Why I am giving up my Instant Pot…

I tried really hard to fall in love with this kitchen item. I’ve made the rice and it’s okay. I think I like the rice maker better. I did make chili and it was pretty good overall but so is the slow cooker.

unnamed.jpg This is not the model I have. This is the fancy one!

I also made some chicken recipes that were good but not stellar. Maybe I like cooking too much and the IP doesn’t allow for tasting as you cook. It’s a one-shot deal.

I gave my rice cooker away to use the IP plus it was getting kinda old.  Rice is good in the IP but I think the rice maker is better.

One thing for sure no one likes the beans in the IP. I’ve been making pintos, black beans, and whatever other beans for years in the crockpot. They come out creamy and in a delicious broth. I also have never presoaked them. In the IP they just don’t taste the same and I can honestly say I didn’t like them much.

So I think I’m going to put it in my closet pantry for a bit and see if in 3 months or so I want to use it or not.

I think it’s great to try new things and I’m glad I’ve tried the IP but I think it’s also okay not to have to like it because everyone does.

So after 6 months, I have to say, I’m not impressed.

 

A change in the weather.

Over the next two weeks, it looks like rain and cool temperatures. I get so used to it being like 75 or high ’70’s that I forget its still only May.

Still, we usually have all the coolers in the windows by now.  B only put the living room one in and then our son or daughter will have to do the rest when B is in the hospital. But it looks like it’s going to stay cool all the way to Memorial Day. Our yard does look it’s best this time of year with all the roses, and perennials blooming.

A couple of projects are done. One was to paint the french doors( that we got free many years ago) Behr’s Ultra White. The hardest part was taping all the squares. Still, after 2 coats it looks fresh and clean. I must have painted one set before as the second coat on that set looks better than the other doors. But after 2 coats I was done.

Next year I can do a fresh up. Then B fixed one of the sunroom windows that actually is on a hinge to open for circulation. But it had some water damage and didn’t open so he took it off and rehung it.  Cool!!

We also touched up the bathroom paint and it looks good enough I can hold off painting the whole thing till next year.  In the past, I’ve tried to paint each room or a few rooms on rotation.  But not this year.  One thing though, going to a whole house inside color ( Benjamin Moores Simple white has been great.

Today B has a CT scan of his sinuses that they forgot to do in the last CT scan.( ah really?? forgot??? Then we have a load to take to the food bank.

And we’re on count down to Friday:(

Happy Mother’s Day

I hope for all mothers out there, the best day it can be!!

Being a mom has been the best thing that has happened to me in my life. I had my children later than many (33, and 42) but each one was a gift and I loved almost every minute. (I’m sure there have been a few minutes that I wanted to scream!)

But overall, it has been wonderful and I have two really wonderful children that are smart, kind, and really talented!!

Friday things

So we are ready to go. B signed the consent forms yesterday and admission is next Friday. That’s only one week away. After listening for 45 minutes of every terrible thing that could go wrong we signed.

He will go in at 9am admissions, have a main line put in or a pic line. At this point, it looks like a pic line since his platelets still have not gone over 50. They hover in the ’20s and then drop into the low teens and that is too low for surgery for the mainline catheter.

Then Friday is D -5 for chemo, down to Day 0 which is transplant.  The chemo is supposed to be well tolerated but since I had melphalan  I’m not too sure I agree with that. There are two other chemos involved as well.

So, it begins. Probably the recovery will be the worst part with fatigue and the constant threat of graft vs host disease.

We stopped in the co-op for a quick shop and it was slightly more expensive than I’m used to I may have to use it to buy the things that are better priced such as bulk items. We did have a lovely lunch though and got to relax before heading over to UCD med center.

We got in another co-pay bill for $1680 that’s for all his transfusions. I’ll call this morning to make arrangements for payments. We paid off one and so with this one we’ll have two. All together that will use @ $4500 of the GFM but I’m stretching it out. Actually, I think it’s more like $5000 but still, over time it’s doable. ( As long as too much more doesn’t show up.) But we still have the transplant co-pay which is still unknown but we know it’s about $6000.

Well, I’m just not going to worry about it now.

Today, I’m off to get my labs for my Thyroid as I’m overdue. Then to pick up my new glasses that hopefully have been corrected. From there I may hit the gym and I need to go to the bank.  Yesterday was super long and so I usually drag the next day.

I’m hoping to not go anywhere tomorrow or Sunday and I’m willing to give up my Sunday workout just to stay home. I’ll be driving to Sacramento almost every day starting next week.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_374.jpg This our Cecil Brunner rose all out for Mothers day!!

 

I’m officially ‘old’!

I received my Medicare card which now reflects Part A and Part B.

I had gone into the SS office ( because you have to go in, in order to show them the official letter from HR that shows you have been covered by your spouse’s employer) and then you don’t have the penalty.

So then I called AARP and signed up for their Part F because I want the most coverage and Plan F is the most comprehensive. I also signed up for the Walgreens RX for my prescriptions. Since I have been on what they call Tier 5 drugs in the past I want sure what to do. But after talking with the person we decided to go with this one as the 3 prescriptions I have are low cost. If I ever need to go back on Revlimid let’s say, I would just have to accept the initial cost and then it would go to catastrophic since it’s so expensive. I doubt that would be the way my doctor goes as we have discussed when I relapse, I’ll go back on Velcade which is given at the infusion center and therefore covered by Part B of Medicare.

I’m still a little nervous about it all and haven’t gotten the paperwork yet from AARP but I should soon.

Next, I need to sign up for the AARP Delta dental so I can continue with the dentist practice I’ve had for almost 40 years. I cannot understand why Medicare does not include a dental part. It seems so odd to me that under my husband’s group plan everything (almost) was covered.

Anyway, I feel good I finally figured it out and now I’m officially ‘old”…..

Simple Sunday

Well, it has been a good week overall.

We are very fortunate that someone is going to lend us an RV so we can park at the Kiwanis house after B is released from the hospital. We are very grateful as it is a beautiful RV.  So at least that part of everything is set up. Plus it keeps us out of a hotel and that is great.

We will need to buy a few things as we don’t want to impact the owner’s stuff too much. We’re thinking our own sheets and some outside lawn chairs.

B’s CT scan was all good except for some more bladder stuff but he went and had a urine test and that was all good so who knows what that is. So all the tests are good.

We meet the transplant doctor this week to finalize everything. I think I’ll go to the coop first and then we can meet the doctor.

Our weather has been beautiful and continues to be so.

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May is really one of the loveliest months here in Northern California.

We’re out early again today for B to get platelets. I went to the gym and now I’m at Flour Garden writing this and drinking a coffee. When we get home I’m planning on starting the kitchen zone and do a few things maybe not all the kitchen zone. It’s also sheet day.

I finished reading the Madame chic books( the first 2) and I enjoyed them. I don’t think they’re for everyone and some people probably wouldn’t like them at all. I liked the inside look at Paris and the culture. I’ve been trying to find them at the used bookstore for about 5 years with no luck so I finally bought them off amazon.

Next Sunday is Mother’s day which I always get breakfast made. But we’re also going to celebrate our son’s graduation from CSU Sacramento and our daughters birthday since B will be in the hospital for both. We’re giving Z money and S will get a new Kindle that she wanted.

Dinner is street tacos since it’s Cinco de Mayo!! Plus some guacamole.