Sunday, November 12, 2017

picture time

Good morning.
A cloudy fall morning here in the desert.
Here's some pics from my early morning walk......

The mountains in these pics are the Sheep Mountains just north of our community. The golf course with ponds snake through the community. Makes for a nice picturesque walk.
We had dinner at a neighbors yesterday, Beef Stroganoff. Just about the most tender beef I've eaten in a long time. She said she cooked it in a pressure cooker. It was delicious!
And our Bells of Fire bushes got a bad infestation of tiny aphids I think. I sprayed them good. I can't believe all the bugs we have out here in the desert. But then I guess putting in golf courses, parks, ponds, and landscaping has made this desert much more habitable for more than just us humans.   :-)
Bought 2 Turkeys so far. Winco has the cheapest prices in the area at $.48 lb. Will buy another one next week since they only let you buy one at a time. We have a small chest freezer and we both love turkey and leftovers and you can't get any kind of meat as cheap as turkeys this time of year.
Well, I thinks that's all I know for now....

Friday, November 10, 2017

insurance and food

Good afternoon.
A beautiful week here in the desert. Sunny with highs in the 70's and lows in the low 50's.
I finally got insurance for next year. Went on and had a choice between just 2 companies. But that's better than a lot of people around the country. Got a plan just about like the one I had last year. It's an HMO which means I have to go to in-network doctors and hospitals, and it has a $6,600.00 deductible. Fortunately, I'm currently healthy and hopefully won't need to use it. I have just one year until I can get Medicare.   :-)
But happily, the price is less than I pay for my current insurance, so the savings will be nice. Once I get approved and get official notice from the company, I'll need to find another primary care physician. It's good I have enough blood pressure meds to last until the beginning of the year.
We haven't done much the last week. Bought some new shoes and a few shirts. Been house cleaning and just enjoying retirement. A neighbor brought us over some chicken enchilada soup. It is delicious! Another neighbor has invited us over to dinner tomorrow. We have some very nice neighbors!
I forgot to post, but the episodes of Who Wants to be a Millionaire that we watched the tapping earlier this year, were broadcast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I almost forgot they were for Veterans week. We saw one episode Tuesday, and were able to see us in the audience. It was very cool to see us on TV.   :-)
Now, we were in the right end of top row  behind the host Chris Harrison, so we looked very fuzzy and dark, but we could tell it was us! Green shirt and orange shirt.
Anyway, working on details of our winter cruise. There are a lot of things to take care of with a cruise. But I've been scouring their website and I think I've got all my I's dotted and T's crossed.
Well, that's it for now!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Oceanside CA trip

Good afternoon.
We've just returned from Oceanside CA.
 Spent 4 nites there at a Ramada hotel. It was close to the transit station, an easy walk to the beach, and a good price.   :-)
2 days we took the Coaster train down to San Diego.
One day we did a walking tour of the city which included little Italy and the Gaslamp district. The second day, we went down there to do the 2 hour harbor cruise.
I got a groupon for the cruise before we left. It's regularly $60 for 2, but they had it for $29 and they were running a special for $5 off any groupon. So we both had the 2 hour cruise for just $24.   :-)

It was really a nice tour. San Diego is the second largest Navy port in the US. We saw  a lot of ships including several in dry dock and one that they were building brand new. It was a very informative tour.
Our last day was spent in Oceanside were they have this nice long pier...
There is even a restaurant at the end. A lot of people fishing on the pier, and we watched a lot of surfers.
The last day was quite cloudy, but mild with temps in the low 70's.
It was a great trip! A long drive, as it was about a 6 hr drive from our house, and there is a lot of traffic in the greater LA basin. But we made it there and back safe, so as I always say...a good trip!   :-)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

Good morning.
Happy Halloween!
Our beautiful weather continues. Cool mornings followed by warm afternoons.
Yesterday was haircut day and we cut each others hair out on the patio. The lighting out there is much better than the kitchen and it's easier to clean up the hair, and it kinda sticks to the concrete instead of blowing around on the tile.   :-)
We booked a 7 day Mexican Riviera Cruise for this winter on the Carnival Splendor. Carries 3000 passengers and 1100 crew. 
Haven't been on a cruise since our little weekend cruise about 30 years ago. Will hopefully be fun.   :-)
Then starting tomorrow, I get to go online and look for new insurance.  My current company, Anthem Blue Cross, is pulling out of the health care marketplace.  There looks to be 2 companies I will be able to chose from. Will be interesting to see what kind of plans are available and what my costs will be after Trump ended the cost sharing payments. Some things I've read says it won't affect the subsidies.  I'll find out! Either way, just one more year to Medicare!
And for those that partake,....Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 27, 2017

week in review

Good morning.
Another beautiful week here in the valley.    :-)
I think we've finally found our new Reno's.....
Back in Lansing, we had this bar/restaurant not far from our Salon and home where we would go maybe once a week or once every other week. They had a nice big outdoor patio and pretty good food. It was a nice place to eat, drink, and enjoy the weather and people watch. Well, we went down to Fremont street again this past Monday,  and while sitting at the outdoor patio of the 4 Queens Casino, watching all the people, I said to Craig, "I think we've found our new Reno's!"
We get to sit outside. There are a ton of people to watch, and there's food everywhere including a White Castle 2 blocks down the street. It's a bit expensive, so we probably won't go a lot.
If you look closely, you'll see skeletons hang on the speaker ring between the 4 Queens and The D. There's a stage there where they have live music on the weekends I think. Anyway, I think we'll go down maybe once a month.
Also, I baked another apple pie.
I'm getting pretty good as we both thought this one tasted the best of all that I've made.
 Craig had a dentist appointment on Wed. and while he was gone I power cleaned the house. We got a new type of air filter for the cold air return to see if we can cut down on the dust. I have to dust at least once a week.
So, that was our week so far. As I've said, retirement is good.   :-)
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