First off, I owe an apology to Hawaii planner blogger. She is an honest blogger who I respect. I was unfair in my comment concerning her kitchen renovation.
I was rude and unnecessarily judgemental about frugalness while being well off. That was an unfair assessment on my part. Everyone should try to be careful with their money no matter what their circumstances. We can all learn from one another and should be open-minded about other people’s circumstances.
Overall, we had a nice week.
Quite hot and it will continue to be so for a while. At least it cools off at night so the coolers are turned off by 8pm. I’m expecting our PGE bill to be high.
I went to Safeway as I mentioned and it wasn’t too busy at all. Some people were still not wearing masks but most were. I’ll probably not go back to Safeway but if I need something over to Bel Air as they are requiring face covers. I didn’t really get any prepper stuff just regular groceries. I don’t need anything this week but 1/2 for coffee which we go thru a lot of with 4 of us drinking coffee with cream.
We’ve been watching some fun old movies like Caddyshack. Another favorite this time of year is What about Bob!!!
There’s not much going on over here at Casa Neumann’s. Same ol’ same ol’.
This morning I’m going into Safeway to get a few items that are needed but other than that just the regular stuff. Most of my house chores are done for the week except a tidy up here and there.
I have pizza dough made ( on Wednesday) so I just need to bring it out of the fridge and let rise at room temperature.
I was looking at upright freezers for the ol’ prepper pantry but geez everything is sold out. If I order a small one 14 ft it says delivery is in October, so maybe?? Do any of you use both a small chest freezer( that’s what I have now) and an upright?? What do you stock up on. I know I could put my extra flour and rice in there and that would extend shelf life. Plus milk freezes well and cheese. Let me know what you do. Other people’s setups are helpful to know.
OMG, we had a bear go thru the yard last night. Arlo recorded it around 3:30 am. We have a mountain lion that’s been hanging around but we’ve never seen a bear. They are here because people have lost their chickens to bears but we’ve never seen one. Very Wild things going on.
I just passed 1252 posts on my blog.
Of course, I’ve had my blog since 2012 when the great decluttering era started and my journey with minimalism. Right now, it seems minimalism is taking a back seat because my houseplants are taking over. Seriously, I think I need to give some away. Plus with Covid-19 the pantry has exploded into the prepper pantry. It’s all good though, everything changes. I’m certainly not filling up white space with stuff.
My Flylady routine hasn’t changed all that much since 2012 but some. When I first started with FL, I did all her recommendations. Then as they got done, I wrote out my list of things for each zone and that’s what I use today. Some people find FL too involved or restrictive, but I think the form is valuable if you own it for your own circumstances. If you are drowning in clutter and not getting the house in order, start with the kitchen sink as she recommends. Keeping the kitchen sink clean and clutter-free of dishes really sets the tone for the whole house as odd as that sounds.
Our very hot weather continues and so does the constant watering the yard. We are getting some cherry tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchini which is nice. As a matter of fact, I’m planning on making a zucchini bread this morning.
Last night I made the individual quiches and they were good. I used the Breville toaster oven and it kept the kitchen cooler than using the oven. I think they could have been cooked a little less.
Today is my basic Monday chores which are dusting, vacuuming, mop kitchen floor, and a general tidy up.
We had the logger guy come and pick up the huge logs on Saturday. What a relief they are gone. He charged $150 which was completely worth it to get them out of the back area. Barclay could have never cut them up.
BOYCOTT GOYA FOOD PRODUCTS!
( just a reminder)….
We stocked up the prepper pantry this week with
- 25 lbs of black beans. they’re not organic but grown in Washington state so I felt ok about it.
- canned goods
- coffee( 2 bags of Starbucks French Roast on sale at Costco)
- Bob’s steel cut oats
- paper towels ( Costco’s giant package gets us through most of the year) We try not to use a lot of paper towels but sometimes you just have to.
- Dove soap( 16 bars)
- ramen soup( my favorite breakfast)
- lots of single item things from Winco like Asian seasoning stuff, and olives
- four more boxes of pasta
- Another 10 bag of Calrose rice
The barn pantry looks really good and as soon as I get the Ikea pantry the other stainless steel shelves will go out there too.
Not much on the schedule this week, so that’s nice. With the weather being so hot, I don’t like having to go out much.
I went to Goodwill yesterday and Whoaaaaa… I got there at 9:45am. Dropoffs start at 10am. there were probably 25 cars already in line. By the time it started, I had probably 30 cars behind me. I guess it’s the season.
My order from Ikea ( from 2 months ago) showed up. So it’s another bamboo plant stand. And another small cabinet. I have this cabinet in our entryway and my plan was to put this one next to it. But then since we put the small TV in my office area, I decided I will put it under the TV and put ALL the DVDs in it. If they don’t fit some will have to go. So a little more organization.
I’ve been taking some pictures of the different rooms again and looking at the spaces. In my office area, the brown rug ( once I took the picture) looked really awful with the grey Ikea couch. So that was pulled out and I’ll have to see if I want a grey rug to replace or just leave the wood floor. Some of the pine boards need replacing so another project.
This week on the menu will be
- individual Lodge quiches, a mushroom /cheese, spinach/ cheese)
- Yakisoba with crispy tofu
- burrito bowls with pintos, avocado, tomato salsa, cheese and tortillas
- maybe something with beef like in a Japanese recipe from Just One Cookbook
- spinach crepes with a bechamel sauce( maybe) depends how ambitious I feel!
BTW, I am loving the Zojirushi rice maker I got. It is fantastic ( thanks Laura from The Occasional Nomads who always has great suggestions and has lovely Japanese things in her home on Kaua’i.
My head is spinning with the political crap going on. With Trump getting Stone off the hook and out of his scheduled sentence, I just want to throw up. The corruption is so blatant it’s mind-boggling. Then he and Devos ( who is also evil incarnate) just wants the kids to go to school 5 days a week. Ok, you send YOUR kid or you go and spend a week in a classroom with 30 kids and tell me it’s safe. Yeah, right.
In other boring news, the Flylady zone is the bathroom. Not exciting but hey it still needs to get done.
So the whole post didn’t publish so here’s a recap. Really pisses me off because now I have to rewrite it all.
To start, I was saying, BOYCOTT GOYA FOODS.
Their CEO, owner, a Latino man and this is a Latino based business, had a publicity stunt with Trump and basically kissed his ass. Praising him as such a great person. This is the same person who has devalued, denigrated, locked up Hispanic children in cages, called them rapists and murderers. But he’s now some saint. BOYCOTT GOYA!
The tree pictures.
All I can say, after having just said it all is $3600 later it’s done.
B’s IVIG went fine.
Shopping at Costco, Winco, Trader Joe’s went fine. Expensive but fine.
It’s hot here in Northern California.
That’s it for now.
Well, the whole post I just wrote disappeared and didn’t publish right so… I’ll try and rewrite later.
I haven’t bought anything in the last few weeks. But our last Costco trip @2 weeks ago did add some stuff.
On that trip, I bought the 2 pack of vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, and TP, plus I was lucky enough to walk by the cleaning area and there were a few Clorox wipes still there.
So these restaurant shelves are out in our barn. Some stuff in the bins has been vacuumed sealed and placed in there for safekeeping. We have the other set of restaurant shelves in the kitchen actually and once we get the Ikea pantry, that will go out to the barn as well.
Under the kitchen workbench, I have some wine crates with misc items too. I’ve been crazy about these Far Niente crates. So now I have 4.They fit under the shelves and the work bench.
I went down to our local fruit stand, Ikeda’s, and bought corn to freeze. Here it is blanching. Then I cut it off the cob and froze.
Then I made sourdough bread in the bread maker. But I always bake it in a regular pan.
Tomorrow I’m going to make some strawberry jam with some berries I got at Ikeda’s. If you’re ever in Northern Ca and going up I-80 stop at Ikeda’s. It is been there for many years. And Danielle Steel has written about it in one of her romance novels.
Well, back to my regular programming here:)
Wow, our weather changed on a dime yesterday and now it is breezy and cool and just lovely. The high is supposed to be 82 degrees so really nice.
It was a busy sort of week with the dentist and oncology doctor but it all went well. My crown copay turned out less than I thought at $550. So that was good. The crown seems pretty sensitive to hot/cold so not sure if that will pass or ?
We ordered pizza out and that was pricey. I’ll go back to making my own pizzas next week. It was very hot Friday so it was convenient but too expensive just for pizza. ( well in my estimation)
Yesterday, I made zucchini lasagnas. I plan on cooking them tonight as it will be cooler and I can use the oven. We’re just getting lots of zucchini from the garden, so I thought I’d try it. Then I had a lot of sauce leftover so I made a regular noodle lasagna and then I ran out of lasagna noodles so I just threw some flat noodles in a pan topped with sauce and cheese and called it good. Those I put in the freezer.
The FlyLady zone this week is the Living room and then on July 1st, the entryway.
I’m debating going down to the big stores this week to shop. But, I think I might try and wait a week and just get milk and cream and a few things down at our Holiday Market. I have plenty of stuff to use from the pantry. There are a few more prepper pantry things I’d like to stock up on but there’s no hurry at this point. I usually like to wait till we need coffee or TP to go to Costco so that’s still a few weeks out at this point.
I found a really great cooking blog called Just one Cookbook,
She is Japanese and her recipes are pretty good. I’ve made the yakisoba twice already. Her YouTube is good also. I’m kinda on another Japanese kick right now. I’ve ordered a vintage Tenugui to use as a window covering. And also from eBay, a furoshiki to use as a window covering too. I’ve been looking at some Japanese fabric to make some pillows but haven’t found what I want yet.
This is the west side of our house and it gets very sunny in that window. You can see the window cooler which is a lifesaver in our bedroom. It is removed in the fall.
I’m really glad this week is over.
It’s been hot and that’s made it hard to be outside. I’ve been going out to the pool every day at 4pm so at least it’s a cool down to some degree.
My dentist’s appt went really well and they are taking every precaution so I felt safe. The crown was done in around 3 hours, start to finish.
My oncology appt also went fine except he was really late. He apologized as a family he had an appt with was having some issues. Nothing new, just wait till my numbers go up to 500. 😦 I sorta feel like a ticking bomb. I was home by 12:15 so not too bad. Geez, people are driving CRAZY!!!
Tonight we’re ordering pizza out. It’s too hot to turn the oven on. So that will be a nice change.
I’ve done our budget for July and the only BIG expense will be the trees at @ $4,000. Geez, I really hope that’s it for a few years but probably not.
I put a yard sign up BLACK LIVES MATTER. I like it and it just shows some support. I would be out there protesting if I could. I did for VietNam but now I can’t risk getting COVID or bringing it back to others. So, just a small way of showing some support.
There’s a great news story trending about a young barista at Starbucks in Southern California who told a guest they had to wear a mask in the store. She went on a verbal rampage and then took his picture, posted it on Facebook while continuing to shame him. Tons of people came out in support of him and NOT the privileged white woman and then someone started a GO FUND ME tip jar. At last count, it’s up to $32,000. Wow, that is a really heartwarming story. That is some lucky kid.
B is still working on our daughters room windows and they really look nice. These new type windows have a UV tint which is amazing. It definitely cuts down on the sun’s heat coming in. Plus he’s working on getting the ceiling fan up but that is requiring new wire so kinda a pain. But at least there will be some new wiring. When we had the guy do the wiring when we remodeled, he must have been on drugs and the wiring is screwy. Why he didn’t replace all the old wiring is unknown.
I probably won’t be going to the store till next week and haven’t decided where. I might just go to Safeway but I’ll need to write a list and see what I need.