Practical Step One: Inventory

So. Everything has hit the fan. You've lost your job. Your health is screwed. Something major has happened. You are freaking out. Overwhelmed. Pick a place to start. Here is my suggestion for practical, actionable works. Take inventory. Of everything. How much food do you have in your house? Pantry and freezer? How much pet … Continue reading Practical Step One: Inventory

Hello, my friends.

Things are difficult right now. I lost Grace suddenly and unexpectedly and am grieving. I have developed new health issues. Yes, new, as in more. I've had an MRI, worn a heart monitor, had a treadmill stress test and am scheduled for an upcoming echo. My nerve condition has appeared to worsen, or may even … Continue reading Hello, my friends.

Lost Time. Or: 51 Doctor Appointments

Recently I wondered about how many doctor appointments I had last year. Since I have a personal policy of chasing down all idle curiosities I pulled out last year's planner. 51. I even left out a few lab only appointments, but balls! 51! When people think about how chronic illness can eat up a person's … Continue reading Lost Time. Or: 51 Doctor Appointments

Ways to save – at the Dentist!

I lost my dental insurance four years ago. My mom covered my health insurance and dental insurance costs for years as I became disabled while still under her plan and qualified. However, when she went down to part time work it became cost prohibitive and she had to remove me. She, incredibly generously, kept me … Continue reading Ways to save – at the Dentist!

Travel hacking my way to Belize!

I've dropped small hints and what not, but haven't really discussed in depth the work I've been doing the last several years in order to send my family on a trip for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. If you've never done anything like this for family, boy, does it feel good to do! We had … Continue reading Travel hacking my way to Belize!

Fire Journey: Disrupted

All those well laid plans for 2019 have NOT worked out, but that's okay, because if I've learned one thing in this life it is how to pivot PIVOT pivot(!) and recover. From January's negative income month, to February's barely there income, to the IRS tax bills I didn't understand I would be receiving and … Continue reading Fire Journey: Disrupted

Hail March, full of Grace.

That pup? That's my Shih Tzu Grace. Also known as Grapie. Grapeface. Grapaccino. My bug. Grape is sick. Grape is still sick, I should say as, as we're nearly a month into this. Through multiple vet visits, emergency vet visits, ultrasounds, xrays, endoscopes and biopsies we found that she has been sick for a very … Continue reading Hail March, full of Grace.