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Twenty aplenty

September 18th, 2016 at 07:35 pm

It's been fun and interesting reading all the lists.
Here is what I'll contribute.

1. I became a mother-in-law last week.

2. I have one son, 28 and now his wife, 25.

3. I've been kind of crazy for gardening since I was 18.

4. A homeless man with a glass eye (really they were plastic by then) used to ask me a couple times a week to clean his eye socket and put his eye in for him. I summoned all my bravery and tamped down my fear and disgust and just did it for him.

5. When I was a child I had a reputation as a daredevil, and I was tough. But now I am very much in touch with my fears.

6. I collect silk scarves--- from thrift stores!

7. My mate and I have been together 35 years; we met volunteering at the shelter for homeless women and kids the day he was painting a room, and I was plastering around a window.

8. I have boxes of rocks and fossils collected since I was probably about 5 years old. My favorites are the copper ore, aluminum ore, any kind of quartz, talc, calcite, fluorite, gypsum, crinoid fossils, and these little grey round rocks I found in abundance around some railroad tracks. I like them because they are magnetic, but do not look like other magnetite I'm familiar with. I even have a bit of uranium which I probably should have my son measure for radioactivity.

9. Oh, I homeschooled that son for part of his grade school years. Loved doing it!

10. I grew up with very little music.

11. Never have I put a worm on a hook.

12. I grew up in the South, but the Midwest felt like home the day I moved here. I suspect I'd prefer the Upper Midwest culturally & politically, but I cannot take the cold.

13. For several months my living room looks like a farmhouse pantry as I have so much food in there in the process of final ripening before canning, or drying in the case of herbs. Then there are stacks of plastic dishpans used for harvesting. My pressure canner and jars, both full and empty, are kept there so that I don't have to go up and down to the basement as much. In one corner there is a 2 gallon glass jar holding my sauerkraut stomper which I made from a stair spindle.

14. I have a degree in biology with emphasis in plant genetics, and one in respiratory therapy, too. (One for love; one for money.)

15. Our local public radio station is on at least half the day while I'm home.

16. I rarely use a recipe to cook, but my food is often what I call peasant food-- no recipe needed, just common sense.

17. I have a copper bracelet that was my grandmother's, a drain spade that was my grandfather's, and from my other grandmother, an oil lamp converted to electricity in the 1920s.

18. I think I've been blogging here lightly since about 2006, but you won't find my old entries.

19. A goal I never met (and never will) is to start a walnut tree farm, primarily for lumber.

20. I love children's picture books, love to read to children,and love to teach children to read.


my Kiva loans

September 10th, 2016 at 01:54 pm

Patient Saver's blog entry today about the micro loans through Kiva made me happy. I want to share about the loans I have made, too. Three quarters of my loans are to women; and I've lent to people in 8 different countries. Let's see if I can post the pictures.

Zimbabwe-- These women bought chicks and feed.


This woman in Tajikistan needed to buy goats and bulls for her farm.


In India, a man was beginning to sell solar light in rural areas. Unfortunately, his business failed. He had to sell his supplies and with that was able to pay back almost all the loan, but it was still a default.


This Peruvian bricklayer needed a loan to buy materials to add another room to his own house.


A group of Bolivian streetside hot food vendors took a loan to buy food and utensils. They were four women and four men.


A Cambodian woman took a loan to buy a small motorbike so that her young adult daughter and son could go into the city for earned income.


A Mexican woman has been paying back her loan for the purchase of materials to build a little house.


And in Guatemala, this group of ten woman and one man bought a sewing machine, zippers, and fabric to make clothing.

In just now: First medical charges for wildlife bite

September 9th, 2016 at 06:27 pm

Total, so far, without insurance is $20,942.20
That's bout $16,800 for the ER (including about $15,000 for the pharmacy). The remaining, about $4000, was for three follow up injections at urgent care.

It looks like insurance might pay for the vaccines, but maybe not for the human globulin which starts to work before you can develop antibodies.

The insurance company website had both those injections on the list of meds they will not cover, so I'll wait a while for the final word.

Image just flashed into my mind

August 24th, 2016 at 09:57 pm

I've just imagined myself biting an insurance executive. See the title of my last blog entry, August 19, for an explanation. Bwah-ha-ha-ha.

This evening reading anecdotes from people whose insurance did not cover rabies treatment has sapped my energy.

I had my third vaccination today and am scheduled for one more in a week.

Rabies vaccine not covered by insurance

August 19th, 2016 at 08:04 pm

I guessed wrong. Neither the rabies vaccine nor the rabies immune globulin are covered by my insurance. The CDC says,"Although the cost varies, a course of rabies immune globulin and four doses of vaccine given over a two-week period typically exceeds $3,000." The people at the Emergency Department told me they thought it was about $1000 per dose and there are five doses total. (Two were given in ER, one of them split into 8 injections.)

They also re-upped me on the tetanus vaccine in ER. I know my insurance has paid for that before. I always keep tetanus up to date since I do get cuts, scrapes, pokes, and stabs in the garden all the time. It had been 7 years since the last tetanus shot. Used to be they said a ten year span was sufficient, but they lowered it for people who have likely exposures (Tetanus is a soil bacterium.)

Send calming vibes, please

August 17th, 2016 at 08:37 am

It looks like I have to get rabies shots. I'm quite nervous; think I'm raising my blood pressure very high. Going to doctor in a few minutes. Possibly a bat bite. Will practice my calming breathing technique.

I'm just going to say it:

December 12th, 2015 at 07:12 pm

I'm worried about savingadvice.com

Are you?