Spring time busy.

There’s lots going on in the gardens and the yard. Flowers are blooming and all three lilac trees are in full bloom. This has been a really good year for flowering trees. Out Cherry trees maintained their blossoms for weeks which was unusual. Now the lilacs are in full swing and very full. The white roses are just starting to bud and a few have flowers. The Cecil Brunner looks to be ready to explode with pink blossoms.

Today I plan on applying the redwood stain to the new fencing. I’m going to use a small roller so I think it will go quickly but I’m not sure how much/far the gallon will go. It certainly wasn’t cheap at $58 a gallon. The garden shed is nearing completion and I have bought the same house paint to paint that. I’m still not thrilled with the way it’s positioned but done is done. We still need to get some roofing to finish the shingles. We had some left over when we had the roof re -done so we just need to get 2-3 more bundles.

The weather is stellar right now with this afternoon being @ 80 degrees. I plan on BBQ some chicken and tofu.

I need to write up my monthly menu and check the freezer. I know I’ve used up quite a bit and when we were in New Brighton my daughter also used up lots of frozen things so that’s good and I can write a list of what needs to be replaced.

After my doctor visit yesterday, which went fine, I stopped at Trader Joe’s in Roseville. I bought some bread things,bagels,pita bread, sandwich bread, some veggies, some frozen things too. TJ’s is great for snacks like sesame sticks so I got a nice variety.

The doctor visit was fine. He said to lower my Dex( from 16 to 12 mg) so it’s maybe not so intense. That’ll be nice. He also said we’ll just wait and see about Round 6. I think if the Dex is more tolerable he’ll go for round 6. I guess we’ll see. All my numbers were still great and my ratio even went down to 1.3 since Lambda went up slightly. So I’m pleased and plus I feel pretty good overall. I do feel pretty lucky that the cancer is being wiped out by Velcade. Unfortunately, there are always rogue cells left behind and that’s why relapse is inevitable. But that’s not now and I refuse to think about something in the future I have no control over.

Friday Things and back from Capitola!

We had a great trip to New Brighton State Beach.

The weather was picture perfect too. Lots of sun and temperatures in the high 60’s and low 70’s.

The ride down took about 4 hours and the only real traffic was near Los Gatos going over Hwy 17.

We thought it an accident but turned out just tons of people going to Santa Cruz. All in all a nice drive down. We got there and set up in out spot.

We did both realize that we really are going to have to get a new/used trailer as this one has seen better days. But we do still love it and it has taken us lots of places. At New Brighton, there are showers and bathrooms so a tent trailer works fine.

The view from the upper cliffs in the campground.

We had lots of good food. The first night was beans, macaroni salad and hot dogs. The next night we had BBQ chicken/tofu, twice baked potatoes from Gayles and salad. We had a pizza night order but it was terrible. Do NOT go to Village Pizza in Capitola. The last night we had bean tacos with trimmings. A lodge dinner would have been fun but I hadn’t really planned it out.

Another view from the bluffs.

Tuesday we drove over to Santa Cruz and walked the lighthouse trail.

This where the surfers go in the water to catch waves.

Nope, not a surfer:)

Gayles was great and I bought a bunch of treats to bring home including a loaf of their Capitola Sourdough sandwich bread. Delicious.

Today is my last shot of this round. Velcade Round 4, shot 3. I plan on putting together a falafel dinner so my son can cook that up later. I’ll take Dex after lunch.

The weekend will be low profile as I’ll be out of it tomorrow. Sunday I’ll do my Flylady chores.

Simple Sunday and Not much happening post.

Beautiful weather going on in Northern CA right now. We hit 72 degrees yesterday. Just lovely.

Our Japanese maples are all leafing out but not the oaks. Too early for them.

Today, I plan on painting the board for the shelf as the bracketts showed up yesterday. It’ll take at least 2 coats of paint. I haven’t started the entry way yet but did do the trim the other day. Maybe tomorrow.

This is my week off from Velcade but I still need to go to Sacramento to see the doctor. My labs should be there by Wednesday. I’m still guessing that we do Round 4 and 5 and skip 6. At that point, it may not be relevant to do another round. Since I’m not a doctor, I’ll leave that up to him.

I put out my vintage Easter cards and a few little ceramic chicks I have. I’ve got rid of most seasonal decor but do keep a few little things. Of course, we don’t celebrate Easter anyway but the decorations can be cute!

This week is the Living room zone for Flylady so I’ll do a tidy up there later. As the title of the post suggests, not much going on here although B is knee(shoulder?) something deep trying to get the garden shed put together. It looks like a giant jigsaw puzzle to me and definitely not my thing. I’d give up in a second and hire someone.

We had a huge cobb type salad for dinner last night and tonight I plan on another big salad with a piece of Ahi tuna grilled. I don’t think I’ll fire up the Weber since the Ahi would only take a few minutes on each side. So ,not worth the charcoals. I bought some feta so I think I’ll make a spanakopita this week too. In one of the Ina Garten books I saw a recipe looked good. In my monthly rotation I keep 2 slots open for a new recipe. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. I also saw a recipe for Spanish tortilla which is not a tortilla but thin potato slices then a layer of chorizo( I was going to use soy chorizo) and then beaten eggs and I think cheese was in there too. It was a NYT recipe.

Velcade, Round 3, shot #3.

So this finishes Round 3 and I get labs tomorrow so I should know by next Wednesday how it all looks. I will start Round 4 April 7th.

It was a quick trip down to Rocklin. All went smooth and I got my shot and was out by 10:15. I’m having some eye issues like I did before with watering eyes and getting some styes. I have an ophthalmic prescription ointment but it’s 6 years old at least. the nurse said still use it but it may not have quite the efficacy. Then get Dr. L to prescribe a new one. It is interesting how you ‘forget’ certain things with chemo and then it’s like ” wait , didn’t this happen before”.?

I decided to stop at the Humane society bookstore in Auburn and was glad I did.

Everyone has to wear a mask and everyone did.It was somewhat busy but I found a good stack of cookbooks to read and then more of the Sue Grafton. They actually had an ‘A is for Alibi”, her first, which is pretty hard to find. It was only released in paperback. So I’m set for books for a while.

I’ve actually read ‘Bella Tuscany’ a few times but it is a great location book about Tuscany, which I’m sure I will never see in my lifetime. And I have read the Berg book too. I really always enjoyed her writing.

Today is a no walk Dex day as I end up having shortness of breath so I’m going to lay low and read. I still need to get out my monthly menu planner sheet and start April.

Simple Sunday

We finished painting the kitchen in the semi gloss Benjamin Moore, Simply White. I thought it had been semi gloss before but it must have just been eggshell. For our kitchen semi gloss is best as our stove hood is not the best and grease does get on surfaces. Even doing the once a month kitchen zone when I wipe all the shelves it still builds up. So that was a good choice. We’re going to add another shelf to the one wall and I just ordered the bracketts. They’re not cheap as they are hand forged but they are nice looking. Then I will put my 1 gallon Ball jars there. Things are still disorganized as a couple of shelves are still drying so I can’t put stuff back yet. But tomorrow I will.

We’re headed for a very nice week so I’m planning on a few BBQ meals on the new Weber. Since I’m doing the freezer challenge, I’ll plan on burgers and chicken at least once. I need to work on the monthly menu plan for April too.

I plan on having labs next Friday since I see my doctor on the following Wednesday. The light chain tests take 3 days minimum so I need to do it earlier than I normally do( which is Mondays). Then April will start Round 4.

B and my daughter haven’t started building the garden shed yet so that will probably be the project for this week. Mavis over at ‘one hundred dollars a month’ blog was writing about what containers to use for gardening and she mentioned the big galvanized bins. A couple of people said they work great and there’s less bending involved. I thought I’d check out how much they are. Most of our raised beds are 2×12 boards and they do break down eventually.

Flylady zone is the bedroom. I’ll do that tomorrow.

This looking down the driveway from the barn. Our neighbors now have their tent trailer up there. The sunroom is where we have our 4pm wine and cheese and listen to jazz or NPR.

Velcade, round 3, shot #1 or #7 depending on how you’re counting.

It was raining quite a bit driving down to Rocklin.

I needed to have a blood draw as they want CMP and CBC every 2 weeks. So that was fine and then I had my shot. I shared the good news with the nurse that Velvade has dropped my kappa light chains dramatically.

It was still sprinkling on the way home but i wanted to top at the Ace in Auburn as they apparently had the eggshell finish the other Ace did not. So I got 2 gallons of that and then wanted the high gloss in a quart and she said they don’t carry that one. I’m thinking to myself, this is the third Ace I’ve been to and they all have a different story. They are independently owned but sheesh. Get it together. So now I have to go back to the original Ace out at Lake of the PInes and hoe they still have the high gloss. Well, that will have to wait till after dex days.

Here’s a shot my husband took of the living room/dining area getting the paint over. We still need to do the TV wall and that means moving that stuff out so it’ll be another day or so. It looks great though!! I’d like to replace the ceiling fan with a lower profile one eventually.

Today is just do basics day although I do have my Tartine sourdough ready to go in the oven. I started my starter 2 days ago so today will be bake day.

We didnt walk this morning( my decision) because on the morning after Dex I have a lot of shortness of breath walking so I figured I’d skip and maybe walk on our no-walk day which is Monday. We’ll see. It may just be a pass day.

There was a sprinkling of snow yesterday and the yard has still some on it. If I can get a picture soon I’ll post it.

Tonight is my son’s turn to cook since it’s a dex day and I must stay away from sharp objects:)

I know I have some meals I need to do in the next few days including an egg dinner as we are now getting 10 eggs a day from the girls. I’ll either do a frittata or some other baked egg dish. Then I have zucchini I bought to make another Tucson stew with. I may even skip pizza night and do that instead.

Here’s another angle of the front room. B did around the other window wall so that’s done now too.

Friday things…

I’m using up the dex energy to paint trim and the french door in the bedroom. Most of it done. I’m planning on painting the window trim as well and got most of one window done. I’ll do the rest tomorrow.

I’ve got the pizza dough in the bowl doing a first rise and then I’ll put it in the fridge till later.

I’ve been very frustrated about not getting ANY camping spots at all. It seems everyone in the universe now want to go camping. I’m in reserve america at 6:55 am and clicking reserve right up to 7 when it opens up and POOF they are ALL gone. I’m guessing people with faster modems or computers are just beating my Mac. Well, we might not be getting to Tahoe again this summer except for day trips.

I did order the garden shed from Costco at $999. It will be at least 3-5 weeks before delivery so that’s into April I’m guessing. I think it will be most useful.

My labs came back AMAZING. Get this. After one round of Velcade my kappa light chains went from 660.6 to 45.6. Ratio went from 60.1 to 3.65. Even my Dr was impressed. So this cycle who know but it is good news that the myeloma cells do not like VELCADE!!! I know it probably won’t always be this hopeful but for now it is and that’s all we really have in the end anyway, is this day and this moment.

Velcade, Round 2, shot #3 or 6 depending on how you look at it.

The ride down to Rocklin was uneventful. It’s a bit windy here and there but temps still nice.

They had tried to call me about needing labs but I had blocked their number by accident so I didn’t get it but it was fine. They just took blood and did the labs there. At least I don’t hve to go in Monday then for that.

On the way home I stopped at Flour Garden Bakery and bought some bagels to bring home. We haven’t been in for ages and it was nice to see them busy. Only patio setting but still good their still in business. We started going to FG in the early 1980’s when it was just a tiny shop. After Sachi was born in 1985, many of us ‘new parents’ had coffee and bagels there. Funny note: Sachi would ( eventually) have a sliver of bagel with a whole pat of butter. She loved the butter.:)

Speaking of which, she is making dinner of spaghetti and meatballs with a broccoli salad.

Anyway, all is good. The dex is starting to hit so I’m off for now.

Velcade, Round 2, shot #1 or 4 depending on how you look at it.

Today is back to the Wednesday shots and then home to take Dex. This is shot #1 for round 2 or shot #4 if you’re counting total. Don’t think it matters really.

It was a nice drive down with sun and no rain yet. I was in and out in 20 minutes. My CBC and CMP came back fine but haven’t seen the other 2 and that will be Friday. So we’ll see.

Tonight I have dinner planned as I made some pintos yesterday and we have some brown rice left over. So we’ll have that with some avocado and pico de gallo.

Kitchen zone

This was a busy weekend with starting the painting.

I did the area in front of our small bathroom and the book shelves. I’m waiting to put the books back for 24 hours till I’m sure they are quite dry. This morning I did the french door to the bedroom and that’s it.

I usually do most of the zone on Sundays but since painting was involved I didn’t get to it till this morning. It wasn’t the most thorough I’ve ever done but perfectly fine for a zone cleaning. The last thing I want to do with this zone is clean out my wine crate pantry boxes and wipe them and restock. I’ll probably to that tomorrow.

First this morning I had to go get my labs for Wednesday’s shot. He added in the IgG test which can be a myeloma indicator. Last time it came back normal so that’s good. Then my covid shot is Friday so I’ll have a day to recuperate and mostly get thru the dex.

I bought a new cookbook. Mark Bittman’s ‘Dinner for Everyone”. It seems pretty good with each recipe having an easy adaptation, a vegan one, and then a fancy one. I may try something tonight as I try and do 2-3 new recipes in my monthly menu plan.

We’re heading into some very wintery weather by Friday. Rain and lots of snow in the Sierras. We still need so no complaining.