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

A nice long weekend for family members. My daughter will get Tuesday off as her holiday time and my son has tomorrow off and so does B.  So lots of home energy.

B and my son, Zephyr, are finally building the redwood deck off his studio. It won’t be as big as he wanted but will basically replace his old deck. But it will be new wood and should last another 20 years.

I made 2 zucchini bread this morning. One to freeze and the other for the Friends of Library event.  I still have quite a bit of zucchini coming in but I have kept up on them. I think I still have 3-4 in the fridge.

The other day I made 2 more quarts of freezer tomato sauce and the next batch of tomatoes are ripening.  I’m glad I didn’t get around to buying any since I have more than enough:)  I should end up with 20 or so containers.

We went to the gym and it was nice as hardly anyone was there. My favorite day is Sunday there!

I listened to an audible book yesterday. It was the book I’ve read numerous times. ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up.’ Someone mentioned listening to it and how it made a big impact. So even though I’ve read it 3-4 times, listening definitely helped glean a few new ideas.  I would recommend Audible as well. This is my daughter’s account but 2 other users can access the books. It’s a good deal.

Dinner is 2 roasted cornish hens(from the freezer and uses up the last of them), roasted asparagus, and brown rice. Some grilled tofu for B.

 

Ahhh, no frugal Friday:(

No, we could call it spend money Friday.

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First at 8 am I ordered propane and that was $197.00. Actually at $1.57 a gallon that is a bargain. I can remember when we paid over $4.00 a gallon maybe 5 years ago.

On to Costco: gas for B $30. still a great bargain at $2.94 a gallon here in California. Inside Costco $375. for tons of food, nonfood, a case of Sierra Pale Ale for B and a rose bottle for me.  We got enough stuff to really last almost the whole month ( except maybe fruit, and a few minor things.) So I’m okay with it.

Onward to Trader Joes and another $125 . Yes, wine, pizza stuff, an orchid, crackers( I love their rice crackers, sesame oil( the whole reason I was going there)!!

Then we came home and had to separate it all out and put away. I was exhausted!

But it’s done for the month. They’re starting to put out Christmas stuff and had some really beautiful North Face jackets that I was eyeing, so I may take a trip at the end of the month after another payday and check it out.

B is getting the window coolers out of the windows and the yard is definitely looking like fall.  We’re also not watering as much which is a relief.

Soon the pool will be put to bed for the winter. Again, we need to order a pool cover for winter as they only last one season.

Tonight is homemade pizza, I’m thinking a pesto one.

 

Picture perfect weather

It is so idyllic out this week. Mid-eighties to low and just beautiful. We even had our first little fire outside in the firepit last night. You know the season has changed when we do that. Plus I made the first Lodge dinner too. I made a vegetarian chili with the Jiffy cornbread on top. Quite yummy.

Today was a gym day and it was so-so. I didn’t feel too inspired to try too hard. We are also walking 4 xs a week now. But yesterday in the garden my foot went wrong and I felt the stress fracture tweak. I sure hope it’s nothing and only a pull on the area. I’m sick of this foot thing.

My son is back at Sac State this week. It’s a long commute in heavy traffic but he’s sticking it out. I’m proud of him. His internship is hoping to bring him on permanent at some point. What a thrill for me. I just want him to have a secure job.

Not much happening this week although my highlight will be meeting my friend Sara for a coffee. We go way back and she is just a wonderful person.:)

We had a bobcat come into the yard and get one of our chickens yesterday. I was sad. But the fact is they are around and we do let the girls out during the day to roam. But this was right below one of our gardens so close. Then on the community facebook, I read, there were 3 other bobcat/chicken encounters. Quite unusual.

Other than that, Friday will be a Costco trip as I think there are only a few more days of this sale catalog and I was hoping to get a new electric toothbrush. If not they do go on sale regularly. Plus I need organic flour and some other things.

This coming weekend we (meaning my husband) are going to be pulling off the deck on the studio (where Z lives) and replacing the whole thing. It’s falling apart so needs to get done. With a 3 day weekend that sounds good.

Dinner is something taco or Mexican like. I don’t have it figured out yet.

 

 

 

Frugal Friday

It has been a mixed bag this week of frugal things.  I’m not spending any money except a few dollars here and there on groceries. I made myself a challenge to only spend $50.  I still have $30 left but I need some sliced cheese and something, can’t remember.

Yesterday at Tahoe was not frugal. The tickets for thunderbird lodge are expensive but it goes to the upkeep of this amazing place.

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Then the tour took much longer than I expected so we were late for our lunch at Gar Woods. We had a reservation for 1pm and got there at 1:47.  I had called to let them know but I don’t think it made any difference. The place was a madhouse of people. Plus there were no vegetarian options. I mean WTF, we’re not back in 1975. So B had a salad and I had a burger. Okay, nothing special. $60 later plus tip we left.

It was a lovely day though and Tahoe was picture perfect.

Also, with my daughter’s Honda, we put the bill on our credit card so that was pretty hefty.  She will pay us back as this was not a freebie.

Overall, not a frugal week but fun and necessary!!!

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Happy Anniversary!

It’s our wedding anniversary. Wow, we’re we young!!!

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The dress was my great grandmothers from Poland.  It wasn’t a wedding dress but an afternoon tea dress, whatever that was back in those days. But the lace was all handmade. We just got a simple bouquet of blue and white flowers and I just put some in my hair.

A very simple wedding and the reception was a potluck of sorts.  It was supposed to be outside at B’s house but it was drizzling and so it was moved inside.

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A Quaker wedding is no officiated by anyone as in Quaker meetings there is no ‘minister’ as such. About 30 minutes into the silent meeting, you stand and say your vows. Then others may speak if they are inclined.

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This scroll is the official document of the wedding and all sign. We did get a license’ from the town clerk but actually, I can’t quite remember when we did that.

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The meeting house is a historical building and we had to petition to use it for the wedding. Quite lovely.

It has been a journey  and a gift to have traveled with someone from the time we really were just kids, to now older:)….old?? heck not yet…:)

Today we are going to Tahoe to tour the Thunderbird lodge which is on my bucket list to do. The Thunderbird was an estate by some millionaire right on the lake. . The only way to see it is to take the tour. I’ll write more about soon.

Then I made reservations for lunch at a fancy place that also looks out at the lake. Should be a fun day!!

Love you B, now and forever!

 

Back to normal??

Well, the car situation is at least done and my daughter’s car is back on the road. She got off work early and we were over at the Honda dealer by 5pm. We waited about 30 minutes but it wasn’t too bad. I’m glad it’s fixed.

I think the best thing is to plan on her selling this car down the road if she wants. I think other things are probably going to keep happening but at least it’s up an running. No A/C but since we’re kinda near the end of summer I think that’s ok.

The mechanic said the car has a lot of rust due to driving in the snow. That did affect the rotors and brake stuff. So again, I think a newer car is in the future.

My son’s Subaru has been in the shop too and he should be getting that back this afternoon.

Today I made homemade ravioli with my new little ravioli cutter. It worked pretty well.  I made 3 dozen and there in the freezer right now. I’ll bag them up later or tomorrow.

Our weather is quite lovely and somewhat fall like. Cool at night, warm during the day.

Tomorrow B and I head up to Tahoe. I’ll write more about that tomorrow. 🙂