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Monday, May 8, 2017

. . . and the beat goes on



My leg continues to improve. Every day my leg looks a lot more human and less like zombie flesh. Slowly, I've been getting back to projects that have long been on the back burner. Feels good to get even a few smaller things done.

The rains continue. There's even a chance of frozen mix on Tuesday. My cousin has people over to shoot pool on Tuesdays. Ever since the fall, the worse weather has tended to hit us on Tuesday nights. In spite of the nasty weather, I've missed few pool nights. I'm not even that great at pool. However, it's wonderful to get together with friends and family.

My once daily blog has become a lot more hit and miss. Part of the reason is that I came to the conclusion that I'd have to work on some projects that might bring in some more money. While I'm not raking it in, there is extra money for things like dinner and movie with my lovely wife. The income stream is either passive income, or income than can be earned remotely on-line. The idea is that I'll be able to live a mobile lifestyle before next winter sets in.

One of the ways I've saved a bundle of money lately is by not buying any more heating oil or fireblocks. (compressed sawdust bricks for use in the woodstove) I keep expecting the oil tank to run dry sooner or later. Because of my gimpy leg I haven't been down to the basement to check on the fuel level in the tank. The weather hasn't been great of late, but it's warm enough that I don't have to worry about pipes freezing.

The last pallet of fireblocks is getting low. That doesn't worry me. Right now I can get around well enough to pick up dead branches from the winter storms and burn them. Heck, I could always cut up and burn the pallets that the fireblocks came on.

Most of my medical bills have not come in yet. I suppose if they are in no hurry to bill me, I'm in no hurry to pay them. I was able to pay one lab bill in full, so it feels good to be done with that part of it. When bills do come in, they will get paid at a rate that does not break the bank. I'm supposed to have a follow up visit with my doctor in about 9 days, but if the leg is healed up I'll just cancel. My main concern was the leg infection and that's cleared. Unless there is a new problem he probably can't tell me anything I don't know.

I'm looking forward to getting more exercise and working off a few winter pounds. The winter sand has been swept off the roads so it's probably safe to take the bicycle out -if the rains ever stop.

So all in all, things are slowly improving. Life ain't perfect, but it's good enough.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. When I had medical bills from a major event (heart valve replacement), I chose to pay my bills in waves. I get paid every two weeks, so one pay period was for the hospital, the other for the doctors. About $100 per bill. The way it worked out was hospital labs, payed off 1st, then hospital, then doctors. I maintained the same amount each 2 weeks, so the doctors bills were payed off $300 at a time by the end. It hurt, but I HATE to be in debt, so made the sacrifice to get it done and over with. A big relief it was to get from underneath, it took about 9 months to be completely out.

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    1. I'm trying something similar, but I'm paid once a month.

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  2. Glad to read that the leg is doing much better. When people ask how I am I tell them that I'm just glad I'm on this side of the dirt.

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    1. I say I'm on the green side of the grass. :)

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  3. I'm glad to hear things are improving for you. Good news is more fun the read than the kind us old codgers tend to have normally.

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    1. Hey, I'm happy that I've some positive news to share. I've been worried.

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  4. Sounds like things are getting better but you've still had a rough time. Seems like a lot of the people I like to read have had it hard these last few months. I thought Gary in Alabama might have died (he has cancer) but thankfully he just did a post. Don't know why so much hard luck going around, but it sure is.

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    1. I hate it when bloggers I like disappear. I guess many of us are "at a certain age." Time takes no prisoners.

      I've been lucky in many ways. Many people make plans for adventures after they retire. I've been though about 4 of those adventures so far. Not ready to give up, but it does take longer to recover from injuries than it used to. However, I am on the mend so I'm anxious to move on.

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