Simple Sunday

It’s quiet here. We’ve been to the infusion center for B’s platelets so that’s good. He’s having quite a bit of trouble with mouth sores which we think was from a certain antibiotic, not the chemo. But still it’s uncomfortable and it’s going to take a bit to heal with his WBC so low.  He’s on a different antibiotic so hopefully, that will kick in soon.

Other than that, I went to the gym for a short workout.

I’ve been in the living room zone as that is only today and tomorrow. Then the next zone starts on the 1st, which would be the entryway, dining room and something else.

Since our table is in our living room I do that area when I do the LR zone.  I’m doing a bit deeper clean( wiping all shelves and baseboards) since it’s the first of the year.

I’m going to cook an organic turkey roast for dinner along with some stuffing and peas. Nothing fancy, just using up stuff from the freezer. In January, I’m doing a no spend month and freezer clean out. The no spend is just nothing other than food and essential things like cat food. I’ve spent quite a bit in December in foodstuff mainly because I went to Costco twice. I usually go to Costco once a month. So that was definitely more expensive.

This week I have a dental cleaning and B has his appts. If he spikes a fever with these mouth sores he needs to go the ER, so let’s hope he doesn’t. But if he did at least he would get intravenous antibiotic which would accelerate healing his mouth sores. Still, let’s hope not.

 

It’s official….MDS high risk

So it was the local medical oncologist that had the biopsy results from the other Dr. The official diagnosis is Myelodysplastic syndrome high risk because of the 7q deletion.

So at least he doesn’t need to do the induction in the hospital if it was leukemia. I guess that’s something.

For now, it’s going to be the 5 days of chemo every 28 days. Hopefully, the drugs kill off the ‘blasts’ or baby leukemia cells which are bad and then his bone marrow will start producing the right cells. Also, that will mean less and fewer transfusions and platelets.  Then it will be a donor transplant. I seem to recall the transplant doctor saying hospital time a few weeks then outpatient. Fingers crossed that it works as there is a 50% chance it won’t and he’ll die. Or he’ll need to go back on some sort of treatment. 😦

Today, after he gets platelets which do go very quickly after the IV is in, we’re going to Costco so I can load up on organic greens for those smoothies and fruit. I really hate going this time of year with Christmas, but I also hate spending a lot of money on greens at the store when can get a big bag at Costco for the same price if not cheaper.  I will get some other things as well since we’re there and call it my weekly shopping.

I’ve got a new sourdough recipe I’m trying out and it’s on its second rise. But we’ll be gone for a few hours so It’ll be longer than usual.

I’m going over to the gym for a tiny bit while he’s at the infusion center. I can probably get a good 30 minutes in.

Some of my labs are in but this new patient portal is a PITA as it says results released in a few days( it gives the date). WTF, there my results and he’s viewed them so why??? I didn’t see the big 2 tests SPEP or Light chains but they will be coming in soon I suspect.

Oh well, if it goes up again, I’ll just have to not flip out and go with it. Fortunately, I’m not high risk and my numbers have never just shot up so that would give me time to adjust. I see my doctor next week right after Christmas.

I haven’t been too inspired with cooking dinners so we’ll see what I feel like tonight. Mostly I’ve done just what’s easy without a lot of thought. Last night was pinto beans, a frozen enchilada and TJ’s cheese tamales.

 

 

It’s November.

I like November. It’s Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. Of course, daylight savings is this weekend which always takes a week to get used to at least.

Sunset at 5 pm is tough at first. But then one acclimates. I’m just going to go by my body clock and get up when I do. We will walk in the morning when we’re ready. This morning was SO lovely with stars!!

Well, the week ended weird when B’s Santa Fe wouldn’t respond to the key fob. Nothing!!

He thought it was the battery but nope. We called AAA and had it towed to Roseville which is quite a good distance( 25 miles). But that’s where the Hyundai dealer is. As of right now (almost 5 pm) he hasn’t heard what the problem is. Also in January, he comes off the car program at work since the car is 4 years old. So we will need to figure out do we buy an inexpensive Elantra so he can get the compliance or not. I don’t know yet. but we have 2-3 months to consider the idea.

Who knows what this repair is going to cost if it’s a computer system failure. Ugh:(

 

Well, so then I followed him down since yesterday was a wash and he was supposed to get Bonnies anti -seizure pills at Costco. So I went and got them after I dropped him off. Then right when I got home, he called and said ”come get him” and I said hummmm, let me call Zephyr( our son) because he could do it on his lunch hour which he did thankfully.  Then he still had to go out to the Sacramento Airport to get our daughter from her flight. A Lot of driving and that’s going to be Friday night traffic.  What a crazy day.

Geez, let’s hope tomorrow we can pick  up the car and go on. When I went to Costco I picked up the Sonic care toothbrush replacements and after I got home and tried to put them on they are the wrong ones.   So tomorrow, they need to be returned.  What a PITA.

Other than that a good week with very nice weather.  So I guess that’s encouraging.

Tonight is Friday night pizza homemade!!! I bought the 00 flour and have high hopes!!

 

Frugal Friday

This has been a good week without a lot of unnecessary spending. The budget is in good shape for now.

We did our big shop at Costco on Monday so we were set for the week and even into next week. I had bought lots of lunch things so both my adult children would not spend money on food out. This is usually my son but he’s been absolutely great about taking stuff to work and school. He can easily spend $20 a day since he’s gone from 7:30am- 11pm. But taking 2 sandwiches or rice and chicken helps a great deal.

Last week I paid the 6 month Allstate bill so that was pricey but at least it’s done. B got a great bonus (relative to us) so we could pay it all at once. Then I put some in savings too. The first of the month bills are ready to roll out. That’s our mortgage, 2nd, internet, PGE, and the car payment. I’m really close to putting a large payment on the car loan but not yet.  I want to finish off the cc that we put our daughters Honda repair on. She is paying this back but we put the amount on our card.  So by the end of October, I will finish that.

I haven’t been to the store except we needed some half and half.

Tonight we are having takeout pizza so that will come out of dining out money. We don’t do this often, maybe once a month so I’m okay with that. Plus there’s always leftovers for lunch the next day.

I just started the Tartine Sourdough leaven to make bread this weekend. I’ve been just making sandwich bread but I’ll go ahead with the boule this weekend. The Tartine recipe takes a few days so by Sunday it should be ready to go.

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It looks just like fall outside. The yellow colors of Northern California are starting.  We don’t get the New England colors but there are wonderful golden colors and some orange. We have a Japanese maple in the yard and that turns red so it’s very pretty.

Today I’m just tidying up things and putting more stuff away for fall. I’m moving the geraniums to the greenhouse. I have to decide if I want them in the sunroom where they were last year. It’s nice in there for them but they do take up a  lot of room. I need to get chicken food but I think I’ll let B get that tomorrow. They can make it on the other seeds they have for a day. All the chickens are molting so they aren’t really laying eggs except one or two.

I think I will put out my vintage Halloween stuff today too!

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I’d love to find more but that would just be adding to the amount I already have. We put up the orange lights outside and I just love the glow they give this time of year.

 

 

A busy start to the week.

We were at Costco at 9am and back home by 10am. We left home at 8:30am. So a quick turn around. Primarily we needed to pick up Bonnie( the border collie) anti-seizure meds.  So we picked up cheeses, lunch stuff, Sierra Pale ale for B, and granola bars plus butter.

Then after putting everything away, I made turkey chili to put in the crockpot for dinner. I’ll grill some tofu for B. Then I put on a pot of brown rice for tonight and the week ahead.

My daughter has Mondays off so she vacuumed for me and I mopped the floors.

I also was able to download my stuff to LLS so as to get my part of our insurance covered. I am very grateful for this grant but the website is a disaster. It freezes up and then it locks you out for 24 hours if you mess up. But I persevered and got it done for September.

Tomorrow is my appt with Legal Aid for my name change. We’ll just have to see how helpful they are.

 

 

Frugal Friday

All the bills are done for the month so that’s frugal or at least budget conscious.

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I have most of next month budget done except for a few things like planning the deck for the studio. That may end up going in 2 parts as it will be pricey.

Yesterday at Costco did add up but I won’t need some of the things I bought for at least 6 months( a 2 pack of Grey Poupon mustard), Cholula ( large size 2 bottles, a case of black olives, and a case of bar soap. The bar soap will last a few years actually.  When I was on Revlimid I  had terrible cramping in my calves and Irish Spring under my bed sheet was a miracle worker. These cramps were extremely painful and would freeze up my entire calf muscle. The other remedy is pickle juice.

I was tempted to buy the Vitamix Costco has on sale and it is a great price. but I decided to wait on it. I’d like a Vitamix down the road for drinks, soups, nut butter etc, but I have to weigh out how much I will use it. Right now I use my new Cuisinart processor and my stand mixer.  So I guess I saved $300 on that for now.

I’m going to do a few errands after the gym today including dropping off a box at the Cancer Thrift store. I have some Fiesta ware that I just don’t use( a butter holder) and a pitcher and I don’t want to drop that off at Goodwill. ( More Stuff gone)

Then I have a big stack of towels to drop off at the SPCA and maybe if someones there I can check on the barn cats.(more stuff out of my car)

It’s a much cooler morning and nice. We’ll see how later is.

It’s Friday night pizza but I’m not sure I’m making one. We decided to change it to Pizza or Pasta night so I may go with pasta and some of that leftover pesto. We’ll see …I just may order out.

 

zoodles and other food stuff

I stopped at our local fruit stand and picked up some corn. I like to keep a few bags of corn kernals frozen so I can add to soup or whatever in the fall or winter.

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Then we went to another local market that sells farmers produce, I picked up Kirby cucumbers for some refrigerator dill pickles.  I’d like to can then but that cooks the cucumbers and supposedly isn’t as good, so I’m just doing the quick pickles.

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Then another zoodle dinner. This recipe is from one of my absolutely favorite You tubers, Downshiftology.

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The recipe alls for homemade pesto and those cute little fresh mozarella balls. Also cherry tomatoes but I dint have any. It was delish!!

Go check out her site, she is Celiac so it’s all gluten free.  I’m not but I have to say all the recipes I’ve tried are excellent. Plus she eats like we do, simple and not alot of ingredients.

I also cut up 4 of our cabbages from the garden and started some sauerkraut. It squished down to 1/2 quart Ball jar size for 2 batches. The second batch I went and bought caraway seed so that will make it tasty!

Today was a Costco day and it was a whopper. Mostly because we bought pool shock in a big box and that’s $70, a special champagne to celebrate my daughters promotion, $40, T shirt, socks, they had wild sockeye salmon so I got some to freeze. ( I should have bought 2). Plus beer for B, cheese and who knows what else. But I won’t need to go down for a while except the dog medicine wasnt ready so I know I will need to make another trip.

Dinner is homegrown potatoes in a potato salad and burgers. I need to use up some organic beef from the other day. If it’s not too hot I’ll grill outside.