Almost fall.

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!!

 

 

 

 

Simple Sunday

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.

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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

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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.

 

 

Simple Sunday

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

update on foot stuff

So I finally got in to see a podiatrist. Quite the wait. But he seemed ok, not real personable but ok. Mostly it was stuff I already had read about.  But he did say it wasn’t just a stress fracture that the fracture had gone outside the bone slightly so it was slightly more serious and I should keep wearing the shoe for another month.  And then come back in a month. So no walking except what I do normally around the house etc.

I’m not sure what I’ll do once it’s healed as I never walked for extended periods and was not a speed walker. I guess I’m thinking every other day to start and then do the recumbent at the gym. I’m not crazy about the recumbent bike but I will add it in. Plus I may do elliptical as well as that would put less strain on the foot.

We’ll see as I still have a month to think about it and plan.

For now, it does seem to be getting better and I am wearing the ‘shoe’ thing.

We’ve had a few great days of weather with temps in the ’80’s.  That’s changing over the weekend and we’ll be back up to the mid 90’s.

B is taking a few days off and probably will do a few projects. There’s fencing to be done on one property line and some concrete work too.

I’m going to the thrift store to look for a plant stand for my spider plant that needs to be up on something. I might go to the gym too but haven’t decided yet.

Dinner is tempeh Reubens!

Monday….

I was getting ready to leave the house when my phone rang and it was the podiatrist office canceling. WTF???

Don’t these doctors work???

So now I need to change my schedule. They wanted me to come at 2pm and I said no, I’m not driving to Roseville when it’s 100 degrees out at 2 in the afternoon.

Anyway, this is so frustrating and I’m going to complain to someone at Sutter.

I then decided to go buy new Arizona soft bed Birkenstocks as it is one of the few shoes I can wear.  My last pair were very worn down and with my feet issues, I figured I’d better go spend the $100 plus for good shoes. I did check out Vionics and they looked good  online but when I saw them at the store they were very lightweight and didn’t feel like they would hold my foot.  So I’m glad to have a new pair and they are very supportive. Does anyone have any other suggestions for orthopedic type shoes?? The guy in the store was not helpful at all. But he did say that a store down the street did do inserts so I stopped in, but they were closed. I will go back later this week I think.

Dinner is a new recipe: Berkeley burger which is beets, brown rice, eggs as a binder, horseradish and some other things. I’ll let you know how it is.

Still waiting!

It’s now almost 2 weeks since I learned of my foot stress fracture and still no call from the podiatrist I was referred to. WTF? I’ve tried calling and even left a snarky voice mail last Thursday.  I even call Sutter and told them to give me a different referral but no one has called back.

Fortunately, my foot is feeling a lot better from not walking on it daily and I have a boot someone lent me.  I ordered the big black full boot and when it showed up yesterday and I put it on, it was an immediate, NOPE! This is never going to work.  Way to bulky and threw my other leg off. I think I’ll just wait till I see the doctor( if that ever happens now) and then go from there.

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Today is a gym day. I’m only doing weights but it’s still good to do.

My daughter has off today so we may go get some lunch. There’s a new salad place I’d like to try.

Our weather has been really lovely. Not too hot yet.

Dinner is taco Tuesday something.  I might try rice bowls or a taco salad.

 

Midweek Musings

Still no call from the podiatrist office. I’ve called a dozen times and it’s always an answering machine. WTF???? Today is day 7 of not walking every day. Still, a bummer for me but my foot does feel a smidge better though. Plus today they’re closed, so that leaves tomorrow and then their closed Friday.  I think I’m going to call for a different referral down the hill.  Which for us is toward Sacramento!

My brother flies out tomorrow to Conn. to visit our sister and her family. They are having a huge summer party and he decided to go now. The ‘new sister’ arranged his flight and Heidi paid for his hotel. So he should be set. He doesn’t have computer access so I think that’s why he did that. The sister keeps in close contact with him but not me. I guess I’m too stand offish. Oh well, just as fine.

Last nights dinner was a disaster. I haven’t had one of them in many years.  First, I had been to the Davis co-op and decided to buy skirt steak for tacos. I marinated it yesterday and put on the grill. Then toasted corn tortillas.  It was HORRIBLE and DISGUSTING. It had a weird texture and taste. Gross!!!! So I ran into the house and made some cheese quesadillas up for us. Then B had bought this nut loaf thing at another co-op a while ago and I had frozen that. WHOA, also gross.  So much for adventures in cooking.  I think I’ll stick to what I know how to cook.

Today is supposed to be warm @ 95 so I’ll turn the coolers on after a while.  I’m not going to town but  I will go down to the Holiday Market. ( which is at the bottom of our hill). I’d love to walk but can’t right now with the foot thing going on. I need some fruit and I wanted to get a few veggies. I found the exact spiralizer ( Paderno) at the thrift store yesterday for $4.00 .I was quite jazzed.  So I want to make some zoodles and then stir-fry them. ( Maybe not tonight).

My upcoming project is back to the black hole of the barn….(.scary music playing).   It’s really not that bad just it has stuff all over the floor on my son’s side and ALL of that is coming out to be put on tarps and then dealt with. He has the whole back wall of shelves that B built for him.  The rule was, his stuff had to fit on those shelves. So this summer it’s happening. It was a year ago I said and did the same thing and it just got put back in. 😦

The shelves in the middle of the barn which is our seasonal stuff, actually look good.  I’m down to 4 bins of Life magazines and 2 bins of Christmas, 1 bin of the kids Waldorf books and paintings and main lesson books, 1 bin of their LOTR playing cards, and 1 bin of our ‘history’ stuff.  So, it fits nicely and wouldn’t be that hard to move if we ever did move to condo or whatever.

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This is the south side of the house. You can see the window cooler and these plants are Rose Campion. They are an ‘old’ garden flower. They spread nicely and are a lovely rose pink color. They have spread all down our hill into other peoples yards too!!