Not a whole lot going on. Weather has been pleasant. Been getting some nice long walks in and enjoying our patio.
Got another letter from Healthcare.gov. This one has my Michigan Blue Cross insurance ending last Oct. 31st. just like the first letter they sent out before they changed it for the entire year. So I now have a 3rd revised 1095. Glad I haven't done my taxes yet. :-)
Also, I received a letter from Blue Cross of Michigan also stating my coverage ended last October. So....It appears I won't be stuck with the $505 bill for Nov and Dec. Keep your fingers crossed!
And since I don't have a lot to talk about, here's some numbers......
We've been retired now 6 months and 2 weeks. I did hair for 38 years 4 months.
We moved out here exactly 6 months ago. Still loving it!
We've owned this house for 2 years 4 months. Our last house we owned for exactly 30 years.
Craig and I have been together 40 years 4 months.
And I've been blogging for 11 years 1 month. I've posted on my blog 1988 times.
My most viewed post was Hosta, June 13th 2010. That page has been viewed 90300 times according to Blogger.
I can't believe it either.
Anyway, that's all I've got for now. :-)
Monday, February 27, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
We've just returned from a 2 day trip down to Laughlin NV.
It's about a 2 hour drive south of Vegas, right on the Colorado River across from Arizona. On the way down, Craig wanted to do a section of Route 66 So that took us first to Kingman Arizona, and then through Oatman AZ before we made it to Laughlin. Here's some of the scenery we saw between Oatman and back to the highway...
So with that behind us, we made it to Laughlin and the Aquarius Hotel/Casino.
So we had a nice cheap room, even did a little gambling each evening after we got back to the hotel. As what seems to be our usual routine, one of us wins and the other loses. But we spent a couple hours each evening in the casino and ended up down only about $15. So quite a bit of fun but not a lot of cost.
Got up this morning and made it back home safe and sound. Another good trip. :-)
Posted by Wayne at Friday, February 24, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
We've had some very nice weather. Been able to sit out on the patio. Here's a pic from one of my daily walks....
Got together with a few neighbors yesterday over at the Salted Lime inside the Aliante Casino. They have Taco Tuesdays with $1.50 taco's and $4 Margaritas. Always nice to get together and chat. One neighbor is doing a redo on their landscaping. They are tearing out the concrete driveway and putting in pavers. Although pavers look very nice on some of the homes I've seen done, I just can't justify the expense to tear out a perfectly good driveway and redo it. But they obviously have a whole lot more available money than us. :-) I am anxious to see it when it's all done.
I've gotten a few more updates on my hospital stay. Apparently all the x-rays, MRI's and eeg's are done in hospital by an outside company, so they are being billed separately by Desert Radiology. So my Blue Cross statement now has 5 more listings, and I'm still waiting for the doctor's bills.
I did get a little good news. I received a call from Health Partners. That's where I went to see a new doctor for a primary care provider and found out later that they weren't in my network. So I was looking at another $216 bill for that office visit. Well, Samantha, the office manager called to say they were erasing the bill. 4 different departments should have caught the fact that they didn't accept my insurance. So that's one less bill to pay. :-)
And it's going to be another beautiful day with temps around 70 before a cold front goes through late today and takes us back into the low 60 for the rest of the week.
Posted by Wayne at Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
It's been a cool wet couple of days as rain moved through the valley. We had nearly an inch over the 2 days. That's a lot for Vegas. This is one of many concrete culverts that snake through the valley to funnel the rain out of the neighborhoods and toward Lake Mead.
So we spent most of it inside as I cleaned the house, and repaired the kitchen faucet.
Also on Friday, we picked up the Jeep. It ended up being a bigger job than expected as they had to replace the door. But fortunately, the insurance covered everything. :-)
And here's a pic of the massive meat counter at one of our Smith's Grocery stores....
Now the weather should be better today as the rain has moved out and sun returns.
And that's it for today.
Posted by Wayne at Sunday, February 19, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
We've had some very nice weather, and spring has arrived here in Vegas....
Wed. we joined a few neighbors for lunch at the Rampart Casino Buffet. Had a coupon from our book for buy one get one, so it only cost us $5 apiece. It was a very nice buffet with good selections. The main problem with buffets is I tend to eat to much. :-)
Yesterday Craig had an appointment with an Orthopedic surgeon to see what was recommended for his finger that has slowly but steadily been bending in. The fancy name for this condition is Dupuytren’s contracture. His is quite severe with his finger now bent 50%. So surgery is recommended. It will be outpatient, and he'll need physical therapy after that. You can read more about the condition here...
I also got a call from the body shop and the Jeep should be ready to pick up this afternoon.
I've also been dealing with insurance. OMG! What a hassle!
I got a statement from my insurance company declining coverage for my new family doctor. They say he's out of network. So I called the doctors office to find, no, they don't accept my insurance. I complained that I asked that when I made my appointment and when I gave them my insurance card, why didn't they say something. Long story short, I'm waiting for the manager to call me back. The office visit was $261 and I paid a $50 office co-pay. So I may be stuck with $211.
I keep getting bills from Blue Cross of Michigan for insurance that I changed when we moved out here. I went online to Healthcare.gov and got new insurance for Nov and Dec. But Blue Cross of Michigan is also billing me for Nov and Dec. So I called them and since I bought it through the market place we had to do a conference call to them. There I found out that I was suppose to call and cancel my Michigan coverage when I got Nevada coverage. I said why would the market place allow me to have 2 insurance policies and get 2 tax credits? I just assumed when I got Nevada insurance, they would automatically cancel my Michigan coverage. Apparently I was wrong. So that has been escalated to a case worker and I'm waiting for their response. That might end up biting me for another $505.
Some apparently good news.....
I got a statement from my insurance company for my overnight stay in the hospital The hospital submitted a bill of $40,700.00. Can you believe it? no surgery, just a bed for one night with a bunch of tests. And the food wasn't that good! But, thanks to the hospital being in network, they accepted a bill of just $3,120.00. So I'll end up paying that since I have a $5000.00 deductible, but that's better than I thought. Now that's just the hospital bill. I was told the doctors bill separately. I saw 3 doctors while I was there. Why 3 I have no idea. But one doctor had me admitted, then another doctor saw me before I went to my room, and the third doctor gave me the test results the next morning and released me. So I wait for those bills.
But I've rambled on long enough for now.
Posted by Wayne at Friday, February 17, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Glad we got that small chest freezer. Still have turkey #4 to eat, probably in March. It's nice to be able to stock up on meat during sales.
Got our walk in even though it was cloudy, breezy and only 65. :-)
I've been getting texts from the repair shop on the Jeeps status every day. Kinda funny. It's currently in the body shop and expected to be ready on Friday.
That's all for now.
Posted by Wayne at Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
It's mostly been very nice outside. Low 70's and sunny. We're running about 10 degrees above normal. Liking that!
Our neighbor across the street had her first patio party Thursday afternoon. They live on the golf course. Very nice views from their patio. I'll try to remember to take a pic next time. :-)
Yesterday was cold and rainy. High of only 65. But the rest of the week should be sunny and 70 again.
We have new neighbors 2 doors down. It was a rental house that was put on the market about 2 months ago. Met the new neighbors as they were attempting to unload a heavy couch. I helped them get it in to the house. It was just the husband and wife doing all this. I later helped them with a large dresser. They bought the 'Primrose' floor plan. It has a side entrance and 3 bedrooms.
Also trimmed the bushes in the back yard. Plan on trimming the tree in the front yard tomorrow. Tuesday is bulk pick-up day, so that will be good timing.
Cooking out third turkey today. Craig stuffs this one with oranges and pineapple. Gives the meat a nice slight citrus flavor.
And with that, I'm off to eat a little breakfast.
Posted by Wayne at Sunday, February 12, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
I've just spent the last day and a half in the hospital.
On Sunday, I had 3 'episodes' of getting very light headed. To the point I had to hold on to what ever was near by as I felt I might fall. They passed quickly, lasting at most maybe 10-20 sec. But I've had a couple of those over the last couple of months, so I got concerned. Was I having mini strokes? I called my doctor on Monday morning to see if he could order some tests to check me out. He said the best place to go was the emergency room. Even though I was feeling fine Monday morning, he said they were best equipped to give me a thorough check-up. I didn't like the idea of spending the money for the emergency room, but I had decided I needed some answers. So off I went to the Centennial Hills Hospital. It's in my insurance network and actually the closest hospital to our community. They did a cat scan, chest x-ray, blood tests and a few other things. Everything at that point looked good. The doctor said the other tests to completely determine if I had indeed had a stroke was an MRI. I should also have an ECG, an MRA and a Carotid artery ultra sound. They could only give me those if I was admitted to the hospital. I could have them all out patient, but by the time my primary care physician ordered them and got them scheduled at other facilities, it could take over a month, and if they were mini strokes, time and treatment is of utmost importance. So, I talked it over with Craig, and we decided I'd be admitted. I didn't realize what was in store for me. I thought I'd spend the night, they'd do the tests, and I'd go home. I haven't been in the hospital as a patient for years, so I was naive. They put a heart monitor on me which means I had 5 wires hooked to my chest. Then I got an IV put in. They took an additional 5 vials of blood after already taking 5 earlier. They woke me up 3 time during the night to do vitals and take more blood. Trying to sleep all wired was uncomfortable. I at least had a private room.
Anyway, all the tests were preformed and all the results were negative for any past strokes or any blood vessel issues. Everything looked good. They even sent in a Physical therapist to test me for inner ear problems. The doctor said I was smart to come in as although there are many possible reasons for my symptoms, you don't want to mess around with a possible stroke. Better to be safe than sorry. Of course, he's not going to get the thousands of dollars in bills. I have like $7000 in deductibles and co-pays. But I am still glad to rule out anything serious. The best they could tell me is the symptoms I had could be caused from dozens of non life threatening issues. Most likely either dehydration, or temporary low sugar. I never eat breakfast, and don't drink a lot of water. So I'll work on that.
In other news.....
We dropped off Craig's car Monday morning to be repaired from the accident a month ago. We've also sat out on the patio as our temps have been in the low 70's this week. Nearly 10 degrees above normal.
So that's it for now...
Posted by Wayne at Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Saturday, February 04, 2017
One of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii, was taking a submarine out deep in the bay.
Here's a stock pic of what it looked like....
We went down between 50 and 100 ft deep. Beautiful clear water, though my camera didn't take the best pics through the windows.
This first pic is a man made reef for the smaller fish to hide in. There really isn't much of anything else on the sea floor.
It was a whirlwind 8 days, and we enjoyed every minute of it. If it wasn't for the long flights and expensive hotel rooms, we'd go back every year.
So, that's it on our little trip to Hawaii.
Posted by Wayne at Saturday, February 04, 2017
Friday, February 03, 2017
I'm much more rested and can post a few more pics.
One of our neighbors brought over some tasty muffins as a welcome back gift.
We've got some very nice neighbors.
One day we took a trolley ride around part of the island.
At one point the driver stopped and gave a little ukulele performance.
We didn't stop here but this is a pic of the Iolani Palace.
Love those Mai Tai drinks! The weather was perfect. Around 80 everyday, and we love to people watch on the beach.
And a couple of pics of garden areas near the Royal Hawaiian or (Pink Palace)
Craig was pretty impressed.
Well, I've got one more post to do about our trip. I'll get to that hopefully tomorrow.
Posted by Wayne at Friday, February 03, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
We've just returned from an 8 day trip to Hawaii. Had to get away from the cold weather here in Las Vegas. :-)
It was only around 60 in Vegas, but 80 in Hawaii.We had non-stop from Las Vegas on Allegiant Air. Still. it was a 6 hour flight there, and 5 back. That's a l-o-n-g flight. I don't know how people fly to Australia or Europe.
Here's a couple of views from our room....
Another view from our balcony.
It's been 32 years since we've been to Hawaii. Of course, a lot has changed, but it was still as beautiful as we remembered it. Here's Craig at a beach side patio with Diamond Head Crater in the background.
Posted by Wayne at Thursday, February 02, 2017