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.

 

 

 

Five on Friday

Let’s see, my labs came in but I had to call the nurse to get the results. My doctor is on call for other doctors this week so he is slammed. My CBC is all the same and normal, Kappa light chains went up to 15.0, Lambda was the same at 11.1, the ratio went up just slightly to 1.30 ( from 1.27).  So not bad but I’d rather the ratio be a little lower. But still all in the normal range.  June marks 2 years of being off all chemo.  What a lovely time it has been and I am grateful every day.

We zipped down to Costco at 9am to get a few things. Mostly coffee. Last week I had to go buy a pound at Starbucks and that was a rude awakening. So off we went. We filled up the Santa Fe, and then got thru Costco fairly quickly. I didn’t need a whole lot so it went quick. We also paid our membership which was due June 1st.

Tonight is a pizza night and I gave my son cash to get a Round Table. I had a coupon for a speciality pizza for $19.99 and we love their gourmet veggie. So a good deal.

We were going to go to the nursery and get some pots for me to re-pot some of my house plant friends but it’s raining so we nixed that. I guess we saved money by not going but I’ll still need to get some at Home Depot in the next week or so.

Yesterday I went out to the barn and declutter more magazines, some kitchen things I had put in a box for my son when he was going to live at SFSU( which he didn’t do), and other misc. It’s the start of a small thrift store run.

I worked on the budget and June looks okay. Still working on finishing the CC that we put Z’s tuition on. I’m okay with that. I’d like to target end of July to have it done.

I think that’s all I can think of.

We did feel bad for all the campers heading up to Tahoe for Memorial day weekend. It was pouring down rain and I’m sure it’s worse up there.

 

 

 

Is it finally spring​??

The weather is finally getting warmer and the week ahead looks great. Mid ’70’s. Finally.

I am so ready for nicer weather. I haven’t looked to see what might have opened up at New Brighton but I doubt much. This is their busy time and it’s generally booked. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to go but this week was such a lousy weather week, I don’t think it would have been much fun out in 55-degree weather and raining.

Last night I made a mac and cheese using the Banza chickpea pasta.

If you need to eat gluten-free or just want to reduce your wheat intake, these are mighty tasty. I’m pretty particular about how pasta tastes and these really are good. Try them.

So today, B and I are going to Costco to return an item and them to pick a few things. Then we’re going on a date to the Antique Treasure Trove. It’s a big building where many vendors have booths. We haven’t been in years and i thought it might be a fun date. Then we’ll have lunch a local market, Newcastle Produce.  It’s a wonderful place that really has created a farm to table deli and plus they sell local produce.

I found this great vintage coffee maker at Goodwill yesterday. I’ve been looking for this particular percolator for a while. Score!!!!

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I guess there’s a learning curve as i had a lot of coffee grounds in the coffee. I think I had it percolating too high.  It was delicious though.