In Life This Week, I’m trying to get things ready to move on the 26th. I’ll be so glad to get the kitties and me moved and settled in.

And then the decorating can begin!

A Can-Do Man:

Every couple of days I go to the apartment complex Facebook page where I’m moving just to see what’s going on. And I read this yesterday:

Need your trash picked up? A picture hung? We offer ‘Can-Do Man Services” to all our residents at 5400 South. Simply call the office to turn in a work order for the Can-Do Man.

I was so relieved to read that! That’s what I’ve been needing all along. Someone to help with doing things.

You can be sure I will be calling the Can-Do man!

I got my Medicare drug card (Humana) yesterday. So I sat and set up a profile and listed all my medications. It’s just a few weeks until I will be on Medicare.

I also set up everything online for Manhattan Insurance, which is my Medicare supplement.

The Confusing World Of Medicare:

If I hadn’t had someone representing my doctor’s office/hospital help me pick out Medicare coverage I would have been completely lost. He was so kind, and every time I called or emailed he was able to answer my questions.

If you’re soon to go on Medicare, I would seriously consider one of these representatives to help you. I needed a supplement, a drug card, and of course Medicare.

They make the process much simpler to understand.

What I’m Reading:

I’m reading Jennifer Weiner’s “The Summer Place” on my Kindle. I finally got all my other books read and given away. I love my new Kindle!

In Life This Week #7, I talk about reading The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner

When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!)

When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light.

There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.

What I’m Currently Watching:

Yesterday I started watching the Prime series “Absentia”.

In Life This Week #7, I write about watching Prime's Absentia

After being declared dead in absentia, an FBI agent must reclaim her family, identity and innocence when she finds herself the prime suspect in a string of murders.


It snowed yesterday. Not a lot. Just a dusting much of the day. It was the first snowfall of the year.

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  1. Agreed that knowing which plans to select with Medicare is confusing if you don’t have someone to advise you. I’m glad you had someone who was patient to help you out. I can hardly wait to read the post that says “I’ve Moved!” The fact that there is a “Can Do Man” is just another check in the plus column for this move. I’ve put The Summer Place on my reading list.

  2. The concept of Can-Do Man sounds so helpful! I wish we had that too. As my mum and I live alone, it would really help to have someone’s help for the small things.

    All the best with your move!

  3. Brenda,
    I read your posts every day, usually in the afternoon (especially Thursday) and felt so bad for you. I mentally sent you a hug and said prayers for you every day! Just wishing you some relief in the aches and pains we all slog around with. Last week, I was taking down the last of my Christmas decor (Yes, I like to leave it up longer than most) and Dr. Oz came on. One of his doctor guests recommended seniors beef up their D-3 vitamin intake. He said it helped with rebuilding and healing bones and muscle. I went to my pantry and checked out my dosage. I was taking the minimum 1000 i.u.s. So I tripled the dose and my husband said today ” I feel better than I have in a while!” So, you might try it.
    I watched Absentia a few years ago. It’s quite different. The actress Stana Katic was in the T.V. series “Castle” which I enjoyed immensely.
    We are all rooting for you!

  4. Hi Brenda,
    The more information you find out about your new place, the more wonderful it sounds. A “can-do man service”will be perfect for you.

    1. Yes, perfect! Just found out through an email that my youngest daughter has Covid. Can’t have her over here helping me then. And my oldest daughter emailed that most everyone she knows has it. So I’ve got to be careful being around them. They have kids that go to public schools. I’ve been lucky so far.

  5. I am also a huge Kindle fan…for space, lighting and weight! And I borrow all my books and audiobooks through the library system. Instant and free! What more could you ask for!

  6. The move is fast approaching and then the decorating you do so well will make for some entertaining reading. New slate, new ideas. Can’t wait.
    And if you are like me you change it a million times but it keeps it fresh looking. I remember in my 40’s hearing that there will be no Medicare or social security money left when I retired, heard it again in my 50’s and here I am 70 and getting both which has been a blessing as we signed up for good supplemental programs that helped. I haven’t had any issues with it.

    1. It is complicate. Just check to find in network doctors and pharmacies.
      I had no idea you had to pay for Medicare when you reached the age to qualify.
      Brenda, you have just a few days left to have it. You have waited so patiently.

      1. The Medicare representative I used represents my doctor/hospital/network. That is why I wanted to work with him. Because he already knew who all I see. I heard about him from either an email or a letter from my doctor.

    2. Yes, I’ve been packing things and sorting things out today. Cleaned out all the drawers and threw things no longer needed away. Went through a cupboard where I keep all my electrical cords, light bulbs, and batteries and put them in individual plastic boxes.

  7. I hired an independent insurance agent to help me decide what was the best way to proceed when I was close to becoming eligible for Medicare. She was wonderful and went through the pros and cons of various plans with me. At some point I may switch over to a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C), but for now, carrying independent supplemental expense coverage and a Part D (prescription drugs) plan gives me peace of mind that if something dreadful happens to me I will have minimal out of pocket expenses. The big storm that is supposed to batter people further to the northeast and southeast is skipping my area of southeast Wisconsin. We did have some “lake effect” snow showers yesterday, but it didn’t accumulate to much of anything around here. The sun is out today, thank goodness! It’s cold, but now way below zero, that counts as a blessing! February isn’t that far away any more, and February is the month I remember most for getting one or two blizzards. We’re going into a cold streak soon, Tuesday will be the last day for awhile we may get above the 20s, so that will be a running around outdoors day shopping, coming home and sweeping up the driveway and patio of leaves that still manage to find their way to my house.

  8. I am so glad you are going to have a Can-Do Man! Now you won’t have to worry about how you are going to get someone to help you with whatever you need ! Maybe you could hire him to help with your move!

  9. Because you don’t hold onto your books and love to read, have you considered using a library app to borrow books? That’s definitely a cost saver and once you have a library card you can download books to your Kindle. Typically they lend them to you for 2-3 weeks, depending on how popular they are. Just a thought.

  10. I live with my husband but still could use a can do man! He is the world’s best procrastinator! I will be switching to medicare in April. Hubby has had it for years. His retirement rep from his employer helped him, so I will just mirror what he has at least for the first year until I understand it all and then if We want to explore it more we can change things at open enrollment. The older I get, the more I despise major changes. We are on our second snow of the year to be followed up with freezing rain and ice. Hunkered down for a while and no plans to go out. Can’t wait to see you in your new home!

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