Budget updates!

So, we’ve had 9 no spend days, so very good. 

Then payday ,today, got cash for gas, and Costco. Did pretty well only $100 for food, but non food we splurged and bought some potting soil, a pot for the sweet potatoes, new pillows ,we needed. I got a t shirt,$10 and B got a nice dress shirt $20. So I’ll have to figure non food out if my food money, but I think it was good. Also put $100 in Santa, and $100 in savings.

B has changed our w4 so it will be less deductions and therefore more federal,tax taken out. We cannot have a repeat of this next year. So that’s going to affect our take home too. Oh well, it’s always something.

Found out a old acquaintance died recently of brain cancer. I guess she went all over, including Mexico , looking for cures. I don’t know, as a cancer survivor and patient, I think there’s a time to let go. But, who am I to say.

Also, everyone, March is multiple myeloma awareness month, so support someone with Myeloma, say hi, or help out. You can even make donations to the leukemia and lymphoma society. (LLS )!

Monday morning!


Feeling pretty good today. Didn’t sleep well, but usual for dex night. I’ve just finished making granola. And I’m trying a new whole bread recipe from ” the Laurels Kitchen Bread Book” that prudenthomemaker.com suggested. I’ve put it in the bread machine and then will bake in the oven. Not sure how it will come out as it is not a bread machine recipe.

working on home blessing day from Flylady and I’ve done most of the bedroom zone. 

I’ve  been thinking a lot about 8 years ago when I was getting ready for my SCT . It was a difficult time to say the least. It was in February I went in for cytoxan, and my main line. That was an overnight in the hospital. Then I did the neupogin shots for 10 days. That required my husband to drive every morning 1/2 an hour to the clinic.  Then it was on to the stem cell retrieval , an all day process , but at least just one. Then it was 10 days later on February 29, yes a leap year, I was admitted and well the rest is history. 

It was such a hard year, but then I had 4 great years of no treatment except aredia. I have since relapsed 3x, but each time revlimid has worked and that is what I’m on now and doing great, so to speak. 

I think this is coming up because it’s soon my new birthday but also thinking about tom Brokaw . Who will he reach out to? there is the myeloma beacon support, the facebook myeloma group, and the myeloma list serve, and of course Pat Killingsworth blog. All of which I read daily and have learned so much. BUT, it wasn’t like that when I started out. There was no support that I reached out for and most of the above didn’t exist as far as I know. I had one myeloma buddy. Richard Pleau. He’s gone now but we did talk and share and I learned I needed that. So, my thoughts of Tom Brokaw being famous , will that isolate him, will he reach out to the myeloma community and hopefully won’t be bombarded with people trying to talk to him. Or will we just give him space and answer when we can . 

I don’t know the answer but I do hope he gets support from those of us who have walked this road for a while. There’s a lot still to learn and he’s only just beginning.

Sunday, dex!!

Well, as usual, dex is in the mix.

We got up and walked just a little earlier, and then it was go go for me.

First, made some quinoa for the week. Then cleaned some, flylady stuff. Then, laundry, then my daughter and I gardened an and planted lettuce, spinach, peas, chard, and onions. My husband moved fenced, and as usual, worked too hard for his 63 young years. 

Gee, it seemed there was a million more things. But then dex crashed at 1 pm. I rested, then got up and made curry wth chick peas, etc and it was yummy.

Then we just finished an episode of “house of cards”, how can they make this stuff up??? It’s too real.


Saturday fun

Well, I’m off today ,the library is closed for presidents day, so we’re going to go do some fun chores. 

First, farmers market to get some lettuce broccoli, and whatever else looks good. Then I need to stop at staples and check out the day planner I’m interested in getting. I want something that zips, but not too expensive. Then over to Home Depot to get some bags of soil so we can plant peas, chard and maybe some spinach. I’m hoping to do this in a bed that’s by the side of the front lawn. 

We want to plant the whole front yard, but I’m not sure if that’ll happen. Water, money etc. 

then we think we’ll get lunch at a place I bought a groupon with. But since I just ate breakfast, I may not be quite ready for lunch so soon. We shall see. Usually I’m terrible about stuff like that, say I’ll do it and then I poop out and don’t. So…..

Its cloudy here and not a sunny happy day. But no rain till tonight. 


JKWP update

So, today is day 260. its definitely getting lighter earlier. And sunrise is @ 7 , so we will start a little earlier and as spring comes be back to the 5:30 walking. 

Today I’m going to winco. Maybe Costco but for sure winco as I need King Arthur flour and stuff I can only get there. 

I have a big load to drop at the food bank, and I need to get chicken food. 


Well, the tax man cometh:(

It is pretty bad. Worst than I had calculated. We figured we be hit by the stock sale and we were but without our son as a dependent because he claimed himself, it added more. Well, it’s done. We have it set for April 10. I can’t make it up in those 2 months but maybe I can get a small part put aside. We did put the $6000 away for this but since it’s more we will just have to be really careful with any spending and that means getting the Santa Fe  is off the table. I’m going to try and get my van in to the shop and get at least the shocks done so pulling the tent trailer will be better. 

Oh well, I’m depressed about it but tomorrow is another day.