Simple Sunday

A sunny day at last. Actually, yesterday was nice too. But rain/snow is forecast for the whole week. I guess we’ll get thru. But when the sun is out and it’s almost 60 degrees, I start to want to go out and do yard work, or garden. or get back out to the barn for more decluttering. But then it’s nice for a day and then back to 50 degrees or less and all that enthusiasm leaves. Oh well, it’ll all be there to get to.

Today is day 4 of chemo, so only one more for this round and then it’s a waiting game to see how the labs start doing. I suspect at least a week before anything maybe two. I have read some encouraging stories on the MDS facebook page. That does help. Plus I’ve asked a few questions and people are very helpful. That kind of support is really worth it and from my own experience with the Myeloma page and the Myeloma Beacon, they were literally life-saving and helped me move in the right direction.

Today is a gym day and then home to just do some chores before heading back in to get B. Today is a short day for him so that’s nice.

Dinner is pulled pork with corn tortillas. Scrambled eggs for B. His mouth sores he says are getting a tiny bit better.

This week is the bathroom zone. I was watching YouTube with The minimom who is in New Zealand. She’s quite cute with her zone cleaning but she said she uses some printouts from Etsy. I went and looked and am undecided if I need these. They’re only $4 but I’m not sure how much I’d use them. Basically, I have a planner( blank pages with a dot grid, I get at Michaels) and then each day write my goals and what I need to do. I also do a budget daily checking what’s out and what is due when. 98% of our bills are automatic but a few are still put in.  So usually, I also do the next paycheck budget and adjust accordingly such as this next pay period I need to get the van smogged and pay registration. So, then I add that in.

Off to tidy up and then read.

Oh, I’m reading the last Henning Mankel book,’After the fire’.  His writing is just amazing. It is so clear and precise. Yet, very poetic.

Friday Stuff

I got a call from my oncologist’s office that the Dexa scan came back in the normal range. Yay, one less thing to think about. Kinda a relief.

Today we’re off to chemo day 2, and B needs a blood transfusion as his Hemoglobin was down to 7.4. I am so hoping that the chemo kicks in soon and he will need less peripheral support( transfusions). Realistically though it could be 2-3 weeks.

Then I’m coming home to do some tidying and laundry. My son, who gets off at 4: 30, is going to pick up his Dad so I don’t have to go back out. That’ll be nice.

 

I’m making pizza for dinner and have the dough made and is doing a rise. I thought I’d do a simple marguerite one and then an Italian sausage and mushroom one.

The no spend January sorta fizzled out as I went to Target yesterday. Well, I got cat food but also a candle and a faux eucalyptus branch made by Hearth and Home which is the Magnolia line. I’ve been buying fresh eucalyptus at Trader Joes but haven’t been there in quite a while. So I thought these would do nicely as a substitute. I shall keep focused on the No spend but things may sneak in here and there and I’m keeping track of that. For me just bringing awareness into what I’m spending money on is an eye-opener.  But since I don’t go out for coffees a lot or buy clothes, the main thing I spend on is household items. So that’s all good as long as the budget is there.

If you’re a Dracula fan, I just finished ‘Dracul’ which is written by the great grand nephew of Bram Stoker.  It was superb!!!

Well, off to town.

 

 

 

Here in soggy California

So still raining, but today is supposed to be sunny and then back to rain. UGhhhh, I really do get sick of it. Plus the yard looks rather sad and really needs some picking up. I did clear off the patio the other day as it looked like everything had been tossed on the patio table in hopes of someone tossing it. That turned out to be me. It all still looks forlorn and I’m seriously thinking of hitting up Home Depot for some kind of winter flower or plant to spruce it up. Anything to bring a little cheer to the front door area. Our entry is weird enough that the front door is on the side of the house and we have a gate from where we park cars that we walk thru so the angle is always weird. Plus the patio is right there and that adds to the visual clutter.  The original front door was where the porch was that we rebuilt and enclosed when we were remodeling. It’s all done with 2x 6s so it’s code but it wasn’t in our final.  I suppose if we ever were to sell we’d need to do something but that’s neither here nor there yet.  so that door which was the main door also was placed weird that it faced the lawn that was there and not a driveway either.  So now that door goes into the front room and the other room is my office. But originally that was daughters room. It’s actually quite cozy with french doors on one end. The floor is wide planked pine that B put down over the concrete floor that was there.  I suppose if we ever had money a proper remodel would be nice.

Anyway, enough rattling on about that.

So far this week, we’ve had the oncologists/hematologists appt and that went well. She took pictures of poor B’s mouth. We asked for a pain prescription and about other stuff and she was very thorough. From the second BMB, there were no other FISH (genetic anomalies). So it looks like it’s the 7 q deletion plus excessive blasts( that’s the bad part). She’s also hoping that after this second round of chemo the good cells will start winning over the bad cells but that remains to be seen.  He had another transfusion on Monday and starts chemo today. So the next 5 days will be constant. Hopefully, though, it will go smoothly. His counts are so low that risk of infection is there. So far he’s done fine except for the mouth sores.

I had my DEXA scan and shall see how the bones are in a week or so. Honestly, who cares at this point if I’m pre-osteoporosis.  Or maybe it’s there already.  I would just have to see what the doctor says about what to do with medicine.  Because I’ve had so much Aredia and Zometa, that can actually affect the bones sometimes in a negative way after years of treatment. So we’ll see.

I finished watching the ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’ and it was really fun to watch. Amazingly, B did all his clothes, which were not a lot, but still, his drawers and closet look absolutely great!!! If you can watch it, I’d highly recommend it. I do think there are other methods of decluttering that are just as good or for some better. Some people do room by room and that works too. I think because I had done so much decluttering starting with Fly Lady, that when I got to Marie Kondo’s method it wasn’t overwhelming. But if you haven’t, I could see getting out every book you own would be daunting.

So off to the gym today, drop B off at infusion and then go get chicken food.

Last night I made a Thai Chicken soup and it was delicious.  If you have leftover chicken and a can of coconut milk, I’d highly recommend it.

 

Simple Sunday

So far the no-spend month is going fine. I’ve been to the store a few times but nothing extra. I need to go to Costco this week for TP and some fruit and greens for the Vitamix but that’s all(I think).  I’d like to hold off as much as possible but I’ll be down in Roseville on Wednesday for a Dexa scan. So, that maybe when I go.

Things have been rainy and windy here. It looks like the next 10 days are rained filled. I walked this morning and it was quite lovely and it only started sprinkling when I left.

I made a yummy split pea and ham soup last night. I didn’t make a vegetarian one as B isn’t eating much. Once again, I made him some scrambled eggs.  I don’t make Split pea often and this one turned out quite delicious. There’s some to freeze and maybe lunch today.

Tonight I’m making chicken parmesan and some pasta. No salad as I bought a clamshell pack at Grocery Outlet and it was all funky so I gave it to the chickens.

This week is the kitchen zone. So I’ll start that today. Plus it is sheet day. We only have one set of sheets so I wash and dry them and put them back on the bed on Sundays. I am going to get some new sheets but just not sure when. I was waiting for Target to put the linen/cotton blend on sale but so far haven’t seen it.

This week is full of appts which I do not like. But they are necessary and B starts his next round of chemo on Thursday so that means out every.single.day.  I’m sure my daughter and son will help with the driving when they can.

 

Oh geez, I forgot to update about my damn birth certificate. They returned it (after 6 weeks) REJECTED because the second page of the decree was not included. The clerk had told me, it wasn’t generally ever asked for. Plus they wanted our original certified marriage license WTF I don’t know.  This has been one of the biggest BS things I have ever been thru. So on a whim, I drove down to Roseville to the justice center and expected to wait hours till I could get to the recorders window. Much to my surprise, I sat down after taking the ticket, and I was called in about 2 minutes. I told the clerk what I needed and she said sure. She said it’s rare anyone cares about the second page. So I got what I needed, came home went to the post office to get Priority envelopes (again) and loaded it up and sent it off. I would hope this does it but I’ll keep you updated(probably in another 6 weeks???) What a PITA…..

Well, off to the kitchen zone…

 

Wintery days

It is very cold and windy here but the sky is bright blue. Very California-y winter day.

We had a lovely Christmas and although I was going for complete minimalism, that didn’t exactly happen. But I think it was just the right amount of gifts and they were lovely. I received some new silicone spatulas( much needed), the DVD of Gone with the Wind, of course, the Vita-mix which I am absolutely loving and a Vitamix cookbook plus Ina Garten’s new cookbook too.

Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell was a book that shaped my outlook on life as an 11-year-old. Not the racist part of slave owners but the struggle to keep what was of value.  I was telling my children, that we actually went to NYC to see the movie at Radio City Music Hall. At least I think it was RCMH, not completely sure.  I must have read the book 10 times growing u along with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  Both were huge influences on me.

Anyway, then we had a great lasagna, cheese manicotti, a salad, and bread.  B is not drinking any alcohol with his treatment stuff so my daughter and I shared a nice chardonnay.

His numbers have been tanking and it’s mostly due to the chemo which is good that it’s working but until the good cells out do the bad ones, he will need more transfusions, unfortunately.

 

I drove down to Sacramento for my oncology appt and traffic was practically nonexistent and I made it in record time. All my labs are normal so I’ll see him again at the end of February. He was informative about MDS and did encourage us to have the brothers checked for being a possible donor. He said it’s a simple blood test to check that first. It will give B the best chance of success if one of them is a match. I guess we will swallow our pride and ask although I said that doesn’t mean I want to have them in my life. So we shall see.

It also appears the best route for working is not working and going on disability so we will do that next week.  At first, I thought B could work between appts but there is no letting up right now with needing transfusions and platelets. Plus he can’t risk being around anyone who might be sick.  So hopefully it goes quickly and smoothly which I think will happen.

Tonight I’m making a spinach soup using the Vitamix and it came out silky smooth. The recipe is one of made many times from the mystery cater stories by Diane Mott Davidson. I tell you, if you’ve thought about one and are undecided, I can tell you it is really amazing. Plus I’m baking potatoes and 2 small pieces of wild Alaskan sockeye salmon.

The tree is down and the ornaments away. The little live tree I’ll have B move this weekend as he will need the dolly to move it.  So, the house is back to it’s clean and tidy self.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

I hope everyone has a lovely and special Christmas.

We are all ready for Christmas and tonight is Christmas Eve and we will have our traditional cheese fondue with baguette, veggies, and maybe some ham for the meat eaters.

I made the sauce for the manicotti yesterday so all I need to do is assemble the dish and pop in the oven tomorrow.

Today should be low key. I will do a little Flylady zone cleaning and a quick vacuum.

The other day after infusion, we went to the nursery and bought a live tree.  For some reason, I just had this urge to buy a real tree and I knew I didn’t want to get a cut one. So off we went and found a IMG_0576.jpeglovely blue spruce that we will plant after Christmas. They are a slow grower so we shouldn’t have to worry about it getting too big. I really wanted a tree with a strong fragrance like a balsam or Frasier but none to be found in this part of the world.

Next year we will get that Christmas tree permit early like we did last year as they sell out within a week. $10 for a tree is unheard of.

I might go to the gym, haven’t decided yet. The day feels slow and open to possibilities.

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Two of my favorite things, wine, and beeswax candles. 🙂

Still in a holding pattern……

No news yet, but I imagine it will be in the next day or two.

B just had his last infusion today and it went very well. We’ve had so many appts though it’s hard to keep up. Tomorrow is the medical oncologist  and then he’ll know if he needs another transfusion. It looks like he’ll be getting a port on Friday so that’s going to be almost all day. Oh well, we will get thru this one way or the other.

I had my labs this morning so I’ll be getting my results by Thursday.

I ran some errands this morning including going to the bank and I used their Coinstar to do our annual sealed pot of change. It was Sue over in Wales that stated this on her blog. She doesn’t have that blog anymore but I did always enjoy her stories. The idea is you put all your change in a jar for a year and then cash it in and use that for something.  I think we’ll just save it for something special when we can travel again.  I’m hoping B can do some short trips once this drug kicks in. (fingers crossed).

I went into Goodwill and got a small stainless steel bowl to put water in for the wood stove. I kinda was looking for something cast iron but that was probably a long shot. So I added some cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange essential oil to the water. The bowl was $2.19.

I also took B’s Santa Fe to the car wash. I need to do my VW next as it is really dirty.

Last night I made a crock pot chicken with mushrooms and then at the end you top with swiss cheese and bacon crumbles. It was delicious.

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Then and early Christmas present to myself was these really cool La Parfait jars. A vlogger I follow uses these for all sorts of things and I really like the look.

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I did carrots, olives, and the top one is left over cream cheese. I’m definitely ordering the next size up for other things.  I love the look of food in jars like this.

I’ve also been putting together glass type bento boxes for B when he’s in the infusion center.

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Mostly some cottage cheese, apple slices, olives, and nuts. This way he can eat something while there.

This week the Flylady zone is the bathroom. Since out bathroom is so small it doesn’t take long to do the whole thing even wiping all the shelves, and doing the window.  I’ve had a heck of a time getting the right shower curtains though. Target has had some great liners we’ve used in the past but they’ve discontinued them so I bought another kind that was similar but they just weren’t drying.  So then I went and bought clear plastic liners to go on the inside of these but it was all too heavy and kinda claustrophobic. So I went back yesterday and spent 20 minutes looking at my choices and finally got a liner that is light weight. I think it will do the trick. I still need to trim the bottom as they hang down in the tub to much and then would just stay wet. Our tub is an old , very old clawfoot tub we put in when we first moved in. So the shower curtain rod is a ring around the top. So I always need 2 curtains or liners.  When we remodel the bathroom next year the big decision is the tub going??? It’s a big step up into the tub which is doable now but age has a way of catching up to us.

Anyway…….

Tonight’s dinner is unknown, but I may do leftovers or something from the freezer.