Archive for August, 2012

The Good Old Days

Posted on August 21, 2012 11:28 am under General
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How do I define “the good old days”? From a medical perspective, it was the time when I had one doctor and went years without paying him a visit. As my age has increased, so has the number of health care providers. With our recent move, I’ve also been reminded that it has gotten harder to find them.

Medicare has an online site to help find a doctor. It tells if a doctor is accepting new patients and if they limit their fees to the Medicare guidelines. The site is not particularly user friendly. It requires opening a lot of pages to get information and could use more filters to limit the search results. I stick to it, because a physician, who doesn’t accept the guidelines, could cost me money that I just don’t have. Armed with a list of potential doctors, I start making calls.
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Posted on August 20, 2012 3:31 pm under Grandma Tidbits

Once upon a time, I thought that I was technically savvy. That day has come and gone.

Seven years out of the work force have taken a toll. I can still write computer code and design a web page, but every day, I spot new software that I know nothing about. My ignorance runs much deeper, however. I don’t know how to program our television. I rarely use the remote and my sole skill is hitting the power button.
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It’s A Fly’s World

Posted on August 20, 2012 3:09 am under Microfiction
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First, an apology to Pat, who so kindly offered this story-provoking image. I missed mentioning that in the meme. Thanks,Pat.

Long after the plump, juicy fly disappeared into the Clay Pot Jungle, Jeremiah remained hopeful and vigilant. (109)

Jeremiah was no Yertle, but Mack was still at the bottom of the pile. (69)

In the shadows beyond the edge of Clay Precipice, Hoss chuckled as he watched the pair. Outwitting them was a better buzz than any wine. (137)

Don’t remember Yertle? Check out the video of this Dr. Seuss story. It’s not just for kids.


Succinctly Yours offers a weekly photo and word as inspiration for your microfiction. How low can you go? Choose the 140 character or 140 word option.

This week’s word was precipice.

Cause To Wine

Posted on August 20, 2012 1:28 am under Family
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We’ve started house hunting. Yes, I know. We just moved in last month. While no house is perfect, we really like this one a lot. The problem? Our landlady.

Her husband has cancer with a five year life expectancy. She still loves this house and planned to move back after his death. Our plan to live here for two years matched her needs. Recently, her husband took a turn for the worse and now she’s unhappy that we are in her house. She is understandably upset, but I don’t think it justifies her behavior towards us. Calico calls it weird, I find it belligerent. Read more »

Succinctly Yours Week 74

Posted on August 18, 2012 12:45 pm under Succinctly Yours
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How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words.Click For Details

Photo for Monday, August 20th

Word of the Week:precipice

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