Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend in Review

Yesterday, Saturday, daughter went to see a movie and have lunch out with one of her friends.  While she was gone, I took picture of the garden, spoke with a couple of cousins and an aunt on the phone, and relaxed.  In the evening, daughter and I went to the monthly prayer gathering.  It was being held at the home of one of my cousins and another cousin and her daughter gave us a ride there and back.  So, lots of family time and I met several friends, as well.  I had a scrambled egg and fried potatoes for brunch, with a glass of orange juice.  Dinner was Thai food at the prayer gathering.

Today, Sunday, I received a phone call from one of my overseas cousins, in the morning, inquiring how I was, etc.  One of my friends was going to visit me today, but she said she woke up not feeling too well, so we decided to postpone her visit until she felt better.  Instead, I spent the day doing a few other things: a load of laundry washed and hung to dry; the living room and dining area dusted and tidied; some paperwork; and a bit of sewing (I am still trying to finish the birthday quilt for my friend's daughter; her birthday came and went, but I couldn't finish sewing the borders in time; we've been invited to their home for Thanksgiving, so I am trying to get the quilt done by then).

I have received a billing for $715 from the radiology center for the biopsy; apparently they submitted the bill to the insurance company but haven't received payment from them.  I will need to call the insurance company, tomorrow, to find out what's happening - if they will pay or if I am responsible for paying it, even though the procedure had been authorized by them.  Once before, too, several years ago, there was a $400 charge for a mammogram that insurance was supposed to have covered but I ended up having to pay. 

I also paid the phone bill: $144.17; this includes my cell phone, daughter's cell phone, and the home phone.

In the late afternoon, daughter and I went for a walk around the block.  We were both surprised to see a hawk, standing by the side of the road, across the street from us!  That was an unusual sight to see it just standing there, on the ground.  I asked daughter to take a picture of it with her phone, but she said there was not enough storage space on her phone.

Today, I had two pieces of toast with some of my homemade lemon marmalade for breakfast.  For lunch, I had salmon with sauted zucchini and corn.  Dinner was pasta with chicken/cream of mushroom sauce.

Chicken in Cream of Mushroom Sauce

I took one of the chicken breasts I had cooked earlier, sliced it and reheated it in the broth in which it had cooked.  To that, I added some sliced onions, celery, and green bell peppers (all from the freezer), a can of cream of mushroom soup and half a can of water.  Then, since it needed a bit more color, I added a spoon of pimiento from a jar I had in the fridge.  Everything was simmered together while the pasta (spaghetti) cooked.  I served the sauce over the pasta and we had that for dinner.  One of daughter's friends (this time, a friend since 4th grade) came over to watch a video with her and joined us at dinner.   We had grapes for dessert.  I sent half of the leftover pasta and sauce home with daughter's friend and put the other half in the fridge for daughter, for later.

Today, I am grateful for:

- A sunny and warm day
- Keeping in touch with family and friends
- Frugal meals using items on hand
- Seeing the hawk on our walk
- A relaxed day

How was your weekend? 


  1. Seeing that hawk sounds lovely. My weekend was so so. Spent too much money, but what else is new? I did purchase a variety of fruits and veggies though, I definitely want to make sure Little Wolf gets all he needs as well as trying new ones.

    1. Good of you to get a variety of fruits and veggies so Little Wolf can get used to trying out different ones.

      Hope you have a good week and a lovely Thanksgiving. Are you making the big dinner or will you be going to your parents or parents-in-law?

    2. We go to my parents for Thanksgiving and she cooks the majority of the food and everyone else brings a little something (I'm making the No Bake Chocolate Eclairs and Turkey Cookies if they turn out decent looking -cookies with candy put on to look like turkeys). Then we go to the in-laws.

      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving also!

    3. Sounds lovely, Jess. Hope your cookies turn out well.

  2. Having popped over - from I'm now not sure where? I've read some of your blog and realise that you have courage and strength which I'm sure will help you through your coming treatment. I wish you well. All best wishes X

    1. Kentish Maid, welcome! Thank you so much for your well wishes. I definitely need them! I hope all will be well with you and your family. Wish you the best too. And thank you for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate that.

  3. Proud you had a relaxed weekend.. Hope you get the insurance problem solved.It is so frustrating, we pay the premiums and have to do the foot work , to get it paid.
    Hope you and daughter have a lovely Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you, Judy. I think I managed to get the bill resolved. Daughter and I are both looking forward to Thanksgiving. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

  4. Bless, sounds like a lovely weekend of supportive family and friends. Here I am embarrassingly playing Miss Bossy Pants yet again...

    If Insurance clerk declines to pay, I hope you'll move up the management/decision making level arguing for payment. Have you read the discussions that explain that in order to boost profits for shareholders, the insurance companies commonly reject request for payment submitted by providers? There were several TV news reports covering this issue.
    Some Medical Insurance is despicable. They only pay if the client presses for payment. The more pressure, the more determination, the more likely they will pay. Of course people who are ill and weak are easily taken advantage. I can't remember the figures but a huge percentage of patients either leave the service provider to send to collection or just personally pay the provider to protect their credit rating. They don't realize Medical bills are easily listed as ' in dispute' with credit reporting services.

    I recall Marcia's [Beagle Lady] discussion when she was undergoing treatment and how much stress her insurance caused before finally paying pre approved treatment.

    1. Thanks, Hon. I think I managed to get the insurance billing resolved. We shall see. It's stress that a patient doesn't need, that's for sure.


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