Sunday, August 28, 2011

Under the Weather

Sick In BedI went a whole year without being sick, other than the episode I had when I ate at Long John Silver's.  I thought I was on a roll until last night when my nose started running and my throat was getting sore.  Well, actually last week I was sneezing, but we have been renovating the basement, so I thought that had something to do with it.  Maybe it has something to do with my sickness.  It doesn't matter because I'm sick and I'm a huge baby when I have a sore throat.  If I could be put to sleep for a week and wake up feeling good, I would, that's how much I hate being sick.  Today I've had to deal with chills, too.  I don't have tissues next to my bed, I have a roll of toilet paper.  That's a draw back from the days when I had little kids around.  We never had tissues, we always used a roll of toilet paper for our nose blowing needs.  However, it would be nice to have some Puffs tissued with soothing aloe in it.  My nose is already getting red and raw.  My ears tickle and my teeth are beginning to hurt. 

Dd got called into work at least twice this weekend.  A few hours ago he was at work and called me to let me know he was on his way home.  He asked if he could get me anything.  I said I wanted an egg salad sandwich from Wawa's.  Okay, I can still eat, but there are still alot of places around here that don't have electricity and he came home with a sweet tea and chocolate donuts.  Oh wow.  Then I asked dd if he would fill my cup up with ice for my sweet tea and he's what he did:

Okay, thanks dd.  But I wanted to close the lid.  LOL  Anyway, when the female is sick in the house she can't expect things to run smoothly.  I've been through this for 33 years.  I should know better by now.

Well, this is my life.  I'm tired.  I sleep, then wake up, then sleep, blowing my nose and spraying my throat in between.  This is gonna be my life for the next week and then the coughing will start...and let's just say I have leaky pipes and it's not pleasant to cough your head off and have leaky pipes. 

I now feel a headache starting.  Think I'll drink my tea, blow my nose and spray my throat....until later.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene

It's one of those days...rain, winds and watching the weather news all day long.  And the dog is constantly ringing the bells we hang on the door to let us know she wants to go outside.  She's a beagle so the rain doesn't bother her.  She's made for woods and weather.  But I don't want her going out and getting wet.  Our dd decided to wait the storm out here at home, but she is so busy doing her college work.  Working full time and going to school doesn't leave her much time for socializing.

The lights have blinked off and on a few times already.  The thing about losing our electricity is  that our house is all electric so if we have no electricity, we can't flush the toilets, use the water, cook, etc.  We do have a generator, thank goodness, so if we absolutely needed to we can hook up to that. 

I went outside to move my car out from under our tree and try to 'collect' all our cats, but they must have found hiding places because none of them would come to me when I called them.  Animals are smart and are in survival mood most of the time.  They'll be okay.

We are about 18 miles from the Chesapeake Bay.  Far enough not to get flood waters, although our town does flood, but we have never had a flood problem.  Here's a picture of the street in our town that always floods:

I guess I'll probably read, eat and continue to watch tv.  I cleaned up a little yesterday, so I don't have that on my shoulders.  Hehehe.  I washed towels, too knowing we'll probably need dry towels when we have to go in and out in the rain to take the dog outside. 
I'll check back later if all is well!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Baby Girl Finishes Her First 5K

Before the race

Dd ran in her first 5k today.  We are so very proud of her.  She said as she was running at times she wanted to give up, but she didn't.  She kept pushing to the finish line.  The race was to make money for the Bowie-Severna Park Pregnancy Center.  Dd raise $501.00.  Wow.  The pregnancy centers help women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy...they help women make the best decisions for them about the baby.  The centers offer free sonograms, free testing including pregnancy and std tests.  They also provide information about free government financial aid, baby clothes, diapers, blankets, toys....whatever a woman needs for her newborn.  The people who work volunteer there are truly compassionate women and men. 

Maryland Senator Ed Reilly, Pam Palumbo (founder) dd, me and dh

Dd arriving at the finish line

Here she is!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm Sick of "Customer Service"


"This is Peggy"

 Seriously, don't people today know what customer service is?  I don't know about you, but when I call a business to ask a question about their services  I'm usually more frustrated about the 'no answer' when I get off the phone and I wonder how that business thinks they give good customer service.  Here's the for instance:

Dd has a new medication that costs ALOT.  Her insurance is not so good and doesn't pay for it.  I have found a company online called RxFreeCard.  They say they have some sort of deal with pharmacies to give you a discount on your prescriptions.  Okay..sounds good to me.  However, I have called some popular pharmacies here in Maryland to ask if they accept the card.  CVS told me that they have it listed in their computer, but it is not linked with them.  Okay, so RxFreeCard says on their website that CVS accepts their card.  I called Sam's Club and they told me 'hey, if Sam's Club is listed on the RxFreeCard's website then we probably accept it."  And I called Giant in another town~~the woman who answered the phone said I'd have to bring in the card.  I told her I lived in another town, that's why I'm calling and she said I can give you the number to a Giant in your town.  Lady, that isn't the point.  I'm calling you on the phone so I don't have to drive from store to store.  OHMYGosh.  Can't these places just tell me if they accept it? 

I put in a telephone call to RxFreeCard.  I just received a call back.  The lady in charge assured me that all pharmacies accept this card even in Puerto Rico.  There are numbers on the card that the pharmacy puts into their computer.  She told me to take my prescription to the pharmacy with the card.  So, next time dd needs her prescription refilled, we are gonna try this RxFreeCard.  And we'll keep our fingers crossed that it works.

Now I'm off to Target to use my coupons. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What a Surprise!

Dd's roommate told her that after this year's lease is up she will probably be moving back to NY where she is originally from and where her boyfriend lives and works.  That means that dd will have to be looking for another roommate.  We've been through this once before.  Dd couldn't find a roommate and ended up moving into someone else's space.  Now, she'll have to consider what to do.  As we were talking the other night she said she was considering moving back home.  Surprise!  I think I was stunned for a moment.  See, when dd was in this situation before I offered her two rooms here in the house and was going to put in an exterior door for her to come and go as she wanted.  She hated the idea and wouldn't even consider it.  But, dd has been through a lot of growing recently and actually I was excited about her moving home once I really thought about it.  She told me that I could cook for her so that she will eat well once again and that we could go food shopping together....hahaha!  Our basement where our son lived needs a total redo.  Dh and I talked about it after the son moved out but it takes $$ and if wasn't a priority.  Now, maybe it will be a reality.  Dd and I figured out how much she could save while living at home.  Wow!  Awsome...and she would have a great nest egg for when she'd go back out there into the world again.  Who knows?   It would be awesome, though.

There's No Place Like Home