Simple Sunday( AKA as no electricity or …

or Little House on the Prairie Episode.

Lights out at 8 pm last night so we at least got thru dinner. We were sitting around listening to my son’s Spotify and talking. It was nice really.

There have been winds all night from the northeast but nothing too frightening( well, it’s still dark so I can’t’ tell yet). the solar lights were going on and off due to the wind though.

Yesterday was really a beautiful fall day. Everything is turning shades of gold and yellow. We don’t get a lot of reds but we do have Japanese maples that are turning red so that’s nice.  There wasn’t any wind to speak of.

Last week the PG&E tree crew came and took down a dead tree from the back near the barn. I happened to ask if they freelanced and they mostly didn’t speak much English but the one guy said “yes” and I showed him the 2 trees where they had just been cutting. They aren’t a threat in any way but they had pretty good leans, I mean like at 45″ angles and one was very large.  So I gave him my phone #.  Later that week they stopped by with a quote and it was VERY good for 2 trees. No bucking up just 4-5 lengths.

So now we those 2 taken care. In front of these 2 is a very very large tree that is also a leaner. It is leaning into the barn area.  If it went it would take out the barn for sure. But this tree requires a large crane and that’s not on the agenda for this year. We still haven’t had the other tree guy that we have the contract with contact us about the tree in the front.  I’m guessing that’ll happen soon though.  So maybe next year we can do the big tree but I’m guessing that is a $5,000 tree so??

This week we have a clinic visit for B and I have a dental appt about the tooth that is broken. That’s it for this week so not bad in terms of appts.

This week the Flylady zone is the living room if you’re following.  If you want to follow her plan in a modified way this is what I do.

  • dust
  • wash inside windows
  • make sure only things that live in the LR are in there, remove the rest.
  • declutter anything that isn’t loved or beautiful( I did this forever ago) but I still look around
  • vacuum
  • wash mirror

that’s about it. If you’re just starting out you might set a timer for 15 minutes and see what you can declutter or remove.

Dinner is unknown since the power is off but fortunately we are quite comfortable since we have a propane stove and can cook. No oven as that is electronically controlled. I may do pasta or something like that.

Trees coming down

Today we have 2 Ponderosas coming down by the tree cutting company. One is leaning toward the house although it isn’t a big lean but enough. This tree is on the South East side and that’s where our winds come in the winter for the most part. With the use of a crane, this tree will cost $2100.

The second tree isn’t as big and is no threat now but it sits near the back and I’ve wanted it out before it gets too big. The cost of this is $800. A fair price.  We budgeted $3000 for trees so this is what it’ll be. Taking trees this big is only going to get more expensive and we still have a lot more that should be done.

It’s really no guarantee that another tree wouldn’t fall in a wind storm, just that we’re trying to take precautions.  The tree that landed on our neighbor’s house last January should have been taken down as it leaned into the house and the root system was exposed.  It took off the front of his house. It has taken the workers ALL summer to finish repairing and he basically has a whole new outside plus deck, porch.  He had an illegal room under a deck that had to be all removed per the insurance. What a job. Anyway, we do what we can.

In the back of our house, we have a HUGE tree leaning toward the barn but it wouldn’t (probably )affect the house.  That tree will be more than $5000 because it will need a big crane.  Maybe next year.?

B had his clinic appt yesterday and all is good. He’ll need another BMB in November to see how things are. There are some issues with insurance that UHC is not getting right. I’m not worried but it is a PITA to deal with. the coverage was active and he didn’t even go on cobra till 8/1 but insurance companies don’t try and help really. So it may take a while but we are not paying anything unless it is the appropriate co-pay.  We even had the letter ( which I can’t find) that stated UHC approved his allogeneic transplant. so they can find that and put it somewhere.  Oh well, it’s always something, right??

I’m off to the dentist very early and hopefully back before the tree cutters get here. They’ll be blocking the driveway so I’ll have to park out by the edge of our driveway.

UPDATE:

NO TREES TODAY! THE TREE GUY GOT INVOLVED IN ANOTHER PROJECT SO WE GOT DELAYED. OH WELL, TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY!

Back into the rhythm…

Well, it did take a day or so to get over the time differences. But it’s great to be home and baking bread and walking in the dark….

Everything was good here, My daughter and son kept things going smoothly.  Bonnie, the border collie with the seizures, seems to be doing good on her medicine. she is a sweet dog , so I hope this resolves it.

Today is another huge stress day as the tree cutters are coming to take the 2 giant trees down. They are going to drop them with the use of ropes to direct them. I’m anxious about it but I’m going to go to town for a bit so I hope at least one is done by the time I’m back. B has to go work the Sact co op , so he’s gone. IMG_0197.jpgWell, they know what they’re doing so that’s that. But it’s going to be a big pile of tree.

I’ll be glad when October is over, and the election.  🙂

Tree Day!!

So, its 8:30 am and I’m sitting in Starbucks. PGE just showed up to take out power line down, the 10 ton crane pulled in and the men. I’m just to nervous to watch this stuff so I’m offer the day. First here and then to costco. After Costco, I’m going to maybe hit Walmart or just get lunch somewhere. Its a huge job. The tree next to the house is at least 200 feet ( think). Very big and scary. Its costing over $3000, and we will still need at least 3 more trees down. But not for a while. Hopefully, no scary wind storms. But with El Nino who knows.

So this is a huge project. My husband will take pictures and I can post some.

So, my Invisalign are kinda a pain. I’m getting use to them but its a lot to take them out to  eat and then my mouth is still sore from him drilling away in there. Hey, it might be a way to lose weight .

Ive only got a day left of my pomalyst cycle and I’m going get my blood test early. I figure thats one way to see if my neutrophils went low in a week or? My kappa light chains and SPEP  test will not be affected as either it did something or not. But with Monday a holiday I won’t know till at east next week. Pomalyst is definitely harder than Revlimid. I worked and did what ever on Rev. Pom takes its tally the end of the cycle. Fatigue, not focusing as well, etc.

My sister is flying in on Friday to spend a week with us. actually more like 10 days. I’m kinda ready. Just need to remember don’t talk about politics, religion, ??? anything controversial. She’s catholic, Im an atheist. She’s republican, I’m whatever. You get the idea…

But, it is really nice of her to make the effort. She uses rewards points so I’m guessing it doesn’t cost her anything. I won’t be on dex or drugs  so that’ll be nice. I have planned a wine tasting and we’re going to Tahoe for 2 nights at a condo. It’ll break up the week.  I live a pretty boring life so, hopefully she’s not too bored. She has lots of grandkids around here so she’s use to lots of activity.

Well, thats it for now.

Fall Equinox

Well, almost equal sunrise and sunset. We walked pretty late for us 6:15 or so. Sunrise is 6:52 Sunset 7 pm. so a difference of 8 minutes. Im going to watch and see what day is actually equal.

Beautiful fall weather though. Warm days, cool nights.

Went over to work on Friends of library books for our upcoming annual sale. After that, I won t really do anything for the library.

Tomorrow, I’m driving up to Truckee with my daughter. She has a meeting and then we’ll do lunch. Its a beautiful drive in the sierras.

I’ve been using YNAB a lot to do budget numbers and it’s going well. I have October all into the budget including the cost of the 2 trees we’re having removed on October 6. Tree removal is very expensive and these trees require a crane to come in. Believe me, I’m leaving at the first sound of the trucks. I’m just too nervous to watch. Ive got my day lined up. Starbucks, then maybe Walmart and then hang some more till I figure ,1 pm when most of it should be over. (maybe)