Friday, October 29, 2021

I'm so excited - Chocolate Time

 I am feeling so happy and contented that I'm scaring myself.  Hahaha. It is probably the Serotonin from the chocolate I've been sneaking.    

The apartment complex held a Dog Costume Contest (I couldn't find Buddy's) and gave Puppuccinos to the dogs that came by and a treat bag of candy for the adults.  So another increase in my Serotonin level as I enjoy the treat bag. 

Another new thing Bud is doing.  Sticking his tongue out, just barely.  He has never done this before and only started in recently.  Anybody had this experience - with their dog, I mean. 

In keeping with the Halloween theme.  This is my daughter's step-son several years ago.  I thought it was perfect.  

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Old Dog - New Tricks

Buddy has taught himself a new trick.  I heard him whinning this morning and I couldn't see him from my post in my chair. Finally got up and he was sitting by the front door and wanted out.  Yes mam, I got my walking shoes on and off we went.  At the old apartment, he would wait by the kitchen door until I had some coffee and whine till he got his breakfast Beggin' Strip.  What is confusing is when he sits at my feet and whines. Breakfast or walk?  I ask him and he just licks his lips in reply.  I think that means either.  

Happenings:  I got an email from Mary Jane Kolassas explaining the "Pros and Cons of Retiring in a Nudist Community."  I haven't read it yet.  The laughter tears makes the print too blurry.  

Other Events:  I put a sheet on my new/old chair because Buddy seemed to like sitting in it.  

As you can see, Buddy didn't get the hang of what I was trying to accomplish.  

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Doctor's Visit and Dexcom Download

 I had to drive across town to my doctor's office to pick up my the insulin that had come in from the drug manufacturer.  I was just there on Tuesday for my regular visit but I won't complain when the price is free. Thank you and I'm glad to make the drive.  

Tuesday's doctor visit was the first visit since I got my Dexcom. The purpose of the Dexcom is to share the data the it collects with the doctor's office so she can keep a closer look on my numbers and when and why they change.  We had a little trouble getting the data to down load while I was there so I spent the next morning on the phone with a Dexcom tech setting up my laptop to dispense the data.  

I don't know if the phone app or the laptop started downloading but they got my info and she gave me a bunch of suggestions.  (Insert: Head spinning) She has started the process for ordering my insulin pump and said they were supposed to call me.  Oops, I'm not in the habit of answering my phone unless the ring tune is set to a song assigned to one of my (few) callers.  If it rings my general ring tone I just let it go to voice mail.  

Have you or your dear one been receiving 20 calls a day about Medicare registration.  Dang.  Give me a break.  

Speaking of which I have decided to downgrade my drug policy with the same company SilverScript/Aetna.  Since I am getting my insulin which was the big expense, from the manufacturer, I will not be spending that $100+ a month.  So I have changed from $70 a month with no deductible to $7 a month with a nearly $500 deductible.  

My plan is that if the drug company was to drop me or the program, I would be back to old school purchases of $100+ a month.  I'd rather take a beating than try to understand the drug policies.  I'm not sure when this happened.  I used to be the go-to person in my family if you have some tech issue or need research issue.  Don't know when I lost it.  Kinda sad.  

On my drive from the doctor's office, I stopped by the new apartments they are building that my old Manger will run.  They are in a good location so we will see what happens when the time comes up.  On my Tuesday visit to the doctor, I went by my old apartments and had coffee with my friend that lived next door.  

I've realized since I've moved that I miss those old folks.  Lady dog walkers like me.  Couple of old guys I would stop and chat with.  I don't think I ever made friends with neighbors like I did with these.  I'm not much of a friendly person or social butterfly but I'm glad to know I can still make friends.  

I have a new library that's very nice, can't wait to take the Grand Girls.  I forgot to ask if they have a meeting room and if it is open for use again.  My old library had closed their meeting room.  I hope to try again with the Online Contest Club to share my knowledge and love of computer sweepstakes. 

Buddy dragging his blanket around with the dental stick on it.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Not a lot to share.  I'm at the stage where I have to leave things sit for a little while to see if it is going to stay where I put them.  I was trying to hang a picture and fell off the couch, bounced off the coffee table and hit my head with a good smack on the floor.  I lay there, made sure I was ok but gave up hanging pictures.  I need a couple of nails on the patio for hanging baskets and one picture that I will probably hang by the time someone comes over to help.  Yes, I've learned my lesson. 

Buddy is really enjoying the floors.  He is dragging his blankets all over the place and burying his bones here, there and everywhere.  

My apartment is an older complex, not as old as my last, but it is pretty beat up in places.  However, living by the Leasing Office, everything is kept up to impress prospects.  My plants love it here and are growing like crazy.  

I've found my way around to several really nice shopping centers.  This old area I live in is surrounded my nice beautiful  home so after I get off my street I really enjoy going places.  I went to my third and nicest Kroger today.  I also found the branch of my Bank is the same center.  Going home though, I missed my turn but I knew another way to get home.  

The Grand Girls may come over this weekend.  I feel bad for my son because it is probably an hour drive one-way if he doesn't use the toll road.  

I went to my endocrinologist yesterday and she was happy with me except we couldn't get the Dexcom G6 to download all of my information, just a month's worth.  She is going to start working on the insulin pump order now.  

I'm feeling peaceful about this move.  However, my former next door neighbor told me that our old apartment manager is going to work for a new complex being built that is regular and senior apartments.  I don't know anything about them except they will be in the old neighborhood, more or less.  

I figured I'd get on the list and decide when the time comes if I want to go.  

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A Hot Tub and a Hot Toddy and I will be fine

 I told you my Chromebook died the week of the move.  That was awful.  Like when you put your car in the shop and you keep having the urge to go somewhere just because you can't. Luckily, I could read my email on my phone - I'm beginning to feel like we are way past the Jetson's, except for the flying cars.  

I bought a new HP Windows laptop.  This old dog is learning new tricks or reviving old ones with Windows.  The purchase was kind of a reckless decision on my part.  I walked into Target for something I needed for the new apartment and as I walked past the electronics I just made the decision I needed a new laptop and I needed it now.  Usually I research a purchase like that to death. Luck is on my side, I am quite pleased with the new HP. 

Did I tell you I knocked the big TV over and now it has lines and stripes across the screen.  I've still been watching it because I'm so tired in the evenings, I'm not really paying attention so who cares if there are lines.  I did get my smaller TV out and started reloading my favorite channels.  I hate user names and passwords.  I really want one for e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

I have only one more box to unpack.  Yahoo.  However, I will be culling out all the boxes and tubs we put on my closet shelf.  The storage around here is almost non-existent.   I don't have room for my kitchen items and I don't even have that many. Good thing I don't cook. 

I think I will feel like I really live here when I try to enter a room and know where the light switch is.  I'm still scratching empty walls.   

I did get most of the money promised from the Old Apartment Management.  By the last day, I thought the old Manager was going to cry.  Apparently she was as stressed by the Old Managements lack of organization as I was.  Anyway, I got the dog deposit.  Can I say it again $400.  You'd think I was keeping an elephant in my apartment for that money.  The Old Management also gave me the prorated rent for October at the new place and $1000 for the deposit.  Now they have a strange deposit policy here.  You can pay $1,000 as a refundable deposit or you can pay $20 extra a month for no deposit/no refund.  So I applied the $1000 to my November rent so now I won't be paying rent out of my pocket until December.  The Old Management is supposed to mail me the balance of the payout which is about $325.  Hopefully they will but I feel good about what they have done without it.  

Most importantly, Buddy also got a new leash.  

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Monday, October 11, 2021

I'm sooooo tired

The good news is that I am here.  The week of the move and the actual move were full of trials and tribulations.  The worst was (1) my laptop died, (2) Buddy's retractable leash died and (3) the new apartment management was just starting the make-ready of my new apartment about 30 minutes before the truck arrived.  I had to threaten to have all my possessions deposited on the grass if they did not let me move in as is.  

I was shown a supposedly comparable apartment when I toured the complex but my apartment is so different from it.  In fact, it is much cuter which was a pleasant surprise.  Buddy loves the cool flooring. 

I am downstairs, which I love, but on our walks Buddy keeps trying to go up the stairs like at our old apartment.  I have lovely views out my windows and, of course, I set my patio up first. 

I'm very happy I made the move and I will tell you more of the stories later on.  

 Until then ... 

Friday, October 1, 2021

It's Funny/Not Funny

 I always thought my bedroom was a nice size.  Yesterday I packed the craft/grandgirls closet which has more stuff than any other area.  I don't know why, but my boxes were not placed in any logical order after they were filled.  Consequently, there is a maze that is a little tricky if you have a big belly or can't see at night.  

Last night shortly after I got in bed I heard Buddy get up and he ran into a box in the dark.  Poor thing.  I heard the thud. I'm bad. I laughed.  I was worried about getting up in the night myself.  Luckily, I slept all night.  Sorry, Buddy. 

I won another contest last night for a $100 amazon gift card.  Something to look forward to for the new apartment.  

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