Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's Flag Day

The flag is flying at my house

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

JP Morgan Chase needs to keep better track of things

creative commons photo from Wikipedia
 Poor Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase Bank, had to appear before the Senate Banking Committee today to explain a little bookkeeping error of $20+ Billion dollars.

I wish he would appear at my house and explain a somewhat smaller bookkeeping error his bank made with my mortgage. I was notified last month that there was a shortage in my escrow account. The escrow account is used to pay my homeowner’s insurance.
“What did I do?” I wondered.
It turns out I didn’t do anything wrong. They made an error and did not withdraw enough money from my bank account to cover the insurance. I’ve had the mortgage for many years and the insurance goes up maybe $10 to $20 a year. Pretty simple. But now they say I owe them $500 and they will take it out of my account in increments of $70 a month starting in July. Darn.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012


 A bowl of cherries (nectarines and grapes) was my side dish for dinner tonight. My son and grandson came over this afternoon and brought me cherries and squash from a local produce stand. Life is good.


For the last two months I have not been able to stay awake all day. I’d get up at 6:30, get sleepy and go back to bed at 10:30 in the morning. I’d be awake for a couple more hours and then take another little nap. I’d have dinner and go to bed early. It was disconcerting. Finally it dawned on me that perhaps I was experiencing side effects from Simvastatin (a cholesterol lowering medication).
I’m sure you don’t want to or need to know all the details, but some of the effects were peculiar. I ached all over, the skin on my feet began peeling off (in 1/4 inch chunks), and my vision was blurry. At last, I figured out that it must be an iatrogenic (eye-at-ruh-JEN-ik) illness. Meaning: caused inadvertently by medical treatment.
It has taken three week for the effects to wear off. I feel perfectly normal now. I can stay awake and enjoy my days. Whew.

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