March 9, 2013
I will start with Sunday because that’s the day that DD and I traditionally have our extended visit. A lot of the conversation was about gardening because it is getting to be that time of year. She wants to plant more of the things she uses most which makes good sense. Carrots have always been a favorite—when she was at home, she’d eat a whole one, not cut. Guess the girl has strong teeth.
There were a couple of days with snow. That isn’t to say it was enough to write home about. It seems we are destined to have dustings and not a lot more. I’d like to see ONE good snow before the winter is over. The coming week will mark the 20th anniversary of The Blizzard of 1993. It started on March 12 and went on until there were almost two feet of snow on the ground. DD didn’t get to school and I didn’t go to work for several days. It was An Experience.
I think it was Tuesday we had downpour after downpour. The rain was as hard as any I’ve heard. In comparison, it was on a par with what fell when the tornadoes came through almost two years ago. I was mighty thankful for the good roof over Twinkle’s and my heads.
Speaking of Twinkle, her appetite has much improved. The B-12 has kicked in and she’s beginning to eat me out of house and home. She doesn’t enjoy getting it blasted into her mouth but she doesn’t fight me, either. Her bones aren’t showing as much which is nice.
When I started injecting B-12, I’d read quite a bit online about how it could aid weight loss. I guess whatever you’re looking for is what you’ll find. Now that Twinkle is getting it to increase her intake, that’s all over the place. No wonder my weight has been creeping up.
My sister’s battle with shingles has made me a bit paranoid. After all, she caught chickenpox from me when I was three and she was 10. It’s probably just a matter of time before I’ll be hit with herpes zoster and I don’t want to go the same way she did. So…I have been investigating getting the vaccine. Now, I know there are many people out there who are anti-vaccine for many different reasons and I’m not trying to open a can of worms.
The Merck Assistance Program is almost non-existent around here. The clinics that participate are located far from me and only give the vaccine to established patients. I already have a primary care physician and I don’t want to change.
I don’t have Part D. If I did, it would cost me over $600 a year and cover $40 worth of thyroid meds. It wouldn’t cover my B-12 and even if it did, the annual cost is around $20. The shingles vaccine, best price I can get at a pharmacy is $195. Paying cash rather than participating in Part D is much more logical.
So…on Thursday, I went to the pharmacy and asked for the shingles shot. Couldn’t get it. I didn’t have a doctor’s order, there was only one pharmacist on duty (at that pharmacy, one gives the shot while the other oversees the premises), and it was Thursday. It was back to the drawing board.
I tried to contact my doctor but I haven’t heard back yet so we shall see what we shall see (Mother speaking).
Walmart is always on my lists of stops. I messed up by price-matching four lemons to get them for 14 cents less. The cashier is one I usually avoid but she had done something different with her hair and I didn’t recognize her at first. She’s given me problems before so I was ready with the price + buy one get one + the store was Bi-Lo. When I got the words “price match” out of my mouth, she bristled and asked if I had the ad. I said no, that they have them there. I told her the price was at Bi-Lo. She flagged down who I suppose is a head cashier and had her look it up. You would have thought I was trying to rob the place.
On top of that, I had a coupon for a free package of toilet paper. She rolled her eyes and burst out with, “I don’t know HOW much that was!!” The other woman came over again and showed her how to pull up the journal in the register to find the price. You can be sure I won’t go through her line again.
I went to the vet’s and got another case of canned food for Twinkle. I had a $7 coupon I didn’t want to waste. The woman knew how to handle it.
Sabbath, there was a DVD for church (very good, by the way) and the person in charge of altar arrangements did one that was TIME related. If any of the pictures I (and one of the deacons) took with my phone turn out, I’ll post it. TIME will tell. (Heh heh.) I have GOT to find the card for my little camera and put it back in my purse.
The fellowship meal followed. I’d taken quite a bit of food including a good-sized salad that was cleaned up. The only thing I’d taken that was left was a bit of dip and some mixed veggies.
There was a Women’s Ministry meeting after lunch. The primary focus was on our second (annual?) God in Shoes. I’ve been appointed The Person in Charge of Online Fundraising as if I need something else to do. The leader gave me the donation application guidelines for one particular company and I walked off and left it. It’s a good thing there’s six months’ time to get this done.
First quarter of 2013 is winding down so there’s a push to get the second quarter’s first three lessons plus all the other material on SSNET. Every time I work on anything, the editor puts something else on my plate. If there’s anyone out there interested in joining the team, just click here and fill out the form. I didn’t do that. I was drafted.
I haven’t seen much of my neighbor/cousin. This morning, I went out to get something from the freezer and it was obvious the Garage Tenant was going somewhere. He said my cousin’s twin brother was having septic tank problems and they were going to work on it. I told him about my co-worker who had used Charmin paper and had a blowup. He knowledgeably explained that Charmin is manufactured by Georgia-Pacific and the glue they use won’t break down. I looked it up and Charmin is manufactured by Proctor & Gamble. Oh, well. He can’t be right 100% of the time. My cousin walked by, grinned and waved.
Genese is thrilled. I would be, too. She has lost 20 lubs since she went on her 1600 calorie a day diet and the doctor increased her diuretics. I offered it up as a praise in church. She’s also getting her mojo back in Wordscraper and is giving me a run for my money.
The photos are garbage. You’ll have to take my word for it that it was a nice arrangement even if it WAS to nudge people to change their clocks.