Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This week's CSA, an oldie but a goodie supper, medical stuff

This week's CSA share: watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, 3 peppers, 5 small purple onions, 2 lbs potatoes, a bunch each of basil and parsley. Leaves are changing color, but Mother Nature has sent hot, humid weather our way this week-yuck! I am NOT a fan.

Tonight's supper was an oldie, but a goodie: Salsbury steak in onion-mushroom gravy over roasted garlic mashed potatoes, a blend of various leftover veggies from earlier in the week to create tonight's "mixed veggies." Awesome way to stretch 1 lb of ground beef to feed 6 hearty servings.  Leftover gravy frozen for a Fall stew. The bit of potato and veg are in a container along with some leftover, roasted pork for my work lunch tomorrow. Easy.

We are officially in the new "year" for our medical insurance. All costs (except well women's care, annual physicals) are owed by us until we hit the high deductible of $4000. Today, we started towards that goal, as DS went to a specialist, then to his MD for his staples to be removed. This Sat, another specialist, a test and in the near future, DS will have another test for specialist number 1. Tomorrow, I start my OT on my hand. Soon, DD will start PT on her ankle, and I will join her for PT as well, for my Archilles tendon. Outpatient rehab is a pricey undertaking, so I anticipate that we'll hit the deductible by Nov 1. Toss in some maintenance meds (we ordered as much as we could ahead), and that is a reasonable target date. Meanwhile, I have an email into my union rep, the monies promised by our employer into our HSA for Sept 1 have yet to be deposited. Hmmm . . .they moved the date from the original July 1 as our contract year was extended (a one time deal) to Aug 31st, so I wonder what the hold up is.

Laundry is drying on clothes horses placed in the sun room, this humidity is killing me, but I refuse to use the dryer except for towels, so they won't get musty. A second batch is running now (towels), which I will place in the dryer come morning.

Supper ingredients for tomorrow are layed out (pantry supplies), my outfit is set as well. Just less to think about come 5 a.m.


mikemax said...

The holdup was probably due to the fact that Sept. 1 was a holiday and both the banks and the school district were closed. They should have deposited the day (Friday) before, but obviously they didn't. Hope the money is already in your account now.

Your dinner looked good!

Belinda said...

Your dinner looks great, Carol. Especially the gravy.

Your CSA share looks good too...those tomatoes are beautiful. And I much prefer purple onions over yellow or white, especially in a salad.

Marcia in rural WNY said...

Your physical therapy bills must be outrageous. On top of everything else, you now have Achilles tendon problems---I've been there, done that, and you have my sympathy! Mine is aggravated by walking on the treadmill so my podiatrist says don't do it, and my PA from the heart group says 30 minutes 3 times a week. I have been walking for 5 weeks now, and so far no tendonitis problems--but the walking stops the second I feel pain! PT helped mine a lot but last time I let it get so out of hand before treatment that I ended up wearing the boot for a month or more to rest the heel. I still have the boot if it becomes necessary. It is really painful, so I hope yours goes away quickly. These "minor" medical problems sure take up a lot of our time and money as our age increases---and yet, we are thankful there are no "major" problems to consider.