Friday, April 21, 2017

Eyes and Yard work

I finally got off my butt and made an appointment for an eye exam so I can update my glasses prescription and hopefully see better. Next Friday afternoon at the Costco optometrist. I was googling eye dr's in the city and this guy has been voted best optometrist the past 2 years. The person I made the appointment with told me they don't bill insurance direct, I will have to do it, and I said that is no problem, because my insurance is out of network and I'd have to submit it myself anyway. I asked how much for an eye exam for glasses and it's only $75. I have a $20 copay and my insurance will cover $50 out of network, which means I will only have an extra $5 out of pocket for the exam.

DH has taken advantage of the dry weather today and got the areas in our yard that we are going to seed for grass ready by raking up. He did a bit of thatching in our existing lawn and there is part of our existing lawn in the back that is very sparse grass, so he prepped that too.

We have been trying to find some tall growing shrubs (thuja's) like we put in our previous yard, for putting along the fencing here. There isn't a tree or plant on the lot, for goodness sake. How do you live somwhere for 8 years and not put in a shrub? LOL. We were going to get some from this wholesale nursery our friend wants to go to but after talking with the place on the phone I think it's not quite what we are looking for in size. They only have some pretty small starters in stock in their nursery that isn't even in this state, so they would have to be shipped. I called Lowes in the city to ask what they have in stock and sounds like they have a bit bigger sized ones. Even though higher priced, of course, they sound more like the  minimum size we are looking for at $7 ea (we need a lot to make a hedge - time to put some privacy between us and those neighbors!). They sound like the same ones/size/price as we bought at Lowe;s for our old house a few years ago. It doesn't sound like they have as many in stock as we want/need but he said he was pretty sure they could order more. We are going to drive into the city after dinner tonight and take a look at what they have and hopefully get those, at least.

When we shop at Lowe's I always use my Lowes credit card to charge whatever we buy, so that I get an additional 5% off. Then I get home and pay it. I just received a new/replacement Lowes card in the mail today, along with a coupon inside that was for 10% off if spending over $299. That would be a nice savings, but I'm not sure we'll be spending that much, unless we find some other plants we like to go in our rock garden.

Hopefully after this weekend's activity our yard will look a little more spruced up!


  1. After reading your post, I couldn't help but think of the old Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb” So very true, with a lot of things in life!

  2. Isn't that the truth! These trees we got are still smaller than we'd like, but don't want to break the bank either :/