Simple Sunday

We had a nice walk this morning. The park was empty when we got there but then 10 minutes later quite a few cars were showing up. On Sundays, we get there a little later as we stay in bed just a few minutes more. So it was 6:20 about. Sunrise is 6:45 now and gaining a minute a day. This coming Friday is the equinox and my husbands birthday. A Virgo on the cusp.

We’re planning an overnight at a place in the Sierras.

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Not at Lake Tahoe but to the NE. It’s a place that is designed in the Frank Llyod Wright style so I’m interested to see it. Mostly, I think, people golf there but I know there are some walking trails too. It’s quite expensive but B bought this as a Groupon like 2 years ago so we need to use it.

Today is a gym day. Then I need just a few things from the store. I thought I’d make some homemade brownies but I need some dutch cocoa.  PLus I need cream and lemons.

Dinner is a quiche (I think). We have a ton of eggs to use so that seems logical.

We’re also going to do another garbage run as we have a huge pile(again) of stuff from around the yard. There are the poles from the old pool and a used tarp and the old doors that we replaced. So, after we get back from town we’ll go do that. It’s at the end of the road we live on so pretty convenient.

Fall is in the air and last night we had our first fire in the firepit. It was cozy and I had made a delicious curried lentil soup. A great recipe and a keeper.

 

Simple Sunday

Our Sunday walk started out lovely. Quiet in the park ,nobody there but us until…..

Maybe I’m a magnet for weird things. So we’re walking on our second round near the tennis courts. We round the corner and a car pulls up to the far end of the parking lot. As we were walking the 3 ducks that are left ( from the Hobbles crowd) were right there by the path so we stopped and said Hi. So this guy opens his car door and out shoots a dog and it runs straight at the poor ducks. I turn around and yell, Put your dog on a leash, this is a leash law park.  The guy goes ballistic, yelling and screaming at me. That I should just leave the park, get out of here and on and on. It was really unnerving. So I say again, just put your dog on a leash. By this time the dog had run across the field somewhere. He continues to be crazy yelling. I say I’m going to call the sheriff and he goes ballistic. Go ahead, do that, here take a picture and on and on. So as we started down the path by the play structure, I call 911 and say this is not an emergency but I don’t have the sheriffs number for urgent call. So I tell her what is happening and she says she’ll send a sheriff. Well, we did one one round, walked as far away as we could from the guy who seemed to just be sitting in his car. He then walked over somewhere I presume to try and find his dog which was still off leash.  Geez, I was a little freaked out because I do walk alone often and in the dark sometimes.  I’m definitely bringing pepper spray tomorrow. But it was so over the top. I mean are people going crazy.  It was so belligerent and weird.

Anyway, we never saw the sheriff so…

Today is a gym day, and I got my oil changed.

I did the bathroom zone already( an advantage of having only one teeny tiny bathroom) and 2 loads of laundry( it’s sheet day).

This afternoon I’m going to put a chicken to roast. It’s warm out but it shouldn’t be too hot to use the oven.

 

 

the week ahead….

Our temperatures look nice for the week. Low 90’s. It actually cooled off last night and our walk this morning was nice.

We are on day 67 of year 5. There have been a lot of people walking at 6 am. I guess because of how hot it has been. So it’ll be nice if a few drop away. As the weeks go on, it does get down to the maybe 6 of us that walk every morning. And when the weather turns we’re usually out there alone or maybe the one other very dedicated walker.

This should be a mellow week with B gone in LA, my daughter won’t be working every day, and my son, just in and out as usual. I have one appt Wednesday and that’s it. Tomorrow I’m taking food to the food bank and then to 2 different thrift stores. One will be the Cancer thrift store as my daughter has a few higher quality things she wants to go there.  Then a drop off at good will.

Next week we start our 2 weeks in Tahoe. We all won’t be there at the same time but they’ll be some overlap. We’re not paying for a house sitter this time so we need one of us here to put chickens away and feed and love the cats.

I got thru the Kitchen zone pretty easily and even vacuumed. So tidied and I’m getting a load of laundry done.

One of the things minimalism has done for me recently is actually not taking something away but adding. I’ve been adding houseplants here and there for a touch of green.  I’m really enjoying it. I’m sure I’ll lose a few like the maiden hair fern which seems quite temperamental. I’ve moved it into the bathroom as it like humidity but not sure if it’ll make it.  It’s been a nice added touch.

Dinner is cheese ravioli ( I think). It’s pasta Monday so….

Just Keep Walking Update

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Tomorrow is the big day.

We have walked Every. Single. Day. for 4 years and tomorrow is the start of year 5.

Here’s to Just Keep Walking because what else is there?

Today it was raining and we used the umbrellas but not bad just a spring rain.Things I’ve learned:

THINGS I’VE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY:

  •  Just put on your walking shoes first thing when you get up. I wear North Face hikers that have lasted over a year and I’m just now ready for a new pair. Invest in a good pair of shoes. Mine run @ $100.

  • Invest in rain gear. I use Frogg Toggs.

  • have an umbrella for when it’s just a light rain.

  • Intentional walking can be 1/2 mile or 5 miles. It’s about your intention that you are walking.

  • Be kind to yourself. Sometimes it’s a great walk other times it’s a PITA.

  • Find a safe reliable place to walk. If you’re lucky enough like we are to have a park with a walking trail great. But it can also be sidewalks or even a country road.

  • Use a program to track. I use Runtastic on my iPhone and I had a fit bit for 2 years till it died earlier this year. Fitbits are great for daily steps too.

  • Even when I’m traveling, I search out a walk to do. I usually wait till it’s light and of course, that it’s in a safe area.

 

Labs today and other musings

Today is cloudy and it was sprinkling this morning as we walked. At the end of this month, we will only have 2 months left till we hit year 5 of walking every day. I’m thinking going into year 5, I probably won’t be as OC about having to walk as I just need to keep walking.  I need to for a number of reasons. It feels good to get my blood circulating first thing in the morning but more important, I feel like arthritis is starting to impact me. I’m pretty stiff til I get going but even thru out the day I notice I’m stiffer getting up and moving. Not a good thing, and I may go see my PC doctor and ask if that’s what this is.

So today I went and got my blood tests. It’s been 6 weeks, so we’ll see hoe things are.  It’s hard to say in terms of how I feel because I generally feel excellent. My doctor was watching my hematocrit numbers as they were just slightly high. He wanted me to hydrate more but I pointed out that started after I was in cycle 2 of Velcade so???

I had a great introvert day.  I did have to call the insurance as they said I had a balance on my last labs.  But I’ve never had a co-pay on my labs. so 45 minutes later the nice lady did resolve it for me. Other than that it’s just me and the quiet today.  I did my FlyLady zone( the living room) and since there’s not a lot to do there it’s done.

I’m not sure what I’m making for dinner. I have left – over brown rice so maybe that. It’s not exactly what I feel like but then I don’t know what I feel like and that’s always the problem. So I’ll just wing it till it’s closer to dinner time. My daughter doesn’t get home till 7 pm so we’ll see. My husband is in San Diego working so…???

 

It’s a new year!

Well, here it is Sunday morning January 1st. A new year and a new beginning.

A fresh start. Sort of….. Really it’s just another day and it’s only the calendar that says January 1st. For me, it’s just keep on keeping on. I don’t really set new years goals anymore. I just have things I’d like to keep doing and some new things I’d like to try.

We will keep walking every day.

We will keep going to the gym. I’m going 3 days a week and I’d like to add a 4th but it’s not necessarily a goal.

I’m going to do the Uber frugal month with Mrs. Frugalwoods mostly to get a new perspective on how we spend money which generally we don’t spend a lot. But there are things that come up and generally, we’re not really financially ready for. So that’s where we hit the snags and that’s what I want to change.

I hope to have a year of continued good health and that my complete response from the  Velcade continues.( It is what it is and I have no delusions about this). It’ll change at some point but I still hope to have a good year. I also hope my husband and 2 children continue to have excellent health.

I am going to try a new recipe a week and follow it to the letter to learn new things.

I read so much that reading books isn’t a goal, maybe not reading so much??? Nah, never. I’m not sure how many books I read in 2016 but I average 2-3 books a week sometimes, so that’s 12 a month so 144 a year. Sounds about right. I’ve enjoyed the blogging for books, it’s fun and I get free books I then give to the library.

We are finishing painting the front room (living room) today. Some trim and window trim. It’s my favorite white, simply white by Benjamin Moore. It is such a great white. This is the last room to paint this year. So it looks nice and fresh and it really needed it. We have a wood stove so that affects the room with smoke when you open the stove or ash that comes out. It turned out that even though moving stuff away from the walls is a lot of work, it was pretty easy to put back together. Less is soooooo much better. I even gave my brother a set of fiesta ware in the light purple that wasn’t my favorite.

last night we had sub sandwiches and watched old movies. We forgot to open the champagne but had a nice BV red.

Well, it’s off to the gym and dinner is a pizza as I had made the dough for Friday, but then we decided to make the Latkes for Hanukkah.