The tree is down!

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We got a call on Saturday morning from the tree guy about showing up later that day. It was a message on my phone and like 20 minutes late he was here with the small crane. Not sure what would have happened if we weren’t home. Maybe he figures retired people are always home? Anyway,  I headed out to the gym and the driveway was going to be blocked by the crane. Up he went and topped the tree and then worked down. B decided that paying the $200 to have them buck it up was worth it and it totally was. Now we have small rounds that he can use the log splitter and split. They worked ALL day and still were working at 4:45pm. finally, I said, we can rake the rest. All in all the 2 trees and 2 small oaks cost $3300.  I gave the workers a $200 tip to split between them. I think they were a little surprised as I guess most people don’t do that but they had worked really hard all day and felt like it was deserved.  So in total $3500. It looks really good to have these 2 ponderosas out. The one in the front was the leaner toward the house. Who knows if it would go or any of the trees left could still go actually but that’s the risk of living in pine trees.

I have my labs this morning and then home to do some light chores. This week we are in the living room zone if you’re following Flylady.  I put up the tree yesterday and put on the lights. We were going to go up and get the tree permit today ( in Truckee) but decided not to as I don’t really want to deal with 2 trees. Unusual for me as I use to love all of the 3 little trees I had around that were themed( the bird tree, the snoopy tree, the ugly ornament tree). Well, those days are over. So anyway, the one tree is up with lights and very few ornaments. I’m just not doing the whole thing this year and as a minimalist, I’m trying not to overdo stuff.

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This is where the 2 small oaks were that we wanted out so that we can maybe eventually park a vehicle there.

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This is  not the ponderosa we took down but it gives you an idea of the size:)

Trees coming down

Today we have 2 Ponderosas coming down by the tree cutting company. One is leaning toward the house although it isn’t a big lean but enough. This tree is on the South East side and that’s where our winds come in the winter for the most part. With the use of a crane, this tree will cost $2100.

The second tree isn’t as big and is no threat now but it sits near the back and I’ve wanted it out before it gets too big. The cost of this is $800. A fair price.  We budgeted $3000 for trees so this is what it’ll be. Taking trees this big is only going to get more expensive and we still have a lot more that should be done.

It’s really no guarantee that another tree wouldn’t fall in a wind storm, just that we’re trying to take precautions.  The tree that landed on our neighbor’s house last January should have been taken down as it leaned into the house and the root system was exposed.  It took off the front of his house. It has taken the workers ALL summer to finish repairing and he basically has a whole new outside plus deck, porch.  He had an illegal room under a deck that had to be all removed per the insurance. What a job. Anyway, we do what we can.

In the back of our house, we have a HUGE tree leaning toward the barn but it wouldn’t (probably )affect the house.  That tree will be more than $5000 because it will need a big crane.  Maybe next year.?

B had his clinic appt yesterday and all is good. He’ll need another BMB in November to see how things are. There are some issues with insurance that UHC is not getting right. I’m not worried but it is a PITA to deal with. the coverage was active and he didn’t even go on cobra till 8/1 but insurance companies don’t try and help really. So it may take a while but we are not paying anything unless it is the appropriate co-pay.  We even had the letter ( which I can’t find) that stated UHC approved his allogeneic transplant. so they can find that and put it somewhere.  Oh well, it’s always something, right??

I’m off to the dentist very early and hopefully back before the tree cutters get here. They’ll be blocking the driveway so I’ll have to park out by the edge of our driveway.

UPDATE:

NO TREES TODAY! THE TREE GUY GOT INVOLVED IN ANOTHER PROJECT SO WE GOT DELAYED. OH WELL, TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY!

Five on Friday

Not sure I have 5 things as nothing much is going on.

Let’s see…. My daughter is taking B down to the UCD med center pharmacy since we forgot his pills on Tuesday. Kinda a bummer since that’s all we needed. Then they are going to Costco to pick up a few things. B is actually going in but staying away from people but that’s a first.  Then they are going over to Celestino’s to get a pizza for dinner. Yummm.

I going to the gym just to do weights.

Oh, I didn’t update the rib Xrays. So as I mentioned, I had really intense rib pain about 2 weeks ago. I was quite concerned as it felt like in the ‘old’ days of my Myeloma rib fractures. Fortunately, my doctor is very responsive and ordered x rays. So it showed no acute fractures but ‘chronic bilateral fractures’. In other words the ‘old ones’. SO my guess is I pulled muscle around the old fractures and that was the intense pain.  Also, good news is that it seems to be almost gone. But I’m still being careful at the gym and only doing very light weights.

We’ve been walking every morning and it’s definitely darker each day. Or the sun is coming up later:)

Barclay and Sachi finished repairing the dishwasher so that’s very exciting!!!! We now have a working dishwasher again and the part was just under $200. So better than buying a new one.

Both of them, together, finished the cement step outside the front door. As I mentioned, we had hoped to put a deck out there to match the front door level but that would have cost quite a bit, so B came up with the idea of expanding the cement step and leveling the unevenness of the pavers that were there. (  kinda hard to explain but it was not good for ‘older ‘(us) people to step out onto uneven pavers.)

Next, I ordered the 2 windows to replace the ones in the front entryway. They had whatever it’s called when the dual panes get cloudy in between and there is nothing you can do.  So it’s been on our list for a while. Now it’ll take a month to get done but they are at least ordered.

That’s it for now.

Using Flylady’s zone cleaning

Over at the blogger ‘living rich in retirement’, she was writing about trying Flylady for a month and seeing how it goes. I’d highly recommend that.

When I first started Flylady, I followed all the daily suggestions and decluttering ideas. I always like a structured set of instructions and they were perfect for me at the time. At that time I was on a chemo drug(oral) called Revlimid. It’s excellent for keep Myeloma at bay. I was on it for 5 years before it stopped working and my light chains started increasing. But when I was on it and dexamethasone, I really needed a game plan to keep the housekeeping up and the house clean and tidy.

Flylady really worked well for me. I even did the whole control journal, which I still have).

I use the zones as she lays them out:

  1. Entryway, front porch, dining room
  2. kitchen
  3. bathroom/sunroom/office
  4. bedroom
  5. living room

The YouTube vlogger’minimom’ uses Flylady zones but she has renamed her zones to fit her house. She is quite the minimalist even with 2 young children. I’d recommend watching her YouTube channel.

Now I just use the weekly zones as I have pretty much done all the bulk decluttering.  There’s always something to declutter and over the years my need for certain things has gone down and so I’ve decluttered thru layers. I think it’s relative to where you are in life. A young mom will have different needs than an older person like me. Also, if you live in the country or a city what you need will be different. Also, where you live geographically will dictate your needs as well. We live in a fairly temperate climate so we don’t need winter clothes per se. But an hour up I-80 and you’re in Truckee and will absolutely need snow clothes and lots of winter gear.

Anyway, Flylady gave me control over my house cleaning and I’m grateful still to this day for the zone cleaning and her method.

The week ahead…

We had a quiet Memorial Day.

My brother died in Viet Nam in 1968 so I thought about him. He was a talented artist. What a waste. He also couldn’t get a deferment even though he had a heart problem and at that time was working full time to support my mother. I guess Donald Trump got the deferment for his bone spurs. I guess he had enough millions to pay off a judge. Well, I guess that tells you something about my brother being killed in Viet Nam and  Donald Trump whining about a bone spur.

It was cloudy to start but then eventually the sun came out. We BBQ some burgers and I made some coleslaw. My daughter made us some strawberry shortcakes for dessert later.  We generally don’t eat dessert so this was a nice treat.

I didn’t drive to Sacramento and missed seeing B. But I’m going down today and all the rest of the week except Friday. I think my daughter will go on Friday unless her new job starts. Her library interview is next week and this job she is doing is only temporary thru June.

Everything is lining up for us to have the RV. I just ordered some camp chairs as I don’t want to use the owner’s ones for risk of them being stolen or damaged. We needed new ones anyway.

Flylady zone this week was the living room. That’s an easy one for me as it is almost where I want it with functionality and minimalized. I try and do one thing in each zone that’s new or improved. So this time I moved the Ikea cart out and put it in my office area. It holds our wine bottles( which have been reduced to one Chianti, that we don’t drink very often) and we kept our silverware in Ball jars there too. So, I’m going to try it and see if we NEED it back or can the space just be open( white space). I guess we shall see. Right now in my office space, it has a plant on top and that’s it so, that probably isn’t very efficient either.

I’m planning on going to Sac Co-op this morning for veggies and olives from their olive bar. But it kinda depends on my mood as I get closer. Nothing is critical that I need so we’ll see. (How’s that for being indecisive??)

Dinner is chicken enchiladas!

A change in the weather.

Over the next two weeks, it looks like rain and cool temperatures. I get so used to it being like 75 or high ’70’s that I forget its still only May.

Still, we usually have all the coolers in the windows by now.  B only put the living room one in and then our son or daughter will have to do the rest when B is in the hospital. But it looks like it’s going to stay cool all the way to Memorial Day. Our yard does look it’s best this time of year with all the roses, and perennials blooming.

A couple of projects are done. One was to paint the french doors( that we got free many years ago) Behr’s Ultra White. The hardest part was taping all the squares. Still, after 2 coats it looks fresh and clean. I must have painted one set before as the second coat on that set looks better than the other doors. But after 2 coats I was done.

Next year I can do a fresh up. Then B fixed one of the sunroom windows that actually is on a hinge to open for circulation. But it had some water damage and didn’t open so he took it off and rehung it.  Cool!!

We also touched up the bathroom paint and it looks good enough I can hold off painting the whole thing till next year.  In the past, I’ve tried to paint each room or a few rooms on rotation.  But not this year.  One thing though, going to a whole house inside color ( Benjamin Moores Simple white has been great.

Today B has a CT scan of his sinuses that they forgot to do in the last CT scan.( ah really?? forgot??? Then we have a load to take to the food bank.

And we’re on count down to Friday:(

Friday things

Today is another nice day here in Northern California even with it being partly cloudy. quite nice at 77 degrees.

So far I have cleaned the clawfoot tub with Bar Keepers, made the pizza dough for tonight, started laundry( my daughter did), and cleaned the stainless steel appliances.

Next, I need to vacuum and maybe dust.

Yesterday we went to Home Depot and got some things for the yard. Two new chairs, some flowers, and soaker hoses and a timer. We’re going to try setting some things on a timer with the soaker hoses in order to conserve water. We are on town water and it is ridiculously expensive.

We went for a coffee at the newest place in Auburn called Pour Choice…

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It was nice and the company was good:)