Five Frugal Things Friday

So, I had my eye doctor appt yesterday and the good news is I won’t have to have cataract surgery. The bad news is I actually need eye surgery at some point for a retina issue where the retina has sort of a wrinkle in it and that’s what not letting me see as clear thru that eye. It was caused by my extended steroid use over the period of 12 years.  Of course, I needed the Dex to work with the chemo drugs but this is a side effect. The good news is he said it’s not critical right now and we can take another scan in 4 months. Geez, I didn’t see that one coming.( Pun on words)….

let’s see, not a frugal week.  Went to Costco and that was $118 plus the special medication for Bonnie the rescue dog. It’s anti-seizure medication. So another $50.

All the first of the month bills are paid or on auto payment so that used up a paycheck.

B is having his 60,000-mile service at Hyundai so I expect that to be $$$.

Had the propane filled to the tune of $230.

Gee, this sounding like a very expense week.

Oh, and tomorrow my son and I have to fill out the housing for him at SFSU. That will be $270 to reserve the spot.  He will need to find grants or get a Student loan for the actual housing. We can help with these smaller things but that’s it.

So, I’m home today making brownies, and tonight is pizza night. I was going to order out Round Table gourmet veggie but decided I didn’t want to spend $25 on a large pizza. So, I made the dough my favorite from’Date nite in’.  I’m going to do a spinach and goat cheese one with pine nuts and the other just cheese and pepperoni.

Here’s a picture from dinner in Santa Barbara, notice me clutching my glass of wine. It was some sort of Italian chardonnay.  It was a pretty great chopped salad too.

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Beautiful Santa Barbara

This has been the weirdest week. On Monday we had terrible rain, sleet, hail, and the wind. Most of the day was breezy but not bad. But Around 7 pm the wind started in like a freight train. It was very scary. Then @ 8 pm, we saw a huge flash and bang and one of our neighbor’s trees snapped in half and took out major power lines. I was really freaked since the wind kept going for at least another 2 hours. i finally took an Ativan and went to bed since my nerves were shot. So power was out for @ 26 hours. Tuesday was also very stormy and we weren’t sure whether we were going to leave.  But we got to SB and had a lovely drive down. B worked the next day at the co-op. I relaxed and we had a lovely time. We walked the beach trail both mornings and the one day I hit over 10,000 steps. i usually get to 8,000 or so but not quite 10,000 so I was pleased.

So we went to favorite french bakery Renaud’s. The best authentic french croissants this side of Paris.

Today we drove to San Luis Obispo so he can work that co-op. Then were going to check into the hotel and go check out Goodwill.

 

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Simple Sunday

We went to Costco yesterday and got a ton of stuff. A fire extinguisher we needed, some organic sheets ( yeah.. they were 29.95), lots of food stuff, coffee. I also went to the customer service desk and got a refund on the stuff that my husband bought 3 days before the coupon book came out. I didn’t know they did that. I was pretty impressed. I won’t need to go to Costco for a month at least. Unless I decide to go get veggies and fruit there.

It also wasn’t raining and that was a big plus.  After putting the load away, I made us a brunch of scrambled eggs( our own) and avocado, tomatoes and cheese. Pretty tasty.

This has been a gloomy week with lots of rain and it looks like more is heading in today. Although right now its okay out, no rain. On Wednesday we head to Santa Barbara. B is working the co-ops and I’m going along since work pays for it all. We will pay for my portions of food but hotel and gas are covered. I’m looking forward to it.  I love SB, even though I wouldn’t want to live there. It’s  somewhat locked in by mountains and of course ridiculously expensive. But it’s great to visit and I love the beach trail. Since we’ve been there before we know a couple of great places to eat, plus there’s Trader Joes and Whole foods just to get some snacks and lunch stuff.

Our budget plans are going very well. Paying off the last bit on a CC is going very well. Actually, I way ahead of my schedule. But that may change or slow down since in the next month we need to get wood for the new garden beds and a truck- load of soil. So that will be an extra expense. But the garden gives us food and freezer stuff to so it’s a win.

I did a bunch of paperwork stuff this week. I needed to reapply for my LLS grant which covers my health insurance and copays to the doctor. Nothing diagnostic but it does help. Then I had to update my son’s FAFSA because he plans to go to San Francisco State university in the fall as a senior. I would like to see him get a grant for housing and tuition but we’ll see. They now do the year before ( 2015) and that was the year B sold stock so we had a larger gross amount. So that may impact it. I’m not sure if I could have done 2016 as that was substantially less. But it said taxes from 2015.

Today is a gym day and then I’m going to roast a chicken with a new recipe from William Sonoma that calls for oranges and red onion. Sounds good.

Santa Barbara cont’d

ImageIt is so beautiful in Santa Barbara. Very Mediterranian. 

The next day we went to the mission, and the Santa Barbara museum of art, and walked bunches everywhere. Overall, I did great. I’m taking a new mushroom formula, and I think it’s helping with energy. plus I was off dex so I wasn’t up and then down.

we stopped in trader joes and old navy and a bunch of other stores. We had a great lunch at a farm to table restaurant . Excellant.

the drive home was long, but we were home by 5 so not too bad.

it was all worth it and it’s one of my mini goals completed. 

Santa Barbara mini vacation

imageimageWe left Sunday,it was nice since I didn’t take my dex on Saturday night. I felt pretty good. It’s a long drive but I did ok.

We checked into the holiday express and it was quite nice and only a few steps away from State street, which is where everything is. Plus, th beach was a few blocks away, but we drove and parked. Then we walked out Stearns wharf. It was just getting to be sunset. We found a nice little restaurant, Moby Dick, and settled in with a glass of wine and relax. I’ll try and add the pictures as the upload.

then we headed out to a nice Mexican restaurant. Pretty good. I’m pretty fussy about spending money on food. So, this was good.

Then the next day we were out walking at 6:30 am along the beach trail. Glorious! Then we went to the Sambos on the beach side. I wanted to go here for breakfast since in Tucson we used to go there when we were in college. this sambos was  the first and last so it’s kinda cool. I’ll fill in more later on the museums, and other restaurants.

Paper whites

imageSome nice paper whites my daughter started in her new Christmas greenhouse! And our stupid goat who roams free and eats everything. Sunday morning dex!

Cleaned what wasn’t done yesterday by B. most everything was done. I dusted, swiffered, and wiped the bathroom.

Then I made stuffed bell peppers for tomorrow. 3 meat and brown rice ,2 vegie.

Then I made chicken Parmesan for dinner, and they’ll be cheese ravioli for the vegies.

So, now I’m heading on the 2 -3 hour downhill slide with dex. I dont really sleep, (nap), but no energy after the burst and need to rest.

Next week, we’ll be on our way for our mini trip to Santa Barbara. I’m not planning on taking dex, although I will let him( my doctor know). I just need to be semi normal , even though I’ll still be on revlimid. I was trying to figure out how to work it in during the week, but there just isn’t a way. So…. I should get my lab results this week, if they can find them, since my doctor has moved to mercy cancer center in Sacramento . I pretty sure nothing has changed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another increasE. Revlimid seems to have worked its last magic, and I’m figuring, Velcade in the next few months. Thats what we had discussed so…..

its a beautiful day in Northern California .