Monthly Archives:December 2007

It would seem that in a couple of years I am going to have a milestone birthday – #60 in 2010. That same year daughter #1 will celebrate her 40th (ack! I’ll be the mother of a 40 year old!!!!) and #2 will celebrate her 35th. I think you will all agree that such milestones take planning and SPECIALness, right? Right.

So, I have a dream that both daughters will join me for a trip to the islands . . . Hawaiian islands, that is. Hubby and I visited the Big Island for our 35th anniversary in 2004 and I left a part of my heart there. It’ll soon be time for me to go and collect it – or maybe leave another little part of my heart there – to be gathered up at some future time.

hawaii.jpg   At any rate – several months ago – probably a year ago now – the three of us began to save our pennies for the future trip. After a couple of months I began to add my singles and fives to the cache. I have just about enough for one airfare saved up. Now to save for the rooms and car and side trips. It’s a good thing we’re giving ourselves a couple more years.


When hubby and I went we used mileage to get there. Probably won’t have that luxury this time, so will need to save, save, save.

It’s fun to save for something that you know you will enjoy. It’s easier to save when you have a goal for the money you are socking away, too.

What is your goal for the new year? Will you be saving for something special – that ONE PAYMENT plan is definitely the BEST way to go!

Now, if anyone else wants to join us – start saving those pennies and jump on board our party!

File this under “Things that make you feel just a wee bit better”

Just checked my insurance provider online to see if any new claims had come in for this recent spate of doctor and hospital visits . . . and, my precious, lovely insurer has paid my surgeon’s fees IN TOTAL! How truly awesome is that!?

I must say that when I saw the total of his bill in the “In Process” section yesterday I cringed just a bit. Okay, I cringed A LOT!

Don’t see the hospital bill on there yet – they have the hospital’s pharmacy bill online (and paid!) – at least part of the pharmacy bills. I imagine it is only part of it. Will likely see more tomorrow when I check.

I complain every fiscal year when our insurance does its little dance. Sometimes it is just no fun to work for a non-profit – usually when it is time for the insurance dance. One year our deductible went up to $2000! Ouch! This year it went back down to $1000, but I have to pay double last year’s amount for Mr. Moosie’s coverage. Ouch again!

But it is at times like these that I am most thankful. I owe a portion of the CT scan to the hospital still, but the doctor (at least one of them) has been paid in full. I don’t see anything from the other guy yet, but imagine it is coming, too.

Among other things to thank and praise God for is His awesome timing in shoving me off to the doctors. My deductible was met after the first docs visits and the CT scan. The rest is pretty much covered at 100%. Whoot!

Today was a good day. I went to church this morning, sang with the worship team and sang at the end of the service with another young woman while the children’s “hand choir” performed. They use sign language as their ministry. Kiddos from age 5 and up. The Pup shone in her bright red dress and beautiful blonde hair.


I did get tired, though. Came home and snoozed a bit in my chair off and on. Am thinking about trying my bed tonight. I have been sleeping in the recliner since coming home from the hospital. But, I think I might be able to lie flat – especially since I have not had to get up and run for the br every half hour lately.

TMI? Nah, you can handle it – especially after the Moosie Unplugged entry. lol

Have a great week everyone!

Happy weekend, everyone! Well, it is still Saturday here in Alaska, but way back there on the eastern side of the US it is already Sunday, so good morning, friends!

Today has been a tiring day – I know, I know, don’t overdo it, Moosie, but sometimes you just gotta get outta the house, ya know?

We drove over Soldotna way to have lunch and to get the Christmas ham. The crowds! Yeesh! And, hubby moose is SUCH  a social butterfly . . . he simply MUST stop to chat with EVERYONE in the store . . . sigh! I can walk and I can sit, but standing still, not so much.

If it got to be too much and he was still chattering away I would walk on away from him. I called him at one point to tell him I was at the meat counter – thinking (mistakenly, of course) that he would come on over and lift that heavy ham into the cart . . . but nooooooooooooo – bless the sales lady’s heart – she put it into the cart for me.


Have you ever had one of those spiral cut hams with the brown sugar glaze on it? Yummy!

I continued on and got most of the shopping done while he stood about and chatted. Of course, every now and again I would see someone I knew and I would do the same – lots of sharing about the “Christmas Miracle” as it has come to be known hereabouts.

I mentioned going to the regular doc when I wrote that last entry – I wanted to get his blessings on not taking the bp meds – or hear him say I should take them. But, I also wanted to give him a Christmas gift – the story of what he started back in October by sending me on to the surgeon.

He was so excited . . . ran out and told the MAs (medical assistants) and the word spread quickly. Friday when hubby moose went for HIS appointment and told his doc (a different doc in the same office – down from Anchorage for the day) it turned out he already knew – as did most of the staff by that time. (patient confidentiality? nope – but not a biggie in this case)

And, the doc told me I could stop the meds – at least until my bp climbs up to unacceptable ranges again. I am all for that – it will save me some money.

Yipee! 😉


The Pup – all blond hair and big blue eyes – innocently (or not so innocently – you make the determination haha) asked me a couple of days ago: “Gramma, have you had the GF yet?”

Ha ha ha ha – funny child that she is.

Under “Things they forget to tell you BEFORE you have surgery”:


And you all know how much I love those !!!!s.


Can’t sit up long at the computer, but wanted to check in and say hello to all of you. I got out of the hospital Saturday afternoon and it was sure good to be back in my own little world again.

Doing really well – I go to the doctor in the morning to get these blasted staples out!!! And I’ll get the pathology report as well – even though both surgeons have said they know it was and that they got it all – it’ll be nice to hear it from the pathologist, too.

THANK you all for checking in and dropping comments and sending cards. I really appreciate it and can feel the love a-coming.

I’ll try to write more tomorrow.


Moosie out