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Friday, September 22, 2017


Saving a Bundle

Steve and I are extremely proud of our efforts at the grocery stores this week!  We are VERY good at saving on our food bills.  We sometimes are a little too good, but it somehow works out in our favor-most of the time!

This week our freezer was already at the "Fibber McGee" closet point when Steve saw that the Friday special deals at one market had sockeye salmon on sale for $5 a pound.  Fresh, not "previously frozen".  We eat a lot of fish around here.  So, with that in mind and the fact that on Friday Steve didn't have to go into work until mid-morning, we went to the market to go and get the salmon.

Okay, we didn't drive there early in the morning for just salmon.  There was also fresh tilapia and some ahi tuna on sale.  Plus, it turned out that this market was the only one  that was offering our precious morning "berry" fest at a reasonable price.  So, we stopped for a quick breakfast at the local bagel shop and toodled across the street to pick up our treasured items.

Besides the "deals" of the week-we also had a $5 coupon for the said $5 Friday deals.  Can I hear a woot, woot???

We got to the fish area and Steve saw that in the regular case there were 4 packages of not sockeye-but KING salmon stamped with 50% off coupons as a manager's special!   He took them all.  Easy enough to cut down into portions for dinner.  All were not only fresh but pre-seasoned.  I'm all about making things easy on myself these days.  Here's the breakdown:

Regular price:  $20 a lb.
Sale price:  $10 a lb.
With the manager's special:  $5 a lb.

Remember, this is for the better salmon!  We also got the other two fish, the berries (which we took our individual quotas on and paid separately).

According to the computer generated receipt, Steve and I paid for all of this and the rest of the shopping (the norm of veggies added, some extra Ziploc bags and whatever) $85 and saved a whopping $180!

Patting myself on the back.  I'm totally exhausted from my short little walk with the girls this morning, breakfast out with Steve and the 20 minutes in the market and 20 minutes of packaging up all the fish, so I'm going to go take a good rest now.

Wish I could say I'm done for the day, but I'm off to see the pulminologist for a much needed re-check this afternoon.  This will be quite the undertaking for me-haven't driven this far since before I got sick.  So this rest time is no maybe, but a must.  Until next week!

Sunday, September 17, 2017



This week is filled with wonderful and sad memories.

Today, 20 years ago, after losing our 1st precious Lucky, we went to a rescue event and fell in love with our first Sunshine.  My very first blog was about giving her a shower with Steve's help.  Our Sunshine still, after passing 7 years ago, still brings on tears of missing her because she really was something very, very special.

Perfectly behaved, a real talker, great with kids of all ages, loved her Pepper (in fact, it was her love that gave him the chance to win us all over!) and us.

I can still remember her watching Dylan on the floor of our family room, he had just begun sitting and she was watching him intently and making sure he didn't fall.  Didn't care about her fur being pulled.  Then she stood up and got her favorite toy, a doggy sized soccer ball and brought it over to him and dropped it in his lap.  Then starting telling him in clear doggy speak-throw my ball, let's play!  Dylan laughed at her and enjoyed the puppy kisses and nuzzles.

You all can tell by my posts that we dearly and completely love Pepper, and namesakes Lucky and Sunshine, our love in unconditional and forever-but Sunshine #1 still brings tears to our eyes at the realization that she really is gone.

What makes this week doubly difficult is that not only did we adopt her this week in 1997, but we lost her 3 days after her 15 "birthday" with us.  The high and the low in 72 hours.

Given her personality I'm sure she would have adored the pups that now play with her very well behaved and very senior tabby. She's probably watching from over the rainbow bridge admiring that he has tried to use some of the same playing moves to dogs that are 1/5 of her size and shining that smile that lit up our home all those years.

While I type this tribute to a wonderful family member and bawl my eyes out-I can also look at the three loves in front of me and know that they'll be getting more than the usual amounts of hugs, pets and kisses this week.

I wish you all a family pet that adds so much to your lives that you feel the same amount of both despair of their loss and the love you felt for many, many years.

Friday, September 15, 2017


In the Swim of Things

Couldn't be more happy that I was in class today!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Breakfast With Papa

Guess where we were with the kids for breakfast!

Saturday, September 09, 2017



The last two weeks I've spent a great deal of time on the phone with insurance companies for things that shouldn't have even been brought to my personal attention.  I just don't have this kind of energy for nonsense of this kind.

We received a bill from our lab for services rendered.  According to our handy-dandy book of information, we're NOT supposed to pay for any lab work.  Why the bill?  That was my question.

It seems one of my doctors ordered a few tests that the lab "didn't do in house" and they (without letting the doctor or I know first) sent it out to their parent company to do the work.  Not my fault, not our insurer's fault, but we get the bill.  I tried to solve it on my own-since a mistake had already been made by the same side provider the month before and then it was corrected.  This time, the person on the other end of the phone wasn't so helpful.  There's an hour of life and energy I won't get back.

Next, I called our insurer-who finally took me off of hold after 45 minutes of elevator music and listened to me.  Now I have to admit, this woman was very nice and she really worked hard to help me.  She listened to me, said she didn't understand why I should have gotten the bill and proceeded to call the provider and put us all on a "conference" call.

After about an hour (no kidding), he refused to talk to me, referred to me in the 3rd person and was rude to my insurer!  Wind up was she filed a complaint on my behalf and the bill was erased.  Great news there.  She also informed me that since my hospital stay had pushed me "minimum" that I probably shouldn't be seeing any more bills until next year.

Again, that was fabulous news-as I am now up for:  a Prolia shot (a mere $1,000), a updated CTScan on my lungs to see how the Valley Fever is coming along and a few more doctors appointments.

EXCEPT-shortly after that news, Steve gets a text telling him that due to rising costs and the present insurer wanting to raise them by 15%-they were switching us to another provider as of October 1st!

Fantastic, NOT!  So now I have to hope the new company will A) let me continue to see my present doctors B) not hold up any of my treatments C) charge me for what I wouldn't have seen a bill for just because we're changing.

This whole thing is a necessary evil.

Friday, September 01, 2017


Peek a boo

Sunshine has discovered where Pepper likes to spend his resting moments.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Wow, A Fan Letter!

I needed some good news, something new and fun!

Someone actually used the e-mail address from one of my stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Positive Thinking and wrote me a fan letter!  Thought I'd share it with you:

Dear Carine Nadel

Hello, How are you ? I hope you are good all the time. I'm Cristover Diki Gunawan from Indonesia. I just finish to read the book and I really inspired by your story in Chicken Soup For the Soul : The Power of Positive Thinking.

Thank you for sharing me this story. Before read this book I am really desperate but now I'm feel gratefull and blessed all day. Thank You and God Bless You.

Best Regards

Cristover Diki Gunawan

Amazing how this story made it to the other side of the world and affected someone to the point that they took the time to let me know!  It wasn't long and I really appreciated the time and thought put into it.

I was delighted and it perked me up for the entire day.  Shared it with Steve immediately after it came to my inbox.  Not everyday that a writer gets fan mail.

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