Rain? We can only hope!

We really need some rain here in California. Everything is so brown, usually everything is bright green from seasonal grass. It’s kinda depressing. We are suppose to get something this week. Let’s hope so . There is no snow in the Sierras and my husband said when he drove by Mt Shasta , there was no snow at the top. Very weird. I’ve been planning garden stuff and now were thinking maybe they’re gonna ration. So….

I’m  off to work today.  Not feeling great but ok. Tomorrow is my doctor visit at the new clinic. We shall see….. I’m probably going to off on the day I start my revlimid but it should be ok to start a little later. 

We walked this am, but I didn’t feel great so it really was a “just walk” day. 😦

57 degrees?

I went walking at 6am or a little after and it was 57 degrees out. What is up with that.? It’s breezy already but warm. Our yard looks like a brown desert. Maybe we should start watering.

I’m off to work this morning, I had a lot of stomach trouble yesterday, not sure why. It seems to come and go. I still need to find out if the doctors page he needs to fill in for the LLS is there or not. Yesterday, it wasn’t but they had the fax wrong. But this is my renewal for my grant so it’s quite important it get done.

I’m definitely frustrated with saving money and try to make head way on the student loans or our mortgage. The SL is all interest pretty much till it gets down to a certain dollar amount. Should I even try or work on the second? The second is a very low 1% interest but still could we get rid of it. I’m pretty frustrated with it all but will continue to just process what is the best course of action. Any ideas any one? 

Just save more? Or try and tackle something. We actually don’t have a lot extra after what were paying but I’d still like to try.

Tuesdays odds and ends

ImageIt was a nice long weekend.

I didn’t have to work Saturday so it made for a nice 3 days off. Not that I work that much! So we went to Home Depot, and got some more pavers for the green house. We have lettuce and kale coming up. Then to the regular store and then out to lunch at a new vegan restaurant. Food was good, not real filling but good. Then Sunday was just a normal dex day. Hyped out then crash. Yeasterday, my daughter and I went back for more pavers and I checked out bbqs, since last year we got rid of ours as it was all rusty. So I think I’ll get one soon as the weather here is unbelievable. Of course we need rain but it is so nice 70 degrees.

so it’s off to work , I have a long day ,for me, so I’ll pace myself. Then tomorrow I’m off and I’m not going to go to Costco, etc. just local. Try and keep the food bill low. 

January no spend, low spend update. I’m on day 9 no spend. That’s good. Haven’t made any progress with getting my zero balance up to $1500. Our outflow just isn’t let me save much. I’m doing my regular savings$200 a month, plus my little ones$5 and 52 weeks. But it’s that zero balance I want stabilized. Maybe by feb 1.

Walking is  good. I need some new shoes, so there’s another expense. 

Next week I see the doctor at the new clinic. Not sure where I get my blood work done but I guess they’ll let me know. 

B is off traveling for a few days so I’ll be holding down the fort. 

The Just Keep Walking project (JKWP)


We are at day 234! We’re still getting up and out by 6:10am, then do our two miles. Today I wanted to do more( again), but then didn’t feel like it . I really want to bump up to 3. In Santa Barbara it was easy to do more. We did 3.5 one day and the almost 5 the next, simply because it was easy on the beach trail.

So, anyone starting? It’s easy when you just say ,”just walk”!!!

Santa Barbara cont’d

ImageIt is so beautiful in Santa Barbara. Very Mediterranian. 

The next day we went to the mission, and the Santa Barbara museum of art, and walked bunches everywhere. Overall, I did great. I’m taking a new mushroom formula, and I think it’s helping with energy. plus I was off dex so I wasn’t up and then down.

we stopped in trader joes and old navy and a bunch of other stores. We had a great lunch at a farm to table restaurant . Excellant.

the drive home was long, but we were home by 5 so not too bad.

it was all worth it and it’s one of my mini goals completed. 

Santa Barbara mini vacation

imageimageWe left Sunday,it was nice since I didn’t take my dex on Saturday night. I felt pretty good. It’s a long drive but I did ok.

We checked into the holiday express and it was quite nice and only a few steps away from State street, which is where everything is. Plus, th beach was a few blocks away, but we drove and parked. Then we walked out Stearns wharf. It was just getting to be sunset. We found a nice little restaurant, Moby Dick, and settled in with a glass of wine and relax. I’ll try and add the pictures as the upload.

then we headed out to a nice Mexican restaurant. Pretty good. I’m pretty fussy about spending money on food. So, this was good.

Then the next day we were out walking at 6:30 am along the beach trail. Glorious! Then we went to the Sambos on the beach side. I wanted to go here for breakfast since in Tucson we used to go there when we were in college. this sambos was  the first and last so it’s kinda cool. I’ll fill in more later on the museums, and other restaurants.

Lost phone?

Well, my son lost his very expensive smartphone somewhere. Humm, so I said he could use my upgrade and get a new one. I’ll help pay for the phone, I guess, but I’m thinking he’ll need to pay some of  it back to me. This is going to have to come out of our zero balance, which is NOT, where it should be. I’m going to be dipping under a $1000. Not happy about that. Actually , I’m pretty frustrated with trying to go forward and then it’s two steps back.

I’d like to start paying extra on our mortgage, but my focus is to get that zero balance back up to $1500. I will be getting an LLS check and that will help. But still frustrating…

Not a low spend day!

Ha, no low spend today. but I am counting the last few days of December so, I’m at 5 no spend days. But, today was trader joes , winco, Joanne’s, and finally Costco. 

When I shop like this  I get home and tally my areas, food, non food, wine, cat food, household. Not sure where it all is yet, as I haven’t done it. 

Woke up with my right leg, bothering me, doesn’t seem like a clot or anything, but it’s still bothering me. I don’t remember doing anything unusual yesterday so? Humm , I’ll just have to see how it is tomorrow . 

Everyone is out tonight so I’ll have a salad, and some chicken salad I bought at Costco . Watch some T he Good Wife, and then read.

i still need to call my doctor about my blood work, but I’m too tired to do it today. 

I’ll try and catch up with the house after I rest. 

Paper whites

imageSome nice paper whites my daughter started in her new Christmas greenhouse! And our stupid goat who roams free and eats everything. Sunday morning dex!

Cleaned what wasn’t done yesterday by B. most everything was done. I dusted, swiffered, and wiped the bathroom.

Then I made stuffed bell peppers for tomorrow. 3 meat and brown rice ,2 vegie.

Then I made chicken Parmesan for dinner, and they’ll be cheese ravioli for the vegies.

So, now I’m heading on the 2 -3 hour downhill slide with dex. I dont really sleep, (nap), but no energy after the burst and need to rest.

Next week, we’ll be on our way for our mini trip to Santa Barbara. I’m not planning on taking dex, although I will let him( my doctor know). I just need to be semi normal , even though I’ll still be on revlimid. I was trying to figure out how to work it in during the week, but there just isn’t a way. So…. I should get my lab results this week, if they can find them, since my doctor has moved to mercy cancer center in Sacramento . I pretty sure nothing has changed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another increasE. Revlimid seems to have worked its last magic, and I’m figuring, Velcade in the next few months. Thats what we had discussed so…..

its a beautiful day in Northern California .