Long, dreary, day.
Wife was sick all day yesterday. She's been running a low-grade fever for about 10 days, having various breathing issues, and generally feeling lousy. But Tuesday is "her day" to "watch" the Beloved Great-Niece from Next Door. So, we were up before 06:00, and dragged across the yard shortly before 07:00 (I was carrying some stuff for her). Only to find that Niece is sick as well, down with the flu, and she's not going to work. So we did a 180 degree turn, and came back home. She's been down flat about all day. We called doctor office around 08:30 to see if they could work her in. Only to find that the office is closed today for some reason. We left message with the service. We simply can not afford the out-of-pocket to go to the "Urgent Care", at all. So we'll try this again tomorrow.
Her Disability came through in the overnight direct deposit, so the overdue water bill and the gas bill -- with us already getting disconnect warnings -- got paid. I went down to the gas station, put $12 gas in the car that was bumping one the "empty" indicator, and got a bit of cash out. We have a very small regular check going in Monday, but otherwise are pretty much broke until the 3rd week of November. We've been in worse shape. But the $15 co-pay the doc office will charge (if/when we get in) plus the cost of any meds will come out of that very small amount of cash I took out, and the 20-mile drive to the doc's new, relocated office, will hit the gas tank hard as well.
Just another day in Happy Land.
She did spend a few dollars to send a small birthday gift to our older daughter, whose birthday is Thursday. She refuses to speak to us, has for more than a year now. The effort is worth making, even when we're pinching pennies. And I believe in miracles. But there is a real problem.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 14. 15.and 16 of the book of Jeremiah. This is definitely not the sort of thing that today's "prosperity preachers" want to get into, nor the people who want to downplay sin or make common cause with Muslims. And I know what catastrophes struck the nation that Isaiah was preaching to. And, worst of all, I see some of the same things in our culture, and know that the same sort of judgment and catastrophe can come our way as well.
The New Testament reading here is chapter 5 from 1st Timothy.
I Timothy 5