Monday, June 24, 2019

more rain, roller coaster ride of life.

Monday night
we came home after our meeting with our financial guy. We had already decided on what could be cut if we don't have enough $$$ AND where the money that is saved goes . Half goes to the household savings, the other half goes in to Ally where I am saving when we need money for health ins.

E and his boys, brother EL. and his Dad came over to fish our pond (have too many and we have enough fish in the freezer now) and invited us over for their fish fry. We didn't go, a bit tired of fish at the moment LOL

Hubby went over to where he was to pick up a load for hauling on Tuesday , that road was flooded Monday morning. It was down enough he went and got the load since we were expecting more rain.

I put the budget on a spread sheet and found we had a $200 mistake in the budget ... it's was $200 MORE than we needed... SO that $200 will be split and go directly into medical savings and household savings accounts.

I made laundry soap which I should have made Saturday so I could have done a load of laundry this morning and put it on the drying rack as it's RAINING and I haven't done laundry in 6 days.

I went through Brandy's web site The Prudent Homemaker to Amazon (she gets a very small amount when someone that does that no money out) and ordered red clover tea good for congestion, red clover salve, Mother used to sell this, we used it for skin issues, echinacea tea good for immune system also honey lemon echinacea cough drops, geranium oil( I mix with safflower oil or coconut oil for muscle pains,really did well when I had shoulder surgery), garlic ear drop oil (suggested by Brandy), some eye droppers, lavender oil( for bath, etc but also for the garlic salve I am going to make that is for congestion also that E mother gave me the recipe), 1 round 6 inch cake pan, 1 square 6 inch cake pan (the size we bake now), 3 books on herbal/holistic due to 2 of my kids walking off with my books and then losing them,some camisoles and tank tops that I needed to replace this year and they were on sale for 50% off ,(Hubby will need socks this fall). AND a book for me that I have wanted for years and finally found at the price I can afford... exactly the credit I had sitting at Amazon... Diana  Phipp's Affordable Splendor...  Some of it was on sale, some even had coupons.

I straightened the dry goods cabinet in the basement and realized I have NO choc frosting.  Since I am almost out of powdered sugar also I will either buy one or the other, depending on what is cheapest and if I can find it at the discount store we are stopping by today. M needs mayo/salad dressing and asked if we were passing by it when we go to the chiro and doctor appt (praying I will be healthy enough to start my biologics)

I canceled the auto refill of the water filter($50) for the frig that is going to the basement as there is no water line there. I priced the new frig water filter and the supplier wanted $50 for one, the very same filter is on Amazon for 3 for $32. Filter is changed every 6 months so I am getting over a year's supply for less than 1 of the old filter. Since the budget was set on the old filter that's money to be saved.

I washed clothes, drying rack is full, 2 sock dryers are full and so are both shower rods. I have 3 loads left I will wash WHEN the others dry. It's RAINING.

Tuesday night
We stopped at discount store and got White Lily flour for us (99 cents for 5 lb bag, their only bag) and 12 jars of mayo,1 cake mix, 2 box of ho ho's  and 2 bottles of Ranch dressing for M. She also keeps a running list like I do.

At Aldi's I got choc frosting and powdered sugar and a case of green beans. We got M 4 Ranch dressings, 4 loaves of bread (last her a day), and 2 more cakes mixes for the total she was wanting.

At Walmart we got the baby formula M requested and some cupcakes that was discounted since discount store didn't have any. For us I got an Angel food cake baked in a loaf pan, 4 shortcakes for the strawberries we have and a discounted mixed slices of cream cake.

We went to Chiro... nothing like laying down on the table and the doctor telling you it's bad before he really starts checking things. My chiro used an Activator so there is not twisting of the body. Hubby was in as bad as shape, probably from the fishing trip as he has been saying his hip was bothering him since he headed back home.

We went to doctor appt. Hubby blood work good, sugar at 100 (that's his normal even though doc would like to see it in the 80s)lost 3 lbs.. My weight was up 3 lbs, I must have found Hubby's and forgot to give them to him 😁. Blood work was good except my cholesterol was up , doc figures steroids. Gave me the option of going back on my statin 3 days  a week or waiting to see what it is without the steroids. I chose to wait.

We stopped and got a pre-bake pizza from our favorite pizza shop for dinner.The only place we get pizza from around here is the gas station.

 Doc cleared me to start biologics BUT strongly suggested I only start with the first dosage and wait an hour to make sure I don't have a reaction.He had talked to my GI and they agreed I should take 80 mg (2 shots) the first day, 80 mg the next day and then 1 wk later take 80 mg and then 1 wk later 40 and then go every 2 wks.   So I started. I don't do well with giving myself the shot, I tried twice and ended up with 4 sticks of the needle Hubby was cracking up laughing as he thought I hadn't realized I had already stuck myself as I did the "jerk" so quick... Hubby is doing Wednesday.

Side effects... my hands quit hurting and got warm, I felt like I had a buzz like I had a couple glasses of wine without food and too close together and I was sleepy.No soreness in legs and there is no way I am doing that in my stomach, one I have tons of scars and stretch marks which they say don't hit but any shot that hurts like that will cause my Crohn's to crap up. Been there and done that and had to have morphine to stop the craps.

Still sleepy, got up at 6 with Hubby as he has a full day of being gone running around with an elder gentleman who wanted to go see some friends on the other side of the state and had no one to take him. I went back to bed when Hubby left at 7 and woke up at 10.... Still sleepy but up and moving. Took all the clothes that was still damp from yesterday out to the kitchen clothesline as the yard is still a pond . Started washing what I did not get to and will finish that hopefully before the rain comes in that is expected around 3 pm.

Canceled a magazine renewal saving $49.99.

M sent over leaf lettuce and a head of lettuce from their gardens (it was the one behind them and didn't get flooded , has spring "crop" in it and a loaf of bread as thank you for going after the groceries and formula for her. She sent a note that E her Hubby said of we wanted manure(with straw) to bring the trailer or truck over and he would help Hubby fill it so we could start putting it where nothing is planted to help the gardens improve for next year.

I dehydrated garlic chives.

GI called they changed the plan... I am to take 2nd round of biologic this weekend and the last 80 MG on Tuesday. The following Tuesday 40 mg to start the every other week schedule. Worried because I usually have an attack from beginning of Sept to late Oct.

Raining again but all the laundry except 2 pairs of jeans was dry.

Hubby got in late, he ripped his pants from his pocket to mid thigh loading equipment. He picked up a job for tomorrow morning. Guy was flooded and thought he best  get his load out while the river was down. We had left over pizza.

Hubby did the delivery and got a flat tire on the trailer. He ended up buying a new tire at the local trailer place instead of the tire place. Still wasn't a bad price of $120 for a 10 ply tire. He has a spare for it but with hauling blocks for the neighbor tomorrow wanted to have that new tire.

Paid last of the bills for June and July mortgage.Caught a over charge on one of the bills and got that corrected.

Got a notice through email that the socks and underwear Hubby prefers was on sale, plus I found a coupon so since I had the extra $200 (no I didn't spend $200) I ordered him a year's supply.He also needs new pair of steel toe boots and asked if I would start checking prices as he can order them on line.

Canceled a second magazine that originally started paid by our health ins. Saved $9.00 as now we would have to pay for it.

Patched a pair of jeans for Hubby.

Did a load of laundry of new shirts that came in and hung of drying rack.

I dehydrated garlic scapes ... first time doing this  so not sure if this will actually work decent.

I vacuumed bag the bfast pork chops, bfast steaks and dinner pork chops I had flash froze. I had wrapped them in plastic wrap and wanted better long term protection. I sliced the angel food cake I bought and put the last of the cream cake and the shortcakes in the freezer to be vacuumed bagged tomorrow.

We had rolled up stuffed flank steak with roasted red bell peppers, pistachio pesto and provolone, and hash browns. Ice cream for dessert.

Hubby and E going after building blocks today so he packed his lunch, a snack and a thermos of coffee. Texted me around 10 and said they were going to be more work than was thought and it would be late before he got home.To go ahead and eat without him.

M asked me to go get her mother in law to help her with the kids while M worked in the gardens. So I let mother in law know the men were going to be later than they thought so she could tell M (E is her Hubby)

I did a couple loads of laundry and hung them on the kitchen clothes line. A small pond is at the yard clothes line.Charlotte is having fun running through it splashing the muddy water as both Wilbur and Rascal can show as they are now covered with splatters from her doing it.

Both Hubby's socks and underwear was on sale and I got a discount code so I ordered them now instead of waiting for until this fall. They were 50% off and I got free shipping. He is going to need a new pair of boots as I noticed the toe of his one boot is cut on top. Should last him until fall.

Daughter 4 asked if we had any full size sheets, blankets, bath towels or kitchen towels. Her's is worn through that she bought from yard sales and thrift shops. So I am going through some stuff in the barn to see what I do have. I do have a couple sets of sheets from Dad's that she can have.

M came over and asked if I could take her and baby to urgent care. She got a babysitter for the kids and had her mother in law go with us. Three month old has walking pneumonia. Regretfully the meds the doctor ordered was not available any where in town so I took mother and baby home. Grandma went and borrowed nebulizer and I took her home to get Grandpa and their buggy while I drove 1 hr to another store to get the meds. AND an hr back to give them to them. I also kept Hubby updated so Daddy E could stay in the loop of info.

ON top of the neither woman had MONEY, Their hubbys had all the cash. M had the check book but the pharmacy wouldn't take her check because she does not have an ID. I paid for everything. They struggled more with that not only because they didn't have the money, never thought to have money on them but they felt they failed on taking care of the little one. I brought up the Bible verse of carrying each others burdens. Grandma started rattling off all the verses of helping one another and then M joined in. 

A very long day, both exhausted so I decide to take my biologic tomorrow.

Saturday, we had to load the trailer with the furniture that we had planned to load the day before that was going to Daughter 4 and Son 2. Forgot the pans I was giving Daughter 3 so I will mail them.AND forgot the picnic table we was giving Son 2. Daughter 1 asked if I had her box of stuff around but I didn't because I am still finding stuff that is going to her.

Got stuff to Daughter 4, her 2 boys helped unload their stuff.

Got to stuff Son 2, he helped unload his stuff, Hubby did the repairs he had agreed to do and then reloaded the trailer with 2 furniture in serious need of repairs, 2 cement drain things for down spouts , 4 metal picnic table chairs , a trash can of limbs he forgot to give Daughter 2 but she's moved so we didn't have to drop them off to her because she doesn't have a fire pit now, and the basket ball hoop that was at his driveway when he bought the house 4 yrs ago that he finally decided to get rid of since no one wanted it.

On way home we side tracked and picked up the new frig.

AND stopped and ate dinner since it was already 7 pm.

We did use the tractor to bring the new frig in , loaded on the forks and put it through the French doors. We uncrated it and I cleaned it. It's sitting in the corner of the front room.

At  9 and we  showered and went to bed. NO injections. AT 10 pm E was knocking on the door with the news the person they borrowed nebulizer from needed it back Monday night because they were leaving town and wanted to take it with them. PANIC was all over his face as baby needs it another 10 days. I text foster sister as her son has been on one all his 33 yrs (lungs damaged due to pure oxygen at birth) and asked where to go and let me know Sunday.

Sunday 8 AM... foster sister calls, she has an extra one (3rd hand) . It works (she tested it) and she was sanitizing it and her Hubby and son was gathering what ever equipment they could find to go with it. Son has a new one and supplies. Made him feel good to help another as he is disabled (all his life) and not been able to do much for others in his own eyes. SO I went over at 10 and let the family know one was on it's way and would be there in the afternoon after lunch... Hard to see E cry with relief. He is going tomorrow with M and baby (Hubby is taking them and sitting in on appt with doctor at their request) and he is getting a prescription for a new one... I made a dozen phone calls to find a place that has one in stock or could get in within 24 hrs. Walmart had a 4 day wait.Rite Aid has it in stock and could get one from a hospital supply store in 24 hrs of they are sold out.  Sis got down here at 1 , Hubby took it over just as the grandparents were arriving from church so it went well as he not only showed the parents how to use it but the grandparents. He also shared some things to help Baby A when she is coughing. Their daughter L mentioned I told them to hold the baby a different way and that opened the door to cupping Baby A back also to help break things up. Hubby also stressed that even though help was coming to stay with them (E stopped on way home Friday and made those arrangements) that E needed to not be gone 12 hrs a day until Baby A was better. From a few comments made it sound like grandparents felt the same. Without a cell phone and only a buggy or not even that if he rides with some other Amish to a job a few hours away, getting him home in an emergency isn't going to happen..

8:30 pm INJECTIONS... wasn't the best I had hoped for but not the worse either.

Bed, definitely bed.

How did your week go?