Above: l. Chris and Granddaughter Rita (he’s now in Yemen, so we pray for his safe return in July) 2. Photo Rita posted on FB for Chris.
John Lennon once told his son, “Life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans. Having finished Bitter Pill, the book about the U.S. Health Care System, by Steven Brill, I can pretty much agree.
I recommend the book, which although tedious in places, fascinated me. However, I worked for the U.S. Congress, several small businesses, and a large corporation, before I became a civil servant cranking out statistics for the U.S. Census Bureau, so perhaps I am a political junkie?
I formed several conclusions…
1.Republicans should just shut up about repealing the ACA. We need national health care of some kind and perhaps the better thing to do would be to follow Bill Clinton’s advice and “mend, don’t end” the law.
2. Don’t blame doctors or the insurance companies for skyrocketing costs for health care. Look at Pharmaceutical companies and hospitals. And look at the way we all take care of ourselves or don’t.
Today I began reading Matt Ridley’s Evolution of Everything. I also have Jon Meacham’s Destiny and Power on the go. When my eyes are tired, I tun on my Audiobook, Treason at Lisson Grove, by Anne Perry. My GP recommended the latter.
We experienced a few curve balls over the holidays including a sick dog and a new problem with the house. I got the dog to his vet yesterday and he is now on antibiotics, both oral and a topical spray. We go back to see his vet January 6.
The house issue involved yet another leak, this time around the sliding glass door in David’s bedroom which faces South. This is getting ridiculous. I told David I am cancelling the termite protection service. I am at the point where I don’t care if the termites eat the whole damn house. David, who, in his present state of mind is detached from house issues said, “Whatever!”
My SIL sent two of his men over who got wet trying to plug a hole in a rotting window frame using caulk and my hair dryer. SIL Bill says I need a new door and frame. So, I called the neighborhood handyman John, and he’s doing some research. Meanwhile, if the rain stops for 24 hours this week he’s going to install a dehumidifier and lay a tarp under the house to help keep the damp out of the flooring. This particular damp, you my recall, came from the leak the plumber fixed in October. It is also the case that our house sits in a wetland (why we built rain gardens) with a high water table.
Excepting the crises around here, I had a lovely visit with my daughter and granddaughters over the holidays.
Daughter Connie’s regular gym visits have inspired me, so I rejoined the Sport and Health Club where I will once again see my friends and use the pool.
Connie’s flying to CA in January to visit her brother and his family. She plans to hike with Bill in the Rockies in June. She says she is going to do things before the arthritis takes hold.