Now that Christmas and NY are over, it’s back to my regular things.
I’m already planning some trips for us and what I’ve lined up so far is
- Chico to stay at the Diamond Hotel( a restored old hotel) and dinner at the Red Tavern which is kinda fancy.
- Yosemite and a stay at the Ahwahnee which is on my bucket list. Plus I’d never go to Yosemite during the tourist season. We did that camping when our kids were young and it was busy but not insanely so as it is now. We’re staying only one night due to the cost factor. It should be about a 3 1/2 hour drive so quite doable.
- I still need to book the dates for Santa Barbara. I’m thinking early March which should be lovely down there. This will be 3 nights as it is too far just for 2 nights. Although we might just stay 2 nights and then the other night in Monterey as that’s about the half waypoint. ( it is a long drive)
- April, I’m hoping we can get into New Brighton Stat beach and will look at that this weekend actually. It always books out that time of year so I don’t know yet.
- Update on New Brighton. Just made a reservation for April so we’re set there. It’s after Easter and there were only a few spots with 3 nights. So I took one.
- May has nothing, maybe camping?
- June -nothing yet. Everything at nevada beach is booked:(
- July we usually stay home
- August nothing yet
The rest is open and I’ll see where we are.
The Donner State Park is located in Truckee, Ca. There is a quite large campground with 3 loops. Two are closed right now as the season hasn’t really started. We are in a lovely spot and there is almost no one here camping. The bathrooms are new and the showers look nice. We have another night here and then home. But except the fact that you can hear I -80 it is really nice. I probably wouldn’t want to be here in the high season but still the camp spots are really spaced nicely.
B is actually working and seeing some accounts, so that’s kinda cool. We are in Tahoe City right now and then need to hit the grocery store for some dinner stuff. Also B had traded out for a new propane tank but last night we went to turn on the heater and there was nothing. So we need to stop and have it checked or buy a new one. It’s going to quite chilly tomorrow morning and so we will need some heat.
We also brought the bikes, soI’m going to bike around some this afternoon. We’re heading down to another account in King’s Beach and then going to get some lunch ( I think). We might stop at one of the Lake Tahoe beaches for pebbles. There’s one I remember that had black ones but can’t quite remember where it was.
We leave tomorrow but another day would have been nice to as tomorrow suppose to be 71 degrees.
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!!
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.
We’re back in cooler weather….geez Louise…. Is it Spring?? I’ll be summer without a spring.
I booked a 2-night camping trip for B and my daughter at Bodega Bay. It’s a really nice campground on the beach. Only one of a handful really on the whole California coast. There are limited spots plus no hookups but you still get tons of people in their RV’s.
Still, it is one of our favorite places. I opted not to go so I get to be home on doggie stuff, chicken stuff, cat stuff and whatever.
Today was a gym day and then I came straight home as I had shopped yesterday for the camping food. Then I vacuumed, cleaned up the kitchen folded some laundry. I still have bed sheets to get out of the dryer and make the bed. We only have the one set of organic sheets now so it’s wash and dry and make the bed. I actually really like having only one set. It just seems easier somehow.
There are 2 zones this week. The living room and the entry. That’s because May 1st is Tuesday and that starts another zone. Both of those zones are fairly easy for me and don’t take a lot of time.
Then B did build my plant ladder and it came out perfect. Today I’m painting it white. The board behind it is just to hold it out from the wall while I paint.
It will pushed back against the wall. I’m pretty happy with it so far.
Dinner will be some burgers I have left over from yesterday and coleslaw.
It is a lovely day. Sunny and pleasant. Not really warm but that’s okay.
This morning I made almond butter in my new Cuisinart. The first batch didn’t work too well as the almonds were stale, I think. I picked up another pound and then toasted them first then put them in the food processor. Viola!!! almond butter. It does take a while to get to the final stage but I will do it again because it’s nice to just make a mall amount. We never get thru a whole jar so that’s kinda neat.
Then I made polenta. Some for dinner I’ll grill and then some for later in the week. I have brown rice cooking with some added wild rice. Then I think I’ll just grill some tofu on the side.
I went to the gym and did an okay workout. I’m not feeling too inspired but I imagine it will pass.
This week is the Kitchen zone in Flylady so I’ll do that tomorrow morning. Some stuff I already did ( wiped all the stainless steel appliances) but I’ll probably have to do it again.
Next week we’re heading to New Brighton State beach to camp. The weather looks ok. there is supposed to be some showers Sunday but the rest of the week looks nice. Our favorite bakery ‘Gayles’ is there so that’s a win-win. Plus I’m looking forward to Lodge cooking again.
We are already into April and this year I’ve had almost nothing to drop off at Goodwill. I guess my balance with minimalism is darn good at this point. I just bought a new gooseneck electric teapot and the old one will go to Goodwill but really there’s not much left to declutter. Perhaps down the road with different needs or criteria, it will change.
Things do change and each season in life brings new things.
We are packing up most stuff today in the tent trailer and then tomorrow we’ll pack the Santa Fe. We have really learned how to minimalize our camping food, equipment etc.
For instance, we use to pack everything under the sun including all our food. Now we just do basics like cream, butter, eggs(our own). Then as we plan a meal, I’ll go to the market. In Capitola, where were camping, a Nob Hill is maybe 3 miles away. So if we’re going to do grilled chicken, I go get it plus whatever else. It really makes it easier. Now if we were boondocking somewhere remote this, of course, wouldn’t work. But we don’t tent trailer that way. If and when we get a hard body, I would definitely do some different style camping. Or when we go up the coast to Bodega Bay to camp, there are no stores nearby. There is a tiny market but it’s more for travelers. At Bodega Bay we do pack a lot more.
I do plan out our dinners and this time we’re using the Lodge every night. I have one night not planned and we may do something else. So far here’s the menu:
- Lodge dutch oven mac and cheese and a salad
- Lodge dutch oven pizza( we did this at Tahoe last year and it was great)
- Lodge dutch oven chili and cornbread vegetarian( I might cook up a small amount of beef but I’ll wait and see how we feel)
- Lodge breakfast casserole
- Lodge lasagna( this is the fall back meal if I want to cook a 4th night)
- Lodge double stuffed baked potatoes is a possibility too.
I usually buy packaged salad and that is a side.
I’m off to the gym this morning and then to Grocery Outlet for a few things. If you get a chance go read this blog frugaltexasgal
It’s pretty darn good.
Well, after a whirlwind Saturday,cleaning ,do camp laundry, shopping for a few things at our local Holiday Market, today, I’m still cleaning. It’s catch up. I’m making a loaf of bread too and planning our meals this week.
Everyone should be back home today from camping. My son goes back to work today and B has to work tomorrow. Also, my daughter heads back up to Truckee to the library. I have a load to take to Goodwill express today or tomorrow. Plus, if I need to pick up any groceries. Mostly, I think we have enough stuff. the garden is giving us some tomatoes but not enough to really freeze a lot so I may call a local produce shop to see if I can buy some ‘uglies’. These are the tomatoes not pretty enough to sell but great to can.
Good news/ bad news on the refi. Somehow the people working on the refi got canned or left, so the loan having sat out in limbo for so long isn’t valid. But the good news is ,after finally speaking with someone,the rate will go down slightly and that means the payment will too. I wish we didn’t have to do this but with the interest rate going up in October and considering retirement numbers we don’t have a choice if we want to remain here. We do want to stay in our little house. There’s not a lot of places we feel drawn to and where we do (Capitola) we would never be able to afford. So, I think this is a good move for us.
I guess hindsight is 100% accurate since what has happened , happened. I certainly would do things way more frugally. Anyway, done is done.
It’s hot here again and our pool is a green liquid. So no jumping in the pool….
Well, off to switch laundry and finish the kitchen.
I got back home Friday and then today I’m leaving for Tahoe again. It’s my son’s 22 birthday. Not doing anything special since this camping trip has added up. We did get him and REI gift card, a backpack stove, and $100 cash, so I think that’s plenty. I’m not sure what he wants as his special dinner or cake. it may have to wait till we’re all home.
I’ve been non-stop trying to keep up on things. I changed the pool filter but the water is still green. I guess it’ll have to wait till B’s home. Plus laundry, cleaning, going over to take care of the neighbor’s cat…. that’s another story in itself.
Well, my daughter will be driving home with the dogs today.She is probably going to hit serious traffic. I’ll probably be okay as most people will be driving the opposite way. Except for near Sand Harbor Beach where the traffic to get in was backed up for miles. I’m guessing I will be in that till it clears. But I hope not.
I’m getting stuff out to the car and should be ready to roll by 10am. I think.
On another note, I’m having the worst time with Ynab. I guess I’m going to cancel for next month. It seems everything is balanced and then its way off from what I have. Budget wise it is not helping since I’m just frustrated trying to figure out what their amounts are doing and how that’s not matching what I have. yesterday it was all balanced to zero. today its like off by -$1600 . So that’s not good nor accurate. Well, I’ve had it so, It’s not easy to cancel, as you’ve got to email them. But I’m better with just paper and pencil. it’s only $5 a month but if I can’t figure out the errors , it’s not worth it.
We are almost fully loaded and ready to go. I’ve been working on menus and you tubing dutch oven recipes for when the kids arrive. Since our daughter still needs to work she’ll be coming up on Thursday and my son on Thursday too, probably with girlfriend, in tow. I know her from my library and homeschool days. Nice young lady.
Since check in isn’t till later we will try and get there around 12;30. Usually, they have the sites ready. We’ve ben there so many times now , we kinda know the routine. I’m planning on at least 3 dutch oven meals, mac and cheese, lasagne, and maybe the chili with corn bread. I’d like to do a chicken meal too.
Our weather has turned a little cooler. Mid 90’s. We do have a house sitter coming to help with the chores as my daughter is gone 11 hours a day. The young person ( only 23)is transgender and a very nice person. His family lives in Washington but he lives in our area with my sons’ best friend. That will take pressure off my daughter trying to come home and do everything. Our elderly neighbor is going away for 2 weeks and asked us to feed his cat, so that adds to the list of daily stuff…
Well, off to go lounge in the pool for a while with a cold drink.
I haven’t felt like blogging a lot. Maybe it’s just summer and there’s other things to do or I just don’t have a lot to say right now. But things are going well. Next week I go get my first labs since I’ve been off Velcade(4 weeks) so I’m a little anxious. But it will be what it is no matter how much I worry so I usually let it go.
Yesterday I did get the outside windows done. I use Windex that’s made for outside use. It’s in a spray nozzle bottle and really does the job and it’s pretty easy. I try and do this at least 3x a year. I do the inside windows with each zone so that’s once every 5 weeks they get done. I am going to finish the touch-up trim painting this week as our temperatures are lovely and not too hot.
The budget is okay, not much new. We have had quite a difficult time with our Harp program refi and now they want to increase the loan amount to cover the closing costs. I said no we’re not doing that. Plus since we had completed the modification we were suppose to get a $5000 principal reduction and that hasn’t happened. So I’m just waiting to hear what they have figured out but if they can’t get it together we will go somewhere else to do the harp refi. This program ends this year so we will need to move on it as soon as we know if our current lender is jerking us around or its a go. It has been over 10 weeks of this BS> so…. I’m losing patience.
We are going to go look at an Rv today or Saturday. We still want a small hard body and I saw one 2016 that was a good price with a nice layout and bathroom. Not sure about doing it but we can at least check it out. Our tent trailer is 17 years old and has been great. We still love it but now we’re a little older and ahem a bathroom is sort a necessity (for me at least)…. There’s a bed that’s already down and a little dinette that makes into a bed. No couch since the bed is down. I think I’d prefer that. Plus we can’t afford to buy a V8 to pull something big so it has to be a certain weight and this one seems to fit the bill. So we can check it out at least. Camping is really our only recreational thing we do ( and always have). We use to backpack and tent camp but those days are long over for me.
Dinner is Taco Tuesday.