Monday, February 20, 2017

Good Morning





Happy Trails

Saturday, February 18, 2017

More Frustration

I mentioned a while back that I was being changed to a new pharmacy insurer and the frustration of having to change various meds due to coverage changes etc.  I have been dealing with this the last two weeks.  It had appeared that all of the prescriptions had arrived at the mail order site as i could see them listed on their website.  Great, I thought, maybe this will be easier than I expected.  Nope.

I received my first order from them this week.  It was short three of the meds.  I check the website and none of the previous ones are listed as before, even in the prescription history.  Contact via the website proved fruitless as they claimed they had NO RECORD of those prescriptions.  Yeah, they got a nasty reply.  I also had my doctor resend those missing ones or so they say they will, but that hasn't worked well in the past.  We will see.

Today is the Birthday Party for my bride.  I will head over there early to see what I can do to help out.
However, they keep telling me everything will be done already.  I'm going anyway.  I have to at least help then set up, just for my own satisfaction.  My bride also dropped an idea she had about entertainment for the guests.  What?!?!?  Even though it had crossed my mind I had hoped our kids would step up with that.  Crickets.  Three days before the party and she has what she thinks is a simple plan.  It ain't that simple.  I dumped it on the kids.  If it happens at all, great.  If not, it will be the way I thought it was going anyway, have friends and family over to eat and visit and wish her well.  I told you I'm not a party guy.  I'm doing pretty good just trying to put one on at all after 40+ years.  Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Why does there have to be entertainment?  grumble grumble.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Taxes

We will be working on getting our tax information together today and for the next few days.  Most of it will for the wife to get her final things done for her 'business.'  That takes the most time.  She suggested that maybe we could do our own taxes this year using the forms from previous years as a guide.  She is thinking of saving the fee we pay to our tax man by doing it ourselves.  I am not to fond of that idea at all.  I did our taxes every year until after the first try with her business as part of the equation.  I even used that Turbotax and still wasn't confident in the results.  I am pretty sure we paid more than we would have had we used our current tax preparer.  She thinks it might be easier since she didn't make near as much as she has in the past.  After going through all the stress of trying to do taxes for a self employed business once, that broke me of trying that again.  Plus, with every year there are enough changes to mess things up enough that we wouldn't be able to use previous returns as a guide, at least I don't feel confident enough.  Until she gets out of being self employed, we will use a 'tax man' to get these things taken care of.





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Monday, February 13, 2017

Underway

Planning for Kim's Birthday party is well underway.  We have invited 40 friends and family.  Not all will show but most will.  The planning has pretty much been taken out of my hands.  Once Kim and the lady I asked for help got together, they changed most of my ideas.  The food has changed and the place has changed and the day has changed.  Less work for me.  I have also learned that the less questions I ask, the better off I am.  It took me much too long to learn that.  The bruises will heal soon enough.

We went over to my oldest Son's Saturday and we celebrated his and my Grandson's birthday.  It amazes me how much my son has changed over the years.  I couldn't be prouder.  We ate BBQ even though I had eaten it almost everyday that week.  I think I have had enough for a while.

I had no doubt that the activist 9th court of appeals would go against the President.  It just flabbergasts me that they or any judge and their supporters care not one iota for what is in the Constitution.  There has got to be some sort of way to reign in activist judges that legislate from the bench.  However, even if there were, would we be able to trust those that would be tasked to do that? 
Not a chance IMO.  This is just totally partisan politics, it  has nothing at all to do with our security, safety and upholding the Constitution.  For instance, Clinton and Obama both halted immigration from various countries for much the same reason.  Things have got to change or we will be headed for a catastrophe as a country.  But if you have been coming here for any length of time, you probably already knew that.  

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Very Warm

The last couple days have been very warm, reaching the upper 80's, 88 in fact.  So I drug my lazy butt outside to work in the yard.  I have put that off way too long.  Managed to get quite a bit done in regard to the dead vegetation in front of the house.  Now it doesn't look so bad when you see it from the street.  I use an electric leaf blower to help move all the leaves that have piled up.  It uses a long extension cord, it's not the gas powered kind.  While doing this, I noticed a lot of sparks coming from the socket where the cord plugs into the blower.  I shut it off ASAP, too late.  It looked like an arc welder.  Evidently the cord had worked itself loose.  Enough that is was arcing over to the blower plug.  It fried my cord and the blower.  This was before I got completely finished.  I have another one on order.  It has a better connection that should keep that from happening again.  We have a lot of leaves all the time so I use it pretty often.  They are not that expensive considering how much I use it.

My brisket turned out excellent.  We were going to freeze it for the future.  We would invite some friends over to enjoy it with us.  However I just learned that a good friend's Mother-in-law just passed away.  We will most likely take it over to them.  Taking food to those that have lost loved ones is a tradition around here.  I can only assume that it is something that is done throughout the South from what I have read.  Others can correct my assumption if I am wrong.

We mailed the letter of our response to our friend that has us so worried.  It went in the mail Wednesday.  I don't expect a quick response if at all.  No answer would indicate bad news.  Any answer could also be bad news.  Whatever the end result there will be lasting ramifications.  The wife has been holding up better emotionally.  When she has time to build that wall around her heart she deals OK with bad things.  It takes a long time, but it is never invulnerable.

Today is my oldest Son's birthday.  39 years old.  Doesn't seem like it was that long ago I was 39.  His son, my Grandson's birthday is Saturday, he will be 7.  When I was 39, my son was already a teenager.  Will we head over to his house Saturday for that.  

Happy Trails

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tuesday

Yes, I'm a day behind, but most of my posts here are.  I went into town for my diabetes check up with the doctor.  My numbers weren't as good as I hoped for or expected, but not anything unmanageable.  
Also got them to change some meds that are no longer covered under this new pharmacy prescription.
The doctor actually prefers the alternatives, says they are more stable.  So I a am hoping that this will bring my numbers back in line.  I have at least one months supply of the old stuff I will use up first.

When I got home I started up the BBQ pit/smoker.  I am cooking a couple briskets.  One for a lady that likes the way I do it.  She bought one but had no idea how to cook it so asked me how.  She has nothing but a little Weber grill, that won't even come close to dong what she wants.  She also asked about doing it in the oven.  No NO NO!  So I offered to cook it for her.  I had one in the freezer so they are both on there.  

Not sure about the condition of the pit though.  I have had it for 15-20 years and it was a cheap one. 
It has got holes here and there in the firebox and it won't be long before I can't use it anymore.  In fact I will be surprised if I don't find my fire laying on the ground before I'm done with these it's that bad. 
I certainly need a new one if I plan on doing anymore BBQ.  I have an idea what I want but haven't seen it exactly at any of the places I see them for sale.  No, won't go the custom route, that is just too expensive.  Not in a hurry anyway due to the cost.  Probably around 500$.  That is not a top of the line one either.  Pretty sure I can wait on that.  But this it TEXAS, we take our BBQ serious here. 
Not sure how long I can wait.  No, I don't cook with sauce on it, just a spice rub.  I let the smoke do it's magic.  You won't even need sauce with my brisket it's that moist.  I will provide sauce on the side for those that know no better.  Yankees usually.  They don't even realize what an insult that is to the chef.  

There are just certain things that have to be done a certain way and BBQ is one of them.  Chili is another but that is a different story.  Yes, I'm big on tradition if you haven't figured that out.

Happy Trails

Monday, February 6, 2017

Birthdays

The month of February sees a lot of birthdays in my family.  Both Grand-kids, my son, mine, and most notably my wife's.  Along with that my son's in-laws also have numerous birthdays.

Since we have been married, Kim has never had a 'party' for her birthday.  Prior to that I have no idea if she did.  She has put on a couple for me even though I am not a party sort of guy.  She is, and unfortunately for her she is stuck with me.  Oh we have done things like go out for a special supper with family, but nothing that would be considered a party.

This year is a BIG one for her.  So I decided a surprise party would be a good thing.  Since I am not a party guy I wasn't sure where to start or come up with ideas.  I contacted my sons back in December and let then know about the significance of this coming one and I would need their help.  Plenty of time to plan, right?  I talked about some ideas with one of them and promptly forgot about it.  Until my son texted me about it again this past weekend.  I was chagrined that I had forgotten this to say the least.  Time is short now.  He had been talking with a friend that manages a restaurant and had some ideas on how this could go.  To tell the truth, it wasn't even in the ball park of the ideas I had.  I had considered something more intimate where we as a family had put this together i.e. the food, the place etc.  But since time was so short I considered it, until I looked at pricing for something like that for 40 folks.  I had to think of something else in a hurry.  I was freaking out.  

I wanted her to have a party with some of her friends with our family thrown in.  Around 40 guests was my estimate.  The location and time frame of the restaurant also made it problematic.  It would be over an hour drive for many of the guests in an area unfamiliar, through an extremely crowded highway.  Most would do it for her, but what a PITB.  Freaking out even more.  I had to spill the beans to Kim and get her input/ideas especially since she keeps the books and I know we are on a really tight budget.  While it ruined my surprise, she was more than touched just because I had the idea.  I told you before she has a very tender heart.  Of course we came up with a winner if some issues could be addressed.  And they were and a date and time has been set along with a location.  

However, when I texted the son that had talked to the restaurant, he let me know they may have a conflict with the time frame.  They have a 'family' birthday celebration at his in-laws that day of course.  He also said he didn't think it could be changed.  Then he texts me and says it's at 2 PM so that may work after all.  I will recover from my mini stroke just fine.....SMH.

Happy Trails.