Sunday, March 12, 2017

Creating a Golf Cart Path in Side Yard

If you live in the 55+ community of Lakes at Leesburg, most likely you will want to get yourself a golf cart. Another thing to consider is a golf cart path in your side yard. Many residents will simply drive over the grass. Some residents already have a concrete slab in their side yards for golf carts.

The very cute home located at 19 Tortuga Way has a very stylish golf cart path in the side yard. What is cool about that golf cart path is how it ties in with the landscaping design throughout the rest of the property. You know, amazing curb appeal?

In this blog post, you will see how this landscape project came together, with step-by-step photos. Not only will you get to appreciate how this FSBO senior home achieved amazing curb appeal, but you will learn how you can do it for yourself. Oh, and not to forget this home IS for sale by owner!

Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Golf Cart Path in Side Yard = Amazing Curb Appeal
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
In this first photo, you get a view from the curb back. The entire side yard is a composite of 6-7 elements, which are like puzzle pieces coming together to form one design. The golf cart path is stylishly fit into the side yard.

Let us show you how that stylish golf cart path came to be! Day 1 there wasn't much to see at first with the digging and cleaning of the first area.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
OMG, we found out right away that this side yard was going to be a real job to prepare. You see, there is a large oak tree around the corner whose roots are all throughout this area. And, we found that a large bush that was in the side yard left its mark there. It was like digging for buried treasure!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Placing the twelve-inch red patio stone along with brick pavers really improved that area in a hurry!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
We created a patio area adjacent to the opening of the carport so that the golf cart could be pulled into the carport.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Extending that patio area and design back along the shed area in the side yard gave us a place to back into with the golf cart. With the patio design extended back, it also provided a spot to part the golf cart if you didn't want to pull it into the carport. Red lava rock was used for design and for drainage from the downspouts. The design was really coming together nicely!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
There was a bit of a time-out at this point in the golf cart path design. Look at the top of the photo, continuing into the backyard, we created a garden area that curved into the backyard. That garden area was filled with red mulch and edged in the red stone edgers.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Turning our attention back toward the curb, we took another time-out to work on the accent garden area at the curb. We were also working on defining the overall area for the golf cart path. Stone edgers were placed at the outside edges with red lava rock at the side of the carport.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
We were accumulating the white stone edgers that came with the property -- which would be picked up by the park workers for somebody else to use. This is the area that took a little extra effort to prepare because of all the roots crisscrossing under the surface.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
Because of all those roots, we came back to the front area to put in a patio stone access area for the golf cart to enter the side yard. To the right, you can see a triangular accent garden that ties into the front accent garden at the curb.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
At this point in the design, we really could see the project coming together. We had measured the distance, more than once, for placing the two lanes for the golf cart tires. We measured the neighbors two lanes of white stone and also measured the distance between his tires on both axles. As research, we even searched online to get the specs about golf car axles. Honestly? I kept saying to the old guy next door, I'm not sure I've got it quite right.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
As we continued the patio stone back, we were thinking about rearranging the stone layout once the actual golf cart took its first drive along that golf cart path. We probably should have borrowed a golf cart as a demo of the design -- but no biggie as it would turn out!

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
The day we finished that stylish golf cart path design was pretty special. We had been implementing a design we had in our heads ... and modifying as we went.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
The stylish golf cart path, along with other design components, was looking pretty sharp. Lots of neighbors were out and about to see what we had done.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
In the photo above, you can see a view of the curving back yard garden that tied into the design.

Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
Creating a Stylish Golf Cart Path in Side Yard
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL - FSBO
When the actual golf cart arrive and did its inaugural drive of the golf cart path, we found our intuition had been right. There needed to be a slight modification to the tire paths. Looking to the left of the photo, you can see brick pavers on the outside of the red patio stones. We moved that row of stone inward a couple of inches and then put brick pavers down the side to complement the brick pavers on the outside of the other tire lane. The other modification came months later when we modified the patio layout by pulling the brick pavers to put to the outside.

So, what do you think? When you can break your project into smaller design components, it becomes more manageable and is fun to see come together! Would you actually contemplate such a project?

If you love what you see, you can be the new owner of this stunning senior home in Lakes at Leesburg with the stylish golf cart path in the side yard. We are pleased to offer for sale by owner this cute cottage-style, senior home at 19 Tortuga Way in Leesburg, Florida.

It is being shown by appointment to well-qualified buyers with good taste! For a showing, please call 904-566-5680. This seller is motivated to sell to that right somebody who wants to love this home and appreciate all the enhancements and improvements plus enjoy life in this active 55+ community.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Creating Curb Appeal in Side Yard

Do you have a side yard that is begging for some enhancements? Consider adding a garden area with stone and mulch to add some amazing curb appeal. We've previously shared the transformation of the front yard on this FSBO senior home in Lakes at Leesburg. Let us show you what we did in the side yard to tie the landscape design all together.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden
Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Initially, we started our side yard project at the back area next to the opening into the carport and then expanded it to the back adjacent to the shed. Along the side, next to the carport, we dug up an area about 18 inches wide to include red stone edgers and red lava rock. We then stopped that portion of the side yard improvement and jumped to the front curb area.

It was a wee bit challenging to decide how to handle the placement of the water meter as it was set a bit lower than the rest of the area. It took a little maneuvering with the stone edgers to create an "indented" area. We think this actually looks like one of the states -- perhaps a little Utah? 

home that was lacking curb appeal - before
Oh woe is me! This place needs some CURB APPEAL !!!
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Let us remind you of the lack of curb appeal before we got started transforming the exterior of this home! It is kind of amazing to see the finished result especially when you compare it to the before condition.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden
Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
The side yard area was handled as mini-projects -- kind of like little puzzle pieces that fit together to create one design. We initially planted Aztec grass and salvia in the front yard side garden. Heading to the back, in that side yard, we did a triangular garden area with more red mulch and red stone edgers. We opted to go triangular so that we could install a stone and rock patio area to connect to the golf cart path along the carport.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden
Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
In the triangular side yard garden, we planted sunflowers! For four consecutive years, we maintained sunflower gardens grown from seeds. The first year, in our Jacksonville back yard garden, we used four different variety of seeds -- mostly Burpee. The fourth year, the sunflowers were grown from the seeds of an amazing wine-colored Autumn Beauty sunflower.

After planting the sunflowers, we noticed little brown bunnies in the area. One morning, over half of the sunflower seedlings we had growing in our backyard garden were nibbled to the ground! The remaining seedlings were moved to this triangular garden and then surrounded by wire decorative edging and the red polka dot pinwheel. The bunnies seemed to leave these sunflowers alone ... but then the squirrels found them! What to do? We tried crumbled moth balls that were spread around the area.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden of Sunflowers
Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden of Sunflowers
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
In the photo above, you can see that the wine-colored Autumn Beauty sunflowers are doing well. Notice on the mulch around them how crumbled moth balls have been sprinkled there. It was a good deterrent to bunnies and squirrels.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden of Sunflowers
Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden of Sunflowers
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Of all the sunflowers that I have grown in my four sunflower gardens, the Autumn Beauty variety is my favorite. I also discovered that squirrels in Jacksonville AND Leesburg, Florida LOVE the Autumn Beauty blossoms! I'm not sure what it is about this variety -- perhaps the wine color?

Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden of Sunflowers
Creating Curb Appeal with a Side Yard Garden of Sunflowers
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Once the Autumn Beauty sunflowers blossomed, the side yard curb appeal was pretty amazing. Neighbors were driving or walking by daily to check out the sunflowers. It is very satisfying to grow sunflowers from seeds ... I'd say my only "regret" -- if you can call it that -- is that sunflowers seem to have a life of little more than 90 days ... and then you need to start over. When the sunflower heads are read to cut from the plant to harvest seeds, I generally take out the plants.

Creating Curb Appeal with Front and Side Yard Gardens
Creating Curb Appeal with Front and Side Yard Gardens
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Here is a view of the property after exterior enhancements -- virtually EVERYTHING has been "touched" with a designer's brush to create a visually-stunning finished piece. Classic Burgundy painted accents draw the eye across the front of this property.

If you love what you see, you can be the new owner of this stunning senior home in Lakes at Leesburg. We are pleased to offer for sale by owner this cute cottage-style, senior home at 19 Tortuga Way in Leesburg, Florida.

It is being shown by appointment to well-qualified buyers with good taste! For a showing, please call 904-566-5680. This seller is motivated to sell to that right somebody who wants to love this home and appreciate all the enhancements and improvements plus enjoy life in this active 55+ community.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Creating Curb Appeal with a Garden

Does your home lack curb appeal? Are you looking for a do-it-yourself project that can add amazing curb appeal? Why not start with a front yard garden? Let me share an after shot first.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
In this after shot above, the front yard garden was the first DIY outside yard project that was completed early in 2016. In the photo, you can also see that the house was painted along with the driveway. Now, take a look at the before-before photo!

home that is lacking curb appeal before photo
Oh woe is me! This place needs some CURB APPEAL !!!
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Luckily for me, I didn't have to have that magnolia tree removed; the previous owners took it out along with the side yard bush and that bush near the lamp post. From the before photo, you can see that ANY work in the front yard would have surely been an improvement.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden First Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - First Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
FIRST DAY - On the first day of this DIY project, I moved the triangular area of patio stones to the back yard near the shed. I would later repurpose that stone to create an offset patio area. In all of my landscape projects, I take an area at a time and finish it off with mulch. In this project, I opted for better red mulch that would later complement the sage green color of the house.

TOOLS & SUPPLIES - Shovel, metal rake, hand cultivator, trowel, gloves, bags. Before you get started digging up grass and weeds, you should call 811 before you dig.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden Second Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - Second Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
SECOND DAY - On the second day of this DIY project, the yard started to actually look like something good was going to happen!!! That area that was dug up this day was tough to deal with. I didn't realize that there was a plethora of nut grass throughout that area ... I was using the hand cultivator after I raked the dug up area. I would filter out the debris, by hand, to put in the trash bags. I was finding a lot of stringy nut grass that should have warranted more work!

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden Third Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - Third Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
THIRD DAY - On the third day of this DIY project, I was working to try and finish an area across the front. You can see that red stone edgers encompass the finished area of the project along with red mulch. It was the second and third day of the garden project that neighbors were stopping me to ask, "what are you doing." I guess they hadn't seen any work done on this property in some time, so they were probably amazed!

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden Third Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - Third Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Here is another view of day three of the DIY project from the street. I was noticing that the red mulch had a bit of a different color ... thinking maybe the older red mulch was drier. The red stone pavers add a nice finished look to the front yard garden.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden Fourth Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - Fourth Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
FOURTH DAY - On the fourth day of this DIY project, I was starting to feel that the "end" was in sight for finishing off the area for the front yard accent garden. By this time, many neighbors had stopped to say something AND the park manager must have been summoned by a curious neighbor. He and I had a chat about the scope of that project and he drove off!!

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden Fourth Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - Fourth Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
There's another photo of the fourth day of work ... thankfully, Home Depot is about one mile or less! And, driving a Jeep Patriot surely helps with these type of yard projects. I had to pick up more red mulch to finish off the dug-up area. Almost done! You may need some Aleve for your back -- like I did!

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden Fifth Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - Fifth Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
FIFTH DAY - On the fifth day of this DIY project, I was more than a little thrilled to actually "turn the corner!" That meant I had reached the width of the front yard accent garden and was capping it off with the red stone edgers and then starting down the side of the house! You can see the "blank canvas" of the garden area.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden Fifth Day
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - Fifth Day
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
I love DIY projects that are completed in under a week's time. For me, five consecutive days is a lot of exercise ... no need to go to the gym. It was the middle of January, 2016 when I finished preparing the front yard for the flower garden. Knowing that Florida can have a freeze into March, I waited until March 1st to start planting!

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden March 1st
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - March 1st
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
PLANTING! It was March 1st and I was ready to start planting in that front yard accent garden. It was lucky for me that I ran into a fellow at Lowe's while picking up some stone. He said he had some of the red stone edgers and brick pavers that I could have along with Aztec grass. The 8 clumps of Aztec grass across the front of the garden were from his yard!

Early plants that went in included 4 Firecracker plants, 4 Gardenias, and a Confederate Star Jasmine with small trellis.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden March 5th
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - March 5th
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
On March 5th, I added smaller flowering plants including Salvia, Kalanchoe, and assorted Dianthus. You can see rows of those flowering plants, left to right, with two rows of Dianthus nearer the house. To the far right, you can see a rectangular black flower pot that was used for cultivating sunflower seedlings.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden March 10th
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - March 10th
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
By March 10th, I was growing sunflower seedlings to transplant to the front yard garden. And, I had taken time to trim up the bushes that are across the front of the Florida Room. I do a trimming of the branches to create a tree look.

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden March 25th
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden - March 25th
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Approximately 2 weeks later, on March 25th, you can see that the Salvia are doing the best with the Dianthus looking healthy, but the Kalanchoe is hanging in there. The Confederate Star Jasmine has been growing pretty well too. Daily watering of the new plants is important the first week or two!

CREATING CURB APPEAL WITH A GARDEN!

Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden
Creating Curb Appeal with a Front Yard Garden
19 Tortuga Way, Leesburg, FL 34788
Fast forward to not quite a year later. Some red polka dot pinwheels along with solar garden lights were added to the front. The periwinkles did spread throughout the front yard garden. The Aztec grass was dug up and replaced with Mexican Petunias. The Salvia didn't make it; only 3 Kalanchoe remain. The Dianthus is doing OK. The 4 Firecracker plants are probably triple the original size if not bigger. Three of them are down the side area and one is near the driveway. The Confederate Star Jasmine is prospering, so much that a large metal trellis was added.

Curb appeal can do a lot for a home. In this case, we continued adding to the "curb appeal" by painting the house and driveway. Why not consider a front yard accent garden if you want some amazing curb appeal?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Epinephrine Epipen - What is the Cost?

Ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction that would be treated immediately with an Epipen of epinephrine? I did recently on a Friday near the Noon hour when I received two wasp stings to the crook of my right arm. I didn't see it coming, but felt the intense burning sensation from the stings and saw the tiny welts forming at the sting locations along with blood.

Polistes carolina rust-colored wasp
Polistes carolina rust-colored wasp
The type of wasp that stung me!
It is a scary feeling when you experience your first severe allergic reaction. Soon after the stings, the palms of both my hands began to itch ... and I was scratching them until I saw they were bright red. Soon afterwards, I felt my tongue begin to swell and felt my lips begin to swell, much like they were being pumped up like with a bicycle air pump. Very crazy sensations. I remember running my tongue across my top lips from the right side, feeling like I would have a couple of large fever blisters. That's the location where I usually get those fever blisters. I also could tell my right ear was affected as I couldn't hear out of it. Coming inside, I could see in the mirror that my face was extremely red and blotchy. My right ear was the deepest red color and hot.

So many thoughts ran through my mind. What should I do? I took a Benadryl-equivalent CVS allergy pill. Then, I showered since I had been very sweaty and dirty from sweeping the leaves in my street for about an hour before the two wasp stings.

Getting out of the shower, I phoned my doctor's office. It was near 1pm on that Friday afternoon. I didn't reach my primary care physician, but instead got the answering service. That gal seemed annoyed. I think I said, "Oh, this is the answering service? I needed my doctor. Never mind, I'll probably need to go to the ER."

After hanging up from that call, I phoned my Publix pharmacy. I first got a tech and then was put on the line with the pharmacist. She also told me to go to the ER. I pulled my health insurance card to see what the ER copay charge is ... $75. The next thought that ran through my head, "oh my, how much is that going to cost me?" I had been hearing in the news that the Epipen drug company had been raising its price to $600 and more. I couldn't afford a thousand dollar ER visit or probably more. So, I opted to tough it out!

I took another Benadryl-equivalent CVS allergy pill and poured a Publix diet ginger ale. I could feel the most intense sensation of heart burn ... and needed to calm myself lest I have a heart attack. I grabbed three ice compresses from the freezer, putting one on my throat area, another on my right ear, and the third on my swelling right arm. I sat in the recliner with my feet up and started meditation like thoughts.

It was about 6pm when I started to feel like I might be not getting worse, but improving. It seemed my tongue, lips and right ear were going back to a sense of normalcy.

On Saturday, about 24 hours after the wasp stings, I drove to the Publix pharmacy and spoke with the pharmacist. She mentioned that she had spoken with me on the telephone the day before. Again, listening to me and looking at the swelling of my right arm, she told me I needed to go to the ER. "OK, I'll go!" I replied.

I drove a few miles to Florida Hospital Waterman ER. Speaking with the nurse at the desk, I told her, "I don't want to waste an ER visit if I don't need to." She looked at my right arm and listened to my allergic reaction experience. She said to add Zantac and warm compresses to my routine and come back if I got worse.

I stopped at Walgreen's and picked up a Zantac-equivalent and a hot-cold compress. Once home, I added the Zantac-equivalent to my Benadryl-equivalent and heated up the compress. The warm compress was a bit of a blessing -- it felt so good on my inflamed and swollen arm.

Monday couldn't come around soon enough!! First thing in the morning, I telephoned my doctor's office and got an appointment within the following hour. The nurse looked at my red inflamed, swollen right arm and said that I still had a case of Cellulitis going on. "Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender." The doctor noted that my blood pressure was too high. She wrote me a prescription for 3 days of Prednisone twice a day. We also talked about getting an Epipen, but I didn't ask her to write me that prescription because we discussed how expensive that is.

For about one week's time, I took it easy and didn't do my usual exercise workouts. And, then I started to research the cost of an Epipen!

On February 8, 2017 at 5:54pm I wrote an inquiry to my medicare-advantage health care provider.
Last Friday, I had a life-threatening allergic reaction to two wasp stings. It was the first time ever that I had such a strong allergic reaction with swelling to my lips, tongue and ear. I was lucky in that I quickly took two Benadryl tablets and iced the swelling. I spoke with the Publix Pharmacist during the reaction since my doctor's office was closed for the weekend. They told me to go to the ER. I did stop by the Waterman Hospital ER 24 hours later where they said to add Zantac plus warm compresses and come back if I got worse. This past Monday I saw my doctor who discussed writing me a Rx for epinephrine Epipen. We discussed the great expense of this Rx. I chatted with my Publix pharmacy today to check that they had the generic Epipen. They do. I am wanting to know what would be my out-of-pocket copay for this. Thanks.
I received a reply to my inquiry on February 9th at 2:33pm:
I tried to check in our system the copayment for the medication you listed below, however when I entered "epinephrine Epipen" in our system I get either epinephrine or Epipen. To further assist I will need the exact name of the medication and also the quantity and milligrams. Please reply back and let us know.
February 11th at 5:11pm I responded:
Hello!! It is the generic EpiPen ... the pharmacist assistant wrote "EpiPen epinephrine" when I asked for the name! If you are showing more than one of the "generic" EpiPens, I would like to know what my out-of-pocket costs are for those two ... with the specifics on what they are. I would think the pens are standard for dosages.
February 13th at 9:22am I responded with more information since I hadn't gotten a response to my initial question:
I have been googling "publix epinephrine" and found two references to the epipens offered at Publix and other pharmacies. Please see these pages:

https://www.goodrx.com/epipen
https://www.goodrx.com/adrenaclick

Epinephrine Epipen is the generic version with Epipen (brand) and Epipen JR (brand). There are two dosages of 2 autoinjectors of 0.15mg and 2 autoinjectors of 0.30mg. Adrenaclick is an alternative with Adrenaclick (brand) and epinephrine (Adrenaclick) generic.

The prices seem expensive -- that is why I am asking CarePlus to tell me how much I have to pay and maybe at another drug store as Publix seems pricey. I wouldn't know what is the best place to get them.

If CarePlus doesn't support the brand, then I need the generic and need to know how much and where to get my Rx filled. I would think the epinephrine (epipen) generic of 2 autoinjectors of 0.15mg would be the first option to consider.

Please let me know ... we have TONS of those Polistes carolina wasps here in Lakes at Leesburg! Not only in my yard, but the next door neighbors. The old guy sprayed 3 awnings that are in my side yard about 10 ft. away where wasps were flying on Saturday. It's Russian Roulette!
I received this reply on February 13th at 10:51am:
I checked Epinephrine auto Injector 0.15mg and is not covered. Please see the below alternative medications which are Tier 3 with a copayment of ($30$35. Please consult it with your doctor.
Epinephrine Epipen : What is the Cost?

At this point, I am still NOT SURE how expensive it will be for me to get an Epipen epinephrine prescription. Do I ask my doctor to write the prescription for the expensive brand and try to fill it at Publix and see of I am only charged $30 or $35? Or, do I ask my doctor to write the prescription for the so-called generic brand of "ephinephrine epipen?" At least I have been told that the auto-injector 0.15mg is not covered by my health insurance.

Googling "epipen ephinephrine" I found the GoodRx references which shows a host of different costs for the generic of "epipen ephinephrine." On that page, you can pull up the generic costs along with the two branded Rx's costs. It says, "Generic epinephrine is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower." What I do note is that my Publix pharmacy seems to be one of the most expensive!!

Here is a comparison of GENERIC vs. BRAND costs for the epipen:

Prices and coupons for 1 package (2 auto-injectors) of epinephrine (Epipen) 0.3mg

Prices and coupons for 1 package (2 auto-injectors) of Epipen 0.3mg
I am scheduled to return to my doctor's office to have her nurse draw blood for a series of labs. What I think I will do is ask for an Rx for the generic epinephrine epipen and take that Rx to CVS Pharmacy rather than Publix. I'll let you know if I am successful.

Meanwhile, back at the farm! I also picked up a RESCUE! TrapStik for Wasps from HomeDepot. Within the first day, I trapped one Polistes carolina rust-colored wasp. With the help of a few experts from the University of Florida, this wasp was identified as the Polistes carolina. Supposedly, that wasp is not aggressive per se, but is a beneficial agent to Florida yards. However, the female will sting to protect its nest.

Polistes carolina rust-colored wasp on RESCUE! TrapStik
Polistes carolina rust-colored wasp on RESCUE! TrapStik
With a set of tongs, I removed the trapped wasp from the trapstik the following day. At the end of that next day, another Polistes carolina wasp had found the trapstik. I removed that wasp from the trap and put the trap back. One more Polistes carolina wasp was trapped and later removed. Thus far, that has been it -- 3 rust-colored wasps snared by the sticky trap. Oh, and I did happen to use Spectracide jet-spray to take out a 4th such wasp from the overhead beam in the carport.

Chatting with the old guy next door about my experience, as we stood there in my sideyard that is his backyard, we observed NUMEROUS Polistes carolina wasps fly to and from his awnings, gutters, and swing. He went to retrieve his Spectracide jet-spray to spray the three awnings along the back of his house along with the one side awning. He then sprayed into the gutter where a couple of wasps flew. Then, he checked the swing in his back sideyard. He mentioned having removed a wasp's nest from the bottom of that swing. And, also shared that he saw wasp nests in those awnings he just sprayed. HOLY SMOKES BATMAN!!! It is a bit of Russian Roulette here in Leesburg, FL.

The wasp experts from the University of FL said that the mild winter didn't kill off these wasps.

Epinephrine Epipen : What is the Cost? Do I get the auto-injectors? Do I opt for the generic over the more-expense brand? What other options do I have? Can I risk another serious, life-threatening allergic reaction by treating that with over-the-counter Benadryl? I suppose I could smash the pill into powder form so that it works faster. How about an inhaler with epinephrine -- might that be an option? It surely would be less expensive.

It is recommended that you seek medical attention after using an epipen. If that is the case, why not dial 911 and have the EMTs administer the epipen and provide immediate medical care? I just am not sure the best way to go. Hey, what a way to go ... I told my doctor that I was sure a heart attack or accident would kill me ... I never thought I'd die from wasp stings!!! You just never know, do you?