Solitude

I’m taking this idea from over at the blog ‘a smaller and simpler life’   

written by Sue from Wales. She is a wonderful writer and is truly living what she aspires to be.

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I’ve always been an introvert but in my earlier years just ignored what I needed. I don’t do that anymore. I don’t like crowds, parties, concerts etc. It’s just not what I’m interested in.

I am truly in a place where I like being alone/or with B who’s generally outside doing something so I have time to do what I want. When he was traveling for work I had many days where I was alone all day till either my daughter or son came home later in the evening. I was perfectly happy doing my own thing whatever that may have been.

I am embracing this as I get older and don’t feel the need at all to ‘fit’ in.

Having embraced minimalism and loving the simplicity of things, I don’t need to overextend or keep busy. I do my daily routines and enjoy the day. I may work on a project or plan something that might need to be done.

Now that we’re in ‘treatment’ mode, there’s no traveling about and as a matter of fact, I just canceled our spring trip to New Brighton beach because another round of chemo will start.  That’s okay because I believe you must live the season you’re in and not fight it.  We’ll go traveling again when this is over and it will be delightful.

 

Ready to go!

So, we have 2 kayaks on the car, 2 bikes on the car, 3 boxes of firewood, ice chests, clothes, dry foods, and the kitchen sink:)

 

We take off around 10:30 or so. We need to feed the doggies first, and I have a prescription at the post office. I need to pick up as it requires a signature.

It takes almost 2 hours with the tent trailer and weight to get to South Lake Tahoe.

And they don’t really want you checking in before 12 noon. Even when we get there they can be a little snippy. But only once before did we have to wait.

B picked up Bob Woodward’s new book’ Fear’ for me at Costco so I will start that today. I’ve been holding off till we get up there.

I’m planning to use the lodge tonight, but we’ll see.

I went to the Placer co Superior Court this week and got the papers to legally change my name to my name( ha, Ha). It’s a bit of a process and after filling out the forms which I will do after we get back, then I need to have the legal name change in the paper for 4 consecutive weeks.  I did email the jerk in NY but haven’t heard back. I want to confirm that this will release a certified birth certificate in the new order, which will be Christina Roxanne. So we shall see. I checked the passport requirements, and it does say certified BC. B thought I should just try with my old copy but I’m not sure that would fly with them as it is a very detailed procedure. That is the reason I’m doing any of this is for the passport in case we want to go over to British Columbia or on the hopes of Paris one day.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to my darling girl…

My sweet daughter, Sachiko, is 33 YO today. Wow, where do the years go? I was her age when I had her so that’s weird. But being a mom to her and my son has been my greatest joy in this lifetime. I loved being a mom thru pregnancy, infancy all the way to now. I’m lucky as both my children are incredibly talented, smart and easy going and we all get along and actually always have even thru the teenage years.

So happy birthday!!

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In the garden!! Our yard is full of beautiful flowers all due to her hard work.

Today is a gym day and then we’re going to Safeway to pick up a square of cake. They sell pieces and since we don’t eat a lot of cake, it’ll be just right.

I finished the LR zone and just need to do another vacuum tomorrow.

Tomorrow we’re taking the tent trailer up to the Truckee area to try camping at Donner Lake. We’ve actually never stayed there so I guess we’ll see. I only booked it because there is NOTHING else anywhere.  But it should be okay at least to check out. B will work his stores up there and then come back to camp with me. We’ll probably go over to Lake Tahoe Thursday which is a 15-minute drive from Truckee.  I’m not planning any Lodge meals, just going to wing it. There is a Safeway in Truckee so that may be where dinner comes from.

Still haven’t gotten my lab results in paper form but I’ll e-message again tomorrow if I don’t get a message. Since I know the results, I’m not worried but I do keep a paper copy of my labs to compare.

Well, off to do something.

 

 

Santa Barbara

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The beach walk is lovely and you can literally walk for miles right by the ocean. It was a little breezy this morning and my eyes were watering a lot.  This is a residual effect of when I was on Velcade, my eyes just watered all the time. It doesn’t happen too much now except for the cooler air and wind.

We had a lovely coffee at Renauds and in a while, we’re going to the Thrift store for a quick look and then maybe downtown.

B has to work at the co-op later so I shall read and then we can figure out dinner.

Last night we went to our standby Ollio’s pizzeria. Oh my, their pizza is the best and their chopped salad is excellent. It was crazy busy but we still had a good time.

We came back to the room and watched some  Olympic figure skating. That was a treat as we don’t have TV at home.

Simple Sunday

The decluttering count is up to 850. This is since October 1st I think.

My husband cleaned up his office and threw tons of stuff away( yeah B!!!!). Then I had him get the Christmas bins and reduced from 4 to 2. My goal is always to reduce by half. I didn’t go thru the ornaments just cleaned up boxes and threw away some things I know I won’t use.( in thrift store box). ( 3 tree candles, a computer mini tree that lights up, and some other things I threw out(boxes and a leaking snow globe. At one point I collected snow globes but realized this wasn’t for me. I have a few left and when I open then at decorating time I’ll decide whether to give them to goodwill.

So all in all a win-win.

We went to Costco pre-Holiday time and won’t be back till probably after Christmas. I spent @ $300 on just food. This includes beer for B and wine (4 bottles) for Thanksgiving and Christmas. So lots of butter for baking, cheese, cuz it’s cheese, organic tofu, Starbucks winter blend of coffee, mayo on sale( I love that). So all good there.

It’s interesting going to Costco as a non-consumer advocate (as much as possible for us, right now), and seeing ALL THE STUFF! Wow, it is a little overwhelming. It’s important to just get what you need and go. So for instance. I use some mayonnaise and the coupon was for, I think,$2.00 off. So a giant mayo for $4 something. I will get thru it actually as I make egg salad, tuna salad, dressings etc with mayo. So a good purchase.

Dinner is grilled tofu with golden gravy, a salad of kale, spinach, chard, walnuts, and pomegranate things. Plus mashed potatoes.  I was disappointed Costco didn’t have the huge bag of russets.  One of the best freezer meals to make are double stuffed potatoes. We use these all the time. So, I’ll have to wait till next time.img_0496

Exciting news, tomorrow we head up to South Lake Tahoe for B to work and I get to tag along. Lucky me!!! At the condo, I’ll cook some dinner and we’ll do breakfast.  Just simple scrambled eggs and toast!!

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Beautiful Lake Tahoe!!

 

 

Friday things

I went and helped set up books for the bake and book sale tomorrow.  Then I left to take my son to pick up his Subaru that had some sort of oil leak but it was covered by the warranty we got when we paid for the engine to be rebuilt.

Then I went to the store and picked up cream, cat food, wine and a few other essentials for the weekend.

Tomorrow I am going over to the book sale early to help out and then leaving around 10 or so since we’re driving up to Chico so B can pick up his motorcycle. It’ll be a long day but I’ll get thru it. He’s been set on a Triumph which is what he had in college. Then reconsidered and found a brand new Honda Rebel. It’s a smaller motorcycle and that may be a good thing.  It won’t hold resale the same as a Triumph, but that’s not why he’s buying it.  This money comes from the many bonuses he has had over the years that usually has gone to bills. So it’s his turn.

 

Speaking of budgets, things are okay. The bills are getting paid but we’re still not putting away money above and beyond the 401 k that is taken out automatically.  In the next 2 months we have property tax and house insurance so 2 really big annual bills. Sigh… I really hope we get a handle on this as retirement looms out there.  But I am optimistic we will have it sorted as we go into those years.  We have to get rid of the car payment and that will free up some money.  But he gets a reimbursement for the car so it’s a double edge sword.  Still, I hope by mid-year next year the Santa Fe is paid and then we can look at the last car loan for him in these last 3 years.

I am trying very hard to be as frugal as I can and only buying essentials.  Even so, things do come up.

Dinner is Friday night pizza.

 

Back from Nakoma

Nakoma is a golf resort and lodge in Northern California. The main attraction is that it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Apparently, the plans were uncovered at some point and the investors of this resort bought the rights to the plans. The Lodge is quite spectacular. Apparently, the golf course, named the Dragon, is one of the more challenging ones in the country.  Also, it is for really rich people as witnessed by us.

We had dinner at the Lodge and it was a disaster. The roasted garlic plate was good, not great. My French onion soup I sent back as it was yucky and the Ceasar salad was weird in that the romaine lettuce was chopped or shredded really. I ate about a third.  All in all not impressive which was too bad as it is a unique experience.  Maybe we hit an off night.

Then we headed the next day to Quincy and had breakfast at our favorite place.  I shopped the co- op a little while B worked and then we headed home. It was a lovely fall drive.

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