Friday, April 18, 2014

SHOWER RENOVATION

No this is not a planned renovation. The other day I noticed the floor in our shower stall was bulging. Our shower is one of these modern designs. The base of the stall is fancy cement.  It is a lovely dark brown color. Then about three feet up it has tile for about six feet. There is also a cement bench that is off-white.

Okay this is not the best photo. It looks like there is a clock in the shower, there isn't. It is the reflection of the glass door. But you get the idea.

The bulging floor means there is a leak and water has gotten underneath. This is not good.  Hopefully the shower pan has done its job and no water has leaked.

I spent the morning calling contractors to figure out what to do. Obviously, fix it. But how?  Finally I got a really nice green builder who helped me problem solve the whole thing. He made me see what I had already figured out: I had to give up the cement floor in the shower. The fancy cement is so specialized I couldn't find anyone else to do it. I needed to go with tile. It would be cheaper and easier to find someone to fix it. I called a about three places to have them come and give me quotes. One guy is coming tomorrow.

Just in case you are wondering, my original contractor (we can call him Jabba the Hutt) and I had a difference of opinion when he started making decisions during my remodel that I didn't approve.  Then when confronted he said I hurt his feelings, loaded up my supplies (tile, etc) and left.  Never to be seen again.  

Then I called to check on the tile. It is no longer being made. Why? Because the quarry has run out of this rock, so there is no more of this type of tile rock pattern.  There is only a small bit of the tile left at the company. WHAT?!  I asked if they had the amount that I needed. YES!  Brenda and I went straight down to buy it.  Now I have the tile to fix the shower on order. Whew!  Now I just need someone to do the work and tear up my beautiful shower. Sob!

Today I also went to the museum with my friend C. It was fun to see a great exhibit and catch up.  A little culture.

Until tomorrow...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND CUSHIONS

When did it become acceptable for cars not to pull over when an ambulance drives down the road?  I have noticed lately that when an emergency vehicle comes down the road with the siren blaring and light flashing, cars on the opposite side of the road continue driving as if there were no emergency vehicle on the road. I was taught that when an emergency vehicle is on the same road as you and there is nothing separating you such as a median, you must pull over to give the emergency vehicle plenty of room to pass.  Once the emergency vehicle has safely passed, you may continue on your way.

I just hope this trend doesn't continue. I worry that sometime I will be in an ambulance and some car will not pull over. Those precious minutes can mean the difference between life and not life.

Today I took back the coushions for the bench on the deck. The color on the cushions was not right and it clashed with the color of the house and trim. These new pillows match better.  I got the pillows because I enjoy sitting on the deck bench but sometimes it is too hot and hard the bench.  The pillows will make it much nicer to sit or lay down to read or eat lunch. 

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GETTING THINGS DONE

Since I am taking some time off from work to get myself in order, I have been getting things accomplished. Today I bought a new shower curtain, fixed the Rumba, and bought cushions for the bench on our deck. Although I think I am bringing back the cushions. The color is not quite right.  Tomorrow I am going to look at backyard furniture.  

I have also scheduled a few things to do. Like going to the museum, volunteering for bike to work day, going to a community meeting and having a friend over.  I need to keep busy.  I really need to organize my office. 

My foot has been killing me so I have been trying to stay off it for a few hours a day. It hurt more last night than it had for the last week.  I need to keep it up for more hours per day.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

BACKYARD CLEAN UP

For a few days now we have been doing a backyard clean up.  We have been working slowly so I don't get overworked.  We had to pull weeds, cut down vines and sweep up leaves and stuff.  We sectioned off the backyard and each day we are working on a section.  So far the yard looks great.

The pond has so many baby fancy goldfish.  There are at least 12 babies of various ages swimming around.  They are also of various colors.  We have black fish, white ones and multi-colored ones.  I love watching them swim around.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

PAIN IN MY HEAD

I have been having days of migraines. Not too much fun.

Until tomorrow. ..

Thursday, April 10, 2014

STRESS FRACTURE

I went to the podiatrist today. She looked at my foot and sent me for x-rays.  The x-rays came back clear but she said that stress fractures don't normally show up on x-rays. I will be wearing a boot for 3-6 weeks.  She was going to give me a new boot but I already have a collection of them, I can use an old one. I came home and cleaned up an old boot so it will be ready to wear tomorrow. 

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PHYSICAL THERAPY BILL SOLVED

Over a month ago I sent an appeal to The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named for a physical therapy bill I received.  For those of you who don't read all of the time or don't remember, I went to three physical therapy appointments under the impression that my physical therapy place was covered under the Affordable Care Act.  The physical therapy place told me I would be covered.  After the third appointment they tell me "Oops, you are not covered, we were wrong.  You are going to have to pay for the appointments."  The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named sent me a check for $25.00 reimbursement for each appointment that originally cost $250.00.  The physical therapy place gave me a slight cut rate for the appointments so I now owed them a total of $231.00.  But I was really angry because I should have been paying a copay of $40.00 for each appointment. So I called The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and they told me I should appeal.   I did on March 3rd.

I had not heard anything and today I was going to call to find out what was happening with my appeal. In today's mail there was a check for $149.00.  The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named also sent the physical therapy place some money.  I am now happy.  I can pay the $231.00 bill. 

Also in medical news, I called my doctor about my sore foot.  My left foot has been bothering me since our vacation.  I am not sure if it is from the bad massage or from banging it on something or just from walking.  My primary told me to see my podiatrist.  She can see me in the morning.  My primary said I am too complicated!  Well, he said my left ankle/foot is too complicated.  That is the ankle that I tore my ligament and walked on it for a year prior to it being found that I tore the ligament and had surgery.  More news on this tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...