It was 32 degrees this morning when I walked. Everything was frosty. B felt good enough to come along and it was a lovely romantic walk in the moonlight. Jupiter and Venus? are aligned and quite a sight. I think Mars was there too but not as bright.
Yesterday we drove to Sacramento for a follow up with the transplant doctor. It was an informative appt but there’s no real difference yet in numbers. But it’s still early in the cycle and it would be next week things could start to show something. For the actual transplant the hospital stay will be a month and then we will need to be in a hotel nearby as he will be having to visit the hospital daily for a month. Not sure how that’s all going to work out but when we talk with the nurse coordinator we will know more.
Today is a gym day and B gets labs. We’re still trying to figure out the SDI and we’re waiting on a call from HR. They have NOT been helpful so we need more info. Also tomorrow we will call EDD to see if we can get the claim going.
Tonight is Taco Tuesday and I’m making tamales not tacos but hey it’s Mexican.
My son started back at Sac State this morning. He’s still trying to get credit for his internship which would allow him to drop one class and make his load a little easier. My daughter has a day off due to MLK day she gets a comp day.
All in all, things are going along.
I walked this morning and B actually felt like walking too!!! Hurray!!! As soon as we were done though it started pouring rain. It was funny.
Today is supposed to be rainy but then the rest of the week looks lovely and in the mid-’60s. Yes, I can get outside. I am wanting to get out to the barn to go thru another bin of Life magazines. I think I’m just going to take most of the very early ones to the Cancer thrift. I have some of the ones in the 1930s. I love that life was so different and way simpler but also way more uninformed. News took a long time to get out. Now it’s instant. Anyway, I’m pretty sure my kids don’t want these ones so I think that will eliminate almost a whole bin. I have 4 bins left and I’d like to get it down to 2 by this summer. Other than reorganizing camping stuff the shelves out there look good.
B will need to give most of his samples away since he’s not on the road and won’t be again. The food bank always appreciates the organic and natural stuff. His job has been given to someone else so when he goes back it won’t be for that job. Does anyone know the law about that? Do they have to hold his job for him for x amount of months or not at all? Well, since we don’t know how long it’s going to be I guess it’s a moot point but still I’d like to know.
I’m off to the gym and then finish the bedroom zone. I want to wash the curtains this time around.
Dinner is spaghetti with a sauce I think. Brinner is an option too. So one or the other.
So far the no-spend month is going fine. I’ve been to the store a few times but nothing extra. I need to go to Costco this week for TP and some fruit and greens for the Vitamix but that’s all(I think). I’d like to hold off as much as possible but I’ll be down in Roseville on Wednesday for a Dexa scan. So, that maybe when I go.
Things have been rainy and windy here. It looks like the next 10 days are rained filled. I walked this morning and it was quite lovely and it only started sprinkling when I left.
I made a yummy split pea and ham soup last night. I didn’t make a vegetarian one as B isn’t eating much. Once again, I made him some scrambled eggs. I don’t make Split pea often and this one turned out quite delicious. There’s some to freeze and maybe lunch today.
Tonight I’m making chicken parmesan and some pasta. No salad as I bought a clamshell pack at Grocery Outlet and it was all funky so I gave it to the chickens.
This week is the kitchen zone. So I’ll start that today. Plus it is sheet day. We only have one set of sheets so I wash and dry them and put them back on the bed on Sundays. I am going to get some new sheets but just not sure when. I was waiting for Target to put the linen/cotton blend on sale but so far haven’t seen it.
This week is full of appts which I do not like. But they are necessary and B starts his next round of chemo on Thursday so that means out every.single.day. I’m sure my daughter and son will help with the driving when they can.
Oh geez, I forgot to update about my damn birth certificate. They returned it (after 6 weeks) REJECTED because the second page of the decree was not included. The clerk had told me, it wasn’t generally ever asked for. Plus they wanted our original certified marriage license WTF I don’t know. This has been one of the biggest BS things I have ever been thru. So on a whim, I drove down to Roseville to the justice center and expected to wait hours till I could get to the recorders window. Much to my surprise, I sat down after taking the ticket, and I was called in about 2 minutes. I told the clerk what I needed and she said sure. She said it’s rare anyone cares about the second page. So I got what I needed, came home went to the post office to get Priority envelopes (again) and loaded it up and sent it off. I would hope this does it but I’ll keep you updated(probably in another 6 weeks???) What a PITA…..
Well, off to the kitchen zone…
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.
I don’t look at stats much only blog but happened to see I had posted 1010 posts since I been this blog in 2012.
That’s cool! I started this blog as an online journey with cancer, myeloma. But then, on and off when I’ve been in treatment and in remission, I’ve added in simple living and minimalism. Both I am passionate about. Oh, and cooking! And The just keep Walking Project that ended this past June after 5 years.
I write for me as a way to process life. I’ve met some terrific on line people and value their cyber friendship.
I love champagne but we didn’t have any on Thanksgiving. I forgot to get it but we had wine!!
So onward to more posts about life, how shit happens and the good stuff too!!!
I so enjoy this time of year of late summer early fall. Of course, my birthday is in September so that’s probably why. Although I think beyond the birthday thing it’s just a beautiful time with cool evenings and warm days. We sat out last night till 8:30 and it was still warm.
The garden is winding down and so is watering the garden. Our water bill was quite huge due to watering so much when it was 100 + for weeks at a time. We’re already watering way less and that should drop the bill next month. I’m still picking green tomatoes so they can ripen in a box. Plus now I’m starting to cut the hard squashes. We have quite a few butternut and spaghetti squash. They will be nice in the fall and winter.
This year our apple tree is in full production so I’ll be making applesauce and pies. I’m going to make a pie today or tomorrow so I can see how it freezes and then defrost and bake. I’d like to experiment to see if this is the best method. Otherwise, it’ll be apple sauce canned.
This morning is a gym morning. We walked this morning as well so that puts me at 4x a week. I’m probably going to add a 5th day next week. It’s great to be back out in the morning. I love moving first thing( well after 1 cup of coffee).
My latest drama is trying to get a certified birth certificate. We would like to get passports so that we can travel or flee the country if necessary( just kidding). So my birth certificate is not embossed. So I figured no problem. I filled out the NYC form paid the fee and voila. Well, no the next day I get an email saying that my first name does not match the birth certifcate so it’s voided. WTF???? My birth name is Aurora Roxana Christina. I have never ever in my entire life used Aurora as that was my mother’s name. So I email back and say I have always only used Christina as my legal name. Nope!! he says, I have to have something with my legal first name. WTF??? I have absolutely nothing. So I’m supposed to email someone else. Such a simple thing and now it’s a f@#King problem. Leave it someone in NYC to be an asshole and screw it up.
Well, I guess I’ll see what happens.
I’ve read a couple of really good books this week. One is ‘Educated’, about a woman born in 1986 to an extreme Mormon family in Idaho. It is so eye-opening. It’s amazing she found herself and escaped. And she went on to obtain her Ph.D. Quite a story. The other is a Jodi Picoult, ‘Leaving Time’. It has a huge twist that is completely unexpected. Great characters.
Dinner is either nachos or leftover homemade ravioli. Not sure which yet!!
The smoke from the fire has mostly moved out and the air quality is better. There’s a slight breeze which may not be good later in the day as it warms up.
I’ve been to the gym and am now home thinking about what next to do. Here’s the zucchini bread.
It’s a really good recipe and it did puff up. I thought it was way to little batter in the pans but it was fine. I will make another batch this week as I have more zucchini coming in. I may go get some mini loaf pans.
Then here’s the Tartine bread
It had a great sourdough flavor. I have another batch in the fridge that I’ll bake up this week as well.
I’m in the kitchen zone this week so I may start that today and get the cabinets windexed.
I’m cooking chicken tiki marsala in the crockpot and then later I will do some tofu in a pan. I’m planning on cooking some organic long grain white rice with it.
We went for a lovely walk in the park this morning. I sure do miss my daily walks but soon enoughI’ll get back to a more regular schedule.
Tomorrow I’m excited to go pick up my flat of blackberries from a local farm. I’m planning to make jam on Tuesday.