Monday, February 23, 2015

My husband is not disabled.

It has been 5 months and a week since Hubby had is below the knee amputation or BKA. He has been doing so well and I am super proud of him. He gets around better than he did before his surgery and he has been busy, busy, busy doing stuff around our apartment to get it perfect.

He put up shelves in the outsides storage closet. I snapped a pic. Don't tell him I posted it as  I imagine  he would prefer a fully clothed pic, but it's my blog, right?
He got shelves put up and closet all organized. I guess that was a couple of weeks ago. Then later that week, he had contacted the firewood guy to deliver a load of wood, since we found out we could use our fireplace again.

The wood guy was supposed to show up one morning and never did,. After Hubby called a few times and never getting a return call for a couple of days, he went to Kroger and bought firewood there. He got a lot more wood for the price than he had from the wood guy. Of course, Hubby had to haul it to our patio himself. He just used his wheelchair as a carrier. LOL! He is so clever.

He has spent a lot of time getting the inside of our apartment "perfect." It might not be my style of decorating, but you know what...he is happy and I can live with it. Here is the entertainment center. If it is too busy for you, just look away. LOL!
Our entire apartment is still a work in progress and Hubby is having a grand time.

He informally finished outpatient rehab. I say informally as he he has not gone back for a final evaluation. The last time he went in, he had a small blister caused by his prosthetic leg and was told to stay off of it and come back when it heals. WELL, he he has not been staying off of it, but the blister is slowly bus surely healing. It just takes a while with him and we understand it. In the meantime, he had graduated himself from walking with a cane to walking without one. He just walks around like he owns the place.

And the reason for my title? I was reading some amputee support pages on Facebook this weekend and suddenly realized that I had not once considered that Hubby is now "disabled." In my opinion he is more abled than he was for years.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My cat has asthma!

Did you even know cats could get asthma? I only recently read about it.

I took our almost ten-year-old cat, Max, to the vet on Saturday as he seemed to be breathing “hard”. He didn’t act sick, has been eating and drinking fine and escaping outside every chance he gets to be Adventure Kitty. But his breathing bothered me.

So I took him to the vet and he thought something was really wrong and recommended an X-ray. Of course, I said yes. Afterward the vet said he did not find what he expected…a hernia or enlarged heart, but that Max’s lungs seemed to be hyper-inflated and his heart looked like it was over to one side. (Weird) So he asked if I wanted him to send the X-rays to be reviewed by a radiologist. I said of course. I really like that this vet tells you what each step costs so you can decide whether to proceed instead of you getting hit with a big bill at the end. I ended up spending $277 on Saturday, but wanted to find out what is wrong with Max.

So, I have been thinking the worst since Saturday, preparing myself to have to put Max down as I did not see heart surgery or a lung transplant in his future. (They probably don’t do ether for kitties, but you know what I mean.)

I got the call today and Max has asthma and a slight case of pneumonia. Whew! So he is going in the morning for a shot of antibiotics and something for the asthma. Pneumonia can be cleared up and the asthma can be treated. I am very happy that is all it was. So Max can continue to be Adventure Kitty for a long time to come.

The rest of my Valentine’s Day was better. Hubby started romancing me early. I got a card and flowers for Valentine’s Day Eve Eve. 
Then I got a card and Lindor Truffles for Valentine’s Day Eve. No pic as we already ate those truffles and they were delish!

On Valentine’s Day, I got a card, travel size Beautiful perfume…my favorite. But best of all, Hubby wrote me an incredibly heart-felt letter thanking me for all my support and telling me he could not be doing as well as he is if not for me. I got a little choked up.

I felt a little lame as all I did for Hubby was bring him donuts for breakfast on VDay…some with pink frosting and made him some Black Forest mini bundt cakes. Both were delish. Some of the cakes are in the freezer so we don’t have to eat them all.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Champagne taste on a beer budget.

That is what Hubby has. Oh, sure he can be frugal, but right now he is thinking we are rich.

Last Fall, he contracted "car fever". I was fine with it as when it comes to car purchases, I get to decide when. I try not to "handle the purse strings" all  the time, but when it comes to BIG purchases, I do.

I told Hubby that he could shop to his heart's content and we would buy him a "new" car in the March or April. The reason? Well, I wanted time to save some more money in our "car fund" and I will get my bonus in March or April. I would like to pay as much cash toward the car as possible, though I will not dip into our "big" savings account. (Unless, I only need a couple of thousand or less.)

When we paid off my CRV, I left the direct deposit amount into the credit union the same, so we were saving a car payment a month toward a new vehicle. So the car fund has been growing. I would love to let it grow another year or two, but Hubby wants something new. And his 2000 Honda Accord, though in excellent condition and only 109,000 miles on it IS 15 years old. So he as been shopping.

What does he want? This:
A Honda Crosstour. Yes, a luxury Honda SUB. It IS beautiful and a good size, but my word...I was hoping for a $15,000 to $18,000 vehicle. Not a $30,000 one!

Hubby IS shopping for a used one, though, so it will be less than $30,000 but I imagine we will be spending around $20,000. I know, I know. Lots of people buy $20,000. But I think you can find perfectly acceptable cars for less. Of course, we DO drive our cars a lot time. We are on year 11 with Hubby's Accord. And I have driven my CRV for 7 years so far and the vehicle before I drove for 11 year. So, I guess it will average out to be a reasonably priced vehicle.

But I told Hubby he has champagne taste on a beer budget.

In other news, our new mattress is wonderful! It is a firm one and we have been sleeping so well on it. I want to stay in bed all the time.

Hubby is doing well learning to walk on his prosthetic leg. He gets around better than I do sometimes. He has been hanging plants and though I don't love the totally covered wall effect that he does, he is happy, so I am happy. This last weekend, he put up shelves in the outside storage closet and started organizing his plants

He is a busy boy!

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I am still here...

I know that I am not nearly as busy as it seems like I am. I am even taking a lunch break today to blog. LOL! I know that SonyaAnn is dying to hear what exciting adventures we have been up to.

Well, Hubby is up and walking! Yeah! Here is a pic of him standing on his own two legs. Yes, one is bionic but it is HIS.

His pants are puffy as he was standing in front of a fan. LOL! He does not have oddly puffy legs. He was using a walker when he walked, but has graduated to walking with a cane and even walks around some with NO support. I am so proud of how well he is doing.

Since he has been more mobile, he has been unpacking boxes of books and pictures and has been "decorating" for a few weeks. We now have no moving boxes to unpack and our walls are getting hung. It is feeling like home. Wait, it has felt like home since we moved in, but now it is looking more cozy.

For about a year, I have been saying we needed a new bed. Of course, Hubby said "Whatever. This one is fine." But it is time. We don't have dips  or sags in the middle, but some springs in the mattress have broken. I just made a  little hole and pulled the broken parts out so we would not get poked. But the sides are less firm due to spring issues. So I have been shopping for a deal.

I finally found a decent price on a mattress that is the same brand as ours, a Serta firm mattress. I was going to order mattress and box springs, but read some bad reviews on the box springs. Then I wondered if I needed to even buy box springs so started researching. The concensus was  that if the "foundation" did not have springs and was still solid, there was no need to replace.

I crawled under the bed and there are no springs in that bad boy and it is WELL made. So, I just ordered a mattress from JC Penney and with the sale and coupon code, I saved 74% off retail! We have to wait a couple of weeks for it, but I don't care. I love a deal and am willing to wait.

I have not been doing much deal shopping because of all the stuff going on here, but did manage to get in a trip to CVS for shampoo, conditioner and stylers to replenish my supply. I paid $2.65 for $56 worth of stuff. I was pumped!

Of course, then we decided we need to start feeding our cats food for sensitive tummies as someone who has been hiding it well has been barfing. We don't know which of the 3 it is, so they will all have to eat different food. That shit is expensive! No more cheap cat food. LOL! I did not buy the cheapest before, but thanks to Hubby they can be finicky so I was getting what they would eat for the best price I could, but $4 - $5 a 3 lb bag was what I was spending. Sensitive tummy stuff is more expensive, but I guess they are worth it. LOL!
I bought new food last Sunday an no one has barfed since we started them on it. I got 3 different kinds as Hubby determines what they like or don't like. I am hoping they work. I tell him if they are hungry enough they will eat it, but he insists they won't. I guess I will let him be right this time.

Work is busy and I go crazy some days. So I am always ready for the weekend!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I need more credit cards!

Well, according to Equifax and Transunion I do. LOL! I signed up with Credit Karma just to keep an eye on my credit and it seems to be fairly accurate. Supposedly Credit Karma is reporting info from Equifax and Transunion.

We have 2 we use. LOL! They are both rewards cards, on gives points that can be redeemed for giftcards and one sends checks to use at Kroger. The only reason we use them is because of the rewards. We used to pay cash for everything and decided we might as well earn some rewards for what we were spending anyway. We pay both cards balances, in full, every month. We have had the cards for years and have never paid one cent of interest.We also have a couple of store cards that we never use, so I am surprised that they have not been closed.

So, I get an email from Credit Karma that I need to update my credit score, which entails signing in to the site and it is "recalculated". This month is the first month Equifax is included in the calculations. My "credit score" is over 800, categorized as "excellent". Well, sure we pay our bills on time, never go to collections, etc. BUT when digging down into the details of the score, I found that our "number of accounts" is categorized as POOR, because we only have 9. I don't even know what they are counting as 9 and I am not worried about it as I check our credit reports regularly and they are correct. Maybe they go back to our car loans or something.

Everything else is categorized as excellent. AND our total account are equal to or higher than 42% of other Credit Karma members. LOL! So there is a whole lot of us who are in that poor category. I guess I am in good company.

Recommendation: This metric represents the total number of accounts listed on your credit report. Consumers with more credit accounts tend to have better credit scores, So Transunion and Equifax think I need more credit cards.

My opinion: I don't think so.

In other news, Hubby and I have jumped on "the year of the car" bandwagon. Last week, I started the car (I have been driving Hubby's Accord) one morning, turned on my headlights and had no light on the driver side. Told Hubby about it later when we talked and decided to take care of it on the weekend. It was cold and rainy so I didn't. But on Sunday, I took the CRV and the driver side headlight was out on IT! WTF?! It had just gone out because it was working the previous weekend. So I went to the auto parts store and bought 2 bulbs...$20.

I was not trying to figure out how to change them in the rain and cold, so Hubby took the CRV to our mechanic and they changed the bulb for us for no charge. Yeah for that! So I am driving it as I leave in the dark and come home in the dark. Hubby will drive his car, as he only drives in the day, until we can get that one changed. He said the mechanic would change it but asked him to wait a week or so as they are short a mechanic. He will take it to them or I may try to change it this weekend. I looked on-line and the Accord one looks pretty easy to change.

We have not been able to have a fire...because we had a fire. Hubby is getting antsy as it has been perfect fire weather. He called our manager and found out we have to wait until the chimney is inspected before we can use the fireplace. They got it all repaired pretty quickly, but who knows when the inspector will come.

Happy Wednesday!
from your cold friend with too few credit cards.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year and Where's the Fire?

Oh, yeah, it was at MY place.

I worked a short week last week...Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday. We got an email early Wednesday afternoon that we could go home. Yeah! So, I did. When I got home, Hubby and I did a little running around, but decided NOT to go out to eat for New Year's Eve. We decided to pick up something and just head home.

My throat had started to feel a bit scratchy on Tuesday and people in my office were coming to work sick, so I had started popping vitamin C and Airborne to stave anything off. But it did not work. New Year's Eve I could not stay awake, so went to bed around 10. So much for welcoming the New Year.

The next day I was up early and spent the day relaxing and reading. Hubby spent some time napping as he HAD stayed up late the night before. LOL!

Around 4:30, Hubby started our New Year's dinner and had blackeyed peas, a pot of beans and spinach on the stove, and cornbread in the oven. A little before 5, there was a knock on the door and a guy asked me if I knew the chimney was on fire! WHAT! If I knew that, would I be sitting in my apartment??? I went outside...not dressed for outside...and looked and sure enough there was a little flame at the very top of the chimney. I said I was going to run in and call the fire department and get dressed. The guy said he was calling them right them.

So I ran in, got dressed and told Hubby to get dressed. He wanted to know why and I told him. I guess the fact that I was calm made it seem like it was not so serious. LOL! You would think the word fire would make someone hurry, but not Hubby. I finally got him outside, turned off the stove and headed out myself.

The fire department got there quickly and were up on the roof in no time, hosing down the fire and tearing out the chimney. It really was a little fire right at the top, but they took no chances. There were fire fighters and policemen everywhere and the fire marshall finally left a little before 9. THEN we got to eat our black-eyed peas.

 Here is what it looked like the next day. The bottom "hole" is the outside our our fireplace.

There was no smoke or fire damage to our apartment, thank goodness, though a lot of water flooded in and soaked some of our carpet. But maintenance was in the next day, tearing out padding and sucking out water. and leaving an industrial fan in our living room to blow on it all weekend. That sucker is LOUD and I will be glad when it is gone. Hopefully today. Oh, and we are grateful for the minimal damage. In the top photo, you might notice that our neighbor's door is white. That is because it is a temporary door to replace the one the fire fighter battered down. The neighbors were not home but the fire fighters had to be sure.

I ended up being too sick to go to work on Friday, which was good as I had to move some stuff when the carpet guy came. Hubby could have done it, but I also had to dismantle our computer as some water was in the bedroom under the computer desk, too. Hubby would not have wanted to do that.

Saturday and Sunday were much easier days, except that the fan was really loud.

Here is a pic of Hubby standing around yesterday. He's got legs!
He starts physical therapy today and I am at work doped up on cold medicine.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

19 years ago tonight...well actually a little after midnight....I met my dear Hubby.

For several years before meeting Hubby, I would spend New Year's Eve at my girlfriend's house with her and her boys. She has 5 boys and when they were younger, if I showed up and we made a lot of food, it was a party. LOL! So on 12/31/95, I went over in the early evening and we started to "party". That entailed drinking some wine, making food and watching movies.

A little after midnight, after we had counted down to the New Year, my girlfriend said, "Let's go to the Hop." The Hop was a disco, yes disco, that she liked to frequent. Since I was a raging workaholic, I did not go out at all. She had decided that my New Year's resolution should be to get a life, so she convinced me to head to the Hop. I was wearing flat shoes, a sloppy sweater and flat hair. Not my typical mode of "going out" dress. But we went. (her oldest son was old enough to leave at home with the other boys and my gf had a pager and we could be back in 10 minutes if something happened.)

When we walked in the door, I looked across the bar and saw a tall, good looking guy in a white shirt that made his broad shoulders look even broader. Hmmm... I thought. But figured I was not dressed to pick up any hotties. LOL! My friend said, "Oh look. There's Bob!", and headed across the room. This girl knew everyone in that place! Yes, she was a partier, but only when her kids were with their dad. She walked right up to the broad shouldered hottie and said hi. OMG! That was Bob and she knew him!

We ended up talking and dancing with each other until the bar closed. I figured that was it until my gf invited him to follow us to her house to continue our New Year celebration. He agreed and followed us to her house. While in the car she told me all about how she had seen him there for the last couple of years and what a nice guy he was. He was divorced with 3 kids and loved his kids like crazy. WELL! I knew he was not for me in that case. I was not interested in kids and didn't want to date anyone with kids. I actually didn't want to date anyone. After my divorce several years previously, I had decided I was better off on my own.

We got to gf's house and ended up drinking wine and talking into the early morning. We had sobered up by the time we decided to leave, so Hottie said bye, got in his car and left. And I got in my car and left.

That might have been the end of it, but gf decided that Hottie and I should get together so started playing matchmaker. It took her a few weeks, but she finally got us out together. I thank her regularly for her perseverance. LOL!

There, isn't that a good New Year story?

Every one have a safe and Happy New Year!