Five on Friday

Friday stuff…

Autumn is really here with everything turning gold and yellow. The days are comfortable at 70 degrees but mornings are quite chilly (mid-thirties).

Hopefully, the firefighters are getting a handle on both fires north and south. I haven’t seen any more possible blackouts so fingers crossed.

  • I’m making a sourdough pizza dough for dinner. I was going to order out but decided this will be better. I have olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, and even some pepperoni. So I think we’re set.
  • Last night( Halloween) we watched the original”Creature from the Black Lagoon”. Very entertaining. The short shorts on the guys were hysterical.  They came up above their belly buttons but didn’t cover too much below. You couldn’t see ” anything” but it must have been held tight? Who knows? The night before we watched “Young Frankenstein” which is one of our top 5 favorite movies. It is so funny even after having watched it 500 times.
  • I’m heading to Walmart for a pick-up, then I might go to the gym?? Maybe?? If I don’t I’ll go tomorrow.
  • Washed the couch covers yesterday as that was in the LR  zone. Today is actually another zone as it is November 1. If you follow Flylady, that would be the Entryway and dining room. Since our table is in our living room space it’s already done. I did put away all my vintage Halloween stuff. I’m leaving out my knitted pumpkins till Thanksgiving and I have some small real ones on the table too.
  • Next week we have no appts, so I’m going to take Buggie( my 2000 VW) to get an oil change.
  • Last night with dinner we had a fun bottle of Chardonnay.
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Simple Sunday( AKA as no electricity or …

or Little House on the Prairie Episode.

Lights out at 8 pm last night so we at least got thru dinner. We were sitting around listening to my son’s Spotify and talking. It was nice really.

There have been winds all night from the northeast but nothing too frightening( well, it’s still dark so I can’t’ tell yet). the solar lights were going on and off due to the wind though.

Yesterday was really a beautiful fall day. Everything is turning shades of gold and yellow. We don’t get a lot of reds but we do have Japanese maples that are turning red so that’s nice.  There wasn’t any wind to speak of.

Last week the PG&E tree crew came and took down a dead tree from the back near the barn. I happened to ask if they freelanced and they mostly didn’t speak much English but the one guy said “yes” and I showed him the 2 trees where they had just been cutting. They aren’t a threat in any way but they had pretty good leans, I mean like at 45″ angles and one was very large.  So I gave him my phone #.  Later that week they stopped by with a quote and it was VERY good for 2 trees. No bucking up just 4-5 lengths.

So now we those 2 taken care. In front of these 2 is a very very large tree that is also a leaner. It is leaning into the barn area.  If it went it would take out the barn for sure. But this tree requires a large crane and that’s not on the agenda for this year. We still haven’t had the other tree guy that we have the contract with contact us about the tree in the front.  I’m guessing that’ll happen soon though.  So maybe next year we can do the big tree but I’m guessing that is a $5,000 tree so??

This week we have a clinic visit for B and I have a dental appt about the tooth that is broken. That’s it for this week so not bad in terms of appts.

This week the Flylady zone is the living room if you’re following.  If you want to follow her plan in a modified way this is what I do.

  • dust
  • wash inside windows
  • make sure only things that live in the LR are in there, remove the rest.
  • declutter anything that isn’t loved or beautiful( I did this forever ago) but I still look around
  • vacuum
  • wash mirror

that’s about it. If you’re just starting out you might set a timer for 15 minutes and see what you can declutter or remove.

Dinner is unknown since the power is off but fortunately we are quite comfortable since we have a propane stove and can cook. No oven as that is electronically controlled. I may do pasta or something like that.

Another PG &E blackout

We had another PG&E blackout start on Wednesday around 2 pm and this one lasted till Thursday @ 4pm. We ran the generators and kept the freezer and refrigerator on for about 4 hours morning and 4 hours evening.

Now they’re saying there will be another tomorrow into Sunday. This is ridiculous. Yes, we want to be fire safe, but once again there were hardly any winds. Now, this weekend I did see 25mph winds so that is quite windy and I would agree with the shutoff.

Well, we made it thru and even enjoyed a good game of Scrabble with my daughter by candle/lantern light.

Yesterday was my oncology appt and it went ok. Nothing really new. He just said the same that we’ll wait till my numbers are higher. Now it would be more akin to wait and watch. I agree for now but we’ll see what my labs are in December.  Well, it is hard to be anticipating the what-ifs. Oh well, cancer has taught me to be more patient and what will be will be.

We did a small Costco trip this week for coffee and a few other things. Not a big shop. I also did the Walmart pick up. That had so things for the blackouts( more flashlights) but they were out of stock on those.

Today is a gym day and homemade pesto pizza for dinner assuming we have power. Most people it seems have bought generators and you can hear them going all around town. Our grocery store even got a commercial one so they could stay open.  We need to fill up gas cans and cars before this weekend and hope for no fires. The one over in the Sonoma area was started by a transformer so that is super scary.

 

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A delay…

Well, the tree guy got delayed on another tree project so we had to be put on hold. That’s okay. We have time before the storms hit. But we did sorta wait till noon and then realized he must’ve still been on the other job. Usually, tree people don’t start trees that late in the day.

Today is a gym day and then my daughter and I are going to Michaels for some wool/yarn as she is working on a few projects. She is an awesome knitter. I like to make washcloths and that’s about it.  She had found the cutest patterns of fall leaves and acorns to knit and a hat I’d like for Christmas. So that’ll be fun.

It’s cloudy today and supposed to rain, but it looks only cloudy.

Our meals this week have been fairly simple yet fall-like. We had a lovely minestrone one night with biscuits.

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Last night we had a spinach salad with candied pecans and feta. Quite delicious. Alongside that, we had French omelets. One night was IP breaded shrimp and vegetable birds nest( from TJ’s and great to keep in the freezer). Tonight is another spinach salad with homemade alfredo noodles.  I’m planning on doing a soup once a week and hoping to find a new recipe or two to add to our rotation.

I have a few pictures but my iPhone isn’t updating my photos to share. Hopefully, I can get that fixed.

 

 

 

PG&E’s disaster power shut off

We were almost 3 days with no power and NO WIND!!!

Honestly, what was PG&E looking at???

Over near SF and the whole East Bay area and Vacaville, there were high winds but here it didn’t get past 5 mph. Really? No power for 5 MPH winds. All of the foothills, Auburn were completely dark. Just think of the grocery stores and businesses that lost money and food.

I mean we were fine really. We have generators for the fridge and freezer, so we ran those about 4 hours a day. Maybe a little longer and everything stayed nice and cold and frozen. We have plenty of flashlights, plus we have many strands of battery operated fairy lights and believe me they are the best invention ever. Our house was lit up and we could see where we were going.

Also, maybe the biggest thing is we had water.  In the past in winter storms, water has always been out. But for some reason this time we had water and could flush the toilet and take showers. Our stove is propane and so is our water heater.  So really we were quite comfortable.  Except for no Amazon Prime TV. We listened to the radio or Spotify.

Still, all services in town were off. Plus everywhere local.

It seemed all a bit weird to us.

We did celebrate the power back on by getting a pizza out, so that was fun.

B and I took a nice drive yesterday thru the canyon and it’s definitely fall and it is dry.

Today we need to go to UCD pharmacy as somehow we didn’t figure his Noxafil right and today is the last of his pills. I am going to call first to make sure it’s there though so we’re not getting there and they say it’ll have to wait for approval.

If we go down, I may stop at Trader Joes for wine and their fall candles are wonderful and affordable. But We’ll see, my introvert self loves to make these plans(mentally) and then reality hits and it’s just too much. sigh…..

 

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Simple Sunday

Well, it’s a new week starting and I’m glad. Last week really was never-ending with stuff to do and I felt stressed all week.

We did get B signed up for Medicare Part D. We actually won’t use it for his Noxafil( Tier 5 drug) because it will be $4900. So we will keep the Cobra for now so that his prescriptions are covered that way. Hopefully, that will work. He won’t be on Noxafil forever, just maybe 3-4 more months.  So he is on Medicare and all signed up for Plan F and Part D.

This week I see my eye doctor for my quarterly check on my macular pucker. I’ll need my eye dilated which I hate. But it has to be done. I can’t see a lot out of my right eye but my left eye makes up for it.  Although when I went to renew my license and get the Real ID, I had to take the eye test and didn’t realize they test your eyes individually.  I panicked a little as I know that eye is around 20/60. but I squeaked by. Next time I’m not so sure. I could have surgery but it’s not guaranteed. But I still may go that route yet.

Other than that it will be a slow week and I need it.

I plan on going to the gym 3 times and keep walking in the mornings.

The fall chores are getting done and B has been busy doing stuff that needs attention. Painting, fixing some concrete steps, tidying the yard, putting away BBQs and all the fall things that need doing.

This week I plan on doing some painting outside on the window trim. That was the 2 windows he put in last month.

In not so good news, my Kappa light chains jumped 13points up. And my kappa/ lambda ratio really jumped to 3.68 mg/L. That’s because when my Kappa goes up my Lambda stays low so the ratio goes up.  Well, Fuck it, not much I can do and I do feel ok. I see Dr. L  at the very end of the month so once again, I’ll bring up when to start. I hope it can wait till 2020. I figure 2 more months and if it goes up 2 more times and hasn’t , hit 100 I can hold off on treatment. I don’t mind going back into treatment when necessary, it’s the dexamethasone that is so difficult. I pretty much lose 2 days a week. Oh well, F#*k it all. I’ve been doing this since 2005 so I guess I should be used to it. Although you kinda know you’ve been a cancer patient for so long, your family members forget to ask how your labs are.

This week is the kitchen zone so I will start that today.

Our fall weather is really spectacular. Leaves are turning and the mornings are chilly but by afternoon it’s just perfect. We had a fire outside last night because I wanted to.

Friday things

It has been a productive week and a really good one.

We got back from Tahoe on Tuesday and we were both a little tired. The sun is quite intense at that altitude and it can really dehydrate you. Even in the best of times it usually takes me a day to kinda get back to normal. But it was wonderful.

We have had some issues figuring out some of the Medicare stuff and we now have a clear path. B signed up for the AARP supplemental Plan F. That plan will not be offered after January 2020 ( I think that’s the date) so it’s the most comprehensive for him.

But we did run into some issues with Part D.  The issue is one of his medications is a Tier 5 , so out of pocket to start she said, $4900. Then $900 a month. Ahhh, no . This was AARP’s Walgreen program.  So here’s what we’re doing. We will continue to pay the Cobra at $700 a month while he needs the Noxafil. That should be for another 4-6 months. Once that’s done we can leave the Cobra behind. I am going to sign him up for Part D thru one recommended on the Medicare website( the Express scripts).  But we won’t use it for the NOxafil or any of his anti-rejection drugs till he’s off the Tier 5 ones. I may have him call today to verbally confirm they’re price levels. So all in all, good.

We are in for 3 days of rain so a change in the weather.