Simple Sunday

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday it was 93 and hot. Today it is overcast and 70. We even had a sprinkling of rain. How cool is that and we really need it.

I had a good walk this morning and almost no one was there except the one runner who happened to be walking. At first, I didn’t recognize her not running, and then on my second round I said” oh you’re not running, I didn’t recognize you”. She laughed. So all in all a nice walk.

I had a bit of a setback yesterday from doing the weights on Thursday. I guess the lactic acid build-up or exercise flu hit me pretty hard. I felt pretty lousy all day and figured out it must have been the weights even though I hardly did more than 20 minutes. So when I go next, I’ll need to hydrate and do less. I’m very careful with anything I do physically but I guess it was more than my body could handle. The last time I did weights at the gym was February of 2020 right at the beginning of all the lockdowns. So perhaps even the small reps were too much. I guess there will be an adjustment period.

Today I’ll do the bathroom zone and quick house tidy. Mostly just putting things back where they belong. Since I didn’t feel like eating much yesterday my daughter put together some ravioli and salad. I’m not sure what I’ll do tonight as I still don’t feel like food much. Maybe breakfast for dinner.

I started reading ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman and geez, wow, If you haven’t read go buy it, get it from the library. It is brilliant. Tragic, but brilliant. I’m not sure what the ‘banned book’ thing is about as the story is about his father in Nazi Germany and how he survived in Poland and then eventually was betrayed and was sent to Auschwitz. Maybe the White Supremacists don’t want the truth out there. ( I just looked up the banned book deal. Apparently, it Tennessee that banned because of language(damn) and nudity( I guess the naked men when they were stripped in the concentration camps). WTF, those horrors and so much more beyond our comprehension happened. The world CANNOT forget what Hitler did and was doing to eradicate and entire race of people.

I went to the farm stand Friday and picked up some early zucchini, radishes, lettuce, spinach, and some delicious peaches.

All good news with my labs. No increase and staying almost where they were right above high normal. So I made it to my goal which was to stay out of treatment for a year. Everything else will be icing on the cake. BTW, June 15 is my anniversary of my diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. 17 years later here I am. Hopefully for a while longer.

This coming week should have much cooler temperatures except Wednesday which looks like a 90 degree day.

Frugal Friday

So far, it’s been a frugal week as we haven’t done much. I went into Whole Foods (spent $45.00)yesterday because I thought I could get some Nicoise olives for my Nicoise salad recipe from my Le Creuset cookbook. Alas, the young lady didn’t even know what I was talking about and said she hasn’t ever seen them there. Except I have bought them there before, granted it was probably 2 years ago. So I bought some tiny olives that look similar to Nicoise and they were actually delicious. The salad called for fingerling potatoes and they didn’t have those either so I was batting 0 out of 2. When I came home I boiled some eggs for hardboiled eggs for the salad too. I had bought a piece of Ahi tuna from Trader Joe’s last time I was there so I put that in a bowl of water to defrost. Then my daughter grilled that on the Webber. All in all, it came out quite well.

The reason I was going down to Roseville is my library hold came in. It’s the Maus graphic novel that schools in the south and basically all Republican states want to ban. So I picked that up and a few other books to read. I’m up to 65 books for the year and with the 6 I picked up I’ll be over 70. Not that numbers count as I just always have read a lot.

I also wanted to check out the gym that is next to the library that I can use with my swim membership. So, a year and 3 months later I decided to go in and see the layout. Now with Covid, I probably wouldn’t have gone anyway but now I feel fairly comfortable going in. It was really great and I like that it seemed simple and had the machines I like to use. I did a quick circuit and felt that I will add this in to my weekly workouts.

Other than WF, I don’t think we spent any money. Today I going to the farmstand, that just opened for the season, and get some things for the week. I have cash for that. The only extra expense we have this month is the truck DMV, which I mentioned before. I haven’t paid it yet and will do so towards the end of the month. Other than that everything is covered. There’s not much leftover but that’s ok.

Grateful Wednesday

In the midst of America going gun-crazy and kids killing other kids with AR-15s, I am still grateful in my small world for things.

  • We had a safe travel day to and from Tahoe.
  • We had the finances to pay for gas.
  • I’m grateful to my daughter and son for taking care of things like the garden while we were gone. ( mostly my daughter did all that but Zephyr did make dinner 2 nights.)
  • I can get up and go for a walk and feel good.
  • I can swim for 40 minutes non-stop and that’s a good thing too.
  • Although we still have a mortgage, we can afford it whilst on SS.
  • For now, our health continues to be good with no surprises. ( a break for the time being which I am VERY grateful for).
  • A president that has brought dignity back to the office and doesn’t spend all day tweeting and eating McDonald’s.

Simple Sunday

We’re getting a nice rainfall this morning and it is much needed. We walked with our umbrellas as it was just sprinkling then. Now it’s a steady rain. We were the only ones there and YAY for that. I did see the”one who shall not be named” in the park yesterday as I drove by to go swimming. Ugh. I was looking thru my daily book from last JULY and it was insane how many comments I made about his passive-aggressive behavior. I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that again. Oh well, a lovely walk this morning and that’s what counts.

This coming week I have labs on Monday, swim on Tuesday, some sort of grocery shop on Wednesday and that’s it. I’m thinking of a small shop at Costco as they have the best prices for avocados. I could do Winco after swimming but I don’t need anything specific from there whereas Costco would be the avocados, bagels, a bag of coffee, etc.

The Flylady zone is the kitchen so I’ll start that after I finish the post.

I’m working on cleaning out the freezer of some meals and some bread that needs to be used. Tonight is a frozen cheese lasagna and salad.

While camping I was practicing my embroidery stitches and did the feather stitch on one linen napkin. I really like the Chevron stitch too. Today I’ll pull out another linen napkin and try another stitch. It’s fun and somewhat meditative.

A great week

We packed up Rubi and left the campground around 9:15am. Hooking up Rubi and getting ready to travel takes about 45minutes. B has it down now and it’s just a step-by-step process. Then we headed over to Zephyr Cove RV campground to use the dump station. That went well and we were on our way by 9:40am. The trip around the lake and then down I 80 went smooth and traffic was minimal. We pulled in at noon.

Some pictures;

This is one of the meadows near the campground.

Some of the cool granite boulders. This area was the land of the Washoe Indians and where the name ‘Tahoe’comes from.

Some wildflowers.

This is sunrise over in Desolation Wilderness.

Sunrise over the lake.

Today our weather is cloudy and cooler. We may even get some much needed rain.

Hello from beautiful Nevada Beach in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.

We left home at 9:45am and arrived at 11:50 am. The drive up on I-80 was great. Eastbound traffic was horrendous though for Memorial Day travelers. We really lucked out. Now it’s always a rap shoot whether you can actually go to your reserved spot at a state beach or any campground as technically check-in is 2 pm. But we’ve always been fortunate to have friendly camp hosts who let us in if the spot is empty. Ours was so we were set up in no time. Getting Rubi parked went very easy and unhitched too. Barclay really has it down now and is proficient at it.

This time we’re in the upper loop which is our favorite. The campground is fairly empty I guess because it was very cold here and I think there might have been rain or showers the day before. We don’t have anyone in the spots in front of us so that gives us a small view of Lake Tahoe. It’s just lovely here, the air is bright and clear.

This is from our

walk this morning and looking East toward Emerald Bay. There’s snow on the mountains which we haven’t seen in a while so that’s a good thing.

Here we are on the beach looking quite wind burnt. I guess I better put some sunscreen on today.

Last night I made a delicious Staub dinner with baby potatoes, fennel and garlic plant-based sausage, onions, and then topped with mozzarella cheese. I cooked on low for almost an hour. It was delicious. This morning I plan on making some french toast and the leftover potatoes.

Today we’re only going down to Zephyr Cove to check out where the dump station is and then into Safeway for a few things. I thought I do a foil-wrapped dinner of salmon so I’ll see what they have.

We picked a great time to come up here. I wouldn’t come here in the summer that’s for sure. Too many people everywhere. It can take an hour to get down to the Y in South Lake where now it’ll be maybe 15 minutes at best.

Frugal Friday

It was a frugal week overall. All of June’s bills are in for the month with the exception of the DMV for the truck which is due at the end of June. The DMV seems really high but maybe trucks cost more. We bought the truck a year ago so DMV fees were included and we didn’t probably notice.

This past week was 2 grocery shops. Winco for @ $100 and Costco for @$120. So not too bad. Most of those things will last the month of June and were some pantry refills. I plan on going to the store tomorrow for some camping food things we will need like half and half, some bananas, and at least one salad pack.

We’re leaving Monday and I don’t think were going to hit traffic going up to Tahoe as most of it will be coming down going west. Tahoe itself will probably be busy but we’re not planning on doing anything extra except a lunch out. We also need to go check the dump station in Zephyr Cove as Nevada Beach campground does not have a dump station. We’re only there 4 nights so it shouldn’t be a problem. Still, we will want to use a dump station before coming home.

Other expenses this week were the birthday present for my daughter, stuff from Home Depot, and some things from Amazon. I needed some black-out curtains to hang as the sun is pretty intense in the bedroom and the entryway this time of year. I also bought a Hario pour-over set for Rubi. We usually do the coffee press first thing but then after we walk we’ve felt like a coffee so this will give us 2 cups more. It’s a small pour-over carafe. Hario is supposed to be an excellent product so I’m excited to try it.

Tomorrow is a swim day and I’m hoping the pool is somewhat empty. The other day it was absolutely packed with people even waiting which does not happen very often. I also thought to go check out the gym over by the library for using weights. I’ve seen the building but haven’t gone in and I’m not sure what the set up is but it’s included in my monthly fee so it’s worth checking out.

I don’t have much on the schedule today except work out in the garden shed some. Tonight is pizza night and I think we’ll order one.

Post Script

After 6 months of glorious walking without the AH, he showed up yesterday. I almost fell over:(

So here’s the whole story, I decided a while ago that if he came back, which honestly I didn’t think was going to happen after 6 months, I would make an overture to him. So as he passed by I said ” Hey, Welcome back! Where’ve ya been??” Nicely… So he turns around( he a very dark sunglasses on so I couldn’t see his eyes) and looks at me and says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and then turns and keeps walking. I was floored. I really was totally floored by this. But he was here this morning and we just ignored him and he looked the other way when he saw us. I’m convinced he has some sort of social issue or a mental issue or both.

There. Are. NO. Words.

Well, actually, I have plenty of 4 letter words but the pain of seeing 19 children and 2 teachers murdered in a classroom is just too much. When will it end? How about when some politician’s child is murdered in a classroom or an NRA bastard gets his/her children blown away by an AK rifle. Maybe then. Probably NOT.

Our country is so fucked up. Just keep saying thoughts and prayers but don’t try and at least do something about our gun laws. NO ONE needs an assault rifle. NO. ONE.

So fucked up.

Grateful Monday

I have been thinking about doing a weekly or biweekly blog on Gratitude. Mostly just write down things I’m grateful for.

  1. I’m extremely grateful to have a loving husband and two amazing adult children.
  2. We have a roof over our heads. Even though this house was built in 1949 as a summer cabin we have made it a better place by insulating, changing to energy-efficient windows, and more.
  3. I am so grateful that we both have good health as of right now. Both of us having blood cancer is certainly a weird thing, but we got thru it and now are on the other side for the time being.
  4. The present is truly a present and I’m grateful for the awareness of that.
  5. That I wake up each morning and feel joy. The news is certainly very depressing but when I don’t focus on it I still feel joy in the day.

Simple Sunday

A very pretty morning in the park and no one there but us and the Canada Geese.

Today I plan to do some reorganizing in the pantry, closet, and the Heywood in the kitchen. There’s not a great deal to do but a few things I want to rearrange. The closet( our only closet and my nemesis) is almost where I want it. I don’t want food storage in there anymore just clothes and seasonal things. So I know there’s a bag of coffee to move out and a bag of flour. Otherwise, I’m finally getting the closet to a space that’s not so crowded with EVERYTHING.

B got the patio shade cover up and it’s very nice and really covers the whole area. It’s 13×13 so bigger than most patio shade covers. We had some serious wind the other day and it was well anchored.

This week is quiet with not much going on except the normal things like swimming, walking, some grocery shopping( not much), and just house stuff. I’d like to do a library run maybe Thursday. Next Sunday is my darling daughter’s birthday so I need to ask her(again) what she wants to do. It’s hard to believe she is 37 YO and 37 years ago we were waiting for her to arrive. It was one of the happiest times of my life. I loved being pregnant both times. I did have a miscarriage 2 years after she was born as we were trying to have another baby. I was 16 weeks. That didn’t work out and after that, we just gave up on any infertility treatment. But of course, then the miracle child(my son) showed up 9 years later.

This week is Flylady bedroom zone but I did that this week as I had B move the bed and I vacuumed and cleaned under and around the bed. This week I’d like to change the curtains out to some light fabric but I’m not sure what I have around. I might need to go down for a quick trip to Ikea.