Yesterday my morning started out with having to call Cox Cable.
I have my account on auto pay, so my payment automatically comes out of my bank account. If I didn’t get an email showing what I’m about to pay, I wouldn’t know what they’re charging me.
I find it easier to have my bills on auto pay because then I don’t have to worry about forgetting to pay them. I’m not as young as I once was, and my memory isn’t as sharp either.
My cable bill the last few months has gone from $140+ to $160+ to $200+ to $190+ to $220+.
I will talk to a customer representative and I end the conversation each time with: “Now you’re saying that my bill will not change one iota for 12 months, is that correct?”
To which they will wholeheartedly agree.
And then the following month, it changes. They say that it is because this part of my bundle or that part of my bundle expired.
Well then don’t promise me that my bill will not change for 12 months.
I actually tried to take off the TV part of my bundle, and do you know what I was told? That it would change my bundle and my bill would actually go up instead of down! Geez Louise.
After haggling and haggling with them, I’m so stressed that I finally just say I’m done. Because I know I have to face calling the dentist.
I was supposed to get additional dental work done a year ago last January. At that time I had just had three crowns put in. Do you know what those things cost now? I’m sure that you do.
Well, I’ve had chipped teeth for months, plus my gums hurt so much it’s hard to eat.
I’ve tried very hard to keep the pupsters healthy. It’s been surgery of some variety with either Abi or Charlie for over a year now.
But I don’t want to lose any teeth either. So I just had to bite the bullet and call them. Who wants to go to the dentist?
So they tell me to come in.
They x-ray my teeth, clean my teeth, and do a cancer check. Things were fine on the cancer check (thank goodness and for that I’m quite thankful), but the state of my gums are problematic.
I knew something was going on because of the blood when I floss.
Plus the two broken back teeth that are right next to one another have to have crowns NOW. Can’t put that off any longer.
So Thursday morning they have three hours slotted for two crowns. Plus they’re taking a protrusion from the inside of my mouth. You know, those places that you sometimes bite when you’re chewing and it keeps getting bigger?
Well, it’s been over a year that I’ve been chewing on it. So it has to go.
And then there’s the chipped teeth from, apparently, grinding my teeth at night. Totally unaware of that happening.
I have to have one of those things made that you wear at night so you don’t grind your teeth.
My total comes to around $4000.
I do qualify for 12 months without paying interest if I can manage to pay it off in that time.
When I was married my credit rating was in the toilet. It’s taken me all this time to completely change that scenario.
I never thought I was grinding my teeth at night. But I suppose I try not to dwell on worries during the day. So it must somehow come creeping in at night.
You can’t be alive these days and not have stress. The state of the country. The state of the world. Expenses. Health. Life in general.
You work on relaxation and peace of mind. But it isn’t a constant because nothing in life is a constant.
This too shall pass.
It could always be far worse. We all know that.
This morning I read that a blogger I read has breast cancer and is having a double mastectomy. She’s in her forties and has had a lot on her plate for as long as I’ve known her. Which has been quite a few years.
The blogging world is vast, and you get to know a lot of folks online. And you care about them.
I came home from the dentist and went straight out to the patio and proceeded to dead-head my petunias. For some reason that always relaxes me. And it did.