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.

 

 

 

Midweek musings

I had a good doctor visit. As I mentioned, my numbers are going up (kappa light chains) but as he said it is slowly going up and I’m a long way to where I started out 3 1/2 years ago at 1010 mg/L kappa light chains. So I’m ok and not panicking. It went up 6 points to 31.7 so an increase. Lambda is in the normal range and looking back at my numbers, Lambda was always in the normal range. The ratio also increased to 2.66 from 2.33 so increase there too. When I went back to when I started Velcade my ratio at it’s highest was 68.25 mg/L so that says something about where I started.

All in all, I’m ok with it for now. It’s always weird to think cancer cells are in your body but one must be positive and philosophical at the same time.

We’re in for cooler temperatures which will be most welcome.

My daughter is drying some cherry tomatoes since we have so many and I really don’t want them to waste. Sundried tomatoes in the winter are nice additions to pasta.

Our last appt is Friday till next week. Driving to Sacramento has been awful with the traffic. Driving home has been a lot easier. I’m guessing with school starting and work there are more people on the freeway.

After next week, we are on a 2-week clinic schedule and that will be very nice.

 

Simple Sunday

Wowza, it is hot!

We’re hitting the 101 mark today and I have the coolers on already at 75.

I just finished the LR zone and am deciding whether to go to the gym. I don’t want to aggravate my rib pain. Plus, I’m trying to decide whether this merits an x-ray.  If it’s a pulled muscle then it’ll slowly get better. If it’s a rib fracture, the question would be why? So, I think I’ll wait and see how it is tomorrow. I told my husband, that I’m pretty sure this happened last year but can’t find any notes relating to it.

I’m making a new recipe tonight ‘Roman Chicken’ that’s from Food Network. Mostly it’s just chicken, peppers, capers, onions and tomatoes. Not sure what makes it “Roman” but I’ll try it.

I finished a good mystery by Baldacci; ” The Fix”. It was a good spy mystery. Now I don’t have any books left so I may need to go down to the pet bookstore and see if there’s anything there.

It’s now later, and I decided NOT to go to the gym. Sunday is my favorite day there as all the regulars aren’t there. Plus there are no jump around classes although there is a yoga class.

B has two appts this week. Getting his orthopedic boot on Monday and Tuesday is clinic. His counts all went down a little but I guess that’s to be expected.

 

Why I am giving up my Instant Pot…

I tried really hard to fall in love with this kitchen item. I’ve made the rice and it’s okay. I think I like the rice maker better. I did make chili and it was pretty good overall but so is the slow cooker.

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I also made some chicken recipes that were good but not stellar. Maybe I like cooking too much and the IP doesn’t allow for tasting as you cook. It’s a one-shot deal.

I gave my rice cooker away to use the IP plus it was getting kinda old.  Rice is good in the IP but I think the rice maker is better.

One thing for sure no one likes the beans in the IP. I’ve been making pintos, black beans, and whatever other beans for years in the crockpot. They come out creamy and in a delicious broth. I also have never presoaked them. In the IP they just don’t taste the same and I can honestly say I didn’t like them much.

So I think I’m going to put it in my closet pantry for a bit and see if in 3 months or so I want to use it or not.

I think it’s great to try new things and I’m glad I’ve tried the IP but I think it’s also okay not to have to like it because everyone does.

So after 6 months, I have to say, I’m not impressed.

 

Simple Sunday

Well, it has been a good week overall.

We are very fortunate that someone is going to lend us an RV so we can park at the Kiwanis house after B is released from the hospital. We are very grateful as it is a beautiful RV.  So at least that part of everything is set up. Plus it keeps us out of a hotel and that is great.

We will need to buy a few things as we don’t want to impact the owner’s stuff too much. We’re thinking our own sheets and some outside lawn chairs.

B’s CT scan was all good except for some more bladder stuff but he went and had a urine test and that was all good so who knows what that is. So all the tests are good.

We meet the transplant doctor this week to finalize everything. I think I’ll go to the coop first and then we can meet the doctor.

Our weather has been beautiful and continues to be so.

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May is really one of the loveliest months here in Northern California.

We’re out early again today for B to get platelets. I went to the gym and now I’m at Flour Garden writing this and drinking a coffee. When we get home I’m planning on starting the kitchen zone and do a few things maybe not all the kitchen zone. It’s also sheet day.

I finished reading the Madame chic books( the first 2) and I enjoyed them. I don’t think they’re for everyone and some people probably wouldn’t like them at all. I liked the inside look at Paris and the culture. I’ve been trying to find them at the used bookstore for about 5 years with no luck so I finally bought them off amazon.

Next Sunday is Mother’s day which I always get breakfast made. But we’re also going to celebrate our son’s graduation from CSU Sacramento and our daughters birthday since B will be in the hospital for both. We’re giving Z money and S will get a new Kindle that she wanted.

Dinner is street tacos since it’s Cinco de Mayo!! Plus some guacamole.

 

 

Simple Sunday

An absolutely beautiful day. Slightly breezy but so nice.

We did a sunrise walk in the park and it was very nice even though there was a crowd of Jesus people there for a sunrise service. Plenty of room for everyone.

The Canada geese couple has babies and they are so cute. The white goose we call Mother goose is their adopted nanny as she is a domestic goose. Go figure. Heck, why not? She seems happy.

lThen I’ve been cooking for a nice dinner. For Easter dinner or Spring celebration we always have southern fried tofu, with a homemade tartar sauce, plus potato and macaroni salads. This year I pulled out a turkey breast I got at Thanksgiving and have that going on the BBQ.  We’ll probably eat a few bites of that. Plus I’m using up some chicken broth I defrosted and am making a Greek lemon soup. We’ll just have that tomorrow or later in the week.

B had his chemo at 8 am so we were out the door early. I came straight home (it’s only about 1o minutes when there’s no traffic on a Sunday) and then our son drove out to get him.

I did the bedroom zone for you Flylady( ers ). I washed the windows, dusted and tidied up.  I also dropped my spider plant and the pot broke and got dirt all over so I had to stop mid-stream and clean that up.

Sunday is sheet day so they are done and back on the bed. As I’ve said before we only have one set of sheets and I really like that.

This coming week does have quite a few appts, but I think we’ll glide thru. My oncologist appt was canceled as my doctor will be out of town so really that makes it easier for me rather than going to downtown Sacramento twice. I’ll probably hit Costco if the coffee gets low( that’s usually the reason I have to go) and then everything else gets thrown in.

I think I’ll go read some before turning the turkey on the BBQ.

Hope it’s a nice day for you out there, whatever you do.

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.