Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's Always Something

We spent 5 hours in the emergency room of our local hospital here in town. Long story but he wasn't admitted. He will see his primary care physian in the morning for further tests.

I've been busy, busy, busy lately. Taking care of my girlfriend's cat and garden while she's in Alaska visiting her daughter and grandchildren. She's been gone a week but will be home on Friday but I don't know what time. She didn't say and I didn't think to ask. So guess I'll still go over on Friday to do the chores unless she calls or emails that she's home.

And I've been knitting up a storm. I started my first pair of legwarmers a few days ago and I have one completed and I started the other warmer last night. I'm using Andean Silk from www.KnitPicks.com and that's a very soft wool and silk blend. I also have a wool and cashmere blend from the same yarn source that I am turning into a beautiful scarf. I love the pattern. Very sophisticated and expense looking. I wish the blend had more cashmere. I would gladly pay more for more cashmere. Anyway I'm just finishing up my first ball of yarn and it's time to start the second ball. I thought for sure that I could get a scarf out of 2 balls of yarn but it's going to come out quite short if I don't order more balls. I could make it short and give it to my hubby. Men's scarves are most often shorter than those for women. But I was so hoping to claim it for myself. My #1 granddaughter has asked for a pair of legwarmers to use when she goes snow boarding with her husband. So it looks like I'm going to have to buy more yarn. What is it with knitters in that almost everything we make goes to those we know and love and rarely to us???

I've just about got Christmas projects finished. Had to ask #1 GD if her hubby would wear a particular item if I knitted it for him and she at first said no and then she saw the photo of it and she said that he would indeed wear it if I made it for him. [I am being very vague because my family checks my blog occasionally and I don't want to give the Christmas gifts away.] Then I have a few more things to do to finish up some of the gifts like sewing on a button, etc. Feels good to have almost everything done. I still need something for my nephew and his wife and my niece. Oh, my goodness I just realized that I haven't done anything for my son yet! Now I've got to figure out a gift for him and get busy with it. Seems like the projects never end. Now that I think about it, I do have my nephew & wife, and niece taken care of. But I sure haven't taken care of my son yet. Oh boy! Guess I'll need to get busy and look through some books and come up with a gift idea.

We got a real shock in the mail the other day. Our health insurance changed our deductible (share of cost) from $158 to $832 a month. The $158 we were managing but there's no way we can come up with $832 every month. This is crazy! Pure insanity!!! That's 50% of our monthly income. I had no share of cost until last year when I went on Social Security. That's when I went from no chare of cost to $158. All this is as of Sept 1st. My meds have been on automatic refills and I've had to go down to my pharmacy and tell them that as of Sept 1st I won't be taking any of my meds. Which is absolutely insane. I saw my doctor last week and told him that I won't be taking my meds and he said I had to do something. But what can I do. I'd love to continue with my meds but I will have to pay full price for them until I've paid out the $832. One prescription alone is worth twice that and then I have one for $458 and another for $375. Rationally and honestly there is now way in the world that we can come up with that kind of money. We are both on limitied-fixed income. My SS check is only $500 a month as it is. Now how am I supposed to pay that money every month when it's over $300 more than my total income???
We have asked for a hearing. Now we are just waiting to hear when and where the hearing will be. But it's true: it's always something.

We are slowly bringing mama cat indoors. She came with the house when we moved in 7 years ago and she's always been an outside cat. But we love her so much we've decided we don't want to risk losing her to a cayote or fox or hawk or an automobile for that matter. Our other two cats have accepted Mama but I'm not too sure about my little dog, Pepper. He's very jealous and that will take time.

Guess I'll go ahead and post this and try to get some sleep tonight. Hubby is still up waiting for the medicine they gave him at the ER tonight to kick in. But I think I'm going to go in and go to bed and see if I can't get some sleep. It is already after 2:00 in the morning. I'm tired and I've run out of things to talk about. I thought I had a lot of ideas but when I sat down here at my computer, the ideas just evaporated. It's always something! Until next time...