An Insurance Nightmare

My parents are both in their 80’s and their health is failing, so we finally talked them into moving into an independent living facility.

We were so happy when we got them all moved in, now we can concentrate on getting them some important doctors appointments.

This is where the nightmare began!

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When I called around to try and get a very important appointment with a specialist, I found out that there weren’t any in the area that take their insurance. You see, they moved from one county to another, and we never thought that that would effect their insurance.

They are on Medicare so what is the problem?

I soon found out that Medicare pays private insurance companies to handle the seniors in Florida and their company does not provide coverage in Polk County.

Our options are to drive over an hour away to see a doctor in network, or to go out of network and pay a larger co-pay and only be 15 minutes away.

Easy-peasy, we will opt to go out of network! All we need is for the primary doctor in Pinellas County to send in an authorization request. Unfortunately, this is not a quick process, but, while we were waiting for that request to clear, the insurance company called to say that my parents were eligible to change companies as of August first.

Great! Now we are getting some where. We got the insurance agent over to sign them up with a good policy that would cover the specialist and since the 1st was less than a week away, I felt good about getting that elusive appointment.

But wait, more red tape!

We can’t even make an appointment until August first. Once the insurance is activated, then we can call back and make the appointment and hope that it will be soon.

Through this whole process, we have lost 2 weeks of valuable time and still waiting. We are in insurance limbo.

What a nightmare!

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July’s Pins

Where did July go?

I just realized that I haven’t posted my pins for this month.

I think that I am going to start posting my pins in themes. Since summer is all about vacations, the theme for this month will be
Exciting Things To Do and See!

Around the world:

Rent an igloo in Finland under the northern lights.

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Walk in the lilac fields in Provence, France.

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See the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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Swim in a floating balcony pool in Mumbai, India.

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See the cliffs in Etretat, France.

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Drive the Atlantic Road in Norway.

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Enter the W Tower in Prague.

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Walk in the natural infinity pools called Pamukkale in Denizli, Turkey.

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And in the USA:

Get in the pool at Subway in Zion National Park, Utah.

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Whale watch at Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

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Wow, I feel like packing my bags right now!

Sunshine Award

I wonder, who came up with the idea of passing out blog awards?

The blogging community is amazing. Bloggers reach out to each other, enter into joint adventures, guest blog and award each other.

They are helpful, supportive and generally want to see everyone succeed with their blogs and I am proud to be a part of it.

And speaking of awards, I just found out that Kathy from Life on Lakeshore Drive
gave me the Sunshine Award. Thank you, Kathy!

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Here is how the award works:

First, you should thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.

Next, answer the following questions about yourself.

Then, choose 10 of your favorite bloggers and link their blogs to your post.

Be sure to let them know that you are nominating them for the award.

Last, be sure to copy and paste the award to your blog!

OK, here we go!

1. Favorite color- Greens and blues are a close 2nd, but Pink is my favorite.

2. Favorite animal- I am an animal lover, but my heart belongs to dogs, Boston Terriers to be exact.

3. Favorite number- I don’t have a favorite number but I am a creature of habit and so I always use the same number, 22.

4. Favorite Drink- Sweet tea!

5. Facebook or Twitter- Facebook, I don’t even know anything about Twitter.

6. Good book or good movie- Good movie

7. My passion- Raising money and buying name brand sneakers for the “at risk” kids at a school in Tampa at Christmas time.

8. Giving or getting gifts- Giving of coarse!

9. Favorite day- Saturday, I always say I am going to sleep in, but I never do.

10. Favorite flower- Black Eyed Susan

Now that you know a little bit more about me, it is time to discover more about 10 other great bloggers!!

Here are my 10 nominees for the Sunshine Award:

Makin My Apt A Home

Suttons Daze

Sew Much Class & Crafty, Too

While Wearing Heels

Jack’s Paper Moon

Becoming Martha

Feeding My Temple

Second Chance to Dream

Grey Lane Home

Please visit their blogs and share the love.

Who was the first person to ever give this award?

I wonder?

Personalized Starbucks Bottles

I just love those little milk bottles and Starbucks bottles that everyone is using at parties. You see them everywhere on Pinterest.

I searched the Internet for a cheap an inexpensive site that I could get the little milk bottles, but I didn’t have any luck.

I quickly moved to plan B, which was bad timing I might add. You see, it involved drinking 8 large Starbucks Frappuccinos, and I have set a goal to lose 20 lbs by the end of the year.

The Capt. kindly offered to help me dispose of some of the beverages and I finally had 8 large empty bottles. I needed to decide exactly what I was going to do with them.

Since I am really into monograms right now, I decided to etch our initial on the bottles.

Here is what I did:

I removed the labels from each of the bottles and then ran them through the dishwasher.

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Now, I was left with a sticky film on one side and a date stamped on the other. Not to worry! I just raided the Capt.’s cleaning supplies and found Big Orange E made by Zep. I believe he got it at either the Dollar General or Walmart. This stuff worked amazingly, it removed both the stamped date and the sticky label residue with very little elbow crease.

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While all of the bottles were drying, I picked a font and size that I liked and printed it out on regular paper. I then cut out the initial to make a stencil, making sure it was the size of the label for easy placement.

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I traced the initial, backwards, onto the backing of clear contact paper and cut it out. I did this 8 times, one for each bottle.

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I peeled the backing off of the contact paper and placed them on the bottles.

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After reading the instructions carefully, I applied the etching cream over the contact paper.

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After just a few minutes, I rinsed off all of the etching cream and shrieked with delight at the finished product.

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I just love these personalized bottles!

They are perfect for serving the Capt.’s famous iced coffee or sweet tea!

I am linking up at:

Monday

Market yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Monday link up party at Making The World Cuter
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
It’s So very creative at It’s So Very Cheri
A marvelous mess at Marvelously Messy
Newbie Mondays at
Creative Corner Blog Hop at Cherished Handmade Treasures

Tuesday

Topsy Turvy Tuesday at I’m Topsy Turvy
Get your craft on at Today’s Creative Blog
Take a look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts
Show me what ya got at Not Just A Housewife
A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Catch as catch can T My Repurposed Life
Tout it Tuesday at Claiming Our Space
home decorating and organizing link party at Organize Your Stuff Now
Uncommonly yours at Uncommon Creating the

Wednesday

Look what I made at Creations by Kara
Lil Luna link party at Lil Luna
Wildly Original Roundup at I Gotta Create
whimsical Wednesday blog hop at Random
Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family
Time for a party at Fine Craft Guild

Thursday

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage (Wed night)
Hookin up party at House of Hepworths (Wed night)
Dog gone dirty craftin at Rhinestone Beagle
Made you look at Made in a Day

Friday

Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest (Thur night)
Friday flair at Whipperberry
Friday fun party at Craftionary
Fancy this Fridays at Truly Lovely
TGIF at Two Sasters
Freedom Fridays at My Turn (For Us)

Pins

Thursday

Things I find Pinteresting

Liebster Award

It has been a crazy time for me lately. I have just gotten through with entertaining guests and a quick trip this past month and now I am in the middle of helping my parents move into an independent living facility.

I have been feeling like I have neglected my blog and the bloggers I follow so it was a pleasant surprise to see that I got the Liebster Award!

LIEBSTER = DEAREST

Liebster means ” dearest” in German, and this award is a way to encourage new bloggers.

I want to thank ARod at Makin My Apt A Home
for giving me the Liebster Award!

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Everyone can use some encouragement!
I know I can!

Once you receive this award, follow these rules:

1: Link back to the giver

2: Post the award on your blog

3: Pass the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers

I choose:

number Fifty Three

Life on Lakeshore Drive

Grey Lane Home

The Bean Sprout Notes

Gilded Junque

Monday Morning

Well, it’s Monday morning and I didn’t plan anything to write about.
I just got home yesterday from taking my grandson’s home to Illinois.

It has been a very busy 4 weeks for me, and even though I have enjoyed every minute of it, I am worn out and just need some down time.

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Here is a funny story that will verify just how worn out and off my game I am.

I consider myself a vary seasoned traveller, being a travel agent for so many years, but on this particular day, I must have looked like a rookie or worse!

It all started 24hrs prior, when I was able to check in and print my boarding pass online. I was using my daughters Mac computer, which I am not too familiar with. She hooked up the printer while I was clicking everywhere, trying to find the print options. Then, when the printer was turned on, to my surprise, out came a boarding pass. I folded it up and put it in my carry on for the following morning.

I like to get to the airport extra early so that I am not stressed if there should be any type of delay, so we get on the road at 6:30 am.

Once I get to the airport, I chuckle to myself that I don’t have to stand in line at the ticket counter because I wasn’t checking any luggage, so I headed straight to the security check point. With a smile on my face, I handed my boarding pass and ID to the security agent, I was ready to get home and see the Capt. and Marley. The security agent said there was something wrong, my ID did not match the name on my boarding pass.

What, how can that be? To my horror, I had given them an out dated boarding pass with my daughters name on it, it was her itinerary from 2 weeks prior. It must have been in the printing queue and when we turned on her printer, it spit it out. Because it was a boarding pass and I was trying to print a boarding pass, I never double checked the name and date on it.

So, I had to make my way back to the ticket counter, get in line and get the proper paperwork. Luckily, it didn’t take too long and before I knew it, I was standing back in front of the same ticket agent, trying to explain my funny story while she scrutinized my documents with a fine tooth comb.
She put some red marks on the boarding pass and let me proceed to the security machines.

Once I passed through the metal detectors, another security agent came over and informed me that she needed to do a quick pat down.

OK, got through that, but wait. Now they want to search my bag. Really?

OK, they did that, and took some lotion that I had. It was ok for the flight out here, but apparently not ok for the return flight.

But, at this point, I just wanted to get to my gate and veg until it was time to board the plane. I grabbed my shoes and bag and off I went. When I got to the gate, I found a seat and settled in, trying to unwind a bit after that little fiasco, when an announcement came over the loud speaker, “will the person that left the grey hooded jacket please return to the security check point”.

Again, Really?

Praise God, I made it home, safe and sound and with out further incident!

Baptism

Two of my grandchildren recently got baptized and I couldn’t be happier for them!

I could not be there with them so I decided to send them a gift in honor of this very special occasion.

I got them both an age appropriate Bible. For my 13 year old granddaughter, I got the Study Bible For Teens and for my 11 year old grandson, I got the Explorers Bible For Kids.

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I also embroidered a towel for each of them with a special poem attached.
I got the inspiration for this project here

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And for a little extra gift, I just loved this idea. . I changed some of the wording and they turned out great!

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I wrapped everything in the towel and it made a wonderful gift presentation.

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I just love this picture!

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I am very proud of these kids.

May God Bless!

Linking up to:
Monday

Market yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Monday link up party at Making The World Cuter
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
It’s So very creative at It’s So Very Cheri
A marvelous mess at Marvelously Messy
Newbie Mondays at Debbiedoos

Tuesday

Topsy Turvy Tuesday at I’m Topsy Turvy
Get your craft on at Today’s Creative Blog
Take a look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts
Show me what ya got at Not Just A Housewife
A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Titus 2 Tuesdays at Cornerstone Confessions
Tout it Tuesday at Claiming Our Space
home decorating and organizing link party at Organize Your Stuff Now
Uncommonly yours at Uncommon Creating the

Wednesday

Look what I made at Creations by Kara
Lil Luna link party at Lil Luna
Wildly Original Roundup at I Gotta Create
whimsical Wednesday blog hop at Random
Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family
Time for a party at Fine Craft Guild

Thursday

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage (Wed night)
Hookin up party at House of Hepworths (Wed night)
Dog gone dirty craftin at Rhinestone Beagle
Made you look at Made in a Day

Friday

Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest (Thur night)
Friday flair at Whipperberry
Friday fun party at Craftionary
Fancy this Fridays at Truly Lovely
TGIF at Two Sasters
Freedom Fridays at My Turn (For Us)

Saturday

What’s shaken at Shaken Together

Sunday

DIY Project Parade at DIY Showoff
Creative bloggers party and hop at Homemaker on a Dime (Sun eve)

Legoland

Well, we are at the end of our visit with the boys and the finale was a day at Legoland.

I purchased all of our tickets online and I just printed them out and avoided any long lines at the gate. We were able to go directly to the turn style, scan our tickets and enter the park.
I got one child ticket free with the purchase of an adult ticket, that saved me $65.00.
I got the discount info here.

Because my oldest grandson is 14, I needed to buy another adult ticket so I searched for discounts and found the best deal on Legoland’s website.

Not only was it $10.00 off, but it also included entry into the water park.

I did have to upgrade the other 2 tickets for $12.00 each so that we could go to the water park too. You can do the upgrade at guest services or at the ticket booth by the water park entrance.

I paid $12.00 for parking so the grand total just to get into the parks tally up to $198.64 for 2 adults and 1 child.

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So, what did we get for our money?

Most of the rides are geared for the younger kids since this park is for ages 2-12, but my 11 and 14 year old grandsons had a good time riding all of the roller coasters.

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There are Lego statues everywhere and we had to touch every one of them.

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They even had a life size SUV made out of Legos.

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The miniland is amazing, it had famous cities and landmarks built out of Legos. The boys said that was the best part of the park for them. I thought it was incredible too, but my only criticism would be that there is absolutely no shade what so ever in that part of the park.

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To cool off a bit, we went inside a store where the boys were able to build their own mini figures. You can build 3 for $10.00.

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The water park is from the old Cypress Gardens but they added a Lego theme and it was nice. We got in the wave pool and the lazy river. They have a wonderful water structure for the younger kids that has smaller slides, levels you climb up, water guns you shoot and a huge bucket of water that dumps on you when it is full. My 11 year old grandson loved it. They also have several watersides for the older crowd that the boys loved. My camera was in a locker so I didn’t get any pictures inside the water park.

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We didn’t eat at the park because I had read lots of negative reviews about their food so we packed our lunch and were going to have a picnic outside of the park. As it turned out, we didn’t even eat until we were on our way home.

The boys were a bit disappointed in the Big Lego store but we were able to find them some kits that they can put in their suitcases. I thought there was a big selection of Legos to choose from but I have to take the opinion of the experts!

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So, the verdict is in.

Drum roll please.

They loved it!

Disclaimer, I am in no way getting paid or have been contacted by Legoland to write this review.

Versatile Blogger Award

I was pleasantly surprised when I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Suttons Daze.
Thank you, it is an honor!
Please take time to check out their wonderful blog.

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What is the versatile blogger award you ask?
Well here are the rules:

1: Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
2: Include a link to their site.
3: Include the award image to your post.
4: Include the award image on your blog.
5: Give 7 random facts about yourself.
6: Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
7: When nominating other bloggers, include links to their sites.
8: Let those bloggers know they have been nominated.

7 Things about myself (in no particular order):

1: I stand on principle, sometimes to a fault
2: I love the ocean
3: I am a middle child
4: I am left handed
5: I love to travel
6: I have freckles ( lots of freckles)
7: I love Jesus

My nominations for The Versatile Blog Award go to these wonderful blogs:

Jack’s Paper Moon

Bella’s Crafty Mom

Design Dining and Diapers

Growing in Grace

Tumblestone Hand Makery

Woven Home

Stay at Home-ista

Little Corbin Hill

Love Grows Wild

Makin My Apt a Home

Handmade by Is

Rhinestone Beagle

Finding Secret Treasure

Original Dirk

Check them out!

Low Country Boil

This is one of those recipes I keep on file for when I have company.

Not only is it soooo good, but it is a fun meal to do and clean up is a breeze.

I have more time to visit because I spend less time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.

Before you start to cook, you will need to prepare the table. I used to buy a roll of brown shipping paper and cover the table with it. If you use this method, tape the paper to the underneath part of the table. Lately though, I have been buying those cheap inexpensive thin plastic tablecloths at the Dollar Store or Walmart because they come in different colors and look very festive. Also, they are plastic so the grease doesn’t soak through to my table.

Here is what you need:

1/2 lb smoked sausage or turkey kielbasa ( per person )
1/2 lb raw shrimp in the shell ( per person )
1 ear of corn – broken in half ( per person)
3 small red potatoes ( per person )
1-2 large onions – quartered
Tbsp minced garlic
Several bay leaves
2 tbsp vinegar
1/3 cup Old Bay seasoning

Boil water. We use a turkey fryer with the basket strainer (but you could just use a very large pot on the stove or grill).
Once the water is boiling, add the spices and seasonings along with the sausage, onion and potatoes.
Bring to a boil again and cook until the potatoes are soft.
Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes longer.
Finally, add the shrimp and simmer for 3-4 minutes more or until the shrimp turn pink.

Now comes the fun part!

Lift up the basket strainer, or drain into a large strainer if using a large pot, and dump it onto the table ( our neighbor made us this round frame to dump the food into to keep the potatoes and corn from rolling off of the table).

On the table in front of each person, they can put a dab of butter, cocktail sauce, and spicy mustard.

You can put some cornbread squares on the table too.

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Now, just dig in! No plates! No silverware!

Make sure you have plenty of napkins or paper towels.

As good as the meal is, the best part comes with clean up. Just roll up the table cloth and throw it away. Walla, your done!

This is such a big hit with the guests and everyone wants the recipe so that they can do a boil for their family and friends.