Sunday, February 13, 2022

GoodRx actually works. Sometimes.

 Blessings Darlings!

I'm going to take a moment to talk about GoodRx.  You might have seen it's ads on TV, about how it can help you get the prescription meds that you need for affordable prices.

Well, we had to try it out the other day.  Here's what happened.

The Chubby Hubby, being old, has an assortment of stuff about his body that isn't optimal.   One of them is the dreaded "I have to get up and pee once or twice overnight".  It's not something that *I* see as a critical thing, but it's his body and sometimes he has trouble getting back to sleep after getting up to pee.  Anyway -

So he sees a urologist.  No prostate issues, just the 'overactive bladder' stuff.  Fine.  Tries one drug, doesn't work.  Tries another drug, doesn't work.  Now they want him to try another drug, maybe two drugs together.  Welp, while the original drugs were cheap, especially with our AARP medicare drug coverage - these are NOT AT ALL affordable, even with the drug coverage.  Like, $300+ and $400+ per month.  

Cue freak out.  And a call to the urologist about other options due to the prices.  The nurse there says to try a different pharmacy (I'll talk about Walgreens some other post) and use GoodRx there.  He does.  The price for Expensive Drug #1 drops to under $17.  OTOH, the price for Expensive Drug #2 stays over $400.

He's getting Drug #1 and trying it out.  Expensive Drug #2 is not on our menu.

So, somewhat mixed results, but those of you who don't have drug coverage, or whose drug coverage leaves some drugs unaffordable, might get some help thru' it.  It's worth looking at.

Frondly, Fern

Saturday, February 12, 2022

A little warmth in the cold of winter.

 Blessings, Darlings!

Today is almost totally cloudy, with a cold wind altho' the actual temperature is in the mid 50's, and it's still a waxing moon (now more than 1/4 full.)  The Super Bowl is tomorrow (not that we care) and Valentine's Day is in two days (alas, not that THAT matters, either.)

I picked up and started using a mat for heating seeds.  Not that I'm using it on any seeds - it's under my ginger and turmeric plants.  Those plants die back to their tubers in this house over the winter, then don't start up again until damn near summer.  This means I get TINY crops of them.

Unacceptably tiny crops.

Thus, investment in the mat and electricity.  We'll see if this improves the situation.  The Chubby Hubby says he's jealous of the plants, that he'd like another source of heat, especially with the newly instituted thermostat drop at night.  

This last week has been very warm here, which reduced our use of propane by itself, so we can't see if our lifestyle changes (tiny lifestyle changes) have reduced our usage.  The next 3 days, tho', will be colder so might give us some information.

I got an e-mail from our propane provider.  They feel we should contact them for a refill when the tank is down to 40% full.  Um, we were down to 30% full last week.  The price of propane is sky high.  I'm hoping the price will drop before we actually are forced to order any.  Of course that might not be possible. 

Oh, I DID start some seeds, but since I started Swiss Chard, and that is VERY hardy, I didn't need to heat the seed bed at all.  They are awfully leggy, since I don't have any grow lights.  But if I get a cold frame put up outside, they might do okay soon.  If.

Frondly, Fern

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Sunday evening tech down

 Blessings, Darlings!

It's a bright, sunny, but cold day here in my corner of the Appalachians.  Waxing moon.  My cousin Barbara's 80th birthday (Happy birthday!)  Temperature might get up above freezing today.  Or might not.
I've got the dishwasher running, and the second load of laundry in that washer.  Due to the cold weather, the laundry will go into the dryer.  Soon I'll be heading out to work for the day.

While this winter hasn't seemed to be particularly cold - we're certainly going thru' propane at an advanced rate.  I might need to buy more to get thru' the winter, a concept that is intimidating given how high the price all fossil fuels are this year.  Not that I expect them to get much lower in future years, mind you.  But most years I can fill the tank for $900 or so and get thru' a year, while last fall I paid over $1400 and worry that I'll run out.

Chubby Hubby and I had a talk about the propane issue, and he spent the evening trying to get the theoretically programmable thermostat programmed.  He had no success.  So now we're just going to manually change it, morning and evening.  We had been leaving it at 66 degrees all the time.  Now, from about 8 pm to 5:30 am, it will be set to 62 degrees.  Maybe that will help.  And maybe the guys will take shorter showers.  I've been doing that for a while now.

Frondly, Fernm