Kind of a grey and grim day. As noted before, we'd come home late yesterday afternoon, shortly before sundown, to see EMS, an ambulance, and two police cruisers at our next-door neighbor's house. Found that he's had a massive heart attack, and late last night we got the word that he did not survive it. He'd just gotten married, as in just a month ago. His fourth, and she'd been down the aisle before. He's got six kids (known) and she has a few I believe. They'd bought the house just a year ago, and he'd just dropped more than $25,000 into a very large new garage, the intent to use it for work on his show/race cars. I don't think his new wife has that same level of interest. This will be a very tough time for her and for the extended family.
We had a 10:00 meeting this morning regarding our Medicare supplement insurance. The arrangement we've had for the last year has been not-too-bad, but not-too-good either, and we've been informed that the price is going up and the coverage levels are going down. Lots of that going around, of course. So we'd been (OK, Dear Wife has been) looking at alternatives. And today, this very day, is the Very Last Day to make a change. So off we went, spent two hours with an agent. A change is occurring, effective first of the year. A good thing, probably.
And, another of those "coincidences", highly improbable encounters. The agent seemed to be a good guy. Turns out he's been preaching at a Southern Baptist church not far from here, on a fill-in basis, and last Sunday was his last sermon there. Interesting "coincidence", don't you think? I don't know if anything comes from that, but perhaps both of us needed some affirmation. God is good.
Later, we made the trek to the Big Box store to pick up a prescription for Dear Wife. As I noted previously, our church very generously made a money gift to us Among other things, that made it possible to fill this very much needed prescription for her. This is one of those ugly things with our current Medicare Advantage policy, as noted previously. Most of our prescriptions are required to be filled via the pharmacy that they have. But for some medications, that is painful. This is one. It is less, notably less expensive, to go to the local pharmacy and fill it paying out of pocket, than to fill it via the pharmacy. We'd not had the wherewithal to take either path, until this very generous gift. So, when it came through, she ordered the refill at the local pharmacy. Not a real common drug, and they had to ship it in, which took the better part of a week. Came in last night, so we got it today.
God is good.
We're right now making an evening meal from re-heated leftovers in the refrigerator. We do this normally, while she's often in bad shape, when she can get around she is a spectacularly good cook, so we make a crock pot full of home made soup, for example, put it up in containers, and reheat as desired. We have chili frozen in the freezer, we have home made potato soup, we have home made chicken-vegetable soup with couscous rather than noodles (wonderfully good), and the like. I can reheat stuff as needed, it saves a LOT of money, it tastes great, and it avoids possible problems with her many food allergies and bad reactions. It's a big part of how we get by.
She's eating, and as soon as I hit "publish", I intend to do so as well.
Friday is the wedding anniversary of our younger daughter and her husband. Seven years now. They are living at the far end of the country now, somewhat north of San Francisco, and have cut off all contact as part of the fallout from the recent election. Makes it tough.
Older daughter's anniversary is the 29th, and the same thing applies.
Makes the "holiday" season a bit grim.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 9 and 10 of Daniel.
The New Testament reading is the short epistle of 2nd John.