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August 28th, 2022 at 03:08 am
We just came home from the butcher and got everything squared away in the freezer and I've now done the math, so I can give you the breakdown on what we got and what we paid for our organic, pasture-raised meat. Keep in mind this is not going to be the cheapest stuff you can get from the store, if you even still can. These animals are not feed lot raised or even raised in a nice barn, but confined to a pen.
They are out there in the sunshine, with little shelters if it gets too hot, too windy, or too rainy. These pigs walk free and root around in the soil eating anything they find that is good for them. This is the prime stuff, not the stuff injected with salt water or who knows what else. These pigs get exercise and their meat is nowhere near the color of what you see in the stores. They are rotationally grazed, which means they get fresh pasture every 10 days, before any parasite pressure can develop from being in the same space too long. They are given organic feed, free choice minerals, and lots of fresh vegetables and fruits from the farmers gardens. And that healthy environment and food, that difference, is reflected in the price, the quality, and the taste.
That being said, here is the meat I got. I could have gotten roasts, but I wanted more sausage, so didn't get any.
38 1 inch pork chops
8 1 inch pork steaks
3 family sized packages of spare ribs
16 country spare ribs (basically boneless smaller steaks)
16.5 pounds of bacon
24 lbs of country (breakfast) sausage
24 lbs of mild Italian sausage
2 hams (they should just fit in an oval 6 quart crockpot for size)
2 packages smoked ham hocks
1 8 lb bag of leaf lard (for making biscuits and pie crusts)
I skipped getting the rest of the lard as it has a porky taste to it and while we don't mind it, especially for deep frying, my mother hates the smell of it. Leaf lard has no smell or taste to it and doesn't stink when rendering it down. It would have been about 30 lbs if I had gotten the regular lard.
Hanging weight for the hog was 210 pounds. Hanging weight is the amount my half of the carcass weighed after all the guts came out. I was charged $3.50/lb on that, coming to a total of $735. But that is not the grand total, so don't be pulling out your calculater yet.
Next up comes the butcher fees, which are quite a lot different than when getting beef, because a lot more is being done. The butcher fee covers the killing, gutting, and the hanging in the refrigerted warehouse, the cut and wrap fee which is based on cutting it up into pieces and how much plastic and paper is used to package the meat, the cure and smoke fee for things like the bacon, ham, and hocks, the bacon slicing fee, and finally the sausage processing fee. The last involves the grinding down of the meat, twice, a large grind followed by a small grind, then of course mixing the seasonings in. I got charged twice for that since I had two different kinds and they have to clean the machine in between. If I'd only gotten one type of sausage, that fee would have been half what is listed below.
$85.00 Butchering Fee
165.90 Cut and Wrap Fee
$36.23 Curing and Smoking Fee
$12.00 Sausage Processing Fee
+_6.00 Bacon Slicing Fee
329.24 Total Meat Processing Fee
Add that together with the hanging weight fee:
1064.24 Total for Hog
This brings the total per pound to $5.07/lb. for organic pastured pig. Which is incredible for that type of meat. And let's face it, I can't even get regular bacon, pork sausage, or ham for that price anymore where I live, and you probably can't either, except maybe a picnic ham around the holidays. Sometimes not even pork loin chops, let alone the real ones with the bones. Pork shoulder you can get for $1.99/lb, sometimes ribs for $3.99/lb. But there is stuff injected into that pork shoulder and often any chops before they are cut. It's $8 a pound for organic bacon and $7 a pound for regular. Today's prices, with all that inflation, are horrible.
One 1 lb organic, pasture-raised pork chop of the same size as the ones I got runs for $9.28/lb. It cost $22.49 for a package of 2 country ribs. Mine had 4 and cost $7 less based on weight comparison. This was from the same farm I got it from, only in the store, so the best comparison. The sausage from the same place is $10 a pound on the rare occasion it isn't sold out by 10 a.m. and was out of my price range to buy it that way So I think I did pretty good there buying it this way. If inflation continues as it has been, I wouldn't be surprised if in a year we aren't paying $5/lb for all cuts of pork.
This should last us a year. We don't eat a ton of pork, mostly breakfast types or to use the sausage in meatloaves or meatballs, but it'll be nice to change up the chicken, beef, and seafood. It works out to 380 servings, give or take how much broth we get from the hocks and ham bones. That works out to 95 meals for 4, so we could have pork 1.82 times per week. I haven't had bacon in so long. I've been eating a lot of turkey bacon because it is so much cheaper, but really, it just tastes like ham to me.
Honestly, the size on some of those chops and steaks, I could probably cut them in half and have even more meals from them. A hog from the butcher stays good up to two years in a deep freeze, so I could cut part of the chops or steaks off, cook them, and then use the cut off part in stir-fry in another meal. I'll have to think on that, but no one needs to eat a one pound pork chop or steak, that's for sure.
Now to start saving up for next year's beef. And maybe another chest freezer, so I can stockpile chicken, too. Bulk buying off the farm, organic and pasture-raised, saves me so much money against buying it from the store, when and if I can even find it. I don't have the energy to raise them myself anymore, not even the 8 weeks for Cornish cross, but I know a farmer who will raise them for me next summer. 52 chickens in the freezer would be very, very nice.
August 26th, 2022 at 09:50 am
Our hog half is finally ready to be picked up, so DH and I will be going down on Saturday to pick it up. DH was invited to go salmon fishing on Saturday, but he had to decline. It's a little bit of a bummer, but the only other option was to take time off from work to go and he is too slammed to do that.
I am thinking about making it a date for DH and myself and going to Outback for a meal. I miss Kookaburra wings so I would eat that, the veggies it comes with, some rye bread, and a sweet potato on the side. DH would probably get a steak. Or I could just buy some of that on sale steelhead trout, some sweet potatoes, some rye bread, and pick some zucchini from the garden and still not have spent as much as at Outback and feed four people instead of two. We will at least be in the car along for the 40 minute drive there and the 40 minute drive back.
DS and I will need to go through the freezers tomorrow and make things more compact and throw out anything with freezer burn and of course take out anything that needs to thaw out for dinners for the next few days, preferrably large things that take up a lot of space. It shouldn't require a ton of space, but I want to make sure enough is cleared. I don't think there will be much that is freezer burned, since we went through two of the three freezers a month ago.
I'll do a break down of the cuts I got, the final price, and the hanging weight once I know it all. I've paid for the meat, just waiting on the cut and wrap fee until I get there.
August 23rd, 2022 at 06:22 am
Friday's paycheck was the first one with the new raise on it and the net pay is now $3584.10, give or take a couple dollars here or there. That was always the case with his old rate. So that is a difference of $567.73 per paycheck or $1135.46 in a 4 week pay cycle. And that comes to $14,760.98 a year in net pay. That's a lot to work with.
So I am debating what to do. I have some things I have to take care of, like $1000 of work on the van, which I only have $604 saved for, and replacing the console in the truck with one that has satellite GPS and MP3 player compatibility. I have to buy DD a recliner chair to deal with her back issues and it has to be one she can get out of.
We need to replace the shower/tub with a walk in shower and part of the floor in one of the bathrooms, but I might be able to push that off for another year. We've sealed the crack in the tub, so it shouldn't get any worse, at least. And most importantly, I have to get the emergency fund back where it was. We also need to pay for an appointment with an elder law lawyer for my mother to get her will updated. She can't afford it and it needs to be done. Being as we will be inheriting the house, I want to make sure all the t's are cross and all the i's are dotted. I'd prefer to do legal zoom, that's what we did for DH's parents, but my Mom is weird about the internet sometimes.
But when all that is done, I'd like to bump our retirement up to whatever it takes to max out our 401K. Right now, where we are at, we will be contributing $23,642.12 this year. The max for over 50 is $27,000, so we will be $3357.88 shy of that this year. We are at 16% currently. For a full year at the current rate of pay at 16%, it would be $25,245.22 or $1754.78 short of the max, if the max is the same next year. That is, of course, assuming there is no overtime. Overtime could push it closer since contributions are based on a percentage.
We will definitely be over the regular amount of $20,500, which we've never hit before, but I'd like to be at the higher max next year. We need to be. I'm 52, and DH will be 53 at month's end. We need to get moving. We are just so far beind in life because of all that medical debt we paid off over 20 years. Ideally, we would also be able to do a spousal Roth IRA for me and possibly a Roth IRA for DH as well. He has a traditional one, but I'd like to have Roths. Just not at Fidelity. They just don't recover from plunges and don't offer better plans at the amount of money he has in there. We need to get the ball rolling on getting that transferred elsewhere.
After Friday's contribution ($970.97 from us, $181.51 company match) of $1152.48, our 401K and IRA now sit at $79,444.45, which is a change of $1324.51, so $172.03 of growth since last payday. It's not much, but at least it is going in the right direction and not eating the whole deposit like it has for most of the year. So that's a positive.
I don't know, I'm just trying not to wait for the other shoe to drop. Things are going too well.
August 12th, 2022 at 04:25 am
Just before leaving for my son's eye appointment he came down and handed me an envelope from Regence, our health insurance company. It was a thin business envelope, not the oddly sized explanation of benefits envelope. I didn't want to open it. About a week ago we had gotten one just like it saying they had received the appeal.
I decided not to open it and we headed off to get his eye exam and new glasses picked out. He's also going to get contacts for the first time, so we will have to make an appointment to have them teach him how to use them and take care of them. It's going to be interesting. Insurance did not cover frames this time, just lenses and they won't cover contacts. The exam, retinal mapping, $10 co-pay, and additional contact lens measuring came to $100. I think that we pay more at the next appointment.
Anyway, they were having a 20% off sale on glasses, so with our insurance and that, his new glasses came to $210. So we came out of there pretty good, I thought. When my daughter and I get glasses our prescriptions are so bad it costs a lot more. Even with the lower cost frames under $200, and insurance for the lenses, we still pay around $400 to $450 on a year that covers both.
So that was a good thing and we headed home to face that envelope. I opened it up and I burst into tears. I hardly ever cry unless I am watching something heartbreaking on youtube or a show. I've got a real tight control on my emotions, but I just couldn't keep it in. I had to read it four times to believe it. She has been approved to stay on our insurance for 5 years! 5 years. I thought it would only be one, but 5 years! Then she'll have to go through exams again, but man, 5 years! You cannot imagine the relief I feel about this. No COBRA, no $753 monthly payments, just business as normal.
When I told DD, she also burst into tears. You can't imagine the stress this has lifted off us. It was like it evaporated away into nothing. My husband and son are also so relieved and DH felt his stress, at least over this, lift in much the same way. I don't think we really have to worry about all this in 5 years, either because her diseases are degenerative. She won't get better, she'll get worse or if she is lucky stay the same, but to not have to worry about medical getting yanked out from under her is just amazing.
After that we went to the chiropractor, I told him about the spondylosis at the L2 and L3 that showed up on the x-rays I had on Monday, so we add that to the L4 and L5 degenerative discs in the treatment program. Now that I've been cleared to do physical therapy again, I called to try to get scheduled, but they want me to get a new order from the doctor. *sighs* More work for me. Hopefully I can just message him through the portal since I just saw him and get a new order sent without having to go in again.
After that, DS and I put soaker hoses on the green beans. They have really perked up since putting on the shade cloth. Some I thought were dead for sure are standing up and putting out new green leaves. I am so happy. I am going to poke some seeds into the ones that all the sprouts died in, just to see if they'll be ready in time to pick before the cold seasons, but at least the sun didn't kill them all.
Then DH got home and told me that his Great Aunt had died. So I cried again, because I loved her a lot. She's been doing poorly for a while and we knew it was coming, but she's been an instituion in this family. Her older brother lived until he was 105 years old, so we thought maybe she would, too. DH couldn't remember if she was 97 or 98, but she almost made it. Her husband has been gone maybe 10 or 15 years now, so she's been alone for awhile. One daughter lives in the mid-west and the other is an hour away, so one was near and some of the grandkids and they were taking turns to check on her. It is for the best with the pain she was in, but I will miss her.
At least I have a nice dress I can wear to the funeral. It's not exactly subdued, but it isn't a riot of colorful flowers, either, like what I usually buy. Just a nice summer dress with sleeves and not a sundress. I don't have any appropriate shoes unless I wear my boots and it has been way too hot to do that. Funerals aren't exactly a place to wear flip flops and they don't make sandals in 4E width. DD has a nice dress, too, it came 2 weeks ago. I am focusing on the minutiae because I really don't want to think about it. I'm not heartless, just discotiating.
My new wardrobe came and I'm happy it goes well with some of the pieces from my old wardrobe as well. And everything is true to the colors they showed in the photos. So I'm happy with that. I finally have nice clothes again, not washed out, overly worn, incorrectly sized clothes. It's a silly thing to be happy about on a day that has put me through the emotional wringer.
I need to get my tears out now, so I can be there to support my husband and MIL and my favorite of DH's cousins, her youngest daughter. I'm not close with the older one, but I'll be there for her, too, if she needs me.
This is bringing up thoughts of my own mother who turns 83 at the end of the month. She is getting frail and more forgetful and I see her mortality every day now. We need to pay for her to get a will made. It needs to be done sooner rather than later, while she is still in her right mind.
It was such a good day, until it wasn't, but I am still riding high on the good news and maybe on the increased dosage of the drug that controls my hypomania and depression. Maybe now I can allow myself to breathe again.
I'm well ahead on my reading goal for 2022. I finished Child Zero on the tenth and it was a good book. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the knock down was because incredibly excessive swearing. Like you would be hard pressed to find a page that didn't have swearing in it if there was dialogue and sometimes when they were just thinking. It was so bad it kept throwing me out of the story. But I soldiered through and I really liked it. Chris Holm is no Michael Crichton, even though they are comparing him to that author. Not nearly enough medical details to even come close. Still good though.
I started reading City of Orange, but I couldn't stand it, so turned that back into the library. It is rare for me to not stick out a book, but yeesh. Ten pages in and I felt like I was being tortured by bad writing. Now I'm reading Summer at the Cape, but I'm not sure I'm really in the mood for book four in this series right now.
I have more books on hold, but they are taking forever. I may have to actually go into the library to find some instead of purusing GoodReads.com and hoping the library carries whatever I am interested in. I'm in the mood for a YA thriller or vampires or werewolves or something supernatural. Just kind of fun, mindless things with overwrought teenagers, but well-written. It's a guilty pleasure. And they don't tend to have explicit love scenes.
Well, my son just took the pizza out of the oven so I guess it is time to finish this off. Hope all is well with everyone. You've all been pretty quiet.
August 9th, 2022 at 06:58 am
I've finally updated my sidebar to reflect where everything is right now. I subtracted the amount I pulled from the EF, which was $7000 and then added the amount retirement has raised, which was $5033.25. It was so nice to see both retirement accounts gaining traction, although if Biden signs this new bill, I think they are going to plummet. Anyway, that was a reduction of $1996.77, but I'm still pretty close to $150K.
I went to get x-rays. The positions that they had to put me in about had me crying. Turning my feet pigeon toed is the one that did me in, but none of them were comfortable and I couldn't use my cane because it was metal. It about killed me to walk back from x-ray to my car. It is a long walk for a medical facility because it is a sprawling building. I had to sit in my car for about 5 minutes because I had to wait for the pain to get manageable before I trusted myself to drive. When I got home my knee buckled badly on me, but I was able to catch myself on the seat of a chair before I fell. Another fall right now would prove disasterous. I went to the chiropracter and it helped some, but my hip is burning really badly.
I am not sure my green beans are going to make it. They are getting sun scorched and some have died. I am going to try to get a shade cloth over them, but I'm not sure if it is big enough for both arches. The tomatoes love the weather, however. I hate anything over 75°, but these 80° and higher days are killing me and most of the garden does not like that type of heat. DH and I put up a shade cloth tonight and I did a really heavy watering, but I think I am going to have to replant the beans and hope for the best. I've lost at least half of them to this sun. I will also put up a drip hose, so I don't have to hand water. They need daily watering right now.
I am eagerly awaiting next Friday so I will finally know what the new net paycheck and budget amount is going to be. I hate waiting for things like this. I'm not terribly good at waiting period, but with money things it is so much worse.
My doctor called in the wrong dosage on my prescription. It should be 50 mg more. I sent a message off on the patient portal, so hopefully I will hear from them tomorrow. It can take a day or two, but it is better than waiting on hold for a half an hour. I have enough for the time being to get through.
DH is going to go prawning one more time when they reopen for it sometime in the next two weeks. The state fishers didn't get as much caught so far this year due to some boaters not being able to afford gas. They plan to do some salmon fishing, too. I don't know if the season is open yet, but as soon as it is they will go out for that. Hopefully the two seasons coincide.
I saw that at the cheap gas station it was down to $3.95/gallon, which okay, fine, but it still sucks compared to before Biden started shutting down oil production and leases to try to force everyone to get electric cars, not realizing apparently that they burn fossil fuels to generate electricity for the charging stations. They may run on solar somewhere, but definitely not where I live. I mean, all the ones in my town have diesel generators running right there! Not to mention the harm to the enviroment that mining lithium for the batteries causes. Plus the supply of electric cars is low because they don't have batteries for them. People need to be able to afford to drive and for too many people, electric cars are out of reach.
I do want to save up for a solar system, I really do, but they are so expensive and I won't take out debt to do it. Before that we need to replace one bathtub that is cracked with a walk in shower and replace a half size walk in shower because it has holes in it and there is a leak in the wall. And then the one bathroom floor needs to have a good section of it replaced before the one shower goes in, because it is kind of squidgey, so I think the leak got into the sub floor.
The mold remediation they did on the bathroom ceiling did not work and the paint is already peeling from the paint job. They said they would come back and fix it, but they did not. I kept saying I thought we should just take down the drywall on the ceiling and replace it with the mold resistant drywall, but no one wanted to do that and now it looks like we will have to do it anyway. At least it isn't black mold, it is orange, but still I want no mold. I am glad we have 4 bathrooms in this house. Otherwise all this would be a nightmare and we'd have to drain our EF quickly to fix things. We've already taken out $7000. I don't want to deplete it further, but this house will not stop breaking down.
We are trying to figure out where a leak is coming from that is filling one corner of the basement with water. It doesn't seem to be the piping and it doesn't seem to be the sewer line and we haven't been watering anything above that section of the basement. It's a real stumper. That's the corner with the drain in it, too. Maybe the drain is backing up? We might need to snake it.
I ordered more clothes. I don't know if I mentioned it or not, but I got four pairs of jeans and four pairs of long-sleeved shirts. I tried to make them mix and match with what I bought and the short-sleeved shirts I bought earlier. I also bought 12 pairs of socks. It took me forever to find some that don't have the brand name on the cuff. I don't want neon orange brand names showing when I wear shorts, because they clash badly with what I own. I just wanted plain white socks or ones that have the brand name hidden by the shoe. I did finally find some at Fred Meyer.
DS and I have been cleaning out the closet so I can actually get in there and hang up my clothes again. I am going to pack up a lot of the clothes that are in there and take them to storage, labelled by size, and then get rid of anything I don't want to keep, which is a lot. I have several outfits I do like, but there are a lot I just don't like and didn't reallly like at the time I bought them, but needed clothes in my size. This is before I found Woman Within online. I look good in hot pink, but I had to buy things in pale pinks a lot and I don't like pale pinks and they wash me out. Any pastels wash me out.
I figure with the new clothes I bought, I can keep a much smaller wardrobe where everything goes with everything else. After the closet is done, I will be tackling the dresser. I've got 3 drawers full of things that aren't even clothes. I'd like to reclaim at least two of those. The third one has stuff like old diaries of mine, baby books for the kids and me and DH, portrait photos of the kids and one of the whole family, our wedding album and wedding video and some scrapbooks I made back when I was in to scrapbooking. Those are things I don't want to risk putting into storage.
I've been in a bit of a decluttering mode. I shredded 4 paper grocery bags worth of paper. I got behind again. I said after the last time that that wouldn't happen, but alas it did. I also need to go through all the cookbook magazines I have and tear out the pages I want to put in my binder and recycle the rest. They are taking up a whole cubby that I could better use for something else.
I think my brain might be tipping into hypomania this week, but I will take advantage of it to get things done. DS has promised not to let me bury myself and to make me eat at regular intervals and to not let me rabbit hole on youtube, so hopefully I will be okay until I level out. Of course it just might be an uptick caused by taking a higher dosage of the medication. I think I'd like that, because right now I feel motivated, and usually I don't.
All right, well I best get off to bed. It's already eleven p.m. and staying up too late is getting to be a habit.
August 4th, 2022 at 10:58 am
I got my chuck roast canned. I now have 28 quarts and 2 pints on my pantry shelves and 1 quart in the fridge because of a seal failure. It's my fault for using a faulty ring. I knew it was suspect, but didn't want to go find another one. Anyway, it's a start.
The sales suck for the new ad cycle that started today. I will be ordering 20 pounds of green beans and 40 pounds of gold potatoes for a Friday pickup from a local farm, if it isn't too soon and I will work on getting those canned. I will likely not have green beans to pick until September and I don't want to have a bad season and then just not have any to can. I will order 20 pounds of carrots after I get all that done.
I think our potatoes are doing fine, but what I can grow is never enough to make it through the year. We added 3 more rows of potatoes this year, but there isn't room for more than that yet until we clear some more space. That means a lot of weed eater work and then putting down black plastic, something that I am not capable of at the moment and haven't been since my last fall, so that will have to involve my husband and son.
I see the doctor on Friday for a mental health checkup and to see if he is ready to bump me up to 200 mg. I've still had some hyper mania incidents, though they are getting fewer and further between. I think another 50 mg is going to help me significantly. It's like on sort of lingering on the cusp. While I am there I am going to ask for new x-rays of my back and my other hip to be taken and my tailbone.
Those were not taken at the hosptial because I was feeling everything in my arm where I tore it open and the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and collarbone. The other pain didn't hit me until the next morning and was still overshadowed by the arm. Until it wasn't. And it has gotten worse and worse and after sitting up too long it just kills me, like the bones are rubbing together. I can stand for 30 seconds only, so I'm back to that. I can still walk okay, it's just when I stop that the unignorable pain comes back. After canning it is severe, but that has to get done.
Regardless, of what they x-rays say, I mostly want to know if it is safe for me to go back to physical therapy or if I did some more damage to my spine or broke something in my tailbone. Honestly, it could just be a lack of physical therapy.
DH's boss's wife and grandmother are having a joint birthday party and they want us to come. I don't know that I am up for it with all the pain I'm having. I also don't like being around large gatherings. But I do like the man and his family. DH will go even if I don't. My immune system isn't the greatest so if someone comes there who is sick or doesn't know they are sick, I am likely to catch it. It is not a lot of fun to be on immune suppressing drugs sometimes.
Tomorrow I will start back on a diet. I do this so many times, but hopefully this one will take. It is best for my overall health to get this weight off, especially because it pulls on my discs, but that is often easier said than done. Plus I need to lose 75 pounds to get the nerve burning surgery done, assuming my insurance will pay for it. It won't fix the problem, but at least I won't feel the pain there anymore.
August 2nd, 2022 at 07:15 pm
DH's raise went into effect August 1st, which means the paycheck on August 19th will be the first one with the higher rate. I was kind of hoping it would be the one this Friday, but didn't really think it would. Now I just have to wait and see how much net we will get so I can update my budget template and then work up budgets for the rest of the year. They will be subject to change, but just having a basic one built helps me plan.
Today the weather has cooled off substantially so I am canning chuck roast. After I get off the computer I will have 14 jars going in to the big canner. Then later today I will go to Fred Meyer and get 10 more chuck roasts and get them cut up tonight so I can do it again tomorrow. I have to take advantage of the $3.99/lb sale. They don't have a limit so if I get them prepared tonight and can them tomorrow, I can then go and get another round. Then I will have 42 jars on the shelf and I'll wait until the next meat sale and do it again. I want to have 102 jars of roast beef on the shelf.
I am hoping a decent sale comes up on chicken thighs. I can skin and debone myself, and then can it up. I only want 52 jars of chicken on the shelf. And then I need to think about canning up some of the ground beef we have left from our steer. There is a ton of it still and we need to make room for our hog, because the butcher said it will be a few weeks, but I don't really know what a few means. I am only getting half a hog, since it took so long and they got really big, so now a half is like a whole if I'd gotten it two and a half months ago. It cost $753. I will still have to pay the cut and wrap fee, which is $0.75 per pound, I think. It might be per package of meat. Well, they'll tell me when they are done, but I have budgeted about $300 for it. It might be more, but I can pull from savings.
Once I see how much space I have left in the freezer, I can decide what I want to do about beef, since we are pretty much down to hamburger and a few roasts, ribs, and soup bones. No steaks are left. I may get a half if there is room, or just stock up on a lot of chicken and buy some steaks and roasts as we need them. They just won't be grass fed, probably. Plus, DH's friend's boat is fixed, so they will be fishing soon for salmon. There is some seafood we need to start eating up so there will be room for that, too.
Not much going on in the financial aspect at the moment. Not until payday anyway. Still waiting on the appeal for DD on the insurance front, but preparing for having her to go on COBRA, getting all the paperwork to be submitted and it go smoothly into that as soon as possible. Then we will schedule her MRI of her liver. It is just a follow up from the surgery where they removed the tumor. They want to make sure it isn't growing again and that her liver has regenerated. She's been having some pain in that region again off and on, so hopefully it hasn't started to come back. I would appreciate prayers for that.
My husband, kids, and I all filled out our ballets last night for the primary. We went over the voter's book with them over the last week and we all agreed on who we wanted to vote for. DH is dropping them off at the courthouse drop box after work today. I hope it makes a difference and other people in the state are as fed up as we are, even Seattle. King County likes to screw over everyone else and they usually have the population to do it, but a lot of people fled Seattle over the past three years due to rioting, so we might have a chance to get some sensible people in this year. As sensible as a politician can manage, anyway.