Tidying up!

Yesterday I decided to forego the gym and do some stuff around the house.

First, I pulled off the couch covers and started them in the laundry. Believe me this is workout in it self. Wrangling the cushion covers and then the couch cover it self is not for the faint of heart. IMG_0565.jpeg

Here it is washed ironed and back on the frame. Buying this couch from Ikea was one of the best things we did. I love it!!

I also hung that swag you see above the couch. I teetered  on the couch to get it up. I should have just got the step ladder.

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Here’s the tree. Well the top is cut off in the picture, but you get the idea. I did get rid of quite a few ornaments that I just didn’t want to keep anymore. Even a Christmas Barbie that just isn’t my style. We don’t do any bulb type ornaments, just Hallmark or things we’ve liked. That little straw ornament near the top is from 1971 when B and I went to Nogales and bought ornaments. We still have them.

Here’s a shot of the Hanukkah candles.

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I like the reflection on the wall. Last night was fun and I gave out bubble gum as the gifts. The first night was lots of fun as B got lottery tickets and they had fun scratching away. They actually won $10. and two more tickets.  If you want to do Hanukkah, Target has some nice inexpensive Menorahs. Also, these beeswax candles burn beautifully.

I also made two wreaths for the doors using the grape vine base. I had B go cut some pine boughs down in the woods. I put some red berries from the Heavenly bamboo but then keep falling off so I may go to Micheals and get some artificial ones. I can reuse them next year.

I’m planning on going to the gym today although I’m feeling a little off.

This week we paid our property tax and also I will go pay the DMV on my sons Subaru. So an expensive week. Also, there are going to be some medical bills coming in for B. It looks like the deductible maybe as high as $6000. Geez, I hope not but I haven’t looked at it yet.

Christmas gifts are pretty much done. We did pay for a years subscription to Rosetta stone in French for my son. He says it’s very helpful. So to remind him on Christmas morning I found one of our Tahoe black rocks and used a white marker and wrote Rosetta on it. Kinda cute. And I will put it in a bag for him.

Overall, B is doing great for what is going on. Next week is the specialist and we’re assuming he will do a biopsy in the office. Definitely,, not fun. I’m really hoping he can give us a tentative treatment plan to get things moving along. It’s all the way down in downtown Sacramento, so we will need to leave early as it will commute time.

 

 

 

No Results yet…

So we are incredibly disappointed by the non results. B got a call from the nurse at 4:30 yesterday with the news that the biopsy sample was inadequate. WTF???? The doctor said it was a good marrow sample. So now we’re in limbo again till something else is scheduled.

He will go in for another transfusion as his platelets are very low. So as long as this can stabilize him till the next appt. Right now we have a pretty good idea that it’s MDS but without a biopsy confirming it’s still unknown.

He’s worked from home most of this week so at least that’s good. Next week will be the same as he shouldn’t go out in crowds too much. We might try and go out for a coffee date but we’ll see.

We did go to Trader Joes and did a huge grocery shop so that will last at least 2 weeks.  A few things we bought that we’re fun is their Candy Cane green tea! Go get some!!! It was delicious. Plus I did get some frozen meal items to make some evenings just a little easier.

Sunday night is the first night of Hanukkah. I plan on making latkes and using my homemade applesauce.  Of course, we are not Jewish, but any excuse to have candles is ok by me.

It’s a rainy Saturday and a snowy one in the Sierras. My daughter is driving up today and I suspect it will take a while. She got home fine last night without any delay.

I think I’m making Breakfast for dinner but not sure.

Simple Sunday

We had a delicious thanksgiving dinner. It all came out excellent and was one of the simpler ones we’ve had. I used the dry brine technique that Ina Garten suggests. I’m not sure if that’s what made the turkey so good or it was just a good turkey. The nut loaf was delicious too. All in all, a lovely day.

The rain has stopped but is supposed to be back tomorrow and then on and off for the next 10 days. We need it so no complaining. It does make feeding dogs and chores more challenging but that’s ok.

I had B go get the Christmas tree and so that’s up and I’ve put a few ornaments up and again, I’m not doing ALL the ornaments I have. I just want the tree to have our favorites this year. Definitely a decision in keeping it minimal and honestly, I’m not into the maintenance or look of a whole lot. Actually, I think it’s kinda exciting to make choices like this as it does confirm our minimalist lifestyle.

We went to the infusion center Friday so B got another infusion. Tuesday we head to Roseville for the BMB procedure. I expect we’ll be there most of the day.  I’ll probably hang out and then maybe go over to Trader Joes for some groceries.  I’m hoping we get some diagnosis by Friday which is definitely pushing it.

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A happy moment !! I think this was when we went to the Seattle Cancer Center for me.

Well, ciao for now.

1000 + posts

I don’t look at stats much only blog but happened to see I had posted 1010 posts since I been this blog in 2012.

That’s cool!  I started this blog as an online journey with cancer, myeloma. But then, on and off when I’ve been in treatment and in remission, I’ve added in simple living and minimalism. Both I am passionate about. Oh, and cooking! And The just keep Walking Project that ended this past June after 5 years.

I write for me as a way to process life. I’ve met some terrific on line people and value their cyber friendship.

eve-1071355__340.jpg I love champagne but we didn’t have any on Thanksgiving. I forgot to get it but we had wine!!

So onward to more posts about life, how shit happens and the good stuff too!!!

Five on Friday on Saturday!

The day sorta got away from me yesterday. IMG_1471.jpg

I made 5 small jars of salsa and 2 bigger ones. These were all our own tomatoes so that was a big plus.

I doubt we’ll get enough tomatoes for all the sauce I need for winter but I will get some. Based on last years supply I probably need about 18 freezer bags of sauce. I may try and can some but freezing is easier.

Then I decided to make up the sourdough leaven for a Tartine bread. I have the one loaf rising in the bread basket form and I’ll cook that in an hour or so.

My oncology appointment went well. I told him about the stress fracture and he did say ‘repetitive’ movement. So maybe it was just walking every day. Who knows?  My foot is still bothering off and on. Kinda weird. He suggested a DEXA scan so I will do that sometime this fall.  I did have one around 14 years ago that was normal. That was about a year before I was diagnosed with myeloma.

Then we headed to Costco and spent a small fortune. B bought a small or I guess it’s called ‘dorm ‘ refrigerator to replace the tiny funky one he had. It was a good deal at $130. Now we could get milk and OJ at Costco as there would room to keep them out in the barn.

Today, I’m making 2 zucchini loaves of bread from a Smitten Kitchen recipe. She said to use 2 loaf pans but it looked like it wasn’t very full but we’ll see how they turn out.  I plan on freezing one sliced so we can pull out a slice when we want one in the fall-winter. If the recipe is a good one, I’ll make a few more, maybe to give as gifts.

Tonight I think I’m going to make burgers/veggie burgers for dinner.

It’s very very hazy here from the Carr fire. Hopefully, it’ll clear out and the fire will get put out.

 

 

Cancer 2005

It was June 15, 2005, that I got the ‘official’ diagnosis over the phone. We knew, really before that, but it had to be official. The bone biopsy was done by a neurologist surgeon since it was on the spine. It was a pretty horrid experience. I didn’t feel anything but was conscious and I could feel the pressure.  Well, anyway, 13 years ago and here I am doing pretty great( apart from the stress fracture in my foot) which is doing better in the boot thing.

Time gives one perspective on most things, and this is no different.  I’m older, wiser, more informed than I was then. As I’ve said before, I didn’t really want to know much except what do we do now. It was later that I started getting all the info I could. Still, even the Myeloma Beacon didn’t come into being till 2009 maybe???  I learned so much from other Myeloma people and their experiences. Sadly, many of them are no longer here with us.

Life moves on no matter what. Death, sickness, political craziness(hopefully)will all change and move on to something else. It’s as it should be. It doesn’t make it easier or the pain any less, just different.

So, I lift a glass of sparkly and toast to me!!

 

Friday things…

Gee, this week has been kinda weird. It rained so much and was really depressing.  Today is sunny but rain is due back this evening. But next week looks glorious with our temperatures back to ‘normal’ which is high 60’s and even low 70’s. Yay!! maybe I can finally get out to the barn or at least the laundry which needs some help.

Our laundry room is attached to the back of our house. The drain water goes out to water plants.  We use an environmentally friendly soap so it’s good. Plus there are only ornamental plants out there. Also, my chest freezer is in the laundry room and some supplies. I also keep our emergency packs there. Some photo albums to take in an emergency are also in a bin.  The whole room needs a deep clean and I’d like to repaint the shelves.

It has to be warm enough to be out there, so maybe next week.

Update on my sister and her chemo for Single Cell Carcinoma is she is doing okay.  Has lost quite a bit of weight and her white blood count tanked. She also shaved her head so that’s always a bit traumatic. Nothing says cancer patient quicker than bald head:(

On another note of drama…. tomorrow we will meet a half sister that my mother gave up for adoption in 1967. Pretty weird stuff. I honestly don’t remember much but I do remember her telling she had a tumor( a lie) but of course, I knew she was pregnant. All I can say is WTF, you couldn’t have used fu#king birth control.??? My mother was a lapsed Catholic and I think she was in denial a lot of the time. Anyway, this half-sister was the result of the union with her then long-time partner.  The adoption papers were sealed for 50 years and then last January they were released and she found us.  Truthfully, I feel it was better left the way it was but then I wasn’t the adopted child.

She and her husband have flown out from New Jersey to meet my brother who in fact is her full brother. I am totally ambivalent about this meeting.  But, we will meet here at our house and then go out for dinner. My older sister has met with a number of times since she’s in Connecticut. Anyway, talk about a drama or a blast from the past.

I’m off to the gym today since yesterday you need a boat to go out. Then a few errands.

I’ve been doing yoga again and trying to be a little more flexible. Back in the day, I did a lot of yoga and could do all the poses. Now not so much. I wouldn’t dare try a headstand or the plough. The book I used in the 1970’s is Richard Hittlemans yoga. 

Friday night pizza!

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Cheese and pepperoni pizza with basil.