Category Archives: My Life

October 19th

Well….slept in a little today with not getting up until 6:16 but I don’t feel any different for it…or better for that matter so I’m not sure of the value of additional sleep…had an okay day yesterday and got a few things done so that was a bonus…got the car cleaned but I think I may have to re-do the windows since there is still some fog onĀ  them and that annoys the hell out of me…didn’t get a lot else done but the bike ride and groceries and really didn’t have too much energy with trying to get my weight down and skipping everything that has even a hint of salt in it…my BP has not been good and I’m having trouble getting it below 120 so no salt or anything that tastes good…and that means I may need to cut coffee out, too, but just don’t want to give up everything that I enjoy….I do have another doctors appointment this morning at 10 and I think it’s just for an ekg to get Medicare to pay for my check up….what a pain in the butt…not sure when I’m going to get the bike ride in today…I may do it as soon as it gets light but if I wait, I may be able to go out in shorts again….more later…

October 18th

Well…back to running at the normal time for a Thursday but I guess I could have come here earlier with getting up at 5:45….but, I didn’t feel like it so normal will have to do….slept a little better last night and feel okay this morning but I had to warm the car up to get the frost off of the windows for the first time since March and that is a little depressing…but, I know that the seasons change here in Michigan and that is part of why I still live here when I could move anywhere I want….I did get a bike ride in yesterday and finally was smart enough to use the heavy gloves and that made all the difference….not cold at all….but, I think I’ll wait to go out until later today and maybe be able to go out int shorts for the last time…and I need to wash the car today to get it ready for winter with a full cleaning and doing the interior and windows….need to get them treated with rain x…for some reason, I got motivated to clean the bathroom yesterday when I had it planned for today but I’ll take it…that means I can clean the kitchen today after the car…have been freaking out about salt lately since I can’t get my BP down far enough and thought I was doing okay with my intake but I was really, really wrong….I mean, 686 milligrams for 50 calories of sliced ham? That is almost 1/2 of what is allowed if you want to not affect your BP…and I thought I was doing so good with processed foods…just another thing that I can’t eat anymore…more later…

First problem with Medicare…

Well…I probably should have anticipated that there would be problems with Medicare but I didn’t think they would start so soon….just today, I got a notice from Medicare that they were not going to cover my “welcome to Medicare” appointment with my new doctor and that I was on the hook for 318 dollars…then the fun started…called Medicare and they said that it was just a coding error and to talk to the billing department of Spectrum to get it fixed…but, they were less than no help saying that because my doctor took my blood pressure and then talked to me about it, the appointment was not covered…well…that put me off on a rant that I am not proud of…I mean, why don’t they tell you that one sentence from your doctor is going to cost you 318 bucks? If you’ve been here before, you know me and that just wasn’t going to stand without me doing something about it…so, of course I couldn’t get through to the doctor’s office on the phone, and the only course of action was to get in the car and drive the 2 miles to the office and talk to them in person…well…I just happened to get a woman at the desk that knows what is going on and she thinks she can fix it…at least she is going to try and get the bill re-submitted and paid…and that was a pretty big surprise…but a good one and now I’m just going to wait and see…

October 17th

Well…damn…up at 5:09 this morning and had another really bad night of sleep so I’m here pretty early, too…not sure what’s going on but I know I am going to have a nap later and the prospect of that is not a bad thing…the ibuprofen worked for the bike ride yesterday and it was a good day out…but, today looks like it may be a day off with the rain showers coming in later and the temp supposed to be dropping all day down to around 40 for a high…but, tomorrow looks better so it will be a clean the car day to get it ready for the winter with waxing it and treating the windows with rain x….I do have some errands to run this morning and that will make it easier to wait to try to get on the bike….I need batteries and a bunch of other stuff from HF and then have to get some chicken from Aldi’s…need to freeze the second pack of ham I bought from my cheap store to get my salt level down…way too much in it even though I like it…not much to do today…going to clean some more after I get back here since I feel good about the progress from yesterday…it looks like I’m going to have to warm the car up tomorrow for the grocery run…will be frost on the car and I refuse to get the scraper out this early…more later….

It’s been a day…

Well… Had to sign a new lease today and I’m not sure how I feel about that…it means I’ve failed at finding a house on my timetable but it has also reduced the stress I was feeling of not getting that done…and, I could do it online so it was quite easy….at least I still have a place to live for now…oh, and I found out that this place is now reporting rent payments to credit reporting companies so I’ll finally get credit for paying my rent on time for a change…and that should raise my credit score and lower my interest rate when I find a house….I did get some other stuff done today and that made me feel a little better….mostly just some cleaning but that is something…and I found a catalog from Harbor Freight that had some coupons in it for stuff I need so I’m going there tomorrow and just look around…that’s always a trip….okay, it’s time to wind it down for the day and watch a little tv….oh, and it appears that I have fixed the top on the car…no leaks after the rain yesterday so I guess that’s another something….

October 16th

Well…it’s almost 7 so that means I’m about on time today…have been up since before 6 and that is too damn early…oh, well…and I am sore from the ride yesterday…have been creaking around here this morning and if this is what it’s like feeling old, I don’t like it…it was pretty brutal out there yesterday with it being cold, wet, and windy and I just about froze my hands…they hurt like crazy as they were thawing and they still feel like there was some damage done…will get out the heavy gloves for the ride today even though it will look weird…didn’t get out for pool yesterday so I didn’t win or lose but I did get out to my daily deals store for some cheap food….I mean who can pass up honey ham for 1.49 a pound and two pounds of coffee for 3.99? Need to get out to Harbor Freight this morning for some batteries and some gloves that I should have bought long ago to clean the oven…my hands appear to have healed after peeling a couple of layers of skin off from the oven cleaner…they are still really shiny, though so maybe they need a little more time….not much to do today…need to clean some and the normal stuff…and there is some soccer on this aft…finally…so I won’t be too bored…more later….

October 15th

Well…slept all the way in til 6 this morning and don’t feel any better for it…I am still sleeping better than I have in a while so I guess that’s something and I shouldn’t bitch too much…had an okay day yesterday but didn’t get anything done but watch races and today will be the same with pool this aft…I did get the top on the car repaired and I can’t wait to see if I guessed right with the rain last night and this morning…as I think back, it dawned on me that it’s been leaking all summer since there was always water on the drivers side every time I put the top up after a top down run…so we’ll see today if I can put the top down on the way out to pool…I did get a nice bike ride in yesterday but I’m not sure about today…there is a lot of rain out there right now but it appears to be moving off pretty fast so I may be able to go out around ten or so….not much to do today….other than pool that is…I could clean some while I wait out the rain but I’m not too motivated so we’ll see…more later..

October 14th

Well…I think I’m running a little late today since I finally didn’t get up at 5:30 and I’m not sure why that is…but, I’ll take it…slept okay last night but still feel a little slow today so I am going to wait for the coffee to work before I do much…other than this…it was an okay day yesterday but I didn’t get much done but cook so today will have to be better…but I don’t want to think about that right now…still need to wake up more before I even think about it…I hope the bike ride will be better today after the debacle yesterday…just couldn’t get comfortable and the whole thing was a chore and that’s not normal…but, it’s still too cold to go out in shorts so I am going to wait a while for that and read some news and have some more coffee….looking at the weather, I probably will still need a light thermasuit to go out but that’s okay…it looks like that will be the case all week…more later….

I learned three things today…

Well…it’s been a pretty lazy day today but I did learn three things that may be important but probably aren’t…first, the instant pot is not the best way to cook everything…the turkey breast that I made this morning was not even close to being as good as using the brining/roasting methods I’ve developed over the years…it came out dry and tough when my roasted ones are always moist and tender…second, it’s not a good idea to go out for a bike ride right after having a big lunch….it was such a struggle and I felt lousy through the whole thing and I won’t do that again…and, part of that might have been that the coffee had worn off, too…third, cleaning the oven without using gloves is a really bad idea…the skin on my right hand started flaking off earlier today and it continues now…it may be that I bought heavy duty oven cleaner instead of the normal stuff…whatever it is, I am getting gloves this week…

October 13th

Well…running early again today and I wonder if 5:37 is the new permanent wake up time..I sure hope not but it’s been edging that way for quite a while now…I did sleep okay last night but I am noticing a slide back to the tossing and turning that used to frustrate the hell out of me…and I’m not sure what to do about it…I did get a bike ride in yesterday and froze my fingers so I need to re think the gloves that I am wearing…and I’m not sure when I’ll get out today…going to wait for it to warm up some so that will probably mean after noon…I did figure out how to get the water out of the top yesterday and it was just a matter of putting it down…that after I worked for a day trying to dry it….now I just need to get the thing sealed so it won’t leak anymore…but, it needs to finish drying first…I do have a turkey breast brining to cook in the instant pot today and I think I’ll do that for lunch…going to cook it in the pot and then slather it in butter and roast it in a hot oven to get the skin crispy…I think this will be a test run for t-day but I want a whole turkey for that and I know that won’t fit in the pot…the 7 pound breast I have barely fits….I may just take the day off and just cook and clean around here…and watch races and football…more later….