Sunday, December 29, 2019

Endless Rainy Days, Christmas Cactus, and Acid Reflux

Red and Pink Christmas Cactus

On the bright side, my Christmas Cactus is blooming.  This particular plant displays two colors, bright pink and a deep red.  I love the red and when they are done blooming, I will be propagating more of the red Christmas cactus for next year. 

Luckily, Christmas Cactus are extremely hardy and I can't kill them.  This year they have thrived as I have made it a point to keep them watered and fertilized.  Last year, not so much.  The neglect only produced a handful of blooms. 

It has been raining on and off for the last 4 days here and we all are about to go stir crazy!  The rain
Tree limb down next door
has soaked the trees, limbs are down in our neighbor's yard and so far we are lucky in that respect. 

My husband has been gathering parts for the repair/replacement of the water pump on his 2014 Ford F-150 and let me tell you, they are not cheap at all. Right now the total is up to $900!  Good Grief!  We are blessed that he has the skills to do the job as the labor at the dealership would be astronomical. 

Since he has to remove a good deal of engine thingys to get to the water pump, he is going to replace all that needs to be replaced including serpentine belts, hoses, and whatever else needs to be replaced for a 100 thousand tune-up.  Right now the truck is at 70,000 miles.  After this major repair, the truck will be good for another 100 thousand miles.

The truck repair is going to impact debt repayment, but I am glad to have eBay earnings still squirreled away. At least we will avoid MORE debt this time around.  
I still have to take my vehicle to the dealership for an oil change, tire rotation, and a brake check.  My vehicle is still under warranty so we utilize the dealership for service as we don't want to void the warranty.  

On the bright side of this weather, we are all getting our rest, the days are full of naps and movie watching. I have also been busy with listing on eBay and packing up sales too. I have avoided going to the stores for anything.  Instead, I send my husband with a list.  This way, the spending is kept under control.  Truth be told, I have enough stuff/groceries to get us through the New Year.  If we need a loaf of bread, I will send someone

to get it.  

Last night or early this morning I woke up with a case of reflux.  That burning stomach acid crawling back up into my throat, it is an awful feeling.  Thankfully, it does not happen often, but when it does I will drink pickle juice to cool the burn.  It works!!

In about 10-15 minutes after drinking the pickle juice, the burn is gone and I can go back to bed.  Look, on the left of this pickle jar you can see another jar of mostly pickle juice tucked away just in case it happens again.  

To prevent another occurrence of acid reflux, I must remember to not eat so late and to not eat while sitting in a reclined position.  It is a recipe for disaster, for sure. 

I sure hope the rains stops today so we can get stuff done outside. We are all going a bit stir crazy here!

  Hows the weather where you are?

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