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Thursday

May 23rd, 2019 at 06:09 am

My only obligation today is to pick up GS2 after school. I plan to stay home today and work on the food I brought home from the grocery yesterday. I have three pounds of ground beef which I'm planning to use for meatloaf, sliders and taco filling. I also bought some maple sausage links which I will pair with pancakes. I'm going to cook them and freeze them. Most of the beef entrees will be frozen, too.

Meanwhile, I'm thawing some spaghetti sauce and French onion soup for meals this week.

I fell asleep last night without taking a pain pill (since the morning!). Well, I woke up at 10pm feeling terrible. I took the pill and fell asleep about an hour later. Woke up still feeling pretty sore. Boy, will I be glad when I get past this stage.

Pay Day

May 22nd, 2019 at 08:57 am

Love this day!

Here's my recap for last month:

Housing - $733
Medical/Health - $133
Groceries - $81
Gas - $57
Phone - $52
Clothing/Accessories - $28
Fees/Services - $25
Furnishings/Equipment/Decor - $22
Personal - $20
Vet/Pet Supplies - $16
Laundry - $12
Entertainment - $9
Eating Out - $8
Fares/Parking - $2

Obviously the triumph for this past month was only $8 spent on eating out. I'm not even sure how I did that! Guess being pretty much stuck inside pays off.

I began this new month spending $295 for my hospital stay, $44 for groceries, and .25 for parking. I also paid my mortgage and two of my utilities, but they do not come out of variables. On this first day I have already spent 59% of my variables budget, but that is due to the hospital fee. As the month progresses, I may have to give in and take that out of savings.

I had a really awful night and it occurred to me that the problem is that I have stopped taking Celebrex -- which I took for some months before the surgery, and after, until a few days ago. I may ask the doctor if I can have a refill, but I may get a "no" as it is an NSAID. Anyway, I feel better today. I went to PT and got some gentle conditioning and a lot of good advice.

I haven't seen my GP yet about getting my kidneys tested. Today is too busy, with PT, grocery shopping, after-school pickup and music lessons. I will get to it, I know it's important.

In addition to the surgery recovery problems, I got a migraine yesterday. I do not get them often, and I'm glad for that!

Pain, Pain, Go Away

May 21st, 2019 at 07:50 am

Well, I just lost an entry, which hasn't happened in quite a while.

Here's the gist of it --

I'm still in pain (though better) and I am struggling with the transition away from painkillers which are bad for my kidney disease. Or would be, if I continued to take them long-term.

I'm really happy that tomorrow is pay day, and I hope that I can spend nothing today, which will mean I have more than $100 to transfer to savings. That's on top of the $200 that automatically goes to savings each month.

That's it!

No Therapy Today

May 20th, 2019 at 06:38 am

I'm skipping physical therapy today. (I called to cancel, of course.) I had a rough night with very little sleep and a lot of discomfort. I'm not sure what is wrong, but I had some prunes for breakfast, just in case. I suppose I also need to call my primary care physician to see if I should get another blood test to see how my kidneys are doing. I haven't had one since before the surgery.

I have another PT session on Thursday, so I don't feel too bad about missing this one.

I went to the grandsons' recital yesterday. I was so proud of them. They are so talented, and so poised in front of an audience.

While I was there, I found a dime! I'm now up to $101.06 -- just money I picked up off the street.

This morning I got a $21 payment from one of my mystery shop companies. I expect another one soon.

Rain, Rain, Rain

May 19th, 2019 at 04:32 am

After a sunny morning, the rains came in the afternoon, and the game was rained out. I ended up staying in all day. I did one load of laundry, but did not accomplish much else.

I woke up in pain this morning. I can only assume I got into a bad position in the night, and it will work itself out.

There will be a recital today at 1:30. At least the rain won't interfere with that!

Really looking forward to pay day on Wednesday!

Saturday

May 18th, 2019 at 06:06 am

I just put a super-frugal breakfast into the oven -- a cheese strata made out of leftover bits of cheese, torn-up bread heels, and eggs, milk, peppers and onions. Hope it turns out good!

I have a possible double-header baseball game to attend this afternoon. It's iffy, because it's going to rain today. But if it's not raining when the game starts, they will go ahead and try to get it done, because there have been too many cancelled games this spring.

Other than that, I have some laundry to do, and some household chores.

I went to the library yesterday and checked out a bunch of books and put more on hold. On the way home I stopped at Sam's and filled the tank for $29. Variables are at 78%.

A Blank Day on my Calendar

May 17th, 2019 at 06:43 am

Nothing on my calendar today, and that's the way I like it. At least once in a while!

I went to PT yesterday and met yet another new therapist. We did a similar set of exercises but this time I didn't hurt so much afterwards. In the afternoon I picked up the boys and took them to music lessons. They have a recital on Sunday, and so I got to hear a preview of their presentations. All the time I was out, I was dodging storms. Sounds like we might have more today.

Financially, things are on an even keel. I am just waiting for pay day. My gas tank is getting low, so if I venture out today, I will probably stop and fill it. I should go to the library today, as I am on my last book and will probably finish before nightfall.

I have been invited to my great-niece's high school graduation celebration up in Michigan. It's on June 2. I think by that time I will be up to the drive. I will just have to make sure to stop every hour and walk around and do some stretches.

Free Haircut?

May 16th, 2019 at 05:05 am

No, not really. My gift certificate paid for a haircut and a gloss treatment, which, it turns out, neutralizes the yellowing that grey hair sometimes acquires. I asked my stylist at the end what the value was, so I could figure out the tip. He said the haircut was $65 and the gloss $45. Wow! I gave him a twenty, because the cut was so good. I guess you do get what you pay for. It really is a noticeably better cut than I have been getting at Supercuts.

I feel kind of bad that the kids paid so much, but then again, they get a lot of free babysitting. Smile

I also paid $2 for parking. Variables are at 71%. Only six days to pay day, yay!

Today I have PT in the morning, and after school I'm taking the boys to music lessons.

PT and an Aldi trip

May 15th, 2019 at 05:41 am

I went to PT yesterday and met with a new therapist (3rd one!) He was very nice, but the paces he put me through left me in great pain last night. I couldn't sleep; when I did I had nightmares about my legs turning into giant legs. I am taking my painkiller every six hours, per directions, but the pain is hanging on. I don't think it should be like this. What really worries me is that I am scheduled with him tomorrow. I guess that will be an opportunity to address the need for a gentler routine.

I spent $24 yesterday at Aldi, and I hope that will be my last grocery visit in this pay cycle. Variables are at 66%.

Quiet Monday

May 14th, 2019 at 06:44 am

I had a quiet, restful day yesterday, just what I needed.

Today I'm going to physical therapy and then picking up my grandson from school.

I made my free haircut appointment for tomorrow.

There is no real financial news. I have only eight days left in this pay cycle, and have spent 62% of my variables. Probably will have to buy gas and groceries before pay day.

After this month finishes up, I will have three months left of gap year. I can hardly wait to close the door on it. I figure I will get my first increased SS payment on September 25. Knock on wood, I have done pretty well, especially with having to buy a car right before the year started, and having to have hip replacement surgery in April. Two surprises that weren't really surprises, just things I wish I could have waited another year on.

Mother's Day

May 12th, 2019 at 07:25 pm

Well, I'm catching up quite late in the day! I had a nice Mother's Day, with the boys making brunch for the girls. It actually turned out very well, and I brought home some leftover bacon, fruit and chips!

It was kind of a sad day, too, because my algae eater died. What really bothered me was that he was suffering and I couldn't help him, and he just struggled so long. Eventually he was at peace. He was too big for my tank and I'm sure that contributed to his death. But I'm relieved because now I don't have to worry about getting a bigger tank for him. I have 6 small fish left, and they have plenty of room.

I talked to my cousin on the phone and learned that she had eye surgery and may eventually be blind in one eye. That made me sad, too. Her sister had sent me a panicky message that she needed my help -- she actually just needed someone to talk to. She is in good spirits and pretty accepting about the outcome, whatever it turns out to be.

No financial news, really, except that my son & DIL gave me a gift certificate for a haircut and "gloss." If a gloss turns out to be hair color I'm going to turn it down. I'm not willing to deal with roots again. But if it's just a temporary enhancement, that's fine.

I had planned to get a haircut on Friday but didn't do it -- now I'm glad, since it will be free!

Hospital Bill

May 11th, 2019 at 09:07 am

Got my bill from the hospital -- it is $295, just what I expected. I will pay it on pay day, which is the 22nd this month. Outstanding expenses are the home health care and physical therapy, both yet to be billed.

I had a very restful day yesterday, and yet I woke up feeling pretty bad. I guess I will continue to have up days and down days for a while. I feel better now. I have a baseball game to attend this afternoon, so I hope I continue to improve. We continue to have cooler than normal temperatures, so I will have to bundle up.

Tomorrow, for Mother's Day, my grandsons, my son and my ex are making brunch for all the mothers. I don't know what the menu is, but I'm sure of this -- there will be lots of bacon!

Long Game

May 10th, 2019 at 05:29 am

The baseball game I attended last night lasted three hours. And it was cold and damp. Our team won, but I was more than ready to go -- and I should have. All night and this morning I have been dealing with pain. I shouldn't have sat there so long.

I came within a hair's breadth of getting my car towed. I parked on a side street. I didn't see any sign that prohibited parking, but while I was watching the game, my son noticed that a tow truck was hauling away the car parked behind me. I quickly got up and moved my car to the parking lot. Possibly, the car behind me was towed for another reason, but I'm glad I moved my car before they could potentially come back for me.

I was planning on a haircut today, but I think I will put it off till Monday and stay at home. I really need to give my body a rest. I will just do some gentle stretching exercises today.

Speaking of putting things off, I never got around to the pedicure I was contemplating. Yesterday I realized that I was limber enough to trim my own toenails, so -- yay! I saved myself the cost of a pedicure.

Bad financial news this morning about the tariffs. When I am living so close to the bone, I hate the idea that prices will rise. I don't use a lot -- mainly food, toiletries, and household supplies. Most of my clothing I buy secondhand. But I know this will affect me. I'm glad that the end of my gap year is in sight -- just a few more months. I can do it.

Thursday

May 9th, 2019 at 11:40 am

I just finished a mystery shop lunch. It will pay me $10 plus reimburse what I spent on the meal.

Soon I will head out to pick up my grandson, and there will be a baseball game to attend this evening, if it doesn't rain.

My very last steri-strip came off today. I don't know why they were hanging on so long, but I was told not to mess with them, and I didn't. The incision seems to be healing really well.

Tomorrow I'm getting a haircut. Can't believe it's time again! I'm on the search for a coupon....

Gym Visit

May 8th, 2019 at 10:01 am

I finally made it back to the gym this morning, for the first time since my surgery. I did my regular old routine, except that I cut way back on the weights and reps. I added a bit of bicycling and some of my PT exercises. I feel pretty good.

Afterwards, I bought a sausage biscuit at McDonalds for $1 and then I went to get my watch battery replaced. I tried first at Batteries Plus but they didn't have the right tool to open my watch. So I went to a jeweler. There it cost $22 -- about half for the battery and half to replace a gasket. The original gasket was letting a little water in. My watch is not expensive, but it is dear to me because my grandsons bought it for me, so I want to keep it going as long as possible.

My variables are now up to 61%. I did find a dime to offset, however!

Tomorrow I have a mystery shop at lunchtime, and a baseball game in the evening. Big day ahead!

This and That

May 7th, 2019 at 05:42 am

I donated $10 to AdSense yesterday, since I use it a lot.

Variables are at 56%, with 15 days to go.

I went to the library yesterday and checked out an armload of books. I was a little dizzy and queasy for some reason so I had to keep sitting down. Hoping today is a better day. I have two chores to do today -- a load of laundry, and picking up my grandson from school.

I applied to be on a healthcare panel for 20/20 Research yesterday. If I'm accepted, it will pay $115. No reply yet, so I probably wasn't chosen.

Plate Renewal

May 6th, 2019 at 07:24 am

Just a quick note to report that I was able to complete my license plate renewal -- with discount -- online, so I won't have to make the trip to the BMV again. It was only $24 (plus a $1 fee for using a credit card) as opposed to $101, so definitely worth the hassle.

Sunday

May 5th, 2019 at 11:22 am

I got up this morning intending to go back to the gym for the first time since my surgery. But I didn't feel good. I had not taken a pain pill since the day before, so I took one at mid-morning. Now, after lunch, I am feeling better.

I was going to go to the library as well, but I think I will stay in today and make sure I am really rested.

Yesterday I did two loads of laundry, and in the afternoon, I went to my grandson's baseball game -- the first one I was able to go to this year. His team lost, but he played well. It was a nice family outing.

I did not spend anything yesterday, and I won't today, either.

Variables are at 49%. 17 more days till pay day.

I am catching up on Les Miserables (PBS version). It's great!

Wild Goose Chase

May 4th, 2019 at 06:25 am

I drove to the BMV yesterday (40 minutes away, not 30) only to learn that they could not find a record of my senior benefit. I called the Department of Aging, and they found my record, but they told me I had never asked for the license plate discount. I didn't argue, although I have used that discount before. I just asked them to fix it. Supposedly, after 48 hours, it will show up on my record. I'll have to go back.

There was a Goodwill in the plaza, so, not to make it a wasted trip, I went in and looked. I found a pair of pants for $6 and a wall decoration that was $5, but which I got for free because I had a $5 discount on my card.

After that I took my raised toilet seat back to the lending closet. Altogether, it was a lot of driving and I was tired and sore when I got home.

I was not pleased to see that Iggy had thrown up on my bed. I just stripped everything and slept on the bare mattress. This morning, I put everything in the wash.

There is a baseball game this afternoon, so I am going to rest up for it after I get the laundry done.

Big Day

May 3rd, 2019 at 05:41 am

Yesterday was a big day for me. It began with doing a load of laundry and then going to a PT session -- a very good one -- my therapist pinpointed a muscle that was hurting and really helped me. Then I got gas ($28) and picked up some groceries ($39). I "bought" some quarters at the same time.

I picked up GS2 after school and watched him till his mom got off work, and in the evening I went to GS1's awesome orchestra concert.

That was a lot for one day at this stage in my recovery. I fell asleep when I hit the pillow. I feel pretty good this morning.

Today I'm going to take a ride to a BMV about 30 minutes away, so I can renew my plates and get the senior discount I'm entitled to. Can't do that online. I hope that once I show them my benefit notice and they get it into my electronic record I'll be able to do online renewals from now on.

Variables are at 47% and there are two and half weeks to go before pay day.

$5 Lunch

May 2nd, 2019 at 06:36 am

My only financial transaction yesterday was buying lunch for myself and the kids at Sam's. Three hot dogs and three drinks came to a little less than $5. Can't beat that.

I took GS2 to a special cooking class and GS1 to a baseball practice. I did get pretty tired by mid-afternoon, but DIL came home from work early and took over.

I just did a load of laundry, and in a little while I will go to physical therapy. This afternoon I'm picking up GS2 after school, and then I will attend an orchestra concert at 7. I hope I will have the energy. I really want to get back in the swing of things, but at the same time I get tired so fast.

Tomorrow I'm going to get that license renewal taken care of, which means taking a trip to a suburb about 30 minutes away. And I may get a pedicure. I still can't reach my toes without pain, and my nails are getting too long.

Half Day

May 1st, 2019 at 05:46 am

Today the grandsons have a half-day of school, so this afternoon I'm going to be giving them lunch, and chauffeuring them to cooking class and baseball practice. It's going to be a busy day, and I'll probably have to stop at Sam's and fill up.

I didn't take a pain pill before bed last night because I wasn't hurting -- but I was this morning! I'm playing catch up now. I'll get there.

Not much happened yesterday other than picking up the boys after school. I went to bed early as I do tire quickly now.

My medical account is still showing $0 owed. I'll take it. I know more will be added -- in particular the home health care I received. Also, I think there will still be a charge from the hospital for staying there overnight, but it hasn't shown up yet. The surgery itself was 100% covered. Woot-woot!