Projects done!

The closet looks bright and clean. We did move our space heaters to the barn and I have one box of “I don’t know what to do with” stuff. One item is my old Waring blender that I bought new in 1985. It still works fine but most I use my Vitamix. So I’m undecided and will wait on deciding to give away or not.  We still need to hang my mirror back up and then I can take a photo if I remember.

B finished repotting the bamboo in the new barrels. This is actually a pretty big job as the roots needed to be cut with a Sawzall.  That’s how thick they were.  We are going to get a 3rd barrel as it will fill the space out nicely.

We also took everything out of the chest freezer and defrosted it. I got a good count on what’s in there so that was helpful plus it’s more organized.

The weather is quite a bit cooler and we actually sat outside last night.  Today is also really nice with a high of only 85.

Yesterday I bagged up the Central Milling flour into 3 mylar bags. I could have used the food saver bags but  I wanted to test out how the flour would be. The other bag I will use the food saver bags and then compare the two.

Tuesday we did our Costco shop. It was just under $500. Some of that was alcohol. The Costco beer which is a variety of ales and other types is a great deal at $20. and this was the first time we’ve seen it in almost a year. So we bought 2. That should last a while. I don’t drink beer but B does( although not too much right now with his issues) and my son has the occasional beer. Then we bought champagne for our anniversary. Since we’re not going anywhere, we figured we’ll do some kind of celebration dinner with champagne. This shop wasn’t really a prepper shop but more stuff for the month, salad stuff, avocados, spinach, cheese, bread.  The only things I still need are milk, bananas, vegetable shortening, and burger rolls. I’ll probably do that later in the week.  I’m hoping this shopping will get us thru most of the month.  Oh, I did get organic pasta that was on sale. So that’s for the prepper pantry.  Later this month we’ll hit Winco and get 2 more of the buckets if they have them and the gamma lids. I’m tempted to go sooner than later as I’m guessing they will get sold out.

I’m still waiting on my labs, so maybe by tomorrow.

Tomorrow is my son’s 26th birthday. Such a wonderful young man. Funny, talented, smart, and has a full-time job with California State Sierra Nevada Conservancy.  He was a fun kid and outgoing.  He was homeschooled all the way thru high school. He then went to Community college, got 2 degrees, and then graduated from CSU Sacramento. No student debt and he did most of it on his own. We are so proud of him. So, I need to find out what kind of dinner he wants and dessert. Our family ritual is the birthday boy/girl gets to pick their favorite dinner and dessert.

I’m reading the new Todd Borg” Tahoe Hit”. It just came out if you’re interested. He’s one of my favorite authors and is local to Lake Tahoe.

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August 1, Lammas

For some reason, I have always loved the Celtic calendar. which is also called a cross-quarter. I used to believe it was all ‘past life’ influence but now that stuff doesn’t ring true. It’s probably more kinship with the Welsh( which I have in family lineage) and Irish( perhaps on my father’s side). Anyway, it doesn’t matter, why, just that I like the cross quarters and today is Lammas. The Celtic celebration of late summer.Photo Of Sunflower

I can always feel the sift of air and light at Lammas. Perhaps just that I walk early every day and notice those things.

This would be a day to bake bread from the harvest. I also saw to make beeswax candles. I used to make my own candles but have long given that up and now just buy my beeswax candles. I do burn them nightly from fall to spring but not during the summer. The glow they give is like no other and is one of my favorite rituals.

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I just made some bread so I won’t do another loaf but I do have some buttermilk to use so I am planning on making buttermilk biscuits. Good enough.

On a sad note, our neighbor has poisoned the skunks and we have one in our yard dying a painful death. It has really upset me. I don’t want skunks under our porch either but for the most part, they are harmless and they do eat things at night.  Right now it has sprayed a last spray and is in the bushes by our water pond. I guess once we can see where it is we will pick it up(with a shovel) and go bury it. It makes me mad that he did this.

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Some lavender from our plants that I harvested. I use lavender all winter to freshen up clothes and sprinkle on rugs and then vacuum up.

 

Simple Sunday on Monday???

Nah…. I just didn’t blog yesterday for some reason or another.

It was hot and I was uninspired. I went to the gym and that’s about all I did productively.

I did make a lovely fried potato dinner with potatoes from the garden. There were red ones, purple ones and, yellow ones. Quite nice. I added the Trader Joes soy Italian sausage, quite good by the way, and then grilled TJ’s chicken sausage also quite good. I sprinkled lots of herbs from the garden on top and then a sprinkling of goat cheese.

Here’s some lavender from the garden. I love french lavender and use it year round.

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Here is a sweet morning glory that just popped up on its own.

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Today is the kitchen zone and general home blessing day. I usually dust and do all the mirrors. We vacuumed yesterday so I don’t need to do that.

This week is mellow and I have a food bank drop off and a small thrift store load that’s mostly my son’s stuff.

Other than that, I’m going to add in an extra gym day and then I’m going to go check out the 24-hour fitness down in Roseville. I want to check their pool and see whether I think it’s worth driving 25 minutes 3x a week.  I’m also going to stop in the expensive gym as they do have 3 pools but I think the membership is probably too expensive.  It’s really a snobby gym so I’m not sure I’d like it but my love of swimming may overcome that. We don’t have a YMCA anywhere near here so….

It’s a non-pay week so nothing much to do there.

 

 

 

 

Random thoughts

We just went to the dump that is at the end of our road. About 2 miles or so.  We filled the van( well, I watched as B did it), with all kinds of junk and the insulation from under the house. that has been a huge undertaking for my husband and a very messy one. He’s wearing a hazmat suit and air mask thing.  The reason is rats!!!! Why does it have to be rats?  But NO one on our hill has cats anymore. Our 2 cats are inside and only go out when we’re with them.  Blackie our feral turned lovey cat died 2 years ago.  He was a great ratter.  So in the past year, we’ve had the rats coming and going .  We’ve done a lot like keep the chicken food locked at night, put a sonic thing under the house and traps. It has helped a lot but the damage was done to the insulation under the house and it all had to be removed.

Thus, it all went to the dump this morning plus other tidbits.  Yay!!!!  I love dropping stuff off and that much is gone.

Not much frugal happening in our life right now, just keeping the budget going. Our health insurance thru UNFI went up over a 100 a month so that’s a bummer but I’m grateful for the health insurance as it is excellent coverage.  I have my LLS grant so that covers my portion and I am so grateful to the people that donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If you’re looking to make donations this year consider them as the donations go to research into finding a cure for blood cancers.

Our next set of projects are finishing the fence line along the property line.  This started as our chickens kept going over there and the neighbor was yelling at them. Of course, this is the hoarder who has 6 boats (abandoned), loads of crap everywhere, and then he started a garden in his ”round up” yard.  I certainly wouldn’t eat anything from his garden.  Anyway, B is putting up a fence so they don’t go over there.

Then we need to build a new deck off the studio as that one is rotted thru and dangerous.  It did last 18 years so not bad. But that might end up pricey as my son would like the deck bigger so he can put a few chairs out there.  We’ll start that sometime this month.

No big inside projects.  I had hoped for a minor kitchen redo but that’s not going to happen this year.

I’ve been out to the barn and pulled out most stuff that was in my son’s side so he can organize it.  Also, getting into the back room and taking everything out so it can get cleaned. I started washing some of the windows. The floors are dirt so B has rugs down and they need to be taken up and shook out.  It is looking all way better. B even got rid of an old cabinet and there’s a second to get rid. Hurray!!!! The space is looking much better.  This is old funky barn not a cool one so whatever we do is helpful.  We’d love to pour a concrete floor but that would be too expensive for us.

The temperatures are inching up after some really lovely mid-’80s temperatures.  We are watering quite a bit but it’s nice to have green gardens around the house.  Unfortunately, the water bill is high. $170 is high but what are you going to do. Our water is supplied by the local water company and there’s no way around it.

 

Dinner is BBQ carne asada( I picked it up at Trader Joes) and a salad.  I have some tempeh left so I’ll BBQ that for B.  I also have some garden potatoes so I may roast them up too.  We had lovely roasted veggies last night and they were yummy.

 

 

 

Saturday stuff

It is an absolutely beautiful day. Almost 70 degrees and just lovely.

We’ve had quite a few more walkers showing up in the early morning, kinda like ants waking up in spring.  I recognize a few from last year.  By 7 it’s fairly light out and it’s not really cold.

I’ve just puttered around today. Washed the kitchen floor and vacuumed( well, my husband did):)  Then I worked on taxes and Turbo tax makes it so easy…

I started a pot roast in my new white LeCrueset. I love that pot. I’ve been making most of my stuff in it and it’s just great. The pot roast was the one I bought last week at the Farmers market and is local beef. Hopefully, it will be tasty.  I’m making a nut loaf for the veggie as I froze a few individual ones at Thanksgiving. I need to do more of them as it is such a nice thing to just grab from the freezer.

I haven’t heard from my sister today but I did text her and I hope the ‘air leaking’ is improving. That’s from the surgery where the tubes are placed in the lungs and air can accumulate. It’s apparently painful so she is on pain killers.

With the weather so nice, it’s hard not to be thinking of getting the garden going. But it is a bit early.  I think we will start some spinach and beets and lettuce though as it’s plenty fine for them.

Tomorrow is a gym day and then more of the same.

June

June is not a happy memory month for me. June 15 ,2005 was my official diagnosis day. I’d had the bone biopsy the week prior with the neurosurgeon. I was pretty devastated. Plus the way the doctors went about getting the diagnosis was really half-assed.  Why not just do the related blood tests?? I think the one sports doctor that I had gone to see about kyphoplasty  just didn’t know how to deal with this. He was really awful. Well, the past is the past but I’m sure all of you can relate to that day, where you were when they said ,”you have cancer, multiple myeloma”. Geez, I hardly ever even been to a doctor, didn’t take antibiotics, used herbs and natural healing, spiritual healing. So to start this journey into radiation, chemo, SCT, was pretty weird, to say the least. But now, I’m a pretty seasoned cancer patient. I take it in stride and do what’s necessary.

Today in our little town it’s Pioneer day. A parade and then food int he park, lots of kid activities. We always went with our 2 children. Last year, we didn’t go and today is super hot, so I doubt I’m going.  It’s a great community event though with lots of people.

This week B will be in Portland for a food show all week. I have my Velcade shot on Wednesday and that’s about it.  I’m going to keep things watered( a lot of work actually), but now we’ve got the timers set up, I just need to go around and turn them on. I’m going to declutter and clean the laundry room which is actually outside our house in the back. I mostly just want to tidy and get rid of a few things. I’ll wash some windows too. I think our hot weather is going to diminish as the week goes on. I don’ have any shopping plans and I think my daughter and I will just eat simple dinners maybe sandwiches or salads.

i have to get my labs tomorrow and go to the bank.

Tonight is curried tofu with jasmine rice and a cabbage cucumber salad with a peanut dressing. It’s mostly the dressing I want to try fro the ‘plated’ cookbook.

If a tree falls…

I cannot believe it. We’re on the patio getting ready to grill our beautiful organic steak I purchased from organic meats. And all of a sudden we hear a huge crack and see our neighbours’ tree fall hitting two other trees. There was NO WIND or anything. Boom! it just went. I totally freaked. I can not believe this could happen when there was not even a breeze. Fortunately, the tree fell away from our neighbor’s house. He is quite elderly, lives alone and has poor hearing. But he managed to come outside and check it out. We were already over there looking. This was not even a dead tree. Still green.  Now I’m seriously thinking we’d better start budgeting for the next set of trees we want out. There’s about 3 that still are leaning in so….. Too crazy.

Yesterday was still a dex day but I went to town and then to the Koffee Klatch to catch up with everyone. It’s nice to get to socialize a little. I’m quite an introvert so, normally I don’t do things like this, but I’ve come to enjoy this group.

I also started a new level of minimalizing. I’m reading ‘The More with Less’ by Joshua Becker which I will review at a later time. But he does point out some things that spurred me into getting rid of old earrings and little stuff I never use. More stuff to goodwill. Plus getting rid of the whole set of dishes has opened shelves for pantry stuff to be more organized. I also got rid of some very old books(1940’s) that had been bought at a library sale and obviously no has cracked open.  Plato? well, maybe in college, but certainly not now.  So good. I can really see the results. I’m going to write a whole blog or series on this process soon.

Today, my daughter and I are going to a new nursery to get tomato plants and some other things. Should be fun. We’re eating lovely lettuce and peas from the garden right now.

Happy Cinco de Mayo !!

Enjoy lots of great Mexican food, preferably homemade.

We’re back into the cooler, cloudy weather. It’s nice since we fo needs a little rain. Our lettuce is growing nicely and it could use some water. WE still haven’t got our tomatoes but soon. Usually, we have started going in the greenhouse but for some reason, we don’t. We’ll go to the nursery and get some. Really tomatoes don’t go in the ground here till the end of May.

 

Today, I’m going into Target for shower curtains and some cat food. Such an exciting life I have:).cinco-de-mayo