In terms of our upcoming move, most of our ducks are in a row. We’ve sold the vinyl albums and the comic book collection. We have grandpa’s baseball card collection we may get rid of. Son is loathe to part with anything he got from his grandparents though. They also gave us a small collection of silver coins which may generate a little cash. I’m not sure, but I’ll look into it. I still have to photograph all of our Lladros (http://www.lladro.com/) we want to sell. We have a dozen small sculptures, none of which we are interested in keeping. Though pretty, they’re just not our taste. I’ll put them on Craigslist as well.
Then there are the plants we have to thin out. We have numerous large agaves and some other great plants that we have in the ground that we don’t want to die. So I’ll take photos of those and put them up for sale on Craigslist. Sort of a ‘you dig ’em up and you get them cheaper than if I have to re pot them.’ I think we have five good size blue agaves and six large agave americanas. They are a royal pain to dig up, having numerous sharp teeth and topped with needle-like points. In fact the tips of agave were used by native Indians as needles for sewing. It can be a painful endeavor to dig these up, especially when digging up more than 10 of them!
We’ve talked with son and he is growing excited about the move. We told him the other night that we would help him get the apartment set up and pay his rent up front for six months, giving him plenty of time to find work and get on his feet financially. His car is already paid for. We will live near enough to him that he can stop by and eat dinner with us, so he’d save on groceries. We will be able to provide him with living room and bedroom furniture. About all he’ll need to get is a small dinette set. And there are plenty of shops in the city to find something suitable and cheap. He will have enough room for himself and the grandson who will only be there on weekends for the next three years. It is my biggest hope that son will meet people and start dating. He will have plenty of time to walk his dog Doobie, who is a total people magnet. This dog has more personality than five other dogs combined. He loves everyone and is super playful. And just cute as hell.
I’ve gotten my Medicare card already and just have to select my plan and send the info to the government. I’ve looked for a neurologist, psychiatrist, therapist and a general practitioner on the right plan and there are numerous to choose from. Hopefully at least one of each will be taking on new patients. That and I like them. There aren’t that many to choose from if I don’t. If I pick the insurance plan I’m considering there is only one neurologist. Though I suppose there is no reason I couldn’t keep the one I have and make the drive. It wouldn’t be much different from the drive I make to her now. I’ll have to find out if she takes medicare when I see her next month.
One of the biggest challenges will be drug coverage. Without insurance two of the drugs I take cost nearly $900 per month! Most plans cover these, but I’d still have to pay $95 per month for them. One of the medicare plans though has no premium, no copay and my prescriptions would top out at $50. Quite a difference when you’re talking monthly scripts that I will continue to be on the rest of my life and the costs will only go up as my income stays the same.
This is all going to be such a big change. New city, living in an apartment for the first time since we were first married. Living just the two of us after nearly 30 years with son, and 10 with grandson as well. New doctors, new pharmacy and grocery stores to find. And yet, I don’t dread any of it. I look forward to finding a Tai Chi class, though so far I’ve only found classes for the short form while I have been learning and loving, the long form. I guess it makes sense, the short form is much easier, having only 24 moves instead of 108. I look forward to walking my dog down to the beach every day. I hope husband is finally able to lose weight once he gets his paddle board and bicycle. We will be able to take long walks like we did when we were younger and be excited about seeing new things and just talking, just the two of us. I hope to find an improv group or a comedy writing troop, but haven’t started looking yet.
Life is good!