Today is around 103 degrees; by Monday, we’re looking at 108. That’s pretty much unheard of in the Sierra foothills. We get 100-degree days, maybe even 103 but I don’t remember 108. We’ll be leaving for Tahoe Monday morning @ 10 am so we can get up there by 12:30. Checkout is noon so we don’t want to get there too early. We’ve never had a problem with early check-in but it does depend on the camp hosts.
Even in Tahoe, the temperatures will be in the 80’s, and for September that’s hot. I’m looking forward to just getting up there.
I have most of the meal ideas planned and will make a list of what to go buy at the store. This week was another lower spend week with B going to Costco but that was only $85 and $20 of that was champagne to bring with us. But he filled the truck at Costco gas and that was the main reason for going. No extras from Amazon or Winco this week. I stopped at our market yesterday to pick up cilantro for the salsa I was going to make this morning.
We had a nice walk at 5:40-6:20 am and then I came home and started chopping stuff for the salsa. The recipe calls for chopped onions, tomatoes( peeled and cored), bell peppers, and jalapenos, cilantro, and garlic. After all that I cooked it down for 30 minutes and then put it in the jars. Processing was 20 minutes.
That was 10 lbs of tomatoes. I think probably I’ve done @ 50 lbs so far. There’s not a lot left on the plants but if there is I’ll just do some quick sauce and maybe freeze that.
Except for the excessive heat, it’s been a nice week.
A lovely walk this morning although with the cloud cover it was muggy/ humid. Our temperatures are 10 degrees higher than Sacramento which is crazy but they are getting the delta breezes and we have none.
A busy morning when I got back. It’s sheet day so the sheets have come off and are in the laundry and I did a bathroom swish and swipe.
Then I started on the canning I planned on doing this morning. I decided to do pickled beets and another 2 jars of bread and butter pickles in the water bath canner. My canner is on the way out as it is rusty and the rack is rusty. But it works fine for boiling water. Nonetheless, I just ordered a stainless steel water canner with a rack from Amazon. I had ordered a stainless rack for inside the Ball canner but canceled the order after looking at the condition of the Ball canner overall. So the other one is a good deal with 35% off so it ended up at $53.00. So the pickled beets made 2 jars and the pickles 2 jars. Next week at the farm stand I’ll buy 2 bunches of beets and that should get me 4 more jars. I’m going to open one of the beets in a few days and check out the taste. This recipe was from a Youtuber ( Wyse Guide) who has a farm.
I finished the Anne Hillerman book and started the Jacqueline Winspear latest. Both are excellent writers.
This week is still a light week for me and then next week I have my fasting labs and regular labs and I’m going to get my new eyeglasses ordered. I’m using my Lindberg frames so that will cut some of the expense. I’ve had these frames for over 5 years and they are remarkable. They are rimless and quite light. There I’m thinking they are a titanium frame. It’s the progressives, and the no line bifocal, that cost.
It’s hard not going stir crazy this summer but our Tahoe trip is about a month away now so we have that to look forward to.
Flylady zone is Entryways. My favorite blogger, Minimom, is going back to using Flylady after trying the SHE method. She is a great example of how minimalism works for a family and she has adapted Flylady to her needs. I think that’s the ticket with Flylady, is to use the basic concepts and then adapt them, which is what I do. But I do think you have had to declutter first which is always included in her weekly tasks on her website. Granted it’s not a very sophisticated website but it does show what to do each day if you need that. I do my zone all in one morning usually Sunday or Monday morning. Then each day I do a house reset and tidy and usually always do a bathroom wipe down.
It’s a lovely morning with cool temperatures. The next week does heat up but not till Wednesday.
We had a nice walk in the park although it is noticeably darker at 5:45. We may need to start going just a bit later.
Today is a gym day and then I need a few groceries for some recipes. I’ve really used most all the meat in my freezers and lots of misc. A few quarter bags of veggies got tossed. So it’s looking good in there. I made a slow cooker pineapple jalapeno pork roast and it was quite tasty. I also pulled out my bread maker and made the dough for some bread. Then I baked that in the oven.
It’s also the bathroom zone which I’m just about to do. Other than that it’s sheet day so I’ll get those in the washer soon too.
The coming week isn’t too busy. Clinic and B’s labs on Tuesday. So we may plan an excursion to Tahoe for the day. A nice picnic or something for a few hours. B can’t be in the sun so we’d need to find someplace that has shade. Meeks Bay on the East side has nice big trees so that may be an option.
I went to the pet bookstore this week and got a good selection of books. I’ve finished 3 of them. One of them called”Dirt” is a funny compilation of different authors takes on housekeeping. It was entertaining.
Dinner is grilled chicken and a salad with some noodles on the side.
We’re still at Tahoe for a few more days. It’s lovely here with fewer kids running around and therefore quieter. Mostly retired folks. There are a few families here and there but even the beach is dramatically less busy. Of course, this is the weekend, so it’ll get busier.
We celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary here and planned to go to a fancy place for lunch. But the menu wasn’t impressive and it turned out not to be fancy but order at the counter. This was The Ridge if you’re interested. So we decided to make fancy cheese and avocado sandwiches in camp and it was perfect. We’ll do something special out sometime. I’m not one to hold to ‘it has to be’ this way so it was easy.
We’ve had 3 Lodge dinners and last night was a pizza again. So much fun to cook with the Lodge. But tonight we’re thinking a soup or quesadilla. Just an easy meal.
We had fun going to Goodwill and then we’ve been at the grocery store almost every day for either ice or whatever. But since Safeway is just up at the corner it’s convenient.
We also have been to the gym twice and that was good to do some weights. I need to ramp up my workouts.
OMG, I forgot, the best news of all my LABS came in the normal range. I’m going on 14 months. Pretty amazing!!!!! I see my oncologist the first week of September so it’ll be just a touch base with him. So relieved and obviously, happy.
On a political note, it’s just amazing Trump would pardon Arapio(sp?) . I mean can we go any lower. And now banning transgender going into the service. We are going backward. Geez, hard to really comprehend how low Trump can go.
Oh, and how bout it’s okay to leave up the Confederate statues to represent oppression because the civil war was about taxes(which I’m sure was part of the picture) and slavery was legal( so it wasn’t about that)?. So we need to keep them as symbols of respect…Well, I’m obviously being facetious and referring to another bloggers post about the whole statue thing so I’ll leave it at that. This is my blog and I’ll write what I want just as she can write what she wants. We’re all entitled to believe what we believe as long as it doesn’t oppress or hurt others. I’m pretty sure that’s what neo nazis and white supremacists want to do.
Anywho…. it’s a beautiful day in Tahoe. I hope the hurricane in Texas didn’t cause too much damage.
Of course, by my blog name Tahoegirl, you know I love Tahoe. It’s where I want my ashes scattered when it’s time to leave the earth body behind.
But it’s been lovely. No wind and the lake is always it’s beautiful blue. We’ve had a great 3 days alone. WE went bike riding and took the kayaks out yesterday. Kayaking is a lot of fun. Getting in and out of the kayak , not so much. I look like a beached something trying to hoist myself out of the hull. Oh well, it was fun. Today my daughter arrives with the 2 doggies and then my son a little later with girlfriend in tow. We’ve got the tent set up for them and my daughter sleeps in the one side of the tent trailer.
We love looking at the different RV’s and saw a Coleman tent trailer that’s quite a bit bigger. I looked on line but Coleman stopped making tent trailers in2012. So no luck there and when I looked at used, nada, zilch. I’m guessing people won’t be giving theirs up. So we keep looking and it’s fun to see different set ups.
I’ve made one Lodge camp dutch oven meal so far. Mac and cheese. It really came out good. Not dry. Tonight I’m going to make the corn bread first and then a chili. I have black beans for the vegetarian….
We’re headed to the store and then stopping at Red Hut ,which is iconic here in South Lake Tahoe, to buy Todd Borg’s new book. I wanted to get to a book signing but the times don’t work so I’ll get one there. If you like mysteries that talk about real places, his books are great and we discovered a number of places due to reading his books.
B came with me to shop at trader joes, winco, Costco and even a new Grocery outlet. We did really well with lots of pantry staple stuff. Not sure how much is actual meal things but I can certainly work the pantry and freezer. Overall, about $250, and that included non food, alcohol(2.50 buck chuck at TJ’s) . So I think we did pretty good.
This fire over in Placerville,ca is scarey. The sky has had huge plumes of smoke. Here in Meadow vista, we’ve seen it but not too much smoke. It’s still scarey some nutcase would start this. For what? Who knows.
It’s way cooler tonight and tomorrow we will see how cool it is. I’m at the library till 2. The Subaru is still in the shop and I’m going to call to check on it tomorrow.
UPS brought my revlimid today. Tonight is my last pill, and then I’ll have a week before my next blood test. It gets tiring dealing with what day is it, when do I get this, but I guess that’s just the way it is and I’m grateful to be doing well.
its been kinda a hard week, not feeling great, car stuff etc, but maybe that the best it can be so…
We’re still getting up to walk , just a little later to coincide with it getting lighter. So, around 6:05 or so.
I’ll update our days and miles soon.
Next week we are going up to Tahoe, but we just found out I-80 is supposed to be closed sometime during that time, so now we’re not sure if we can get there.
We are now on day 372. Unfortunately, my knee has been giving me some trouble. I’m guessing it’s some kind of osteoarthritis. But not sure. It’s kinda clicking and my knee goes weak. It’s better then comes back. So I guess I’ll be going a little slower so I don’t aggravate it. It’s tough when I really want to forge ahead and do more. Oh well, just remember, to just keep walking!
Not much on the schedule today except to hit the grocery store for a few things. We are going to Tahoe next week and I’ll do some shopping up there after pay day. We love Nevada beach. I just wish there were showers. We have a solar one that helps but it’s not great.
its heating up here and is suppose to be in the 90’s. I do not like it hot or too cold. Okay, I want perfect weather like Santa Barbara.
I might do some more decluttering in the barn. We’ve made headway so a little more would be good. I need to go find some paint to touch up some areas, but our stupid goat ate the labels off, so I hope I can tell what’s what.
There’s a great discussion over at Pancakesandfrenchfries blog on “Eating Animals” . Go check it out.
Reading:our book club is reading Todd Borg’s “Tahoe Silence”. I really love Todd Borg’s books because they are about my favorite place ,Tahoe. This was interesting as it involved an autistic girl. Great story. The thing I really like is he mentions real places,it’s fun to go “oh yeah, I know where that is”.
Listening to: nothing
Watching: we watched a cute movie “Frank and robot”.
Cooking/Baking: I made a nice roast chicken and a yummy tomato salad. Plus tofu for the vegies.
Happy you accomplished this week: well, a lot and I’ll write my next post about painting our studio and getting ready to paint the house.
Looking forward to next week: my son is 19 on August 7, wow. I was 42 when I had him, I loved being a mom, and still do. He is a terrific person. I am proud of him.
Thankful for today: I walked and felt good
Bonus Question: What was your *least* favourite subject in school? Pretty easy, math. I don’t think I ever got above a C
It was really nice to get out with the tent trailer . Very relaxed. The camp site was ok, the table and fire pit were situated wrong( on the other side from where our door is), but quite nice. we walked and biked some and it was terrific. I’m a little sore as I haven’t biked in a while, but overall okay.
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