Archive for December, 2008


by on Monday, December 29th, 2008

Next weekend the real football season begins, we have waited for 17 weeks for the pretenders to be weeded out. Now the final 12 teams are set, both my favorite teams have made the cut for the playoffs. Tennessee titans are the number 1 seed in the AFC and the Arizona Cards are the number 4 seed in the NFC. There have not been many years I could say both of my teams have made the playoffs and you might say I am very happy and you would be understating that fact by a very large margin. Next weekend I am taking the phone off the hook, sending the wife to the mall and I am going to sit on the couch with my favorite beverage and watch football. Yes I am a happy man.

The Family Way

by on Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Of course the holidays are all about family and getting together for a nice big meal together and exchanging gifts. In my family, it is a big deal to host the dinner and the women folk all argue between themselves as to who will host the dinner. They do take turns but sometimes they have to switch to accommodate unusual circumstances, like an illness. This year my sister was host and everyone did show up at the appointed time.

The women were busy talking in the kitchen and the men tried to stay either out in the garage or in the basement family room of my sister’s house. I walked into the kitchen to get a few brews from the refrigerator and they all stopped talking when I walked in. Bright boy that I am, I figured out they were discussing some girl talk things and didn’t want me to hear their conversation. So I stuck around and asked what’s up, because my curiousity was up.

Turns out my niece, who is going through a bitter divorce, was told by her estranged husband that he doesn’t believe their youngest daughter is his. She is so upset and offended at his accusations that she is willing to take a DNA test to prove to him that he is the father. To me, it sounds like a nasty legal tactic to avoid paying child support. But in today’s world, proving paternity is easy enough with DNA Testing.

Do not ask my why my mother knows about this, but she told the room full of women that you can get private DNA tests over the internet for under $200. That is not very much money to prove someone is the father of your child. By going to the web site and ordering a DNA kit, you can know the results in about 2 weeks. Problem solved.

Merry Christmas to My Family and Friends

by on Thursday, December 25th, 2008

This morning I was driving home and I do believe I saw Santa on the roof of a neighbor’s house. So I hurried home and got my dogs walked and settled in for the night. I left a big batch of cookies on the kitchen table and got to sleep as quickly as I could.

It sure paid off. I found a big red stocking on the kitchen table filled with candies and toys. Big boy toys, too. Awesome.

So I hope Santa found your house and that you have a nice Christmas.

Home Safety Tips

by on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Every once in a while i will click on a link on the Yahoo front page and read an article just to see if I might learn something new. Today I saw a section of articles about home insurance and home safety, and they had a link for twenty tips for a safe home. I read the article and didn’t learn anything that I didn’t already know, such as don’t put extension cords or electrical wires under a rug. However, one of the tips that I did know about I have to admit I haven’t been doing. The tip is to keep a phone and a flashlight next to the bed. Sometimes I don’t keep the phone next to the bed – it might be on my desk in the other room or on the end table in the living room. So I will make a bigger effort to corral the phone before I head to bed, and I hope that I never have to use it for an emergency call but it will be there within arms reach in case I do need it.

Saving on Prescriptions

by on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

A few months ago I was feeling so sick that I finally broke down and went to see a local doctor. My wife has been seeing this doctor for little occasional health issues for about 20 years, so I was thinking that this doctor must be pretty good to earn my wife’s trust for such a long time. Plus the doctor has been in the same town, in the same medical building all these years. So I didn’t object too much when the wife called her doctor and asked for an appointment to get me seen.

Well, I’ve been dealing with this diabetes condition for a very long time and have tried a bunch of different meds from a variety of doctors. This doctor asked me a lot of questions about how sick I’ve been lately, what medicines seemed to have worked best, etc. Then she chewed me out for not sticking my finger every day and taking my blood sugar readings. But when it came down to it, she gave me a couple of prescriptions that we talked about and decided would be best for me. The generic ones were easy to get filled but some are not generic and that’s when I got the sticker shock.

My prescription for Cymbalta is really expensive locally. I called all the different local pharmacies and asked for a price. It’s just too high for me to afford to take this along with two other daily medications. That’s when the wife got the idea of checking the internet and seeing if we could find a good price online.

Well, after a lot of research we decided that the best deal and the best company to deal with would be an online Canadian pharmacy. We read the web site called and feel really comfortable with their process and we really love their prices. Even with paying for shipping and insurance, when we buy up to a year’s worth of the prescription we save a huge amount of money over the local pharmacies.