3rd of December

I’m grateful for my husband who works extraordinarily hard to support his family.

We have excellent health care as long as he continues to work full time and our son is covered till his 26th birthday, which will be right around the time my husband retires.

This next year I have some specific financial goals, one being, paying off the Santa Fe or at least most of it so B can get a small car like a Hyundai Elantra. Since he will still get a car stipend thing, he can use that instead of racking up more miles on the SF which we need to pull the tent trailer.  We will sell either the van or my VW. I’m guessing the van but who knows.

Today is a gym day and I need to go to Safeway for a few things like milk. Then this coming week is Flylady’s kitchen zone. I’ll probably start today and at least wipe the cabinets.

Our week looks dry and sunny but still cool, only @ 60 degrees high.

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Beautiful Lake Tahoe!

 

 

Getting back on track

Just going away for 2 days puts a spin on things that need to be done daily.

We came home and I put the things from the overnight away, planned some bean tacos for dinner and tidied a few things that needed to be done. Mostly this amounts to just putting things away that have been left out. Since my daughter was home alone, it can add up… chickens, getting the wood, dog care, cat care.   All by one person, so it’s a lot.

But since our house is tiny, it doesn’t take long to put those misplaced things back. A few towels to the laundry, a few pieces of  junk,mail in the garbage, etc.

We had a great time in South Lake Tahoe and it snowed over the peaks last night so it was beautiful.

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Here’s a picture of Emerald Bay.

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That’s the only island in Tahoe and has the remains of the stone tea house that was built as part of Vikingsholm.  If you’re ever there be sure to hike down to see the house. It is truly a marvel especially since it was built when roads were still dirt through the mountains.

Todd Borg, a local author, who writes murder mysteries all taking place in Tahoe just released his new book, Tahoe Payback.  It starts out with murder on tea island.  Great book and he really writes about the amazingness of Lake Tahoe. Plus, he mentions places to visit and real places to actually dine. Lots of fun.

 

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I’m back home for a few days. I have to get my labs this morning and then the solar eclipse is happening, which I won’t look at.( No really, I don’t have the glasses).

I’m not too nervous about my labs but this is one of the longest spaces I’ve had between tests ( about 7 Weeks), so we’ll see.

Then I’m going to the gym, workout, and then home to get ready to go back up to Zephyr Cove. My daughter and I had a great time together and now B and I will be up there to celebrate our 47 th wedding anniversary. Wow, that certainly makes you feel old. 🙂

Here’s our Lodge pizza night

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Then me on the beach early am.

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Then the lake.

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We had an amazing thunder, hail, rain storm that lasted about 45 minutes. Everything got soaked.  We were cozy in the tent trailer but it took some clean up the next morning. The screen shelter we bought for over the table was nice but didn’t really do anything in this kind of rain so we may go buy an EZ up anyway.  It would keep the rain off the table. ( I think).

So, I post more pictures in a day or two.

 

 

Getting ready for Tahoe

We’re off in a few days for 2 weeks at my favorite place on Earth. Lake Tahoe.  It’s where I want my ashes dropped or at least in the vicinity(ha, ha,).

But the first night it’s just the 2 of us. Then the next day B has to come home because our son is having a surgical procedure and it will involve anesthesia so someone needs to take him and bring him home. So, my daughter will drive up with the dogs for 3 nights and then B will come back up on Sunday.  It will be a little juggling around till Monday and then we should be good. Someone has to be here to take care of the 2 cats and the goat and chickens.  Plus watering gardens.  I’ll drive back down myself probably Monday.

But overall it should be wonderful will nice temperatures and even cool at night.

I’ve been packing dry food and others things. I also put out the 2 Lodges to take.

Mostly it’ll be relaxing, reading and walking. This year we bought a screened tent to put over the table. It may rain so this would help some. I didn’t want to get an EZ up after I saw how big they are and they weigh a lot. Usually, we try and buy one new item each camping season to add to our gear.

Nothing new on the dog front. Haven’t seen the lady or her dogs so I’m hoping she’s not coming to the park at all.

I’m excited I tried making bagels and they came out pretty good. I’d ordered a few things from King Arthur Flour and one was non diastatic barley malt powder.  It’s what makes NY bagels , well, NY bagels. I think they came out great but my oven wasn’t calibrating (which it does from time to time) so the heat wasn’t coming up to 425. So it was a little hit and miss.

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a little fuzzy on the last picture

 

 

 

Random thoughts

It’s been a great week camping here. We’ve been bike riding and of course, walking every day. We have a nice rhythm going with coffee in the French press, then walk out to the lake, home for camp breakfast, then figure out the day’s schedule.  Tonight I’m going to try pizza in the Lodge. I watched a youtube and it looked fairly easy.

Tomorrow our daughter returns with the border collies. It’s been fun to have them here. Then Friday I’ll head back down the ‘hill’ and get home to take care of chores.

It’s been one of the best vacations I can remember. Well, you can’t beat Santa Barbara or Capitola but still Tahoe is quite unique. If anyone is ever visiting and needs some ideas let me know.  Speaking of visiting my sister from Connecticut is going to visit in October with her 3 adult daughters.Not sure what has prompted this except she has had a difficult yea with a diagnosis of  interstitial( not sure if that’s correct) lung disease.  Anyway, they are staying in a hotel( thank you) and only staying 5 days. Not sure what to do in that time but heck, if she wants to do that , OK.  she is always quite helpful and fun.

We’ve had absolutely no communication with the bank o the refi despite me now calling a different person. I guess we are done with them. I’m going to check with our CU if they do the HARP, otherwise I’m going to check with Wells Fargo.

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Back home for a day.

I got back home Friday and then today I’m leaving for Tahoe again. It’s my son’s 22 birthday. Not doing anything special since this camping trip has added up. We did get him and REI gift card, a backpack stove, and $100 cash, so I think that’s plenty. I’m not sure what he wants as his special dinner or cake. it may have to wait till we’re all home.

I’ve been non-stop trying to keep up on things. I changed the pool filter but the water is still green. I guess it’ll have to wait till B’s home. Plus laundry, cleaning, going over to take care of the neighbor’s cat….  that’s another story in itself.

 

Well, my daughter will be driving home with the dogs today.She is probably going to hit serious traffic. I’ll probably be okay as most people will be driving the opposite way. Except for near Sand Harbor Beach where the traffic to get in was backed up for miles. I’m guessing I will be in that till it clears. But I hope not.

I’m getting stuff out to the car and should be ready to roll by 10am. I think.

On another note, I’m having the worst time with Ynab. I guess I’m going to cancel for next month. It seems everything is balanced and then its way off from what I have. Budget wise it is not helping since I’m just frustrated trying to figure out what their  amounts are doing and how that’s not matching what I have.  yesterday it was all balanced to zero. today its like off by -$1600 . So that’s not good nor accurate.  Well, I’ve had it so, It’s not easy to cancel, as you’ve got to email them.  But I’m better with just paper and pencil. it’s only $5 a month but if I can’t figure out the errors , it’s not worth it.

Beautiful Lake Tahoe

imageIt is amazing here. We’re at our favorite place,Lakeland Village.  B is heading off to do a reset today and tomorrow , so this is a work trip and pays for the room. Usually we go out to eat too (work pays his, but last night we just ate some mac and cheese. Tonight make go out, but the snow is soon to arrive.

After my difficult bout with nausea from he Velcade on monday I wasn’t sure I could go as I was curled up in a ball all day. But I had the doctor call in Zofran. My shot yesterday went smooth and easy. I think it’ll work out well. Not sure if the nausea will continue. But you just have to stay ahead of it. Mostly, I’m willing to put up with it if I get a good response. We’ll know sometime after christmas….

Tomorrow theres still snow so we will leave a little later. the weather here in South Lake Tahoe can be totally different than going over the summit. the summit is 7000 feet or so lake level 6000, so different patterns.

Oh,  my labs came back great. My neutrophil count was over 4500 and my platelets at 246 thousand/ul. On Pomalyst ,remember my neutrophils would tank so, hopefully Velcade,at least after the first shot has not done this. But Velcade affects platelets so thats the one to watch. I was great on that at least this week. I have to say i was quite taken back by the nausea, and said to my self…gee I remember chemo nausea , so that was a reminder that 10 years going on 11 i’m still a cancer patient.:(