Well, let me say right off the bat, today is not that simple and yesterday was a crisis.
Everything was fine until B put clothes in the dryer and then there was a loud pop. In the house, all the lights, appliances, space heaters were flashing. It wasn’t good.
My daughter ran out to make sure B wasn’t electrocuted and to turn off the power. He went to the main switch and turned off the laundry room but the house was still blinking everywhere. He turned off the main power to the house. All the power protector surges were fried. In fact, the one in my office area was smoking and melted.
THIS WAS NOT A GOOD SIGN. My daughter thought maybe it was something in our wiring but I didn’t think so.
After regrouping, he called PGE and in about an hour the repairman showed up. After checking lines to the house, he determined the main power line had come loose and caused the surges. He fixed it.
We lost the dryer, one space heater, the radio/record player and I think that’s it. Fortunately, we didn’t lose the TV, refrigerator, etc.
So today, we have to go buy a dryer and install it. Actually, I think B is going to take our son and go to Lowes. I ordered online so it’s just a matter of picking up at Will Call.( I hope)!!!
So now to a Simple Sunday.
- we have a nice chicken and wild rice soup for dinner plus a lentil soup for the veggie:)
- I’m going to the gym and do some weights and treadmill
- tidy the house and do the bathroom zone( Flylady zone for the week)
- read, read, read…..I’ve read about 6 books in the last 3 weeks. This one is the new one in The Girl with the dragon tattoo series. The writer who took over is quite good. I also read the new Jack Reacher, Blue Moon, the new Anne Hillerman, The Tale Teller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, ( very sad but truly excellent), James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty, also superb and shocking stuff about Trump( what an idiot). I also read a couple MC Beaton’s Agatha Raison books.
- walked this morning at 6:30 am and there was a nice, big moon.
This week I am on call for jury duty. I checked Friday and it said to check again. I really hope I get passed on.
It’s a lovely morning with cool temperatures. The next week does heat up but not till Wednesday.
We had a nice walk in the park although it is noticeably darker at 5:45. We may need to start going just a bit later.
Today is a gym day and then I need a few groceries for some recipes. I’ve really used most all the meat in my freezers and lots of misc. A few quarter bags of veggies got tossed. So it’s looking good in there. I made a slow cooker pineapple jalapeno pork roast and it was quite tasty. I also pulled out my bread maker and made the dough for some bread. Then I baked that in the oven.
It’s also the bathroom zone which I’m just about to do. Other than that it’s sheet day so I’ll get those in the washer soon too.
The coming week isn’t too busy. Clinic and B’s labs on Tuesday. So we may plan an excursion to Tahoe for the day. A nice picnic or something for a few hours. B can’t be in the sun so we’d need to find someplace that has shade. Meeks Bay on the East side has nice big trees so that may be an option.
I went to the pet bookstore this week and got a good selection of books. I’ve finished 3 of them. One of them called”Dirt” is a funny compilation of different authors takes on housekeeping. It was entertaining.
Dinner is grilled chicken and a salad with some noodles on the side.
Another good week.
The doctor’s appt went well and he’s graduated to doing clinic just once a week. That’s really great. His labs all look good and the prednisone is controlling the diarrhea. I’m pretty sure it was a mild case of Graft vs Host in the gut but it’s under control now. He will slowly taper off the prednisone next week.
I used the IP again and made polenta and the next night did chili. I guess as long as it’s under my Heywood Cabinet and not taking up real estate in the kitchen, I’m okay using it for certain recipes. Polenta in the Instant Pot is particularly good if you haven’t tried that. When you made polenta on the stovetop it is hands-on stirring for about 30 minutes. So this is a really great way to make it and it is very creamy. I put it in a loaf pan and chill and then cut in slices and fry with a little tamari and then I top with cheese. So I’m glad I didn’t just get rid of it without giving it some time. Time is an amazing thing!
I’m going to Costco this morning for a few things and to bring my receipt where I was double charged. I feel kinda weird about it but I’ll try.
We’re adjusting to life without Bonnie. Rocky seems better than at first. He’s getting a lot of attention, so that helps.
I finished a few really excellent psychological thrillers by Dana French. ” In the woods” and ” Broken Harbor”. She’s a great writer but the stories are dark but compelling. I also picked up a few books at the book exchange at the Cancer clinic. First, this is a terrific idea to have a bookshelf for patients to pick up books and drop off. Kiwanis house has quite a few bookcases thru out their facility and I definitely used them. So I picked up Ernst Hemmingway’s ” A moveable Feast” which was published posthumously. I ‘ve never really like Hemmingway’s stuff but this was really great. It’s a collection of essays about when he lived in Paris in the 1920s. I would highly recommend it. It is a masterpiece of writing. I’m interested in going back an rereading some of his other books.
I dropped off about 8 books including some very new books I had bought but really didn’t want to keep. Flylady’s new book “CHAOS” was one. And some others too.
We received the first Cobra insurance bill and it’s a whopper. Part of the bill still has our son on for medical, but that will come off as of 9/1 when his Kaiser Permanente kicks in so there will be another very large bill in August as well. Big as in $1200. Yes, that’s big! But then it should drop by about $600, I think… we’ll see:(
I’m giving away my copy of “lightly How to live a simple, serene, stress-free life” by Francine Jay.
It’s a great little book with lots of ideas for minimizing, simplicity, decluttering and more.
To enter, Please leave a comment on why you’d like to have it.
I will use a random number generator to pick a winner and then will post that and the winner can email me there address.
The giveaway will be open until next Sunday, April 14th.
Well, it’s been a longish week. Hot, Hot, more hot!!
There’s not much change for the coming week either. I’m so glad we have an Intex pool. That was one of our better purchases since we both love the water so much. BTW, this newer model came with a sand filter so if you’re ever in the market for a pool that doesn’t cost a fortune these are a great value. This pump has kept the water crystal clear with some additions of shock but that’s expected.
I went to the gym and did weights.This morning we walked one round in the park. I wore the boot and my foot felt ok. I won’t try and push to do it tomorrow. I was just happy to go and walk around once. It has been discouraging not to be able to walk everyday but well life happens and it’s best to go with the flow.Healing my foot is top priority. My other foot also feels like maybe something is tweaked. I do have a bone spur and osteoarthritis in both feet and that can be a cause of foot stress fractures. I hope that’s not whats going on.. I was going to check with my oncologist next time about whether the Zometa that I use to get for bone strength could help here.
A super fun find at the Goodwill was an Atlas 150 pasta maker. I got it for $5.00. I’ve been looking for one forever. It wasn’t till I got home though and realized it didn’t have the clamp. But I went to the hardware store and got a C clamp and that worked. I can get a replacement on Amazon for $20 so I might do that. Then this morning, viola!!! I made pasta. So tonight I’m making the homemade pasta and then zoodles as we have some lovely zucchini in the garden. I’m going to use a yellow and green zucchini. Then I thought I’d made a garlic olive oil sauce and throw in a few shrimp.
So we will see how it turns out. Since it’s the first time making the pasta, I’m sure there’s a learning curve. I’d like to try a lasagna with the home made noodles.
I decided to order Courtney Carver’s ‘ Soulful Simplicity’
and I have to say, I’m enjoying it. It’s way better that ‘ The year of Less’ and ‘Frugalwoods’. So if you’re looking for some inspiration for minimalizing this is a good one. She does mention ‘God ‘ a few times so far but I’m okay with that as she does qualify it with ‘spirit’ or ‘heart’. I also like Dave Ramsey and of course he does use lots of christian things but I overlook that for the content that’s being given.
- Yesterday my daughter and I took a huge load to Goodwill that was mostly my son’s stuff. Hurray!!!! Maybe the decluttering is sinking in for him. ( Probably not, but it was a good start). Plus it was two Kirkland dog beds that the border collies just don’t use. The books I saved out of the drop to take to the pet bookstore as I’d rather support them.
- Did the budget with B’s check and we’re on track to finish the credit card that we put Z’s spring tuition on by July. Also, I finally paid the last of my Invisalign costs. So that was exciting. After the CC is done, I’m determined to finish the Santa Fe. It’s 2014 so, that’s 4 years of payments and I want it gone. If I did that by the end of the year I’d be happy. I don’t see us getting another car for B’s work. Even though the company does do a stipend it would mean another car loan and right now, I don’t want that.
- Retirement is looming for B so we need to be as debt free except the mortgage as possible.
- My daughter and I went to the gym and then after the thrift store drop headed over for some tostadas. Yummy.
- For dinner, I made baked tofu and then made a really yummy coconut curry vegetable stew. It was delicious. Plus I made a peanut sriracha sauce for the tofu.
Today it’s hot. So I might just hang out at home and read. My son lent me another graphic novel, TheWatchman, so I’m curious about it. He said it is the # 1 graphic novel of all time.
I might wash the outside windows with the Windex outdoor product. It actually works very well and you don’t need to wipe them when done although it does help.
Tonight is pizza night.
Cheese and pepperoni pizza with basil.
For Christians, it’s Easter Sunday. For the rest of us, just a beautiful day without religious embellishment. Our walk was lovely despite the sunrise Christians out to worship some long ago person who supposedly came out from behind a rock and rose from the dead.
I’m taking a wild educated guess, that there was undoubtedly a scientific reason for it, or maybe it was just a story that kept going and getting more outrageous. The first Gospels weren’t even written until 70 A.D., so that’s an awfully long time to embellish the story!! The first gospel was written by Mark but some scholars believe Matthew may have written his earlier than 80-90 AD. Anyway, one simply must put into context this was over 2000 years ago and there certainly was no internet. Science was a mere blip. The earth was flat and religion was a good way to have something to believe in. Oh well, enough of my meanderings.
No gym today as it is closed. I’m going to work on a few projects. The laundry room is tidied but I still need to wash the floor. I did paint the shelves so they are clean and bright now. I’m going to cook some southern fried tofu with a potato bake and some strawberries for desert.
FLylady zone is the entryways and dining room. I will wash the sunroom windows and front door. We moved all the geraniums outside so that brightens it up. Everything is growing wildly. Mowing will be a weekly event.
Next week does bring some rain on Friday but it shouldnt be too bad and we could use it.
I need to call down to the cancer center and see when my doctor ordered my labs. He’s away this week, and I cant remember if he said he’d order them for this week or next. Since I see him next week I’d like to get them done sooner. This week I have a dentist appt for a dental cleaning and then a birthday lunch on Friday. So my week is open.
I’m reading an excellent book by Barbara Ehrenreich ” Living with a Wild God”. So far it is compelling.