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Random randomness | a dead dishwasher,

I have a bunch of unrelated things to tell you. So randomness it is!

My dishwasher is currently dead.

It mysteriously stopped mid-cycle a few nights back, which is a bummer.

I did not feel like messing with it, but Mr. FG took the control panel apart, found a fuse that looked to be blown, and ordered one from Amazon.

So when it arrives tomorrow, hopefully we will be back in business.

The good thing is, the dishwasher is really the least inconvenient appliance to lose for a few days.  Washing machine, dryer, freezer, fridge, stove, hot water heater..all of those are way worse! 

Washing dishes by hand is not that big of a deal.

(Not to sound like I’m ancient or anything, but I clearly remember a time in my childhood when we washed all of our dishes by hand. And it was ok!)

I have to re-submit all my out-of-network bills.

In the continuing saga of out-of-network bills:

We accidentally filled something out wrong, which meant Cigna sent the payment to the provider instead of to us.

I called to inquire about this, and for reasons I don’t completely understand, the provider can’t just cash the check and credit the amount to us; I have to resubmit the bills, then they have to issue stop payments on the checks, and then they can issue checks to us.

It’s a very good thing I wasn’t counting on that money to pay any pressing bills because my goodness, this is a long process, made longer by my error.

But I will prevail. Dollars are at stake here! I will win!

Note to self: stay in network if at all possible.

Also, remember to be grateful for billing professionals who handle this for me most of the time. 

Also also: never go into medical billing as a career.

I’m roasting beef bones.

I took ’em all out of the freezer and they are currently roasting in my oven in preparation for stock-making.

My girls are less than pleased about the aroma of beef in the morning, and I have to say, it’s not my favorite smell either.

But hey, I am not about to waste the opportunity to make broth from local grass-fed beef bones.  If my house has to smell like beef for a day, so be it.

Sonia’s got some little guys in her shop.

Three otters and a bunny, to be exact.

We will ship purchases out promptly so that you get them in time for Christmas!

Here’s the link to Sonia’s shop.

I should not have washed my Christmas stockings.

Zoe and I were getting them out of storage and she noticed a few were pretty dirty.  So, we threw them in the washer on the gentle cycle.

But apparently, some of the embellishments were glued, not sewn, and most of the pieces of this snowman came off the stocking.

Old glue doesn’t hold up well in the washer, apparently, even on gentle.

Sonia’s stocking needed some help too, but happily, both stockings are fine after some hand-sewing.

I just will remember not to machine wash them in the future!


And that concludes today’s randomness. Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!

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Wednesday 12th of December 2018

I read "dead dishwasher" and I thought OH THE INHUMANITY! (I love my dishwasher... I think it saves our marriage daily.)

Hopefully it'll be a quick easy fix! :)


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Please let me know if Sonia can make an otter with a purple hat/scarf. I'd love to purchase it for Christmas.


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Yes! I just checked and she has purple yarn, but it is light purple. Is that ok? If you need a darker purple, she'd have to buy some, which would put the time frame a little later. Let me know!


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Just got the news that the compressor on our ridge is going bad. Replacing it costs as much as a new fridge. So now there is that to save for.


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

My oven stopped working this week. With the help of a YouTube video, a trip to an electric centre in a neighbouring town, and a new part (Cost: R60) it's working again, in less than 24 hours. My husband is my HERO!


Tuesday 11th of December 2018

I'm super confused about your provider not just cutting you a check....the patient refund reverses out any 1099 income to them, so it's all a non-issue, unless Cigna overpaid (processed the claim as in-network by mistake). It's also possible that if the provider deposits the check, they have thereby agreed to be IN-network for your specific claim (with all the in-network write offs), and maybe they don't want to do that? We get out-of-network checks all the time and simply issue a refund to the patient, so your being told you filled something out wrong and have to start over smells fishy to me -- it's Cigna's responsibility to know who it's contracted with and who gets the check based on the contract and/or the claim form. If it were me, I'd call the provider back and request the refund again -- it's way too easy to get sucked into all the insurance nonsense.

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