Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fire and Ice

A little excitement today. While returning home from some shopping, we noticed thick black smoke rising into the sky. We knew right away that there was one heck of a large fire burning.


Sure enough there was a restaurant on fire, flames bursting through the roof within minutes.


Fire departments from 3 cities responded to the call. Traffic was blocked for miles.

I have a video on YouTube here at this link:

Later today the temperature continued to drop, and this evening we had another light dusting of snow.


Can’t wait to leave for Florida and those 80° sunny days!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Getting Ready for the Cold Weather

Yesterday as the temperature was in the 60’s, and the sun shining, I made a trip to Dads’ house to pick up some of the leaves in the yard and get the gutters cleaned out.

I didn’t even bother to knock on the door and let him know what I was up to. I figured as soon as he heard my leaf blower he would be outside ready to help.

Dad loves his Lawn Tractor

I almost had all the leaves out of the gutters on the garage and house, when I heard the tractor start up.

Easy way to pick up the leaves.

He is such a proud man, that he doesn’t feel confortable getting help from anyone, especially from me after the hip replacement and back surgery I went through earlier this year. I assured him I was fine and that I wanted to get those gutters cleaned out before the cold snap. A few hours later and the job was well done.

Arriving home Bob, our neighbor, came over to tell us what has been happening this past week at their house.  Randy just went through two brain surgeries! Bob has been running back and forth from the hospital, to work, and back again for the past week, totally exhausted, and stressed. He mentioned he has been living on McDonalds chicken nuggets all week. That evening Wilma prepared a home cooked pork chop dinner and took a plate over to him.

This morning started out sunny with calm winds, so I went to work getting my gutters cleaned out. After that job was done I headed over to my next door neighbor’s house to get the leaves picked up in his yard. I knew I had to complete these two jobs today as the weather man on the TV are predicting some cold weather to arrive late this afternoon or tonight.

Nov 11th. - 17th weatherAll that fresh outdoor air and physical activity called for me to reward myself with a nap today. Open-mouthed smile

This evening’s dinner was spent at Applebee's. Each Veterans Day they honor Veterans with a free meal. What a great honor it is to join my fellow Veterans for Applebee’s generosity. We left early, around 4pm, as we knew from past years it gets very crowded closer to the dinner hour. Even arriving early, the parking lot only had about 5 open spaces. There was a line starting to form that stretched outside. The place was packed and we had a delicious dinner, even spoke with the manager as she made her rounds thanking all the Veterans.

From this Vet to all other Veterans; Thank You for your service to our Great Country. Job Well Done!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I’ve been blessed to have worked a full career where my employer had paid for our families health care. Then after retirement, I pay $130.00 per month to keep the plan, but it’s only available until you turn 65. Then it drops off. That’s when our Medicare kicks in, and to my surprise and eye opening, with substantial monthly premium increases!

We had an informational meeting with a company that specializes in explaining all the Medicare plans available along with pricing. WOW what an eye opener I had!

I was expecting an increase in monthly premiums, but not quite as much as I was shown. But it is what it is and next May I’ll be joining that group of “ol-folks” who are all in that same boat.

I have to commend David Burkart of Senior Benefits Group. He spent 3½ hours with me going over the separate plans Medicare offers. Plus with the help of his tablet, showed me all the participating private insurance companies that offer supplemental insurance, along with their monthly premiums.

David sure did save me hours and hours of research time on the computer, and I’m very thankful we had this meeting. When it gets closer to my 65th. birthday, all it will take is a short phone call to him and he does all the paperwork for me. No charge! I asked him who pays his company and himself to furnish this type of service. His response was the insurance companies. So I said that if I went to the same insurance company that we picked, I could get the same policy for less monthly costs because they don’t have to pay your company. He assured me that I would find the exact same price.

So this morning I did just that. I got on the web, went to the insurance companies web site, clicked in my choices and presto…..the exact same monthly premium! So I feel confident David was telling me everything truthfully. For those who might be questioning, the insurance company from AARP furnished me with the most coverage for the least monthly premium. This will be looked at yearly, by making a phone call to David for updates.

I would highly recommend anyone getting ready to sign up for Medicare to get in touch with one of these types of companies, to go over all the options. There is way more to it than the average person knows!