Thursday, December 9, 2021
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
I wrote a couple of days ago how it felt good to make choices for my family. I take it back. Maybe there are 2 many choices offered... no that's not it. The problem is there are soooo many variables!!! most of the plans have you pay 10-25% of the various costs... but figuring out those costs is the crazy part! How the heck do I know what the doctor charges me, after whatever health plan applies their rules and such. I am down to 3 possible plans, and I'm not sure which is the best deal, because it hinges on how much is passed on to me the customer and that's such a total unknown! Or i can just keep the current plan, which of course charges alittle more per month than it did before and added a co-pay and raised co-pays on drugs.. but at least I know what to expect and there is no learning curve for next year. But i'm hunted by the knowledge that it will probably cost alittle more than maybe this other plan... but how can I know for sure because of the variables I don't know!! Add in that Jesscera will turn 26 during then year, and will have to get her own healthcare going forward. So should i pick what will be the better deal once she would drop off? should we just get her own coverage starting at the start of the year, instead of keeping her til she ages out? ARRRRGHGHGH Is it really any surprise that everyone hates health insurance, even though we can't live without it? Why is national healthcare so wrong? It would make everything so much easier! On a much easier note, here is another picture from my files. This is one of my "wedding" pieces. Features a vintage pocket watch regular. Now I'm sure the person who bought it did so just for enjoyment, but I always think i'll make a offical wedding line featuring vintage bits and simple elegant lines. This is an easy choice!!
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
So it's November and time to pick healthcare for the next year. For folks that have healthcare through work, it's the annual headache... but I actually sort of enjoy it, at least since Jerry got a federal job. Being a federal employee means something like 30 different plans to pick from! Yes, I'm bragging! It doesn't mean coverage is necessary cheaper per month, but I bet the actual coverage offered is better, and we save with lower copays and drug costs. We jumped on a government plan last year and we saved so much money compaired to what my company offered, it makes me feel sick. (bad word choice??) Considering the extra expensives medically wise this year, we have spent less money than the year before. This is with hospital stays, biospies and extra medial care this year. The cost difference in Jerry's medications alone is staggering. Jerry is a insulin dependant diabetic. Even with my insurance, each perscription refill varied $1800 to $4000, depending if deductable was covered for the year or not. On Jerry's plan, his insulin is $90 co-pay. That is the highest level of drug co-pay on this plan. I doubt I'll be changing plans, but I'm carefully looking over each plan to make sure we still have the best fit. I guess i enjoy it because I feel like I have more control over medial costs that I have ever had before. And I like feeling like choices I make for my family have a real difference on our daily lives. If your healthcare offerings through work suck, be sure to check out the healthcare exchanges as well, you never know you might find something that fits your family better than the work plan. Some companies even give you a kicker if you don't use company healthcare!
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
|All of these are currently at Pickers!|
|it's a start....|
|The big orange donut to guide your way!|
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
|experimenting with alcohol inks on tiles.|
|a dragon hanging out on a rock -by me|
|this is my sisters, she's way good!|
|Jerry's, not sure if it's a spaceship, or.......|
|this is Jesscera's, it's part of a story she's writing|
|Another of girls, also story related.|
Thursday, July 15, 2021
I don't know what I did, but I did something. I've had back issues before, but never like this. There are times when I can hardly walk across the room without my back seizing and spasming. It feels like everything can trigger my back - sitting, walking, just breathing sometimes. It's "soft tissue injury" per the Doc which makes it sound like it shouldn't be anything right? Wrong. I am now on a couple of drugs and on a weight limit -and no driving.
This has been going on for almost 2 weeks now, and today, finally, I think i see light at the end of the tunnel. I think it's getting better-- it's hard to tell really. But today I've actually ventured into the studio and made a few pieces. Not sure what that will do to my back, but boy, it's food for the soul!
Anyway, here are some newer pieces I'm pretty pleased with.