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.
I still haven’t gotten my lab results so I’ll e-message my doctor today. My CBC and CMP should have been there yesterday and the light chains today. I can’t remember if this is when he was on vacation. But I’ll check in later.
It’s a cloudy sort of morning but no rain. It is supposed to rain on Friday but I guess we’ll see. Our gardens would like the drink of water.
I’m just staying home today and doing some house chores and tidying. Yesterday I did more meal prep and made polenta to fry up and a black bean and corn salad. Both are our favorites. I’m cleaning out the freezer so there will be some interesting meals. Last night though we had chicken enchiladas I froze a few weeks ago. I have a lot of bread that I’ll either give to the geese or do something with. A fellow park walker gives us free loaves of Truckee Sourdough. So we end up with quite a bit frozen.
My daughter has always an extremely talented artist. From sculptor to watercolors to this cool rock art that everyone is wanting to buy from her.
Well, off to start my morning routine.
It looks to be a lovely day in Northern California.
Our yard looks amazing with roses and flowers all around. This is one of the prettiest springs I can remember. Of course, we’re only a month away from the start of summer.
Today is a gym day and then just doing whatever. I really enjoyed my meal prep yesterday and our dinner was delicious. We heated up the lentil salad which was an excellent recipe from David Lebowitz’s ‘My Paris Kitchen’, and then had some of the wild salmon.
I go get my labs this coming week. I think this is the longest I’ve gone, almost 8 weeks, so I’m a little anxious but, heck, it’ll be whatever it’ll be with worry or not.
I’m in the bedroom zone this upcoming week. Pretty easy since we don’t have much stuff in there. What’s in your bedroom??? Try and kept it simple; a bed, dresser, maybe a plant or two. I do have a nightstand that I have to have to hold my pills I take at night and a glass of water.
Dinner will be the chickpea curry with rice.
a few more pictures I took…
I went for my walk, as usual, but in the rain. It wasn’t too bad as I do have rain gear I wear. ( Frogg Toggs). If you’re equipped it’s okay. My North Face hiking shoes are gore-tex so my feet stay dry. If the wind is blowing then it’s harder but it wasn’t too bad this morning. We are 90 days away from hitting the 5-year mark of the JKW project.
The rest of the week still looks rainy and cold with more snow forecast for the end of the week. WTF, this is not normal. We always have some cold weather but this just seems like its going on and on. Oh well, I guess just enjoy it as much as you can.
Today is a relaxed puttering day. I’ve made some turkey chili for tonight and it’s simmering away. I hardboiled some eggs for snacks or lunches. Then yesterday I made hummus in my old Waring Blender. I got this blender back in the 80’s. So I thought gee, I wonder if this would make the hummus as creamy as the pictures from the Vitamix blender. And I ‘m happy to say it did. I’m still going to check out the Vitamix as I think making nut butter would be cool. Any recommendations a model?? Costco has a few models so I’ll look there first.
Then I’m doing 1x laundry and a few Monday chores around the house.
I have gotten back some Labs and they look good. My CBC panel looked great and the SPEP test came back normal but I had to e-message the doctor as I pretty sure the light chains got lost somewhere. Maybe today.
- I think I overdid the gym last week and so this week my ankle has been giving me some trouble and then I had a bad cramp in my hamstring so now I’m hobbling from that pull. It seems better today and I know, from experience, this too shall pass. In the meantime, I only walked a mile this morning and very slow at that. Hopefully, it’ll be better for Santa Barbara next week. I love walking on the beach trail right by the ocean. The weather looks nice but not as warm as I was hoping for.
- Late next week I go for my 6-week labs. There’s always a little anxiety. I think once a cancer patient, going for labs or any tests just brings up past emotions. I am way better than when I first was diagnosed and would have meltdowns. Now I just think about it some and don’t dwell on it. I’m sure, if I was back in the thick of treatment, it’d be different.
- Finished out taxes with Turbo tax and surprisingly we’re getting a small refund. I would have been happy to break even but those Goodwill etc donations do add up.
- Finished paying for my son’s full time semester at CSU Sacramento. We put it on a card to get the reward points. I’ll pay it off next month. He’s doing very well and started a new paid internship. Traveling to Sac State is costing him quite a bit more in gas and food so his money is going there.
- Made a new recipe from one of the cookbooks I bought for a dollar. It is Cooks Illustrated best Skillet recipes. This one was pasta with peas and prosciutto. I had one last pack of prosciutto in the freezer that B got as a sample. You don’t cook the pasta first but do it in the skillet. My son LOVED it and requested it as a rotating dish.
So today I’m going to the gym and just do some upper body weights and then to Tractor Supply store as last week I saw a T-shirt I liked that was inexpensive and made in Viet Nam so hopefully isn’t made in a bad factory.
I don’t need anything from the store so that’s nice.
Dinner is homemade pizza!!
Saw the oncologist yesterday and all is well in myelomaville.
My Labs are almost identical to last time so that’s a relief. I’ll have labs in 6 weeks and then 6 weeks after that and then have an appointment with him.
Very exciting to still be doing well and in remission.
We went to Trader Joes after the appointment and stocked up on lots of goodies. I even bought a couple of frozen pizzas just so when on some Friday night pizza I don’t feel like making it. I also bought a cauliflower crust to try for a gluten-free one. I stocked up on a few spices I needed and olives ,tomato sauce, and nuts.
I do wish there was a TJ’s closer, but since we’re coming back from Sacramento, it’s right off the freeway so quite convenient.
I might go to the gym since yesterday I didn’t go but I may just stay home and putter around. I have some sweet potatoes cooking for lunches or dinners. Plus I made a small chopped veggie tray for snacking.
Tonight is pizza night.
I just got back from getting the blood work for the fasting tests. That’s cholesterol and glucose. Plus they require the nicotine test. I’m not sure what my Cholesterol is. I vaguely remember a few years ago it being border- line but then ( I think) after that, the good one was really good. I think that’s when I started walking every day. So it’ll be interesting to see what it is. Then next week are my regular labs, light chains, SPEP, they’re CMP, and BMP. Maybe those are the same, not sure. There’s 4 tests I do so.?
Then next week I see the oncologist as well. B is taking me so I don’t have to drive to Sacramento. I think we’re going to sell the van as it’s really not being used so it’s more likely something is going to go wrong on it. When I use it every day, I can tell how it’s running. But lately, I’m not using it. So, It might be time to just pass it on. Plus I told my son he could have the money for his tuition costs. He’s thinking of classes at Sacramento State instead of San Francisco State. If we could do more I would but we need to save as much as we can for the retirement moment.
After videoing the entry way, I saw some things to change.
This is the before picture. and this is the after
It seems cleaner looking. what do you think? I think I want to get a white basket for dog stuff. Plus, I think want to rehang the metal dust pan somewhere else too.
Well, I’m off to do laundry and maybe go back to town as I need to go the bank. On the other hand, it can wait till tomorrow too.