Five things Friday

  1.  Political things:

The election is over and I’m happy with the results overall. At least Democrats got the house back and can put some pressure on Trump to be more accountable.

I was very upset when I saw the treatment of Jim Acosta. I happened to be watching that news conference on Youtube just when that happened. He did not touch her in any way inappropriately and even says’excuse me, ma’am’.  Why the lies form Sanders and Trump?? Whose the enemy of the people?? It’s a government that’s bent on Nationalism and populist views and actions. Not the press which is just trying to ask questions albeit ones Trump doesn’t want to hear.

2.  We had the Santa Fe fixed at the tune of $1600 as it was a computer item where the key is synched to the car and then they said his brakes were shot. It does have 90,000 miles so I guess that’s probably realistic.  We’re still not sure what we’ll do about cars and specifically a work car for B since the Santa Fe comes off the program in January.  That gives us at least 3 months to figure it out. I don’t think I’d do anything before February.

3. I caught a cold from my daughter. After her trip to Salt Lake City she came down with a cold and I got it yesterday. So my head is 3x bigger( that’s the way it feels) and my sinuses are plugged.  Hers went very quickly so I hope mine does too. I have my labs on Monday and when you’re sick your white blood count goes down fighting the infection. So I guess I’ll have to hope by Monday I’m back to normal.

4. I made a menu for Thanksgiving and it’s simple. Just the traditional stuff not a ton of sides.  So far I have

Turkey (either a Trader Joes kosher turkey breast or an organic turkey)

Nutloaf/gravy homemade using tamari

mashed potatoes/green beans

stuffing/ cranberry sauce homemade

rolls/butter/ olive tray

 

I learned a number of years ago to not go overboard as we just don’t eat it.  We tend to eat simply and never overeat.  I also haven’t decided to get a turkey breast or an organic turkey. I refuse to buy the commercial deals of turkeys for .47lb. How are those poor turkeys raised in miserable conditions? At least the organic ones have had a little better life. ( I hope).

5. I’m still doing the Minimalist game and have another bag of over 30 items to go to the thrift store. Some of it is just small junk but at least it’s out.

Well, I’m off to lay on the couch and try and breathe!!!

Minimalist game

I decided to do the minimalist game for November.  The idea is on day 1, you get rid of one thing, on day 2, two things and all the way up to 30.  Some people count a bunch of pens, let’s say as one. But I often count each one. But I did have a very full bag of Ball Jar lids, I counted as one as there were just too many to count individually.

Even though I do declutter regularly, I think having a goal makes the task more focused. For instance, We have a binder full of old appliance manuals. Well, many of those we don’t even have anymore and the ones we do, if we need something I’m sure it is on the internet. So off they ALL went and the old binder too! Just an example of going back thru stuff and going a little deeper.

If you’re trying to get rid of even miscellaneous stuff this is a great thing to do.

Right now I have two full bags to go to Goodwill. Probably I’ll wait till I get another bag before I drop off.

REMEMBER TODAY IS VOTE DAY!!!!

Vote the liars out. Vote the racists out. Vote those who think immigrants are all murderers just waiting to get you ,OUT!!!

Simple Sunday

I tried the 00 pizza flour and it made a very nice pizza crust. It seemed to have great consistency.  So, not sure I’d get it again too soon but I have plenty for at least 3 more pizza nights.

The Santa Fe is still in the shop and the computer part will be there Monday and installed. I hope this is covered by warranty but never the less it will need to be paid to have the car repaired. We’ve been talking about the whole car thing and we may look at getting B an Elantra again. That’s the first car he had from Hyundai. They are quite affordable and nice looking. We’d pay off the Santa Fe and then I would use that some of the time. But we need to keep it as it tows the tent trailer.

Today is daylight savings, so we turn the clocks back an hour. On the California ballot is a measure to stop daylight savings as it is unnecessary.  I hope it passes.

We just go by our body clocks so I was up at my normal 5:45 but it was now 4:45. We walked at 6:30 which now was 5:30am.  No difference in the light, just the time factor.

Today is a gym day. Then I need some cream and a few things for a recipe I’m making. Tofu Stroganoff from Tassajara Cookbook. I love stroganoff and this looks tasty.

I’m in the kitchen zone this week. It’ll be interesting how it goes with wiping the new open shelves.

I’ve done my mail -in vote so that’s done. Be sure to vote and tell EVERYONE to vote!!

This is a light week with no appts. Next week is busier as I have my Labs, dentist(again) and it seems one other thing.

 

 

 

 

Once more…

After not knowing what happened to my posts and pictures I just gave up. But then when I did an edit it seemed to work but by then I wasn’t into it anymore. Plus I can’t remember the flow of the blog at that point.

But I was at the dentist to do the last 2 trays of Invisalign and will go back in 2 weeks for 2 fillings and the fitting of a temporary retainer. I think the dentist just wants to be done with it as at this point there’s no money in it for him.

Then I decided to go tour local bakery ,which is always pleasant, and write the blog. But that’s when the problems started and it may have been their Wifi connection. So after trying 3 x’s I gave up.

I also wanted to rant about Trump’s response to the Jewish Temple massacre and how insensitive he is.  Saying it would have turned out different if there were armed guards in the temple. Come on, are you that out of touch with people who want to go to church and just pray or worship without it feeling like it’s a prison. Plus, I find it incredibly insensitive that he’s going to Pittsburg today when there are the funerals going on. Plus his rant about ‘the Fake News is the enemy of the people’ is so Orwellian that’s it’s enough to scare the bejesus right out of me. Well, since I’m an atheist I guess that’s not the case but still it is scary.

It is really upsetting what is going on in this country. The hate. The violence. The racism. It seems like we are going backwards. I just hope enough people vote Democrat so we can at least put some kind of controls on Trump. The way he talks IS inciting violence and encouraging right wing nut jobs to act in a violent manner. Something has to change.

Well, enough of my rant. Today I’m going to go to Trader Joe’s for some items. That means I’ll be skipping the gym so I’ll do that tomorrow.

My daughter leaves for a library conference tomorrow in Salt Lake City so she’ll be one the rest of the week.

Here’s a couple of pictures of the yard.

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a red hollyhock!

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some reddish chrysanthemums.

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The back yard.

Well. that’s all for now.

Simple Sunday

Our walk this morning was quite chilly. 48 degrees!  But it’s supposed to warm up to 78 degrees so that will be nice. It sure is darker longer in the morning and now sunset is 6:36pm.  Fall is here for sure.

I’m in the kitchen zone this week. I’ve been doing a little extra all week so it shouldn’t take quite as long. I wiped down the bathroom and the laundry is started.  Sundays are sheet day so that adds a load.

The first Tartine bread didn’t work out so well it didn’t do the puff up in the Le Creuset.  I have the second loaf on the counter now doing a final rise from the refrigerator. I’m thinking that the kitchen was cooler and the fermentation should have gone longer.  But it may be the batch is off so I ‘ll see if it does better with a final rise time being a little longer.

I’m off to the gym and then to get some groceries. I am planning to go into Target as well for a few things. We need more twinkly lights as our stash from last year is used. We keep light ups all year in the carport and on the house. They are on timers and come on at dusk.  We don’t have outside lights so this works well for us.

I am terribly saddened by the political news. I really thought there was a good chance Kavanaugh wouldn’t be confirmed. Apart from the sexual assault issues, his whole temperament with the anger and partisanship really is an issue for a supreme court justice.  But somehow this got thru too. Our democracy is really threatened by this whole populist movement. There is such division in this country. How anyone with any degree of sanity can support Trump is beyond me. His mocking Dr. Ford and then people laughing is just cruel and unpresidential.  It goes on and on.

 

Tonight I’m making polenta with roasted butternut squash and brussel sprouts.  I’m not sure what else maybe some pan grilled pork chops. We don’t eat a lot of pork so maybe not.

Tahoe Blue

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I actually haven’t seen this movie ‘The Fight Club’ but I do love this quote.

Note: that’s just a random thing I put in there, because I saw it the other day.

Tahoe Blue VODKA!!!

So here’s a funny snippet. The other morning I come out of the bedroom and it’s maybe 6:45 am ( of course I’ve been up for at least an hour), but my son sees me with the bottle of Tahoe Blue. He says” it’s a little early isn’t it”???

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Well, the funny thing is I reuse pretty bottles like this one to put water in and then water my plants!!!! So I had just finished the plants in the bedroom.

I don’t even drink Vodka although with all the Trump stuff going on I may start soon.

Today is my lab day. I figure I’ll call next week or maybe Friday as it does take 3 days for the SPEP test. All I can do is just wait and see. I feel good but that can be deceiving with myeloma.

I’m also going to do some weights at the gym and then stop at the market as I need half and half and a few other things. I’m trying not to shop till Aug 1 although that is a week away and I know I’ll need some fruit at the very least.

We are in a heat wave and today is supposed to be 102. Yikes!!!

Dinner is unknown at this point.