the week ahead…

This is going to be another busy appt week. B has his oncology appt and starts cycle 4 of Dacogen. That runs 5 days straight.  So We’ll be out and about a lot.

Since I don’t have any grocery needs except perhaps the cat food, I’ll probably go to the gym or sit at the coffee shop. Dacogen infusion takes about an hour but total time runs about 2.

I don’t have any appts although I still need to get into the dentist for them to scan for my retainer. Every time I call, there’s a reason the dentist is unavailable. (Last time was he was out of the office on Friday).

It’s supposed to be just cloudy today but rain/snow the rest of the week, I hope my daughter can get up to Truckee.  What a winter this has been. One for the record books.

Next week is daylight savings which I dislike as I like the light as it is now in both the morning and afternoon. California has legislation to eliminate it but I don’t know whatever came of it.  And Spring is only a few weeks away. Although with all this rainy weather, it may be delayed or maybe we’ll have SUNSHINE !!

Today is the Kitchen zone if you are following along with Flylady.  If so, try and declutter something while you’re at it. Yesterday I put my crockpot in a box and dated it. If I don’t use it or need it in 3 months I ‘ll give it to the thrift store. Since I’m using the IP exclusively, there’s no need for 2 things.

The kitchen zone is my biggest area mostly because of the deeper clean it needs. Overall it takes me 1-2 hours.

The other day I made the IP pork chops and they were delicious. I don’t like pork chops in the crockpot as they seem to shred but these were intact and cut lovely. I was quite pleased. Yesterday I did some meal prep for the week. I made IP brown rice and grilled some chicken. My daughter also steamed asparagus and somehow they were so good there were none left over for lunches.  That’s okay, I still have some broccoli to cook.

I’ve learned a few things about the IP. One is for a whole chicken, I’d much rather roast in the oven. I like the look and taste better. Also, I grilled chicken breasts last night in the cast iron pan and that too I prefer over the IP.  So it is a learning curve with it. If you’re starting out I’d say, just try recipes and see what ones make your life easier or the food simpler to prepare. I’ve only made beans once but am planning on doing black beans this week too for burrito bowls. Hardboiled eggs are a breeze to do.

Well, off to start the kitchen zone.

 

Simple Sunday

We were up and out at 7:30 to get to the infusion center and then I came straight home to do my Sunday chores.

I did the bathroom zone, vacuumed, tidying the kitchen counters and did some emails.

Then I went back to town to go to the gym and Target. B has to have blood and platelets plus the Dacogen so it’ll be a long day for him. Either my son or daughter will go get him around 3 pm.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I did get an Instant Pot and have really liked it so far.  I’ve done rice a few times, a chicken salsa recipe, a whole chicken, and last night I did spaghetti. The spaghetti sounds weird but actually, it was quite good. Plus, I sauteed the ground beef in the instant pot then put the spaghetti is and then homemade sauce.  It was really quite delicious.

Today I’m going to do brown rice and I may try hardboiled eggs too.  The whole chicken was very moist but I think overall I’d prefer a roast chicken. The time factor though is pretty amazing. I think since it’s really a pressure cooker the flavors are locked into whatever you are cooking.  I wouldn’t say I absolutely love it yet, but I have enjoyed the things I’ve made. I haven’t tried beans yet and for me, that’s probably the deciding factor.

This coming week shouldn’t be too bad with appts. B has chemo tomorrow( the last of this cycle), then Wednesday I have the appt with the Medicare person, so that’s it overall except B’s labs.

The weather is supposed to be cold and rainy/snowy so I’m not looking forward to that.

Simple Sunday

A sunny day at last. Actually, yesterday was nice too. But rain/snow is forecast for the whole week. I guess we’ll get thru. But when the sun is out and it’s almost 60 degrees, I start to want to go out and do yard work, or garden. or get back out to the barn for more decluttering. But then it’s nice for a day and then back to 50 degrees or less and all that enthusiasm leaves. Oh well, it’ll all be there to get to.

Today is day 4 of chemo, so only one more for this round and then it’s a waiting game to see how the labs start doing. I suspect at least a week before anything maybe two. I have read some encouraging stories on the MDS facebook page. That does help. Plus I’ve asked a few questions and people are very helpful. That kind of support is really worth it and from my own experience with the Myeloma page and the Myeloma Beacon, they were literally life-saving and helped me move in the right direction.

Today is a gym day and then home to just do some chores before heading back in to get B. Today is a short day for him so that’s nice.

Dinner is pulled pork with corn tortillas. Scrambled eggs for B. His mouth sores he says are getting a tiny bit better.

This week is the bathroom zone. I was watching YouTube with The minimom who is in New Zealand. She’s quite cute with her zone cleaning but she said she uses some printouts from Etsy. I went and looked and am undecided if I need these. They’re only $4 but I’m not sure how much I’d use them. Basically, I have a planner( blank pages with a dot grid, I get at Michaels) and then each day write my goals and what I need to do. I also do a budget daily checking what’s out and what is due when. 98% of our bills are automatic but a few are still put in.  So usually, I also do the next paycheck budget and adjust accordingly such as this next pay period I need to get the van smogged and pay registration. So, then I add that in.

Off to tidy up and then read.

Oh, I’m reading the last Henning Mankel book,’After the fire’.  His writing is just amazing. It is so clear and precise. Yet, very poetic.

Here in soggy California

So still raining, but today is supposed to be sunny and then back to rain. UGhhhh, I really do get sick of it. Plus the yard looks rather sad and really needs some picking up. I did clear off the patio the other day as it looked like everything had been tossed on the patio table in hopes of someone tossing it. That turned out to be me. It all still looks forlorn and I’m seriously thinking of hitting up Home Depot for some kind of winter flower or plant to spruce it up. Anything to bring a little cheer to the front door area. Our entry is weird enough that the front door is on the side of the house and we have a gate from where we park cars that we walk thru so the angle is always weird. Plus the patio is right there and that adds to the visual clutter.  The original front door was where the porch was that we rebuilt and enclosed when we were remodeling. It’s all done with 2x 6s so it’s code but it wasn’t in our final.  I suppose if we ever were to sell we’d need to do something but that’s neither here nor there yet.  so that door which was the main door also was placed weird that it faced the lawn that was there and not a driveway either.  So now that door goes into the front room and the other room is my office. But originally that was daughters room. It’s actually quite cozy with french doors on one end. The floor is wide planked pine that B put down over the concrete floor that was there.  I suppose if we ever had money a proper remodel would be nice.

Anyway, enough rattling on about that.

So far this week, we’ve had the oncologists/hematologists appt and that went well. She took pictures of poor B’s mouth. We asked for a pain prescription and about other stuff and she was very thorough. From the second BMB, there were no other FISH (genetic anomalies). So it looks like it’s the 7 q deletion plus excessive blasts( that’s the bad part). She’s also hoping that after this second round of chemo the good cells will start winning over the bad cells but that remains to be seen.  He had another transfusion on Monday and starts chemo today. So the next 5 days will be constant. Hopefully, though, it will go smoothly. His counts are so low that risk of infection is there. So far he’s done fine except for the mouth sores.

I had my DEXA scan and shall see how the bones are in a week or so. Honestly, who cares at this point if I’m pre-osteoporosis.  Or maybe it’s there already.  I would just have to see what the doctor says about what to do with medicine.  Because I’ve had so much Aredia and Zometa, that can actually affect the bones sometimes in a negative way after years of treatment. So we’ll see.

I finished watching the ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’ and it was really fun to watch. Amazingly, B did all his clothes, which were not a lot, but still, his drawers and closet look absolutely great!!! If you can watch it, I’d highly recommend it. I do think there are other methods of decluttering that are just as good or for some better. Some people do room by room and that works too. I think because I had done so much decluttering starting with Fly Lady, that when I got to Marie Kondo’s method it wasn’t overwhelming. But if you haven’t, I could see getting out every book you own would be daunting.

So off to the gym today, drop B off at infusion and then go get chicken food.

Last night I made a Thai Chicken soup and it was delicious.  If you have leftover chicken and a can of coconut milk, I’d highly recommend it.

 

2019, here we come…

It was a quiet new years evening. We watched a few funny movies. Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein which is hilarious and then Tremors which is also funny weird.  We had sub sandwiches which were yummy. Poor B had scrambled eggs as that’s about all he can eat right now plus pudding. I really hope these mouth sores resolve themselves soon.

Today, I walked predawn and the moon and Jupiter are quite near each other. If you’re up before dawn take a look. It’s pretty. I love crescent moons as I think of ‘priestess’ things from days gone.

Today is a day home. I need to do a load of laundry and just tidy up.  Tonight I’m making black beans in the crockpot and then a couple of tacos for me and my daughter. I’ll make something soft for B to eat.

Tomorrow I’m going to the gym with probably everybody and their mothers and their grandmothers etc. etc… the gym is always packed this time of year. It’ll slow down in a few months and the regulars that make it will keep going.

I also have a dental cleaning first in the morning.

I’ve worked out a budget for January and I will do a no- spend month and keep groceries at a minimum.  With the possibility of medical bills coming in, I’m not sure what those expenses will be yet.

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Have a wonderful Christmas!

I hope everyone has a lovely and special Christmas.

We are all ready for Christmas and tonight is Christmas Eve and we will have our traditional cheese fondue with baguette, veggies, and maybe some ham for the meat eaters.

I made the sauce for the manicotti yesterday so all I need to do is assemble the dish and pop in the oven tomorrow.

Today should be low key. I will do a little Flylady zone cleaning and a quick vacuum.

The other day after infusion, we went to the nursery and bought a live tree.  For some reason, I just had this urge to buy a real tree and I knew I didn’t want to get a cut one. So off we went and found a IMG_0576.jpeglovely blue spruce that we will plant after Christmas. They are a slow grower so we shouldn’t have to worry about it getting too big. I really wanted a tree with a strong fragrance like a balsam or Frasier but none to be found in this part of the world.

Next year we will get that Christmas tree permit early like we did last year as they sell out within a week. $10 for a tree is unheard of.

I might go to the gym, haven’t decided yet. The day feels slow and open to possibilities.

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Two of my favorite things, wine, and beeswax candles. 🙂

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!!!