Wednesday, May 13, 2020

This and that

I have lost all track of time. I can't keep up with what day it is - it's all I can do to remember the month. I have tried to keep busy while staying home. I forgot how much I hate the louver doors in my 1971 house until I decided to clean them. Yuck!

DS had to go to have labs drawn at the hospital today. It was eerie. No patients. Skeleton staff. No one was touching anything. They took our temps in the parking lot and made sure we had masks.

That's quite the difference from the regular world. We are in Phase 1 and some of the restrictions have been loosened. But you would think the gates have been opened and all is good. People not wearing masks and not social distancing. As for me and mine, we are staying put.

I've been throwing money at the student loans while we are sitting at zero interest. Hoping to make a big dent by the time the government forbearance is over. We were supposed to attend a medical conference in June and that has been canceled, so the money we had set aside for the trip is going to debt and to some home improvements that have been sorely neglected. We chose to use the bulk of our stimulus checks for 2 new mattresses. I am not exaggerating when I say we have been sleeping on a 25-year-old mattress. My shoulder had been hurting for months and two weeks of sleeping on the new mattress and no more pain. So in my mind, it was money well spent and long overdue.

Grocery prices are definitely up. I think it's the lack of sales that are causing the biggest difference. I'm used to meal planning by what's on sale - but nothing is on sale! But with the drastic cut in our gas consumption and what we do need costing $1.39 a gallon, it probably makes up for the groceries. I don't think we are eating more than usual at home - DS and I eat the majority of our meals at home anyway. And DH packs a sandwich for lunch and eats the other two meals at home. All in all, we are weathering the pandemic well financially. I am well aware of how fortunate we are.

Mother's Day brought a big surprise. Our daughter and son-in-law brought the grandchildren to visit and let us hold our month-old grandson for the first time. Oh my heart! There is nothing like newborn snuggles!

I am still scheduled for a knee replacement next month. I got the financial statement the other day from the doctor's office and my estimated portion is $0. As in nothing. Good insurance is a blessing and I don't take it for granted.

I hope everyone is holding up during these crazy times. I think back a few months and just can't wrap my mind around where we are now.


1 comment:

  1. So happy to hear from you and it's great that you can have 0 interest on those loans for now. Also getting to hold a new grandchild, can anything be better than that? I have noticed no real sales here either and I only really buy loss leaders so I have not been buying groceries except fresh produce. Take care.