September

I think September is my favorite month. Fall is in the air, even though here in California it still gets quite hot. But the mornings are cooler and the evenings cool down quickly.  The light is changing and the angle of the sun is different.  Of course, it’s my birthday month too.

The garden is winding down and soon we will plant( oh, wait that’s my daughter who will) fall vegetables. I think I saw she had started broccoli and cabbage. We are definitely watering less so hopefully, the water bill goes down. It’s at its highest in August at $150.  Our water is from the Meadow Vista Water agency so our monthly bill never goes below $70 as there are tons of fees.

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These are the hydrangeas I got from Costco. Such a great price for this bunch $9.99. So I read the trick to keeping them from wilting which hydrangeas are known for doing, you pour boiling water over the cut on the bottom. I was skeptical but it really did work!

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These are 3 days old and still, look good.

Today we are driving the ‘old ‘van into town to drop the Goodwill stuff off. They are only taking donations from 10 am -3pm. Last time I was in line for about 30 minutes. We have a digital piano to drop off so B will come and help with that. The workers there won’t help unload due to COVID rules.

Last night we had homemade fettuccine alfredo with some shrimp on the side. It is a very easy dinner as the alfredo sauce is heavy cream and parmesan and freshly ground pepper. Quite fattening and yummy. ahem…

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Here’s the cook!!BE76F584-9E09-48BE-9E6F-7DB9E609D15B

It looks like I put in the same picture twice, I can’t tell.???:)

Tonight I think we’re going to be adventuresome and get tacos out at Taco Tree. We’ll see if it happens. Often by 4 pm I just decide to make my own.

I ordered some new t-shirts from Bombas.  They are quite nice and a Pima cotton so quite soft. Usually, I’m an Old Navy T-shirt person but I wanted a better quality t-shirt this time.  It was a 3 pack for $97 and then I got 20% off so reasonable. I’ll just have to see if the way I wear t-shirts out whether the extra expense will be worth it. One very cool thing is Bombas is a socially conscious company and for every item bought one is donated to a shelter or other group that helps those in need. So, I really like that and wanted to support it.

Being off Facebook has been really easy for me. I’m not sure why but I’ve only gone a few times to check on what a neighbor had posted and then my sister’s daughter. Maybe I was just done with it.

Now I am still reading the Washington post which I have a subscription to. I’m okay with that although the Trump stuff ie: White supremacy, is sometimes more than I can handle.  It’s just shared to figure how or why they think that way. And seeing those tRump trucks with American flags and tRump flags really burns me up. What’s that about? Do they think we ( liberal Democrats) don’t respect the flag? Honestly, I just don’t get it. And with him heading to Wisconsin where he’s only going to create more problems is ridiculous.  He wants to incite the violence.

Well, on that cheery note, I’m off to get ready.

 

Catching up

 Monday morning….

We are still in the smokey haze although I thought it was a smidge better this morning then it seemed to seep in again.  Hopefully, there is  containment soon.

This morning I bagged up the 25 lbs of organic oats in the mylar bags and just need to put them in the buckets and take out to the prepper barn. Oh BTW, the swamp cooler is keeping the barn at 72 degrees or even cooler so we are good to go out there for the pantry being relatively cool.

I also started my menu plan for September. I try and do a whole month even though what’s there may not be on that day. It’s just a reference point.  I’ve switched up a few things like Taco Tuesday and that can be burritos or enchiladas or really anything Mexican. We love rice and beans so that’s easy to have ready. I always make more beans than needed and freeze the rest.

The chicken girls are now laying and so we’re getting lots of eggs but they are still small so you need to use double the amount. I’m guessing that as they mature the eggs will get to be normal size.  I read that you can freeze the eggs if you whip them up so I may do that down the road. I guess lots of pantry prepper people do that especially since right now chickens would be laying the most and in the winter will not.

Mondays we don’t walk so I stayed in bed till 5:30 am. It was ok but I think I prefer just getting up at 5am.

Wednesday morning…

Still somewhat smokey but better.

Today I head to Sacramento for my oncology appt. It looked Sacramento air was clear so that’s a good thing. I’m not expecting any big revelations from my doctor but I’d like his opinion on the now present monoclonal protein.

My new treadmill showed up and it is a small one. It has high ratings and seems to work fine. The only thing I don’t like is the latch to hold it up in the space saver position is a large bolt and is not that easy to get into position.  But the price was right( $300.). If I continue to be diligent and use it then I will consider a better model next year.  Used ones are impossible to find and I read it’s one thing you shouldn’t buy used. Nordic track has a mid priced model so I’d consider that but for now the small  one will have to do.

Facebook update: I’ve been off Facebook almost a month and it’s been fine. I have looked a couple of times as I wanted to see what a few people were commenting on. Overall, looking at it ,I felt it was  a waste of time and I’m glad to be off for now. That may change as the election gets closer.

I have my budget set for September and am planning another Costco trip next week ( or sooner if it works out). But that shop would go on Septembers’s food budget.