Welcome to Wednesday…and to my somewhat late, but still applicable, Share Four Somethings for March. For those observant readers, you probably noticed that I missed not only Friday’s post (again) but also this past Monday. Missing my posts totally upsets my apple cart and, sadly, it seems to be happening frequently. Although my reasons are valid and quite real, I am not exactly sure what to do about it. Is it time for a blogging break? Maybe. Or perhaps I need to readjust my schedule. All things I am considering but, in the meantime, I truly do appreciate all those who stick around and continue to visit. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, I will completely get my act together. Enough of that. Let’s move on with today’s post – Share Four Somethings hosted by my friend, Jennifer.
Something I Loved
Bible study this month has been extra special. There has been thought-provoking studies and such great fellowship. The ladies who invest their time during the week to complete the homework and then gather as a group to share what God has shown them are such an encouragement and blessing to me each Tuesday. We finished up a study by Jen Wilkin called God of Deliverance, a study of the first half of Exodus. I believe she does have the second half of the book in a study (I’m not positive) but we will be starting a new study after the Easter break. As much as I love the study, I will be most excited to gather with my Bible study friends again!
Something I Read
Last month I mentioned reading a lot of consent forms. Fun. Well, it doesn’t get much better this month. I have spent (and continue to spend) an exorbitant amount of time reading bills, insurance EOBs and reconciling the two. It is necessary but tedious. My file runneth over. I am beyond grateful for insurance and, having long since met our deductible, seeing those “you owe 0.00” lines on the EOBs is a tremendous blessing, but I still gape at the dollar amounts in the other columns! Completely amazed. The amounts that the hospitals, surgeons and other doctors charge to the insurance company is staggering. The contracted amounts (that they must accept as payment) are often barely ten percent of that amount. Why do they even send in the crazy inflated charges? And that is only one question (of many!) I have as I read these things. Mind you, I’m not complaining. Again, I’m grateful for our insurance but this whole medical industry is mind-boggling. mind-numbing and a good bit aggravating.
In other news and a totally random side note, the hospital is going mask free as of Monday. As in no.more.masks. I won’t elaborate and I’m sincerely not trying to ruffle anyone’s feathers but, yes, insert here a photo of me doing a happy dance! (If there was a photo of me doing a happy dance. And there is not). Covid is over.
Something I Learned
A few random truths learned (or relearned) this month: 1 – you never outgrown the allure (and immense temptation) of Cadbury eggs. This pleasure started for me in college and, today, while I am marginally better at resisting the temptation, I still find myself standing in front of the seasonal display trying to convince myself “just one never hurt anyone.” But is there is “just one”?? 2- some flavors just do not need to be found in peeps. Really…some of the flavors now are just too much. And too gross. 3 – there is a new Oreo….or at least new to me. A soft cookies and cream (called The Most Oreo Oreo) that I really had hoped I would not like. Oh, but I do. Very much! 4 – allergy season is no joke. I am so grateful that I have never suffered with allergies. The rest of my family is not so fortunate. My son is suffering for the first time ever. They just seem to come out of nowhere. So many around here are miserable. 5 – the body is an amazing thing….especially with its ability to heal, bounce back and regain strength. Truly, I never cease to be amazed and never want to take that truth for granted. 6 – spring makes me a different person. Truly. I suppose I learned this one years ago (of course) but every year, as soon as the forsythia bloom and the flowering trees do their thing, I am reminded of this very real fact. I’m happier. More relaxed yet more energized. More patient, more joyful, more amazing – ok, maybe not, but you get the idea. I heart spring!!
Something I Ate
Again, if you remember last month’s SFS (and I’m sure you do), my brother had been cooking well for us after my surgery. Well, he was here again just this past weekend. We had hoped to use the grill for the first time this year but it was not a grilling weekend. But, we still ate well, to be sure. He made the best fajitas on Saturday. We had both chicken fajitas (for the carnivores among us) and shrimp fajitas. The pan grilled veggies were amazing. Actually, all of it was amazing. And I don’t think I will ever really enjoy restaurant fajitas again. Sorry, Uncle Julio’s. By the way, those are not our fajitas (an Unsplash photo) but I surely do need some of those skillets to serve fajitas here at home!
The weather did improve shortly before he had to catch the train home and we were able to have dinner at a local restaurant and had the perfect evening to eat on the patio. The weather is perfection. Loads of sunshine. Slight breeze. No bugs. And great service. I had an impossible burger. Yum! Impossible burgers are a favorite of mine….just so you know:)
I would love to know what you have had yummy to eat lately. Have you been able to fire up the grill yet? Is it grilling season in your neck of the woods? My brother loves to try new recipes – especially copycat type recipes – when he comes out. Any good suggestions? Let me know in the comments. And, again, thanks for stopping by. Visit the rest of the link-up here…and check back on Friday. I am trying my very best to have a post!! Fingers crossed!