Midweek musings

Yesterday was a busy one.

I canned more applesauce (5 jars). It’s not hard work per se, just time-consuming. For this applesauce, you don’t need to peel the apples, just quarter or half and then into a big pot. Cook until tender. Then you put thru a food mill.  If you do any canning a food mill is really necessary.  Then into the sterilized jars and water bath for 20 minutes.  Overall time is about 2 1/2 hours.

I also went to the gym and then Safeway for a few things.

When I got home I decided to can the tomatoes that were ripe. Again tomatoes aren’t hard it’s just time-consuming. I plop them in boiling water so the skins loosen up and then into the food mill. The result is fairly watery but I then cook the sauce for a few hours so it thickens. Then into jars and pints take about 35 minutes. I put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in the pints as I read the amount for quarts.  Overall time about 3 hours.

Any canners out there with advice?? I’m assuming it’s okay. It tasted fine.

By then I was kinda exhausted. But later was on a roll and cleaned out the freezer of a bunch of stuff no one is going to eat and the fridge some too.

My dishwasher was packed with pyrex containers:)

I decided to not walk this morning even though I wanted to. I just felt tired and not too enthused to head out. Tomorrow will be fine. Plus I’m back to 5 days a week and my foot feels a lot better. Some days I feel some stress on the top of my foot where the fracture was.

Today, I’m going to do just a few errands in town. I need a bag of ground coffee from Starbuck for camping. I might go into Target for a few things too, but that’s not critical.

B is in Chico for co-op work so he will go to Costco for some of the stuff we need. I appreciate that he can do this as it saves me a trip down to Roseville.

All the house chores are done.  the bathroom zone is always fairly quick( 10 minutes) because it’s small and decluttered. We have a walk buddy in the park that was always there when we were…in the dark,rain,wind, etc. Starting about 6 months ago, we hadn’t seen him. Then he finally showed up and we stopped to chat, and turns out he fell in his shower/tub and BROKE his back.  So on our to-do list is take out the claw foot tub and put a walk in shower. Our tub is lovely but probably a danger for’ getting older folks’.  We only have the one bathroom so I will miss a tub. But better to miss a tub than risk a fall and broken whatever.

Dinner is unknown.

 

Simple Sunday

It is a beautiful fall day.

We had a lovely walk in the park this morning and it was quite empty except for our geese friends. The Canada geese babies have all grown up and have flown away. Once in a while, we see them circle around the pond. There are other lakes around here and I imagine they hang out there too.

I made another pie in a tin dish and froze it on the recommendation of blogger Hilary.  I just took it out of the oven and it smells and looks amazing so I will try and do at least a couple of pies this way for fall.

I went to Target and got another case of pint jars for the applesauce which I will start tomorrow.  I figure I can get most of the one box of apples done. The second box is staring at me already but will have to wait.

We leave for Tahoe on Friday and will be gone a week. It’s a different time to be up there but certainly, most crowds are gone. Evenings will be chilly but we can sit by the fire or inside the tent trailer. Usually, we play scrabble or I read. We are taking the kayaks so we will go out at least 2 times to make it worth bringing them.  We might drive down to Sand Harbor( quite a ways back on the lake) and go out from there. Sand Harbor State Beach is where many of the famous shots/pictures of Tahoe are with the big boulders and beautiful blue water.

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I’m planning a few Lodge meals and other than that just simple foods. Plus the grocery store is like half a  mile away.

Since the tent trailer does not have a shower we’ll go to the gym up there, work out and then shower. My main criteria for a new trailer is a shower/toilet.

I made organic long grain rice for dinner and we’re having burritos with rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce.

 

Almost fall.

I so enjoy this time of year of late summer early fall. Of course, my birthday is in September so that’s probably why.  Although I think beyond the birthday thing it’s just a beautiful time with cool evenings and warm days. We sat out last night till 8:30 and it was still warm.

The garden is winding down and so is watering the garden.  Our water bill was quite huge due to watering so much when it was 100 + for weeks at a time. We’re already watering way less and that should drop the bill next month. I’m still picking green tomatoes so they can ripen in a box. Plus now I’m starting to cut the hard squashes. We have quite a few butternut and spaghetti squash. They will be nice in the fall and winter.

This year our apple tree is in full production so I’ll be making applesauce and pies. I’m going to make a pie today or tomorrow so I can see how it freezes and then defrost and bake. I’d like to experiment to see if this is the best method. Otherwise, it’ll be apple sauce canned.

This morning is a gym morning. We walked this morning as well so that puts me at 4x a week. I’m probably going to add a 5th day next week.  It’s great to be back out in the morning. I love moving first thing( well after 1 cup of coffee).

My latest drama is trying to get a certified birth certificate. We would like to get passports so that we can travel or flee the country if necessary( just kidding). So my  birth certificate is not embossed. So I figured no problem. I filled out the NYC form paid the fee and voila. Well, no the next day I get an email saying that my first name does not match the birth certifcate so it’s voided. WTF????  My birth name is Aurora Roxana Christina. I have never ever in my entire life used Aurora as that was my mother’s name. So I email back and say I have always only used Christina as my legal name. Nope!! he says, I have to have something with my legal first name. WTF??? I have absolutely nothing. So I’m supposed to email someone else. Such a simple thing and now it’s a f@#King problem. Leave it someone in NYC to be an asshole and screw it up.

Well, I guess I’ll see what happens.

I’ve read a couple of really good books this week. One is ‘Educated’, about a woman born in 1986 to an extreme Mormon family in Idaho. It is so eye-opening. It’s amazing she found herself and escaped. And she went on to obtain her Ph.D. Quite a story. The other is a Jodi Picoult, ‘Leaving Time’. It has a huge twist that is completely unexpected. Great characters.

Dinner is either nachos or leftover homemade ravioli. Not sure which yet!!

 

 

 

 

Simple Sunday

It’s been a busy week canning more stuff.

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This is the batch of dill pickles. I did find the Pickle Crisp at Walmart of all places. Nobody in Auburn had it that I could find. So, you only add a 1/4 tsp to the jar and it’s supposed to make them stay crisper. We’ll see. The recipe says to wait about 6 weeks to try them. I put one small jar in the fridge so I’m going to open that in a few weeks and test them out.

We went to Costco on Friday and loaded up on some good food and some nonfood things like laundry soap. I like the Kirkland Free laundry soap. No dyes or fragrance.

I ordered the Complete Ball canning book off Amazon. I think it will be useful and it has loads of interesting things to try.  I’m going to go the local fruit stand and see if they have any peaches left. It’s kinda late but they may still have some.

We’ve had lots of zucchini in the garden so we had zoodles last night for dinner with spinach and garlic and parmesan and little bits of fresh mozzarella. Tasty!!!

I have a half of container of ricotta left from the last homemade lasagna so I ‘m going to make another lasagna tonight maybe a meat sauce based one and then another spinach one.

It’s a gym day and then I did most of my house cleaning chores yesterday but I’ll do a few of the weekly home stuff today. That list includes:

  • wash mirrors in the house
  • water plants as needed
  • dust the whole house
  • general tidying or putting things away that are left around.

 

We walked this morning in the park and it was really wonderful to be back there. I will go again on Wednesday. I’m forcing myself to pace going and so 2 days off sounds about right. My foot feels better but I’d guess it’s not 100% or maybe I’ll feel the stress fracture area for a while even if it’s healed?? who knows??

B has to be on call for jury duty all week, so he’s not going anywhere except day stuff if he’s not called. I don’t have any plans this week but have a dental cleaning Wednesday.

I don’t have any plans this week but have a dental cleaning Wednesday.

The light is certainly changing and it’s getting darker way earlier. It’ll be fall in almost a month. Another season. Our Tahoe camping is mid-September, so that’s going to be different. Not summer. But at least the crowds will be gone.

 

 

 

Simple Sunday

The smoke from the fire has mostly moved out and the air quality is better. There’s a slight breeze which may not be good later in the day as it warms up.

I’ve been to the gym and am now home thinking about what next to do. Here’s the zucchini bread.

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It’s a really good recipe and it did puff up. I thought it was way to little batter in the pans but it was fine. I will make another batch this week as I have more zucchini coming in. I may go get some mini loaf pans.

Then here’s the Tartine bread

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It had a great sourdough flavor. I have another batch in the fridge that I’ll bake up this week as well.

I’m in the kitchen zone this week so I may start that today and get the cabinets windexed.

I’m cooking chicken tiki marsala in the crockpot and then later I will do some tofu in a pan. I’m planning on cooking some organic long grain white rice with it.

We went for a lovely walk in the park this morning. I sure do miss my daily walks but soon enoughI’ll get back to a more regular schedule.

Tomorrow I’m excited to go pick up my flat of blackberries from a local farm. I’m planning to make jam on Tuesday.

 

 

A little trip to South Lake Tahoe

I decided to go with B up to South Lake while he worked at Grass Roots Community store.

The official summer season start s July 4 so this was the calm before the storm. But it was still quite busy.  The roads weren’t backed up yet but the hotel we stay at (Lakeland) was booked solid.  Plus we went out for a glass of wine and the place was packed.  But the weather was spectacular and Lake Tahoe is the fullest I think I ever remember it being. It’s just in the summer there is way too many people and everything is congested.  On the main boulevard, it can take an hour to get from the Nevada border to the Y which is where Hwy 50 comes in.IMG_1066

We drove home the Emerald Bay side and that’s always lovely.

With me not being able to do any walking it was tough to just sit around.  But until I get an ‘official’ prognosis of my stress fracture and what to do about it, I don’t want to walk unnecessarily.  Really tough for me:(

It was a nice mini get away.

 

Dinner is an order out pizza!!

 

Upset!!!

I am beyond upset actually.

I did go see the PA and had an x-ray of my left foot. It is a F##king stress fracture and I am not to walk on it till I get a boot or something. I can’t even see the podiatrist till next week.  It’s supposed to take 6- 8 weeks to heal.  I’m hoping sooner. The funny thing is it would seem to get better one day and then hurt the next. But that maybe as the PA said, I just wasn’t letting the bone heal.

My foot pain started sometime around the first of the year as I have a few notations in my bullet journal about my ankle bothering me. then it seems it would feel ok. So I’m gathering the stress fracture occurred sometime then but initially, stress fractures cannot hurt and then proceed to hurt more. Which is what happened.

I don’t even know how to process this. Getting up and walking is a huge part of my life.

WEll, I’ll adjust in a few days and hopefully, I can get into this doctor next week.

I’ll be back in a bit once I emotionally and mentally adjust.

June must be my month of bad medical news as it was June 15, 2005 when the call came in that I had multiple myeloma.  Geesh… what a f##king bummer. Well, thankfully this is not cancer of another sort. But life sure throws some curve balls that totally take you by surprise.

Just Keep Walking is still on, just modified for a while.