that had installed them, the doors and so we did. Hubby had made a slide out drawer to make it easier access.
PS we still have the circular door if for any reason we changed our minds, an easy reversal of the cubby can be done.
Anyway...I was looking for a couple of specific colors in my acrylics that I knew I had but couldn't seem to locate, gold and teal.
The object of my search or reasoning was I was tired of my plain white candlestick wooden lamps on our night stands that needed some oomph or dazzling, what-have-you.
At first I was thinking the two tone look would jazz things up a bit and blend with our décor.
But in reality when I examined the lamps again to me they looked like typical candlesticks in shape... so why not just go with one color, the gold metallic!
We had a partial can and a full can of metallic gold spray left.
While digging for the acrylics I tore through the mess and gathered like items together like stencils, hot glue gun and glue sticks, little color pods and larger color plastic bottles of all colors of acrylics including the two I was looking for, even my plastic sheeting I use to protect the work surface that I work on.  I also collected a major portion of garbage, paper envelopes that had contained wooden letters, my kit from a mosaic pot that has been outside for years, an empty box, Gorilla glue and spray glue, colored pencils, I added one of my small tape measurers, the rest of my marble contact paper, rub-on botanic prints, paint brushes of all sizes, modge podge for my decoupage, etc. all that good stuff. And so now that is clean and organized too! Hubby offered to tape off and spray the two lamps and they look great and new!

We had made a H-O-M-E sign with five inch gold sprayed letters glued onto marine quality manila rope curled at either end with the letters spaced well and hot glued on, the whole thing cost less than six dollars to make for the Walmart letters; we had the paint and rope already, and we have gotten compliments on it several times since it went up. Glitzy, but not too over the top and hanging just over the entrance to our hallway; it was our home's 18th anniversary gift, since it is the longest we have lived anywhere in all the years that we have been married, forty-six next month, and our fifth home, and yes the word HOME does mean so much.

On this note of something... 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 whom and we will too!

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

Monday, January 23, 2017

PT, other stops, and thoughts about...

Physical therapy today with Bryan, the youngest of the group that works at the Fawcett Sports Rehab. where I go for my therapies, celebrating my twentieth year there!
He made a mistake and asked me what exercises I have been doing and I told him and he was determined to change it up and so we did.
The mat which is like a raised extra wide table/bed, about the width of a full sized bed, with a thin mat cover and pillows is where I did a majority of my exercises today.
One and half pound wrap weights for each hand and up and down motioned movements and back and forth and another pushing downward direction, each with twenty reps.
Leg lifts with weights five pounds separately lifting, my right leg knee, supported by a wedge, righty is stronger than my left with the same weight, and the left weight felt way too heavy, got a back spasm, tried breathing deeply for a while, it eventually helped, and I did accomplish the reps of twenty too for both!
Bent knees up and in and out, again twenty reps.
Then over to my favorite machine that does the whole body arms and legs moving this time for twelve minutes last week, Wednesday during my evaluation, just ten minutes with Raye and third year grad. PT student Amy.
Maybe this Wednesday fifteen minutes on that machine?

Afterwards I rode my ride BIG BLUE over to Bealls Outlet in the same shopping center, the Promenades, as the rehab., to try to find a blouse for our outing to Versanis comedy club for our anniversary dinner and show, a red one with gold glitzy embossing would be nice and that is what I would like. Although, my black slacks that I was going to wear are already too large for me, so I may have to rethink that whole outfit. I have three weeks left...
Next we stopped at Winn Dixie for rolls and hormone free Bryers ice cream, as well as hot prepared choices for dinner, we arrived home right at dinner time!
Hubby had moved the car over by the grocery while I rode over.

Moving on...

Shocking to me with the new administration's reaction to the Women's March on Saturday, Hubby told me that VP Pence insists that we are all equal already so the March wasn't necessary!
Guess I shouldn't be shocked, par for this, "new" administration with frightening lack of what's what in true America.
They have been living in a bubble it appears.
Love the fact the Josh Kushner and his girlfriend were at the D.C. March, he is a Democrat and she voted for Hilary, as you must know Josh is Jared's brother and Ivanka's brother-in-law, DJs kids.

Love that Chelsea Clinton is such a decent grown woman taking a protective attitude toward Baron T's being a kid so leave him alone, and she speaks from experience! Politics be damned! Brava lady! Classy act!
Good friend still to her pal Ivanka's littlest brother.

On that note of hope we can all accept our differences, but aim to change what we can, yes we can, I know we can, then 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 whom and we will too!

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



   

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stuffed cabbage the easy way!

The recipe is for four servings with each being only 288 calories or less, two rolls each.
Preheat oven to 350. 1 hour prep and one hour cooking time.
Ingredients that you will need below:
12 0z of lean chop meat
1/2 cup of uncooked brown rice, long grain if preferred (quick rice works, I actually opened my Success brown rice bag and measured.)
7 1/2 oz. of tomatoes with tomato juice about a half a cup of the juice that is, and eight cherry or grape tomatoes, and I used low sodium V8 instead of tomato juice, canned tomatoes work well too.
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
1 large or two small cloves of garlic.
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon of dried basil
salt and pepper  a wee bit, but can be omitted or added later
1/4 cup of Worchester sauce
8 leaves of Savoy cabbage
15 oz. of Heart Smart or light tomato sauce
1 teaspoon of sugar or Stevia that is what I used

Blanch spines removed cabbage leaves for three minutes in boiling water let dry on paper towels
While browning the meat and sautéing the onions and garlic altogether in a skillet, when done drain the fat, not any from our lean beef and then add 1 1/4 cups water and 1/2 cup brown rice to the meat mixture, cover all when it comes to a boil and lower the heat and let simmer for twenty minutes.

Meanwhile combine the oregano, basil and Worchester sauce with the tomato sauce and sugar or stevia, and wait for it will be in the bottom and top of the rolled stuffed cabbage

Set up for filling cabbage leaves less than half a cup each roll like egg rolls, seam down into casserole or flat pan with Pam sprayed on the bottom and thin layer of sauce the reserve will go over the top.
Place each cabbage roll in casserole or pan then pour remainder of sauce over it and place uncovered in preheated 350 degree oven for one hour!

Two meals for us, quite filling and enjoyable hope you try it for a change of pace!
Wolfie's at the Bergen Mall in Paramus NJ adjacent to Ohrbach's where I worked while in high school, they also used to served it with mashed potatoes and so we had that too, but not necessary with the brown rice, but the tomato sauce gravy makes it oh so tasty and still not a dietary caloric failure, especially for dinner, still comes in lower than you might expect!

Try it if you haven't had it while vacationing in the Catskills, my Mom was not a great cook so for me to have these types Jewish style of meals they were usually out...sorry Mom, but I still love ya.
Fortunately, going to college in NYC with all those great delis I wanted for nothing, ahhhhhhhhhhh Tradition!

PS raisins can be added to the filling and make it that much more better as we used to say!

Good night to all!

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

I am sooooo proud of all my sisters!

As far as I can tell the Women's March was a great success!
We are the fairer sex we have been told and yes we are! Our decisiveness is our mainstay!
Women consider all others and commiserate with compassion, love and understanding, and yet we will not be put down for our strengths of beliefs in what is right due to our uncanny ability to utilize our uncommon sense in the toughest of situations! We understand everyone's needs to be able to choose what is right for them and them alone without being judgmental, but with caring support.
We love profusely, we fight with our wits and care as much as we can to make things right for all people not ever just ourselves, so we unselfishly want to be there to help others succeed and pull them up with us, never push them down, we are equal to all, never better or worse.
We have succeeded in every profession from doctors to nurses and teachers, to engineers to astronauts to CEOs, from mothers to volunteers and on and on we go!
Our feelings can be tough or tender and neither is wrong, but just is when called on to be very, very necessary!
For we are W-O-M-A-N hear us ROAR! Or with a whisper...to make a point, but always, always here or there for you saying yeses more than nos.
And we are 52% of the population!
So we are very STRONG!
And that my dear friends is why we have the power to change things!

Sadly today we did not join the troops and opted to be supportive from afar.
The multitudes of our women of our countries i.e. worldwide that make me so in awe of us and being a part of this race called humans!
I am overwhelmed.

Be well and always do well as our history shows my sisters and carry-on, since there is much to still be done!

I proclaim this day of January 21st to be International Women's Day!

What say thee?



 

Friday, January 20, 2017

No luck for me today!

No additional organization with grants yet for my asthma medication although two said to continue to check back.

On the brighter side my Canadian prescription has been processed and shipped today!
At least it did show up on my credit card and that is what they had said they charge you when they ship, globalpharmacyplus.com
So YAY for that.

Bad luck with my right hand is now more swollen and bruised looking from my basilar arthritis that was actually ready for surgery 16 years ago!
I guess I temporarily have to stay off of it, ha!
Hubby is called for more kitchen jobs than before, like scooping my drop biscuits that were to go with our pot roasted dinner, unfortunately my pressure cooker about thirty year's old and stainless, my first was aluminum but when they came out with aluminum causing Alzheimer's I no longer used it and my mother-in-law bought us both of them as gifts and this newer one included, and ironically she was the one who ended up with dementia! Oh and this one leaked and burned and made quite a mess, and so Hubby went up to Bocca Lupas to pick up a sausage calzone to share!

Not all bad news...
Great luck and wellness for my FB friend Claire who has gotten a clean bill of health from her doctors that she has beaten cancer and is now cancer free, best news ever!

And sadly, I gave in to watching the news while writing and waiting for Hubby to return with dinner, this is the world news on PBS!
Why was there violence at the inauguration?
Those people give us liberals and Dump the Trump people a bad name!
Peaceful resistance is what we should have.

He's back with dinner, see ya!


 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Medicare folks unite by getting a handle on tier 3, 4, 5 medications!

Donut holes beware! Oh and any others who cannot afford the higher medication prices!

Healthwell @ 1-800-675-87416
http://www.financial-assistance.us/listing/md_healthwell-foundation

TEVA Cares @1-888-838-2872
http://www.tevacares.org/
MS and other made by them products

RXAssistance @1-866-978-9382

NeedyMeds @1-800-675-8416
http://www.needymeds.org/

Patient Access Network
Foundation @ 1-800-806-7501
For Multiple sclerosis medications
And also asthma meds when grants are extended for them, as for all non-profit organizations, so waiting on that one too. Have to call every few days I was told to check they usually do cover medication for asthma too.
https://www.panfoundation.org/index.php/en/

Many more are out there... as well as many BIG Pharmas that do have assistance programs, but meeting their criteria is iffy for many, unless really financially strapped, but it never hurts to try.
Some caps are extremely high for income surprisingly.

Moving on... not too far afield.

Quiet is sometimes quite nice as in today.
It was one of those days.

So I remembered to call about that possible future, last one on my list, subsidizing of my asthma medication, and also checked to see if my Canada interim generic asthma medication was being processed and charged to my credit card account and sent out, so far not yet, nervous. Their turnaround time up there is 12 to 16 days, twice as long as here for our mail order.
I will check daily to make sure it goes out and when.
My current medication has twenty days left.

On this note of trying to help on the eve of the day that may go down in infamy or worse, 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 whom and we will too!

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

PS Pray that somehow someway this Orange Frothy Haired Guy DJ, pres.-elect miraculously changes his ways and stops tweeting imbecilic remarks that we all know scare the hell out of us sane people with fear of a not quite right illegitimate false winner of our country's election will have gained access to all our states secrets that he may share with his bromance bud Puti; G-d forbid!
Let us all pray somehow he gets a brain transplant overnight or a personality change or a kindness implant or a look and really sees his massive constituents of all colors, nationalities, abilities and sexes, as well as sexual orientations etc., etc., etc...says the King of Siam, and we all say that, "YOU ARE NOT!"
A King that is, or a part timer that has off weekends, a President is pretty much a 24/7 position!
If you do anything other than that, America will shout out at you that, "YOU ARE FIRED!"  
And you should leave stage left immediately!






 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Stay Vacay!

Anytime we eat out twice in one day while living here in vacationland, FLORIDA USA I feel it necessary to call us on having a stay vacay, or vacation for you purists!
Actually, the reasoning for eating out twice in one day had nothing to do with needing or wanting a vacation, but more to do with convenience.
You see, whenever I am scheduled, usually yearly unless in need sooner, to see my Dr. Nord, our mutual internist, I have to go in for a fasting blood work the week before that appointment.(My A1c is one of those tests and hopefully I will now be out of the threat of type two diabetes that I have been battling since 2009 with borderline numbers of 5.7-6.1, I believe below 5.4 is in the clear!)

And after we usually eat breakfast out, and we did since I had PT at 10:45A.M. today.
But you see that also goes into lunch time being done so close to noon and all and so we ate that out too!
Breakfast at the Olympia restaurant, is where I had a poached egg and whole wheat toast and a very large tropical fruit cup, actually I ate only a half of a slice of toast and about two or three piece of fruit and Hubby took the other half of my poached egg added into his two eggs, sausage, home fries and his toast too that he finished; he had coffee. I had a small tomato juice that I did finish and a glass of water that I did not, lemons on the side as always. My three halves of toast that were left and fruit cup came home with us... and after PT we had lunch at Jacks on Marion in Punta Gorda, and I ordered my favorite there their Calypso (seafood) bisque soup and Hail Caesar salad with anchovies, and yes, they too came home. We both had iced water with lemons on the side; Hubby ate half of his roast beef with ajous and spicy fries, so his came home too!
Just like on a vacay!

I finished my soup for dinner, but Hubby was still not hungry so we have plenty left for another day!
Sounds weird to many who don't live in vacationland, but we do.
Although, many people probably visit your area and enjoy vacationing there; new to them and mysterious and fun perhaps, hmm?
Anyway, we had mild temperatures here as always, mid to high seventies today so for us Floridians it was sweater weather, but we saw so many tourists, as usual in shorts and T-shirts, brrrrrrrrr, ha!

Moving on...

I was happy to see that this morning that I had lost another pound!
Thirty-five so far and counting, and tomorrow it will be three months since surgery!
While in Jacks I was happy to see that they now have free WIFI and so I asked my phone a question I thought I knew the answer to, if I can ever drink any alcohol ever again due to the gastric sleeve surgery and the answer was NO! (Just read where some people can drink wine, yay!)
Sounds silly, but I inwardly gasped thinking no wine, even on holidays, oh darn.
It is calorically unwise and the fermentation components could be damaging to my banana sized tummy, since two thirds was removed! The voiced answer on Google was stating. We had stopped two years ago due to the calories anyway, but still sad,  a wee bit.
Oh well... caffeine is a no no too as well as all that spicy food that I love.(Good news about spicy too, whatever you can tolerate.)
Those though could be only temporary although I will have to check again online.
I did check and added in where there were other answers more possible choices, stay tuned there is a rather high learning curve for all this and it is a daily process for me.

Any-who, I would like 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 whom and we will too!

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






 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

O Canada!

My pulmonologist's nurse Sierra was very helpful with calling me back nearly by five Monday evening with five more asthma medications that I called my insurance pharmacy the next day as well as my local pharmacies too.
One pharmacist was so annoying for when I mentioned that my Anoro Ellipta was my Epipen he told me that CVS has some name of a medication for $110 and I asked "my asthma medication?", he said no, your Epipen....and he handles drugs, yup!
Anyway, when I finally found out that there were no generic brands carried by any of the pharmacies comparable to the Anoro Ellipta and I was entitled to a 40% discount with my insurance and that was on the bottom line on my Anoro Ellipta at $409 every two months, I asked about the others that all came in at $900-1100 for a two months supply, but minus of course that 40% discount,  all now tier 3 with Medicare, Geez, not a bargain to me, no way Jose!
It turns out when I called Sierra, the nurse, back she had one more possibility up her sleeve, globalpharmacyplus.com  also can be reached by calling, which I did at 1-855-475-7782 Fax 1-855-275-7787.
They did not have my Anoro Ellipta but they had a generic of one of the medications on the list that Sierra had given to me on Monday, called Spiriva.
A 90 day supply for me is $68-$10= $58 +$12 shipping=$70 for a 90 day supply, yay!
They give you an order number and you in turn give that to your doctor's office so they can fax the prescription up there, yep to CANADA! Next best thing to moving there, ha!
I felt a bit un patriotic doing that, being an American and all, but out of desperation and all...

Get this, Hubby said while I was writing tonight that our Ft. Myers TV station, NBC affiliate, was running a story on how many people diagnosed with asthma do not really have it!
I was tested and x-rayed and CAT scanned and had a pulmonary breathing test and all sorts of tests, so why would they say that and make people stop taking their medication?
What Hubby relayed was that they had colds or some such thing that caused miss-diagnoses.
But after a year or more when seeing a pulmonologist wouldn't they be able to tell the difference?
Especially with someone like me who takes so many vitamins?
I sometimes think that journalists, myself included hold too much power, not me, (I only wish that my pen was mightier than my sword, don't even have one of those though, ha!),  not that I am a serious journalist at all or in their class at all, but those TV people that many get  all their info from should be more careful on presentation... but that's just me, I'm just saying...
Always check with a reliable trusted source, a M.D. or whomever yours in that case that person of trust might be.

Anyway, I was surprised that they, Global Pharmacy also carries pet medication, like heartworm etc. ours in fact in a generic for a fifth of the price! Something to consider down the line...

On that note from one proud American who will not be watching the inauguration Friday; another form of boycotting, a peaceful way to show displeasure with the incoming administration, 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 your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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

 

Monday, January 16, 2017

KING!

 
How things can change on a dime, two steps forward and sadly too many backwards...now in front of this this Friday!
Do you think that Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave... I wonder if such a fine man that might have been able to head us in a better direction than the charlatan that will be taking over from another man of kindness and decency who will be sorely missed what he would have had to say about all this... Oh what fate bestows upon us now... where have all the great ones gone... and why must we Americans be punished! 
 
My original was written 1-17-11 of the below blog:
Please enjoy and think about how we got here, not where any of us had hoped to be, why?
 
In a world where our surnames are determined by our heritage or in the case of us old fashioned women by our spouse’s family names; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a man whose family had no idea that he would grow into his with such a worldwide dynamic of what the name stood for and that he would become a ‘King’ among men in the sense of his leadership, and bring to our family of men and women a legacy that any of us folks could be proud of from whence we came.
And so today we honor that man of our history who brought about a unification of all races to know that we as a unit of beings will be better at working and accepting one another and freedom should ring true for all.
A blessed person loved by all except for the one lunatic who cut him down way too soon in his prime of life.
Thankfully our children and grandchildren have been taught to continue Martin Luther King Jr.’s bequest of liberty for everyone no matter what the color of their skin.
I do believe that we have made quite a bit of progress on this forefront but have a ways to go, you see, we still hate too much here in this country and until that stops completely his words will not be fulfilled!
And so I beg of all Americans and all people of the world to listen closely to what this man’s words were, you can copy and paste this site: http://www.mlkonline.net/quotes.html for he knew what we all should do and felt we had the capacity to accomplish it all…and now more than ever we need to try harder!
Thank you Mr. King we all have much to thank you for!
His actual birthday was Sunday the fifteenth when he would have been eighty-eight years old.


I sure wish that things were different now, for a short time, eight years things were looking up for our country with love for all people, but now my hope for that is diminishing so very sadly...
Give your thoughts on this day of remembrance started in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan another Republican who now to me seems that he was much better than I thought, he brought about unity to so many here and in the rest of the world. If we had to have another Republican  why not one more like a Lincoln or Reagan why oh why a DJ Lord?
 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Love Hate Relationship; hate might be a bit strong, but not happy!

He helps people he hurts people Senator Cory Booker, I used to truly respect this man, now I am concerned about my own ability to make proper choices about people. Please read this extensive reasoning of why I feel this way in the article below. His goodness to most everyone will always outweigh his bad though...at least I truly hope so, please Senator Booker re-examine the BIG Pharma medication hikes!
They are needed meds with life and death implications for all of their users!

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/14/14262732/cory-booker-senate-democrats?yptr=yahoo

The problem is I have my own fight with my own version of the Epipen controversy. You see, that mine is Anoro Ellipta, my asthma inhaler is now a tier 3 medication that went from $47  for a two month supply to now $455 for the same quantity and time period, but mine is dosed daily not for emergencies only. (I also have an allergic reaction to bee stings that could have by now have turned into needing an Epipen, but I no longer garden or go outside too much these days. If I even hear any buzzing I leave quickly!) I had misspoken previously about it being a deductible meeting issue for the Anoro Ellipta with my prescription drug plan, and no there is no generic alternative for this drug yet!
I checked even with Glaxco Smith Klein, the Big Pharma company that makes it with their customer assistance plan, according to their criteria we make two hundred dollars a month too much to qualify! But with increases in taxes and homeowners insurance payments and no COLA, cost of living, increases  to speak of with social security that's a lot, although Hubby gets his big 3% yearly with his state employee pension thank goodness, but that still doesn't keep up with what actually is happening. People think with Medicare it is free no, they take quite a bit out to pay for medical insurance from both of us and then more with paying out the supplemental and the rx addition to part D paid out of pocket monthly too!
So on Monday I am hoping that I will hear back from my pulmonologist that I had called Friday with my dilemma leaving a message with his service, and perhaps he might have some ideas, by then I will have about 20 days' worth left of my medication inhaler.
I still have my emergency one, perhaps that will be enough?

Moving on...

Today we stayed home.
But got things, mundane things done around here, and in between Hubby watched his Netflix binge on the living room TV and I watched mine while relaxing in bed with my laptop on my pimped out hospital table now marbled contact papered with a white spray painted stand, oh my latest is the reboot of the X-files from its beginnings. I had watched the newest episodes on its Fox station just when they had it last year I believe, but it has been interesting watching it all from the beginning again. We were fans from its original beginnings way back when and so were our sons. I am currently about halfway through the fourth season of the nine seasons. Oh Hubby's choices have been many Zombie ones and currently now Revolution that was on network TV, but was re adapted for Netflix with an additional season or two, not sure, since it was not my pick. We do share our choices though, Hubby did watch all of American Horror Story as well as Haven; both are still thumbs up from us!

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 your blessings and share all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Today we left the manse!

For the outer world.
Our drive was one of some time and distance and we arrived without any designated concern for we were on our own and nothing matters then; only selfishly ourselves!
Mystery solved another art festival another bunch of truly happy people whether observing or purchasing we all came with one incentive deep in our souls to enjoy the mild Florida temperatures and to enjoy the scenery!
From pet watching to people watching to admiration for other peoples' talents it was a very successful smile ridden day!
Something about being outside in fresh air with artsy people makes one wonder why anyone should  ever return home.
But alas these things do have a beginning and an end, and since we left after our lunch at one P.M. to go there all the way to Cape Coral about forty miles one way as the crow flies a little less if your GPS tells you how, about thirty five miles that way... besides it closed at five, but more tomorrow if you missed todays joy!
The high seventies with overcast made our arrival weather just right, but by leaving time, and that is why we really had to leave it was due to the sun that was blaring and the eighties abounded rapidly!
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Florida gotta love ya!
We came with sweaters on and left perspiring.

Moving on... just a smidge...

Bumped into my long lost cousin and his wife, the retired teachers from NJ now Venice Florida there who are avid art collectors of all mediums, we had been estranged from them for many years.
Oddly my cousin came up behind me and  touched my arm I think he was a bit surprised that I was in my fancy motorized wheelchair, the same one as Stephen Hawkings. He gently asked me how I was doing and seemed concerned, and answered with not so good I see, not verbatim. After we caught up on the last several years sort of, me answering questions actually, and not asking too many of my own, should have. He pecked me on my cheek as if he truly cared and we said goodbye, not see you, but good bye!
Chilling actually, so civilized and cold and scary, and there was so much more I had wanted to say, but I did not get the chance.
Better that I didn't I suppose.
The hurt was still there and even though sincerity was almost there I believe it was just for the heck of it.

Oh well!

Good night to all and to all be well and happy and smile or at least find something to cause that to happen, we all should daily!

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


 

Friday, January 13, 2017

DAGNABIT!

I repeat, Dagnabit!

 My two nightstand drawers took no time at all to neaten, perhaps an hour due to massive paperwork from my medications and blood tests and hospitals' folders etc. and I even found of all things a 2009 tax return, would you believe! Our copy, so no worries there, but why there is a mystery when all others are in our file cabinet. Many have been shredded since the new rule of thumb of keeping non-business ones for only five years, I think. Sad and shameful though that the year of 2009 must have been the last time I cleaned that top drawer out! (Oops, did I say that out loud? Ha!)

No sweat, like my other cleaning projects that had had me dripping wet; this last one was way too easy breezy.

And my appetite came back, don't worry I'm not overeating since I really can't, my tummy tells me NO! 
I am still only eating small portions, but I did eat each of today's meals, ice pops in between, but I lost another pound, yay!

I have not been doing my exercises though with all these other workouts I have been getting!

Although, today I goofed again with not checking the depth of my injector for my Copaxone and I really hurt myself with my right arm inoculation today after my shower after my last drawer project.
Happy I did that all first, since my right arm was pretty much out of commission for hours, but the warm compresses did work!
I really must watch the adjustable injector's depth due to my weight loss, I forgot as I gained it went up and now that I am losing weight I have to readjust. It felt as if I hit a nerve or even bone! Scary!
But it must not have been either, since I feel better now.
Barely could move my right arm for hours.
And that is why I refused to have the basilar arthritis thumb and ulnar nerve fixed on my right side fixed due to my left side took over four months to get back to normal, but I am not a lefty.
You see, they put a piano brace on you for ten days until the stitches are removed and then you wear a cast for another six weeks and then two months of occupational therapy!
Yep, for a very right handed person like myself it poses too many questions about how to do normal day's functions, hmm?
Eating, going to the bathroom, writing this etc.?
I had my left done way back in August of 2001, and thought I would wait for the right side to get really bad.
The doctor wanted to do both then, but I nixed the idea.
And the orthopedic hand surgeon told me they were both just as bad then, so my right one has gotten real bad... but I hate the idea of going through that now with my other surgery so recent.
It actually gets the worse at night my hand and arm o that right side.
A few years ago I went back to that same doctor and he was ready to schedule the surgery, but my insurance was not that great and my out of pocket was way more than we could afford, and now we have great insurance that would cover all of it, but the whole bunch of other things  I mentioned above causes me to hesitate.

Anyway, it's a lot to think about!

Moving on...

To the DJ controversy about ousting him prior to him actually taking office, before the inauguration.
We, I should say most of us believe he is not capable of managing our country's needs and wants.
But we have all been anxiously letting out a lot of steam with raucous rants on the best way to accomplish this, myself included, petitions have not proven to do anything and calling our representatives have been another possibility to try, believe me I have written letters as an advocate for ills/diseases that I believe in being added in for vote by our government's elected officials using all of our monies for disbursement, since we all are paying in taxes to subsidize other things for all of us, why not for funding Cancer, MS, and Arthritis etc.
So calling our local senators etc. sounds great, if they are available to speak with, but hopefully they are busy doing our bidding for us on all of our states' matters while representing us up there in D.C., so who can we talk to really, a lowly office worker to whom we cannot be sure the message will go through? No offense to most office personnel who do know everything going on and run the works, so forgive, but you are all busy too! I instead contend to believe that Bernie Sanders and most all of the Democrats do know our concerns about how things will be handled under DJ's reign, and there are so many checks and balances in place that he has no clue about that I feel fairly confident that he is mostly a blustery blowhard about his threats and odd ideas getting passed, truly!
Too many sane people that we sent up there to D.C. for that to happen; anarchy?
Let's hope never!
Nuclear war? All those threats from those other folks, like North Korea, not going to happen, since we could retaliate in a New York minute!
No winners in that case, too big a risk for both sides.
But we must not lose HOPE ever!
And I encourage any of you as well as myself to do whatever you feel might work, and if you get lucky, spread the word and we will all follow suit!
Success can become contagious too!
Otherwise a peaceful unified march on Washington on the day of the inauguration and pray a lot!
He cannot get away with any of his ludicrous suggestions, and his background and lawsuits will slow him down, and might even stop him before he tries anything to which no one is listening, really!
He won, that is true, but he has already gone back on so much of his promises to those who voted for him that I am more than sure they will realize they made a BIG mistake! DAGNABIT TOO!

On that note of perhaps hope, 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 blessing and to share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bloated much?

How does flat club soda cause bloating?
I did have a soft boiled egg and a sliver of toast with a bit of butter and low sugar orange marmalade for breakfast, with a green tea chaser.
 Lunch did not make the grade, a smidge of chicken and my homemade cream of asparagus soup that I had not finished the day before; it was less than half a cup and I could not get that down at all!
So most of the afternoon I had my sugar free tropical iced pops, 15 calories a piece and a couple of the no sugar added chocolate ones that are 40 calories apiece, and that was it until dinner.

I have been receiving skinny recipes from Betty Crocker, of all things and tonight's fair was a recipe for chicken tomato sauce pasta mozzarella and parmesan casserole. It called for bowties, but we had left over uncooked in the box ziti pasta and so used instead. I do improvise a lot, all else we basically had like the Panko, we had made that switch years ago from bread crumbs, but we buy plain and it called for Italian style, thus my pantry loaded with dry ingredients and larger sized items, so a little of the garlic powder and onion powder and my one kitchen drawer is also a designated spice drawer and in there I have the smaller containers of oregano and basil, next mix all of those with the half of a cup of dry Panko and voila Italian style Panko!

It also called for hot pepper flakes that I used to love, but these days it is still a no no, darn, and Hubby can't take the heat so they were omitted, it also called for a jar of tomato sauce and we had one left in the pantry Prego Heart Smart, and we always have mozzarella part skim in the fridge as well as parmesan cheese and with our rotisserie chicken still waiting for more devouring we were all set.

Of course with just the two of us I cut the six servings down to half, should have been a third, but Hubby enjoys some leftovers, especially of this type of casserole and I was certain it fit the bill.
He had two healthy sized servings, and I had about two tablespoons full and then after a teaspoon more, yup, that's me these days. We had cauliflower with it on the side, Hubby about 3/4 of a cup and me about a teaspoon if that. I was surprised the recipe didn't call for the usual, garlic cloves onions and mushrooms I seem to add to everything I make, but it didn't. I could have added them for sure, but I suppose I was being lazy.

Although, I did also clean out our guestroom closet too today, next my dual drawers in my night stand!
I'm on a mission and I am almost all done!
Hubby even stated it has sparked his desire to start cleaning out the sheds!
I live for being a good example! Ha!?
And I have a weird concern of what people might say after I am gone if they saw those messes...oh well. I guess whatever gets you motivated is whatever works for you!

Any-who, with all this excess energy and lack of a real appetite, perhaps like in the old days the weight will continue to melt off of me, yay!

Our anniversary is next month and I would love for another ten pounds to be gone by then...so I am motivated!

On this note of allowing me to think/write out loud and bounce my thoughts off of you, thanks by the way, 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 of your blessings and share those overages with you know whom and we will too!

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

PS  I am watching our pres.-elect DJ slowly, but not quietly implode by his own doings and all due to his own voice of too many habitual lies! We might just have to all sit back calmly and watch all this as it unfolds and he explodes with a nervous breakdown, proving once and for all to all that he is unfit to serve.
Someone cancel his health insurance please!
Since he is giving his children his business holdings, it will be interesting if they help him when it all takes that nasty downturn, or will they just warehouse him and commit him, hmm? Time will tell, and his Karma is definitely in jeopardy!

   

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Many people are responsible...

 ... allowing me to get my very expensive medication, about 5K a month plus copay of $250 a month!
My insurance company coverage pays for the medication as well as the AssistanceFund.org that picks up my sizeable co-pay for the last several years that I have been on Copaxone.
But there was stress when my insurance company Humana Rx Specialty insisted for days that the Assistance Fund was done the end of last year, as of last month.
I had gone back and forth with the AF with them saying that I was covered and Humana saying the opposite, finally a good person with AF named Unis helped me by getting Humana on the line and explained that I was covered again until the end of this year, 2017, and handed me off to Ty, a woman named actually Tyeste that accepted the information at Humana Specialty and scheduled my delivery for this Friday the 13th!
Ha, hope that isn't another bad omen, too many bad things going on this year already...nah!

Anyway, now I will be able to order my asthma medication that Humana wanted to charge me $500 for since I had not met my deductible, it was my larger order of the Copaxone that is totally paid for that helps keep all my other medications down in price, and so now my Anoro Ellipta can be ordered for the proper price of $47 for its few months, thankfully, what a difference!
 
That's it for tonight.

Another shorty, but I more than make up for it with my way too many verbose ones, hmm?

Love to all, good night and next time please be here or be square, ya hear! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Golden apple, a non educator reward

Seniors, fifty-five and over and in some places just fifty years old are entitled to 10% off  meals out at restaurants.
And today we took a shot at Applebee's via a call ahead  to see if they also had this allowance, and they do called a Golden Apple thus my title we had their lunch specials of soup and half a sandwich for Hubby a club and French onion soup and mine was tomato basil soup and chicken roll ups, we saved a $1.80.
Many others do too, sometimes you just gotta ask!
We felt depleted after having to pay at the ophthalmologist's office $95 out of pocket, $25 apiece for refractive exams, apparently insurance no longer pays for it, huh? And Hubby was charger a $45 co-pay that he explained is no longer part of his coverage and he also has a $0 co-pay as of January 1st like mine, he even brought in his book for this year for proof, but they said they will send it in and reimburse him if it is so, what???????????????? He had it in black and white!
Crazy!
So $1.80 seemed like a tiny bit of something... we had to get him new lenses too at $180 ( so for lunch we saved 1% of his lenses, wow, with tip for two lunches just a smidge over twenty bucks, still not bad!)  for transitions, he had opted for instead of frames too, he has a year or so before he too will need cataract surgery anyway and this last pair was from 2012. We both always have had transitions, no need for separate sunglasses here in sunny Florida, they darken automatically, so in some ways less expensive than two pairs each.
My cataracts were done way back in 2010 and 2014.

We did get my see-thru containers instead of boxes for my clothes that are now all clean and organized in those see-thru containers with labels stating their sizes, two for 2P-4P and one for medium and one for large, all back in my 24" X 36" left corner space of my closet neatly stacked and the best part of it is the guestroom is back to looking just like a guest room again! Yay!
They were not too bad at $4.96 a piece and rather large at Walmart where Hubby got his glasses.
Not to mention snacks, and a small rotisserie chicken for dinner.

All in all we spent a lot today, but for good reasons.

And that is all for tonight folks, so good night all!

 Next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


 

Monday, January 9, 2017

I just did something extremely radical!

I turned off the news!
Have you ever noticed how stupid criminals are?
In this one segment that caused me to take such drastic measures is of this young guy who was trying to shoot one of his female roommates when he saw her showering with another woman, but shot the other one by mistake, huh?
Even that sentence makes no sense!
Is it just me?
Again no rhyme nor reason for any of these violent crimes.

 Moving on...

Back to oh what fun!
I finally completed cleaning my gazillion loads of wash of deep in the depths of ye ole closet clothes and have stacked them all by itemized size, somewhat neatly on the guestroom bed.
And guess what?
This time I will be placing them in marked by size containers in the back of my closet to chose from when I get back down to the size that I will be wearing at the time, which oddly enough the biggest pile was mostly of sizes 2s and 4's and all pretty darn cute and still nearly fashionable only ten years later!
Yep, most of my original ME sized clothing.
I am not sure that I will get all the way back down there to that size, but they were classic styles that I still feel will continue to be okay if and when I do get there. Anyway this is not Paris or NYC, and no one is that snooty here anyway.
I also have the next size up and then mediums sized clothes and lastly my fatty clothing for now still!
But at least the stuff I forgot about can possibly be worn again for only a short time it would seem, since I am the amazing shrinking woman!  YAY!
If I do not get all the way back down to what I once was... then and only then I will donate those little me ones...NOT! Never ever give up!

On this note of I will eventually be me again, not some stranger in a fat suit, allow me 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 whom and we will too!

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

*I am the only one disparaging speaking of my own appearance and so I am bullying myself.
Please folks do not ever do that to anyone else, and in reality I should not even do it to myself.
For shame!
But I do not feel like me until I am smaller in size and till my old self, get it?
 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

They did get back to me, but you judge...

 
...correspondence between us, meaning myself and Century Link...and their return response to my initial letter of the day before and it is on the bottom of this blog in its entirety: I did use Me for me, and removed my home address and phone number and last four digits of my social security number and I bet you all know why, yep some things we mustn't share... oh and the reference number they gave to me too is gone here too as well as the name of their rep. I hope I got it all.

 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

With a $500 deductible and a teeny ding...

We do have a claims person coming out Monday, but now that I have seen the damage it's not worth taking it in for what is there.
Besides we have the touch up paint specific for our Cashmere colored car and it cost twenty bucks for just a little syringe sized tube and Hubby will try that or a cute vanity plate to hide it?

(You see in Florida we are only required to have a back license plate.)

But what could it say?

Good question, hmm?

Way over sixty and still going strong?

No batteries needed, we just plod on no matter what! (Too long) or No batteries needed; we have get up and go emblazoned in our brains, otherwise someone might throw dirt on us! ( Way too long!)

We aren't Snowbirds! (No offense to snowbirds that help our economy and keep our taxes fairly low, but we are here all year round and you guys make our roads full to capacity for those six months you are here and some don't even know where they are going, check your GPS please!)

Even though we know where we are going, don't follow us so close! (Too long again)

Too close for comfort so back off! (Better?)

We like shelling, do you?

Our other car is a Rolls.

We are just like you without the bad driving!

Don't make me break!

Hey wait a minute this would be on a front plate, uh oh...

Coming through!

Again: Our other car is a Rolls. (Would still work)

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, we're having so much fun!

Fancy is as fancy does, huh?

The Villages. (A fancy community)

Lakewood Ranch. (Another fancy community)

But alas we do not live there, we are not in a gated community where people have false impressions of being safe, and leave their doors unlocked and get robbed nightly or worse, this is on the news nearly daily.
I thought only smart people were wealthy, why are they so dumb about why they get robbed?
And leave so much stuff in their cars, that have been stolen too with even their keys in them, huh?
Why are they so surprised?

We live in a crime ridden neighborhood and keep our vehicle in our garage locked away, and our six foot fencing even has locks on the gates that are locked and besides all our house doors have double locks!

Should I express outrage on our plate?

Sorry for the turn of events...

But please people, my husband is retired law enforcement and I used to have his people come to talk to my seniors at the Arthritis Foundation support group meetings on safety. I was co-president of the group back then and  that was twenty years ago, sadly not much has changed; if nothing else it is now much more problematic.

Folks please be careful!

Hey that might work...since that is where we got hit.

BE CAREFUL!

On that note of realization, 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 your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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




Our yard is well lit with one of those lights that automatically goes on and lights up our dock and boat too as if it was daylight! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Oops I did it again!

Too much!
Standing too long, but standing when necessary yesterday while rummaging in my closet with the desire to straighten and clean the entire area, which I did accomplish!
Actually, Hubby helped a lot.
But still I was foolish and am paying for it with having to up my Gabapentin that I had weaned myself down to just 300MG. I had asked Hubby to bring me one only while back in bed with ice packs that he also brought to me, five this time for each pained location!
Unfortunately, I will be adding on to that Gabapentin ingestion with a couple more I'm afraid.
I just took two more, 900 MG. so far for today and the one at bedtime is still in waiting for me, up to 1200 MG. for the whole day by then. And this stuff needs weaning off to lower the dosage, a week at a time, otherwise it can reverse what it is for and actually cause seizures! It is for spasms in many ills including MS, pain and seizures; the epileptic kind! Neurontin is its non-generic name. I had been on as much as 1800 MG. for quite a long time, but weaned myself down, and then had 1200 MG. for quite sometime and again weaned myself down...here I go again! Damn!
I guess I still have two speeds: slow and full speed ahead! That causes this trouble.
Even while in pain today I did do more laundry, three whole loads, and folded and put things away, although that bed in the guestroom has remained untouched and even added to, I am so ashamed!
My resolve did dwindle as the pain took hold, but I did come around a bit to help Hubby with dinner.
One last load is currently still in the dryer to fold, although mostly towels and they don't wrinkle if left till tomorrow. I just changed all our towels today, we do that twice a week, Friday and Tuesday, sheets every Wednesday.
I will have to leave towels, since I am back in bed.
Sometimes Hubby does take care of them too.
He went to the grocery alone today though.
Apparently, someone hit and ran into our van's front while parked there at Publix, while Hubby was inside shopping and Hubby said that there is a nasty ding in its front and it was even moved by the impact! With our deductible we will check tomorrow about getting it fixed.
So far this year has not been going that well for us, first the clogged drain attack of sludge and then my having to go back on Gabapentin, and now this hit and run, hope yours is better than all this!
The good part is that was three and stuff happens in threes right, so maybe we are all done?

TTYT!

Good night.


 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

What? And what I said I would if only in my head... I did do!

First CenturyLink is a strange company from all my years dealing with companies in my opinion.
For Internet access and landline with limitless local and long distance they charge $81.90 a month bill for those two items including taxes, but...if you know about their discounts every six months your bill can be as little as thirty dollars cheaper each month, and we had been paying up until last month $53.70; I pity the poor fool who doesn't know how this game is played!
Today we received our bill from CenturyLink and the new number was ...drum roll please...$64.11!
When I called to find out why this was I was told our discount of ten dollars had been up on December 23rd and that it had been on my last bill!
And here is where this is like an odd game all you have to do is ask for the discount by going online, I think, or calling as I do.
Now get this I asked why it was .41 cents more than last time, and there was no answer and so now instead of paying the new number of $54.11 we are once again paying what we had been paying $53.70!
Here's where it gets complicated since it is only a six month discount and we have two more coming up needing our attention this June 23rd of this New Year of  2017, and one again on that date in 2018, but since I called today I have until July fifth to claim them in each year, but I must notify them or I will have to pay the $81.90 or even more by then possibly!
Does this seem fair to you?
Or even logical?
Wouldn't a decent caring about their customers company give us all the discounts without going through all this twice a year?
What about older than me folks who do not realize what is happening or even young people who do not look, many just pay their bills without checking them!
I feel this is an unfair business practice for such a large company!
They are somewhat of a monopoly too, since we have no other phone companies for landlines and Internet access bundles here in our area.
I just think that this is wrong anyone have reason to think otherwise?
Sure we could get rid of the landline and look for other access for the computer, but then they will continue to do this to others, I personally think they should stop this unfair practice!
I should contact their corporate office, it would not be the first time I did that...
I just sent them an email you can too:http://www.centurylink.com/Pages/Support/ContactUs/emailCR2.jsp

Moving on...

I was not done and it posted this again!

Any-who, after three loads of wash, not to mention two beautiful dresses hand washed in Woolite and a bag of non-essential papers shredded and sadly our guestroom bed now with clothes that no longer fit lying on it in piles still needing sorting and decisions to be made... Geez though my closet looks pretty damn good!

On this note or accomplishment, 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 your overages with you know whom and we will too!

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