It is another day with more changes happening in my little world. I had a telemedicine appointment with my doctor today to go over my bloodwork results. Well...to say my cholesterol levels are a bit elevated would be an understatement. Those suckers are high! So onto statin meds I go along with another supplement and after being turned down by my insurance company to go on pregabalin, we are now going to try the gabapentin and hope that I will not have bad side effects from it. If I do, then we can try to get approval once again for the pregabalin. I have been warned that the statins themselves can have some side effects, as can the gabapentin...this could get interesting. * I just found out how expensive my meds are going to be...thank God for GoodRX.com coupons to help bring the price way down even after insurance.
This past weekend Jeff and I ran up to Spokane to pick up a part for our pellet stove. While we were up there, there was a shooting a few blocks from where we were. YIKES! We also ran into instance after instance of people not wearing masks and no enforcement of the governor's mandate to do so. There were so many rude people who kept crowding around me even though they could see that I was wearing a mask, which should signal to them that I have concerns about staying healthy. Trader Joes was a madhouse, as was Marshall's. The only place people were even slightly considerate was the ARC thrift store, where I did find some lovely treasures.
Yesterday we went to Moscow, Idaho in the afternoon since I was having a panic attack and needed to get out for a bit. I think my panic attack was brought on by several things like the shooting in Spokane, covid-19 cases going through the roof with our high school on virtual learning for 2 weeks due to so many students and staff having it (40% of the students were out with it the previous week), family and friends having covid-19 with several struggling and some having to be hospitalized, and knowing that it is hitting the kids in our area pretty hard. :( It is sad, scary and in many cases, very preventable.
Anyway, we went to Moscow and I saw first hand the shortages and price hikes on food once more. Dollar Tree had very little food on their shelves and the prices at Winco have gone up steeply on some items, while remaining constant on others. I only found 1 food item and none of the other things I was looking for while at Dollar Tree. We did stop at Goodwill and Jeff found a brand new car seat cover for his car and a battery powered tool there. He likes to have multiples of his battery powered tools so he can use one while the other is still charging. Honestly, I have no problem with him buying tools he needs because he really does use them a lot.
Fall is definitely in the air, even though we are having a warm spell here in the day right now. Jeff ended up breaking the weld on one of the wire connections on the pellet stove when he was installing the new part and was so frustrated with himself. Luckily for us, he knows how to do welding and our amazing neighbors had a wire welder in their shop that they let us borrow. Jeff got it all fixed and running and I sent him up with a large container of freshly picked blackberries from our garden as a thank you. They were so happy to have been given the blackberries and we are very grateful to them for their generosity in letting us use their tools.
My days are filled with spending time in the gardens trying to coax the last of the produce to ripen before the killing frost comes. I have had to cover up the pepper and cantaloupe bed several times now, along with the front tomato plants. The side bed with tomato plants has some natural protection, but I know the time will come soon where it too will either be hit hard or I will have to begin covering it up also. I'm also enjoying being able to hang sheets out on the line to dry now that the rain knocked the smoke from the wildfires out of the sky.
Our evenings are now mostly spent with the fire going in the pellet stove and the cats curled up and snuggled in on our laps. The lap quilts that my mom made us are in constant use now and I have started to have a cup of evening herbal tea once more. It is a nice routine to be getting back into after the long and busy days of Summer. Our ROKU had been acting up, so I set it back to factory settings and we are once again able to get things to load and our YouTube channel is also working. Jeff is happy to be able to watch his bowling...I know he was missing it. ;)
I'd better go and check the blackberries and see if there is a bunch ready to pick or if I should wait another day. If they are ready, I shall pick them, if not, I'll water them deeply and try to pick tomorrow. Be blessed, stay safe and healthy and enjoy the beauty that is Fall!