It really was a wonderful year with my remission still present. It’s been now, 2 1/2 years since my last Velcade treatment. I’m cautiously optimistic about my numbers in the next 6 months or at least I know that in the past my numbers don’t just skyrocket so that is reassuring. If something starts changing I will have months to prepare mentally and emotionally.
We had numerous wonderful trips.
Our annual Lake Tahoe trip was just wonderful in September. Going up to the north coast with B for work was also nice. We hit Santa Barbara back in the very beginning of the year too. I do love Santa Barbara to visit.
My sister had a rough year with her cancer treatment but is now cleared and is doing well. She, of course, couldn’t visit this year and we did miss her.
My daughter was promoted to full-time Youth Services Librarian so we are very proud.
Our son is in his last year and now last semester of college and is working very hard. He was traveling to Sac State from here 4 days a week and that is over an hour commute when the traffic is good. We’re proud of him for being so diligent.
Then the world crashed down on November 19 with B being diagnosed ( after the 19th, more like Dec 1) with MDS high risk. What a shock and it has sent us spiraling into the world of doctors again. For people like us, who rarely see a doctor unless it’s needed it’s all very weird. Of course, I do my routing labs etc, but on the whole, it has never been something we do because we’ve always been so healthy. This has been a shock, to say the least.
The future seems uncertain and we must just go forward bravely.
What else can you do??
While we were camping we went thru the tent trailer an got rid of all the weird kitchen stuff I had in there. A whole box worth. I mean really, am I going to use a vegetable peeler while camping?? Plus, we took out a box of dishes as we really only use the same 2 over and over. We probably eliminated 3 boxes of stuff including some clothes that were for “just in case’. That was really great to do. It’s all dropped off at the Goodwill and I didn’t even go back thru to see whether I wanted it in the house.
I started making some homemade bread again. I used the Zojirushi to make the dough and then bake in my bread pan. My daughter got me a fancy new bread knife for my birthday so I had to make bread. It was amazing to cut the bread. It sliced thru like soft butter. It always surprises me how having a good tool for cooking or like a sharp knife makes cooking so much better. I don’t use a lot of fancy tools but what I have does make the job of cooking so much better.
Recently, I got rid of our rice maker and started using my Le Creuset. Organic long grain white rice takes only 18 minutes and then let sit for 15 minutes. It’s actually quicker than the rice maker. So one less bulky thing in the kitchen.
Yesterday i cleaned out more pantry stuff. I have a good size bag to give to the food bank.
I had my labs Monday but no results yet so I’m guessing he’s out of town. That’s the only time when my esults get delayed. I’ll wait till Thursday then I’ll call his nurse.
Today I’m washing the white couch covers as this week is the living room zone. I also need to do the outside window as I do these quarterly.
The garden is done and I am done with canning tomatoes. There are still some apples but they can wait. Last night we had butternut squash soup with our very own butternut squash. I also made a spaghetti squash and had that with butter and sage.
An old friend from my ‘metaphysical’years got a hold of me last week. It was nice to reconnect. Her sister had just died and I think it caused her to do some thinking about times gone by. We plan on getting together in a few weeks. She lives in Reno so not too far away. I will drive up for lunch!!
It is really beautiful here. Lovely low 70’s during the day and chilly at night @35.
Fortunately, we have a heater plus we’re having fires in the evening(when it’s not windy) and the morning.
The’old folks at the beach!!
Our morning walk to the beach!!!
Last night we had our first Lodge dinner. Baked potatoes. The night before it was a red flag warning so we couldn’t do even a fire. The potatoes take a while @ 1 1/2 hours. But so cool, just pop them in and add some water.
Today, we’re going up to B’s gym and I’ll pay to be a guest. I need to do a workout.
Then we’re either going out to lunch or back to camp and chill for a while. We thought of taking out the kayaks, but the wind picks up by 11 am so that won’t work today. We’ll do that tomorrow. Yesterday, we had a nice bike ride around the area.
Tonight we’ll probably do spaghetti. Then another Lodge tomorrow.
The campground has really cleared out and people too. We’ve had a few noisy moments but nothing like in the height of the season.
So, we have 2 kayaks on the car, 2 bikes on the car, 3 boxes of firewood, ice chests, clothes, dry foods, and the kitchen sink:)
We take off around 10:30 or so. We need to feed the doggies first, and I have a prescription at the post office. I need to pick up as it requires a signature.
It takes almost 2 hours with the tent trailer and weight to get to South Lake Tahoe.
And they don’t really want you checking in before 12 noon. Even when we get there they can be a little snippy. But only once before did we have to wait.
B picked up Bob Woodward’s new book’ Fear’ for me at Costco so I will start that today. I’ve been holding off till we get up there.
I’m planning to use the lodge tonight, but we’ll see.
I went to the Placer co Superior Court this week and got the papers to legally change my name to my name( ha, Ha). It’s a bit of a process and after filling out the forms which I will do after we get back, then I need to have the legal name change in the paper for 4 consecutive weeks. I did email the jerk in NY but haven’t heard back. I want to confirm that this will release a certified birth certificate in the new order, which will be Christina Roxanne. So we shall see. I checked the passport requirements, and it does say certified BC. B thought I should just try with my old copy but I’m not sure that would fly with them as it is a very detailed procedure. That is the reason I’m doing any of this is for the passport in case we want to go over to British Columbia or on the hopes of Paris one day.
It is a beautiful fall day.
We had a lovely walk in the park this morning and it was quite empty except for our geese friends. The Canada geese babies have all grown up and have flown away. Once in a while, we see them circle around the pond. There are other lakes around here and I imagine they hang out there too.
I made another pie in a tin dish and froze it on the recommendation of blogger Hilary. I just took it out of the oven and it smells and looks amazing so I will try and do at least a couple of pies this way for fall.
I went to Target and got another case of pint jars for the applesauce which I will start tomorrow. I figure I can get most of the one box of apples done. The second box is staring at me already but will have to wait.
We leave for Tahoe on Friday and will be gone a week. It’s a different time to be up there but certainly, most crowds are gone. Evenings will be chilly but we can sit by the fire or inside the tent trailer. Usually, we play scrabble or I read. We are taking the kayaks so we will go out at least 2 times to make it worth bringing them. We might drive down to Sand Harbor( quite a ways back on the lake) and go out from there. Sand Harbor State Beach is where many of the famous shots/pictures of Tahoe are with the big boulders and beautiful blue water.
I’m planning a few Lodge meals and other than that just simple foods. Plus the grocery store is like half a mile away.
Since the tent trailer does not have a shower we’ll go to the gym up there, work out and then shower. My main criteria for a new trailer is a shower/toilet.
I made organic long grain rice for dinner and we’re having burritos with rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce.
The Donner State Park is located in Truckee, Ca. There is a quite large campground with 3 loops. Two are closed right now as the season hasn’t really started. We are in a lovely spot and there is almost no one here camping. The bathrooms are new and the showers look nice. We have another night here and then home. But except the fact that you can hear I -80 it is really nice. I probably wouldn’t want to be here in the high season but still the camp spots are really spaced nicely.
B is actually working and seeing some accounts, so that’s kinda cool. We are in Tahoe City right now and then need to hit the grocery store for some dinner stuff. Also B had traded out for a new propane tank but last night we went to turn on the heater and there was nothing. So we need to stop and have it checked or buy a new one. It’s going to quite chilly tomorrow morning and so we will need some heat.
We also brought the bikes, soI’m going to bike around some this afternoon. We’re heading down to another account in King’s Beach and then going to get some lunch ( I think). We might stop at one of the Lake Tahoe beaches for pebbles. There’s one I remember that had black ones but can’t quite remember where it was.
We leave tomorrow but another day would have been nice to as tomorrow suppose to be 71 degrees.
My sweet daughter, Sachiko, is 33 YO today. Wow, where do the years go? I was her age when I had her so that’s weird. But being a mom to her and my son has been my greatest joy in this lifetime. I loved being a mom thru pregnancy, infancy all the way to now. I’m lucky as both my children are incredibly talented, smart and easy going and we all get along and actually always have even thru the teenage years.
So happy birthday!!
In the garden!! Our yard is full of beautiful flowers all due to her hard work.
Today is a gym day and then we’re going to Safeway to pick up a square of cake. They sell pieces and since we don’t eat a lot of cake, it’ll be just right.
I finished the LR zone and just need to do another vacuum tomorrow.
Tomorrow we’re taking the tent trailer up to the Truckee area to try camping at Donner Lake. We’ve actually never stayed there so I guess we’ll see. I only booked it because there is NOTHING else anywhere. But it should be okay at least to check out. B will work his stores up there and then come back to camp with me. We’ll probably go over to Lake Tahoe Thursday which is a 15-minute drive from Truckee. I’m not planning any Lodge meals, just going to wing it. There is a Safeway in Truckee so that may be where dinner comes from.
Still haven’t gotten my lab results in paper form but I’ll e-message again tomorrow if I don’t get a message. Since I know the results, I’m not worried but I do keep a paper copy of my labs to compare.
Well, off to do something.