Thursday, June 27, 2013

Real Life With Diabetes: #mincingwordswiththeinsurancecompany

#lifewithdiabetes #mincingwordswiththeinsurancecompany

Did I ever tell you the parable of the insets?

Insets are the contraption Jared uses to place a tiny catheter under his skin for insulin delivery. He has to change it every three days. This equals 10 insets per month at the bare minimum. This doesn't take into account the ones that get bent and don't work....the ones that get clogged and don't work....or the ones that just plain don't work. Most of the time, they work, but there's always at least one in a month that doesn't.

Enter #mincingwordswiththeinsurancecompany

When I call the diabetes supply and order "a 90-day supply," which is what I always used to do, we are delivered EXACTLY a 90-day supply. 30 insets. No more, no less. The problem with that is as I said above, there's always at least 2 or 3 or 4 of those things that go bad before they are supposed to be switched out. That means, we run out of insets before the 90 days are up.

Bad news. Insurance won't let me order early, and then we get charged a lot more when the insurance denies the extras. Or, I have to call and sweet talk the insets manufacturer into sending me a few pro bono. Yep, #beentheredonethat

BUT, lo and behold!!! If, when I call and order my "90-day supply," I don't say "90-day supply," but instead specifically request 45 insets, the insurance WILL COVER THEM. And then we have plenty. I can't even explain this craziness. It's all a word game sometimes.

It's really interesting how I had to discover this little secret only after about 5 years of using the insets.

And that is the parable of the insets.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Grandma's Vintage Chairs

Jeff's grandma had some 60s-era maple dining furniture that we inherited quite awhile ago. It includes a cross-legged table, six chairs, buffet table and hutch. One of the chairs is pictured above. After I bought the vintage coffee table (see my previous post) shown in the back of the pic, I realized the old maple chairs were a perfect fit.

I brought up the arm chair from the basement, cleaned it, and recovered the seat in the striped fabric. All that is left to do is to re-cane the square hole in the seat back.

When the back is caned,  I think it'll look fantastic.

By the way, this stuff is GREAT for cleaning up old wood furniture:

Unfortunately, I can't remember where I bought it! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Frugal Finds: Vintage Coffee Table

I know I've mentioned mine and my hubby's penchant for finding treasures at our local thrift shop. Well, hold onto your hats this time!

Yesterday I happened on this coffee table. Here's a pic I snapped of it in the store to send to Jeff:

I've been wanting a coffee table for my living room, and I love something old with a great look, so I've been on the lookout for months. I was so excited when I saw this. I sent Jeff the pic and a text:

$15 coffee table at DI. ??

Meanwhile, my boys were telling me they didn't like it, and "It won't look good in our house." (I don't know why I paid any attention to them.) So I left the store without buying it. Jeff was in a meeting and didn't get back to me til I'd gotten back home, saying Get it if you think it's nice.

Fast forward to when he got home from work. He said, "Did you get that table?" I said, "Not yet." He said, "Let's go look at it."

We got to the DI, and guess what? No table. I was so disappointed, and thought "Just my luck"...until I saw they had just moved it to another spot. Just my luck, indeed.

We got looking at the table more closely, and it had a sticker on the bottom: Tell City Chair Company, along with some numbers. With a little quick smartphone research, I found that it's worth $175!

SCORE!! As you can see, it's in fantastic shape.

What's your fave vintage find? Tell me in the comments.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Exophoria Update--It can't stop talent!

{Thanks to CJane. Her post today prompted this one!}

Back here I told you about Mia's condition called Exophoria, and I promised an update. FINALLY, here it is!

The glasses she was prescribed and wore all school year really helped. We're talking a DIBELS score that went from 48 to 101...almost back to where it should be! This is good news. Beyond that, taking classes at our local community theater academy for children has done even more.

Musical theater instruction has taught Mia valuable skills in singing, acting and dancing. But more than that, it's taught her life skills and given her tremendous self-confidence that Exophoria was trying to limit. We really saw this as she took to the stage in her school production of The Little Mermaid Jr. (See a video here).

Once her stint as Ariel was over, she auditioned for Fiddler on the Roof at our community theater and landed the role of Bielke, the youngest of Tevye's five daughters! This was so exciting, and really came at a great time. (Jeff's dad was in the hospital, dying, and this was a real bright spot in a tough week).

So, along with CJane, we've fallen in love with community theater and all it has to offer. Go and see a play this summer!

For more information on Fiddler on the Roof, visit Mia appears in the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday cast. I've seen parts of both cast rehearsals, and I promise it's going to be worth your time to see either one.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Need a great beach read?

This book review originally posted last winter, but NOW is the BEST time to read this book.  You know, summer, vacation, a beach....or a lounge chair on the deck (which is probably where I will read it again)? That kind. It's PERFECT.


I love a good romance.

Not the trashy kind. We're talking good, old fashioned, real romance, with a little mystery and intrigue thrown in for good measure. 

This book gave me what I love:
This book was staying-up-too-late-to-read-in-bed-with-a-flashlight good. And then I told Nicole she had to read it (which she did in less than two days) and she loved it, too. In fact, in her words, "It's my new favorite book!"

The novel is set in Victorian England, one of my favorite novel settings ever. (Maybe it's all that British Lit I read for my English degree in college). Julianne Donaldson does a great job, even using vernacular of the time to make it convincing.

The heroine is Marianne Daventry, a young woman with a father who is away grieving his recently deceased wife, a twin sister who is away enjoying the Season in London, and a crotchety grandmother who is caring for her in Bath. Grandmother is very wealthy, and not happy with her current heir, who Marianne refers to as "the nefarious nephew." Grandmother decides that she wants to change her main heir to Marianne, along with a condition: she allows Marianne to travel to a friend's estate, known as Edenbrooke, where her twin Cecily will be as well, to learn how to be a real lady. Marianne is happy to escape the boredom of Bath, as well as an annoying suitor who insists on writing Marianne bad poetry every chance he gets.

Marianne sets out for Edenbrooke in Kent, and this is where the excitement begins. Trouble finds her in the form of a highway robber, but she is rescued by a mysterious gentleman who helps her complete the journey to Edenbrooke safely. But who is the gentleman, and why would he not tell Marianne his name?

Edenbrooke proves to be a beautiful estate where Marianne feels warmed and welcomed. Will she try to become something she is not, or will she learn how to be her best self and find true love and acceptance in the process? Read Edenbrooke to find out. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Household hints: Keep track of stray bananas.

Today's household hint is brought to you by this poor dead banana I found trapped behind the bowl where I keep the fresh bananas on my kitchen counter. Who knows how long it had been there...

Actually, I should call it a petrified banana. Because it was HARD. AS. A. ROCK. (Good thing it hadn't gotten all slimy and/or smelly. Yuck!)

The moral of the story of this: black bananas are good for banana bread....unless they become petrified black bananas. Then they only make you realize your house cleaning skills were a little lacking.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The DIY Master strikes again

I'm sadly a little late with this, but Jared just turned 16 a few days ago. Yep, that means he'll be driving.

Driving AND diabetic. Scary business that.

I don't want to think about that right now, so let's talk about his latest project: He made his own longboard!

But not just any longboard. This one is made out of carbon fiber, and his grandpa helped him do it. That's pretty priceless right there if you ask me.

For his birthday, we took Jared to the local board shop where he got wheels and all the gear to mount them (trucks, etc.) So the longboard is now finito.

Looks great, don't you think?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Graduation Day!

Well, I thought I'd say "Where has the time gone?!" but what I'm really thinking is "The day is finally here!" Congrats, Jake!!

Jake's next adventure is to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). He will be leaving July 31st  for the Washington, Kennewick mission. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Homemade Lemon-Lime Ice Cream

Over Memorial Day weekend, we went away on a family camping trip. When we returned, everyone was wanting some homemade ice cream.

The above pic shows you what I came up with. It was light and refreshing, and everyone loved it.

Lemon-Lime Ice Cream
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup fat-free half & half
1 cup 2% milk
the zest of two limes
the juice of two limes
1/2 t. lemon extract (you could substitute lemon zest)
1/2 c. lemon juice
2 cups sugar
1/2 t. vanilla

Combine all ingredients and whisk til sugar is dissolved. Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze per manufacturer's instructions. Either let it ripen for 30-60 minutes in your freezer after freezing, or if you can't wait just dig on in! We won't blame you. Not one bit.