Five on Friday

  • Over at Minimally, Trisha is doing a no Plastic September. Check it out for really good ideas on how to reduce plastic consumption. She’s also one of my favorite bloggers:) I am always trying to use less plastic stuff but I have to admit I fail a lot of the time. ( Costco’s packaging). But I am trying to be MORE aware of when I use stuff and consequently how to try and do better.
  • I had good luck at AAA on the house insurance. I had to wait a little longer than I wanted to ( almost 30 minutes) but in the end, I got the story that most companies are cutting house insurance and you have to go thru Calif. Fair insurance with a rider. Fortunately, AAA does offer this and after going thru numbers said it would be about$1600 a year. So an increase but not a crazy one. I guess having a small house just might be the ticket. Plus we have a fire station at the bottom of our hill so maybe 500 yards away. I’m happy with the number and feel more secure about it all.
  • We’re going to bite the bullet and sign Barclay up for Medicare part B with the additional plans. When he went for the biopsy on Wednesday, I tried to get his prescriptions and NOPE, the insurance says not covered. WEll, GD it. He is covered but the Cobra will get activated as soon as the check clears. So that means all that billing in August is going to get kicked back and then I will have to be on the phone trying to get it straightened out. So I am sick of it and said that’s it we are signing you up. So I have the form printed and he will email it to his HR person by Monday. And then as soon as I have it back we’ll go in.
  • We were going to to go to Costco today but decided not to as it can wait so I did a small Walmart order to pick up. It includes ice cream, of course. I’ll do that tomorrow. I have to say, not going into Safeway every other day has been great. Especially, since I am a bit of a compulsive shopper, well not really, but when I see stuff in the store, I will go oooh, I could use that. So this really has saved me money.
  • Today is a gym day and then home.
  • Tonight is pizza night. I was going to order one, but I think I’ll use the TJ’s dough I have instead. BTW, the TJ’s dough is really quite excellent.

A certain feeling…

I’ve been working on letting go of even more things that are just not essential.

When I was in Sacramento for those 2 1/2 almost 3 weeks, I had only what was most important and essential. There was the Mr. Coffee I bought for the RV, 2 cups, a sharp knife from Ikea, and a few other things.

I’m a sensory/visual person which is why I’m so attracted to minimalism. I get anxiety if there is too much stuff around me or on shelves. So down at the RV, visually it was very simple and undecorated.

And I had a FEELING about it. It was something I could tell was a subtle elusive thing. When I got home, with everything going on, it took a few weeks to get back to routines. Then I had that elusive feeling pop up. It was very fleeting and then I stopped and really examined what I was feeling.

It was to have around you only those things you love or use.

I’m officially ‘old’!

I received my Medicare card which now reflects Part A and Part B.

I had gone into the SS office ( because you have to go in, in order to show them the official letter from HR that shows you have been covered by your spouse’s employer) and then you don’t have the penalty.

So then I called AARP and signed up for their Part F because I want the most coverage and Plan F is the most comprehensive. I also signed up for the Walgreens RX for my prescriptions. Since I have been on what they call Tier 5 drugs in the past I want sure what to do. But after talking with the person we decided to go with this one as the 3 prescriptions I have are low cost. If I ever need to go back on Revlimid let’s say, I would just have to accept the initial cost and then it would go to catastrophic since it’s so expensive. I doubt that would be the way my doctor goes as we have discussed when I relapse, I’ll go back on Velcade which is given at the infusion center and therefore covered by Part B of Medicare.

I’m still a little nervous about it all and haven’t gotten the paperwork yet from AARP but I should soon.

Next, I need to sign up for the AARP Delta dental so I can continue with the dentist practice I’ve had for almost 40 years. I cannot understand why Medicare does not include a dental part. It seems so odd to me that under my husband’s group plan everything (almost) was covered.

Anyway, I feel good I finally figured it out and now I’m officially ‘old”…..