What a week!
The colonoscopy went fine although there were polyps so I will need to do another in 3 years? 5? not sure, as I haven’t gotten a message from the doctor yet. Oh well, the best-laid plans of mice and men:(
Now I’m feeling under the weather. I think my body just saying enough already and to rest. On top of the 2 days of jury duty last Thursday and Friday, then the colonoscopy prep on Monday and then out the door Tuesday at 6:30 am, all a bit much for me. So today I’m just going to take it easy and drink lots of lemon water.
I am going to make marmalade although no one locally has Seville oranges. I’d probably need to go to Whole Foods down the hill and I’m not doing that.
The budget is set for February and I did take cash for groceries for the week. I’m going to budget $125 a week. I went to Target yesterday and bought slice cheese and a few other things but other than that haven’t spent any extra money.
We were thinking of going to the coast but now it looks like it’s going to be a little too cool so probably not. Cool is around 50degrees.
This was one of my Christmas presents as I’ve always wanted a French candle. Clearly not frugal but lovely. Would I get another, No! It had a lovely fragrance but the cost didn’t really justify that. Well, now it’s a pen holder. I also have always wanted a Jo Malone orange blossom candle. it’s in the same price range so probably not.
I have an appointment for my labs tomorrow. Oh, joy another test. Probably not good news so, WTF, right?
Whew, jury duty was brutal. We ended up a hung jury as one juror was deadlocked. I at first was on the not guilty side and then after reviewing all the evidence went with a guilty verdict. But it didn’t change the outcome as a mistrial was declared. Not sure how the lawyers proceed but that’s not my worry. I was completely wiped out by the end.
It’s raining here quite hard so no walk today. The Frogg Toggs I got for Christmas needs to be returned as they don’t fit quite right. So no walking today unless it lets up( just checked weather and no letting up).
I’m planning on going to the gym today as tomorrow is my prep day for the dreaded colonoscopy. I’m sure I’ll get thru as I’ve clearly been thru worst.
I need to get my labs done this week too and think I’ll plan on Thursday. I see my doctor in February(middle) so there’s time but I like to know my results before. If it continues as it has been my rise should be around 11 points taking me to @ 65mg/L Kappa light chains. The ratio will probably go up to. I actually feel ok but Myeloma is tricky that way and that’s why some people don’t get diagnosed till a fracture like I did. Well, no sense worrying about that now.
Yesterday I made lovely baked potato soup. It came out great. I used the Vitamix to blend and it came out very smooth. Tonight I’m making breakfast for dinner to keep it light. Just scrambled eggs, maybe pancakes and/ or toast. I might do some of Adelle’s chicken sausage as I need to use that up.
I wonder why some people stop blogging. I follow some great bloggers in the UK and in Wales. When I clicked on the blogs they follow most of them no longer blog. They seemed quite successful and nicely laid out so one wonders did a life event or spam stop them cold in their tracks. I think blogs evolve because you change and so does your world. Children grow up, some people have illnesses, etc. Anyway, just some random thinking.
Yesterday, I made it to the gym and it was not crazy busy but still somewhat busy. The 10am slot must be the busiest since most people are out and about plus there are 2 classes still going on at that time. I like to go around 10:15 am but I may bump it out to 11 am as most people are leaving then. ( another random thought)
Today I’m home doing some house things and cooking. I have 12 large potatoes in the oven to make double stuffed potatoes. This will make about 9 halves that I can freeze for easy dinners. Then later I plan on making a turkey roast and will have one or two of the baked potatoes with that. Earlier this week I made Maine Baked beans from Mavis over at 100 dollars a month
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the recipe again so maybe it’s in an old post.
Basically, you have to soak the navy beans overnight and then cook for an hour or two before putting in the oven. I only did an hour and it really did need another one. But then you bake in a dutch oven for @ 6 hours. It really was delicious. It’s not an easy on the table meal but great for a rainy weekend. I like her recipe since it didn’t add bacon which the veggie can’t have. But I added Adelle’s chicken sausage on the side.
Tomorrow I have the jury deliberations. I’m on the fence with it so I guess I’ll hear what other people say. I hope we’re out by noon.
other random things…
I checked the Cobra and the medical was canceled so that’s good. I still need to call and find out how we get a card so we can use the Vision and Dental?? Always something to call and check on.
We also made the decision to postpone Yosemite with the Norovirus so maybe we’ll try again in March.
It’s still cloudy and chilly here in Northern California. There was a big storm that came thru Wednesday and Thursday with I 80 getting closed due to spin-outs. The temperatures are supposed to go into the mid50’s and low 60’s next week so that’s better.
When it’s this chilly which is all relative, I don’t wander around outside much but I’ve decided to start doing at least 15 min outside even if it’s just raking.
Of course, I walk most mornings very early and it’s quite freezing. Literally 32 degrees, but somehow that’s just my MO.
I’ve had jury duty this week and I go one day next week. It’s all quite interesting but for me, with my IBS, I get quite nervous about bathroom access. I did fine because I didn’t eat in the morning. I’m keeping track of what I’m eating to see what, if any, pattern there is. Plus I am somewhat claustrophobic so being confined to the jury room is a little stressful. But I made it along with 12 others.
I’m definitely not used to being out all day and that was very stressful. My daughter made dinner both nights so that was nice.
I canceled the medical part of the Cobra so hopefully, that went thru as you do it by email. It takes up to 7 business days to reflect so I’ll be checking the online site. We did request to keep the dental and vision at least until I get that covered by something else. What do other people do? Is it AARP that has a separate dental plan and what about vision?
B was also able to get the very last of his 2019 SDI because we had the doctor say he was still disabled. It wasn’t a lot but it will certainly help.
We went to Costco and did some grocery shopping and filled the car up with Costco gas.
I read that there has been a norovirus at Yosemite from mainly people eating at the Ahwahnee so now we are decided to probably not go since we cannot even risk B getting something like that as it could activater his GvsH. we have some time to think about it but there are other places we can go. We’ll see…..
I didn’t get to the gym today so I will go tomorrow.
We lost another chicken yesterday. It was one of our black and white ones. I looked all over for feathers but nada. I’m guessing it was the fox since he’s coming nightly to try and get compost( it’s closed). But foxes do hunt in the day. It always makes me sad to lose one. Now there are only 4. We aren’t planning on getting chickens this year but maybe next. I think we all need a break from the daily chicken routine. But I do love having chickens though and they eat bugs and keep snakes away. Still, the morning and night routines do get old and we have to lock them up as the raccoons would get in their pen.
I’m still checking daily on jury duty but there are 2 more days and last time I did get called on Friday which was weird.
There’s still a lot of uncertainty with things financially and with B finally giving his resignation. We think now that the long term disability we were counting on for the next 5 months won’t happen since he will be retired from UNFI. He’s still medically unable to work but because he will have left UNFI by Feb 1st we think they will say that’s that then. Has anyone had this happen or been in a similar situation and still was able to get the long term disability? Hartford has tried everything not to pay and succeeded so I’m guessing they will win on this one too.
Some good news is though Merck, the drug company, approved B getting the Tier 5 drug Noxafil for free. That would have been an initial $2000 approx for the first month. I think it was @ 1750 or around that. So that is great news.
With that being resolved we can now drop the Cobra and just do Medicare and supplementals. It’s kinda scary giving up the Cobra but really it’s been a royal PITA. Especially the prescription part. The one thing I need to check is if we can keep the Cobra for just the dental and vision. Before with the other provider, we could but as of January 1st, the provider changed. Actually, that’s when the issues with the prescription part started happening.
So still lots of things up in the air.
Well, let me say right off the bat, today is not that simple and yesterday was a crisis.
Everything was fine until B put clothes in the dryer and then there was a loud pop. In the house, all the lights, appliances, space heaters were flashing. It wasn’t good.
My daughter ran out to make sure B wasn’t electrocuted and to turn off the power. He went to the main switch and turned off the laundry room but the house was still blinking everywhere. He turned off the main power to the house. All the power protector surges were fried. In fact, the one in my office area was smoking and melted.
THIS WAS NOT A GOOD SIGN. My daughter thought maybe it was something in our wiring but I didn’t think so.
After regrouping, he called PGE and in about an hour the repairman showed up. After checking lines to the house, he determined the main power line had come loose and caused the surges. He fixed it.
We lost the dryer, one space heater, the radio/record player and I think that’s it. Fortunately, we didn’t lose the TV, refrigerator, etc.
So today, we have to go buy a dryer and install it. Actually, I think B is going to take our son and go to Lowes. I ordered online so it’s just a matter of picking up at Will Call.( I hope)!!!
So now to a Simple Sunday.
- we have a nice chicken and wild rice soup for dinner plus a lentil soup for the veggie:)
- I’m going to the gym and do some weights and treadmill
- tidy the house and do the bathroom zone( Flylady zone for the week)
- read, read, read…..I’ve read about 6 books in the last 3 weeks. This one is the new one in The Girl with the dragon tattoo series. The writer who took over is quite good. I also read the new Jack Reacher, Blue Moon, the new Anne Hillerman, The Tale Teller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, ( very sad but truly excellent), James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty, also superb and shocking stuff about Trump( what an idiot). I also read a couple MC Beaton’s Agatha Raison books.
- walked this morning at 6:30 am and there was a nice, big moon.
This week I am on call for jury duty. I checked Friday and it said to check again. I really hope I get passed on.
We left for Chico around 9:30 am. It was drizzling here but by the time we were heading up Hwy 99, the skies were clearing. A nice drive up.
We made good time and arrived just when I thought we would in time for lunch.
We had soup and a sandwich at the Tin Roof bakery and it was, as always, yummy. I bought a loaf of their delicious sourdough to bring home. Then we cruised the upscale Salvation Army and then walked into downtown Chico. I was hoping to buy some closed in Birkenstocks but they didn’t have the soft sole in the style I wanted. We checked out the bookstore too.
One fun thing we did was walk around CSU chico, which was empty since it’s Winter break. Then we went into the Chico museum and had a lovely walk around.
We checked into our room around 2 pm and relaxed. Around 4 we went down to the bar and had chardonnay wine and had a nice time just chatting about stuff.
We headed to the Red Tavern for our dinner reservations around 5:30. It’s a cozy place and fancy but not super fancy. Just right.
I had the Prix fix dinner of chicken scallopini, salad, and desert. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a good vegetarian option except for quinoa something so B had a lovely mushroom soup and a house salad with bread. All in all really terrific.
The next morning we had a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel although I thought it was free. We had a voucher so we ended up paying an additional $12. I guess that’s pretty cheap for two breakfasts. Then we headed over to the Trader Joes since I thought it would be clever to do my weekly shopping there. I didn’t get everything I needed like some meat but other than that it was good.
Neither one of us wanted anything to eat so we headed out and took the more country way back home. Tons of migrating birds in the rice fields. This is where Lundberg Farms has many of their rice fields. If you know the brand, then that’s where some of the rice comes from.