Mar 072019

Yesterday was a cold, windy day, it was cold last night, and today is starting out cold. But the weatherman does say that things are going to start warming up this afternoon sometime. I hope so, because I’m about to launch into an epic snivel, and trust me, none of us wants that to happen.

In yesterday’s blog I told you about problems I was having trying to upload new covers for the first four books in the Big Lake series to Amazon, as well as the print edition of Big Lake Wedding. After fiddling with it for a while again yesterday, I thought I had finally solved the problem. I even got a message saying that everything was accepted and going through the final stages before going live. But then about 4 PM I got the same messages I have been getting all along, which really don’t say anything except that they rejected the uploads and to fix the issues and try again. I would be happy to do so, but they can’t seem to tell me what those issues are. I finally gave up in frustration and will tackle it again today.

A while back I asked for recommendations on Canadian pharmacies, trying to find some way to get Terry’s Viberzi prescription down to a more affordable price than the $1500 a month it costs here, since Medicare and our AARP supplement won’t cover it. A bunch of you responded, and I appreciate that, but as it turns out, Viberzi is some kind of controlled substance and can’t be purchased from Canadian pharmacies. Nor can it be purchased in Mexico and brought across the border. So, we’re still dealing with that hurdle and trying to find some way to get over or around it.

But the world is not all doom and gloom. It never is. When my cousin Beverly came to live with us we added a third recliner in the living room. Terry and I have never been happy with the end table we had been using between our two recliners. It was too big and always in the way. Terry did some looking around on Amazon and found a solution.

She ordered two of these Leick Recliner Wedge End Tables, which are shaped just like a wedge, as the name implies. They’ve got enough surface area for everything we want and fit perfectly but between the recliners.

Terry and I joke that our living room is beginning to look like the community common area in a retirement home. That’s us, three old farts enjoying our golden years.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Terry’s popular cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. I don’t care if you can’t even boil water, if you follow her recipes and direction you’ll be the hit at any campground potluck dinner or with your own family every time they sit down at the table. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes you have to let go of the picture you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the life you are living.


Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Still Cold, Still Frustrated”

  1. Try contacting the drug manufacturer directly. They sometimes have programs that cover at least part of the cost of drugs that are not covered by insurance. It is at least worth a shot.

  2. Snivel away…and be glad you don’t live in Nebraska. It’s been darn cold all of February, with snow about every 4th day. It’s supposed to warm up after this weekend, but I’ll reserve judgement until I see it.

  3. Like Diane said, contact the manufacturer. A lot of these newer very expensive drugs are not covered by our Part D because Medicare does not participate in the plan. No doubt because of the expense. I needed one such drug. I contacted the manufacturer and what would have cost me $500 would now be FREE. The only problem was the hoops I had to jump through. They required more financial info than the IRS did. Wanted copies of my driver’s license, my tax return, etc. Plus I had to have a letter from my Part D carrier that they did not cover the drug. And the application had to be made every year. They base their qualification on the line on your tax return that shows your adjusted taxable income. So I’m not sure why they had to have so much more information. I decided not to pursue it because I didn’t need it that badly, but if I had something like Terry does, I would pursue it in a heartbeat. It might be worth it to check it out. When I first called, they requested that amount from the line in my tax return. Then she told me I was eligible. So you would know quickly if you qualified and if you wanted to do what was required to get the benefit. This is for people whose government plan does not participate in cost reduction. Good luck.

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