Five Frugal Things Friday

It’s been a good week overall. I’m happy with the reorganizing and decluttering I did.

  1. Ate our meals at home and shopped at Grocery Outlet for things to get us through till I shop Costco next week.
  2. I’m trying to do only 2 very small loads of laundry a day,( white and dark). Although that may not seem frugal, it’s frugal with my time as I keep up on it and it’s not huge loads.
  3. Read 4 books this week free from Netgalley. They’re e- books but fun. Most were  cookbooks but one was a self-help called 30 days to Joy ( or something like that). What I liked about it was her take on just do what brings you joy.  I thought that was very simple and yet we need to read or hear that.
  4. We want to update our kitchen someday( when we have money) Ha….. Ha… but in the meanwhile, I decided to paint the cabinets again so at least they look better.  So, instead of groaning we can’t afford to remodel, I bought a high gloss white paint and voila!  It’ll do for now.
  5. All the bills are in for the month and budget done. Unfortunately, we will have a very expensive auto repair on my son’s Subaru.  He needed the head gaskets done to the tune of $2500. Plus an accelerator problem. We offered to put it on our CC so he at least has a car. The other option was to sell it as is but then he wouldn’t have a car. So it’s cheaper to fix a car than buy a new used car. So, that won’t be frugal to charge it but it will be cheaper in the long run as hisSubaru will run for a good long while.

Tomorrow we’re going to Home Depot to get the boards for the last garden bed.  I budgeted a small amount for this since it’s now or not plant. In the long run, it’ll be frugal when we have lettuce, etc.

Tonight is Friday night Pizza!

Reorganizing

I’ve wanted to get rid of the bin cubby (6 bins) for a while. They were useful but I wanted to empty that space. so I kept 2 of the Martha Stewart bins for house rags, my vintage cloth, and new white bathroom washcloths, hand towels, and bath towels. I get these at Costco once a year and it’s a great bargain. White Hotel towels. The washcloths are a bundle of 24 for about 18.00 and the bath towels are 6 or 8 to a pack for @ $20. When there done they all become rags for things. It’s a great bargain if you’re after white towels for the bathroom.

So back to the little cubby thing. I reorganized the closet some and got rid of a few things. This is the only built-in closet in this house. For my daughters’ room, we have a floor to ceiling Ikea closet system. So we always need to maximize this space.  One shelf is my overflow pantry stuff. This has actually worked out great. One shelf is the bins with my workout stuff, seasonal stuff( swim suits) and then the above mentioned. On the floor under the last shelf are plastic bins with sheets( we have 2 pairs, one on the bed, one in the bin). Office stuff and one other.

I’m slowing getting it to where it’s pretty organized and labels.

Today, I’m heading over to the Humane Society thrift store to drop off a load some of which includes a few vintage tablecloths I don’t want anymore. Then to the Pet bookstore to drop off some old antique books that were my husband’s mothers.  They are really falling apart and event hough they are quite antique I don’t want them anymore. Then next to Goodwill to drop some clothes and miscellaneous stuff.  I’m going to start a pile in the barn for my son to sell at the flea market including some vintage games( Lone Ranger) and Clue.

It’s pasta night so I’m thinking penne pasta with tomatoes, basil, and smoked mozzarella.

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Eureka, Ca

It’s been a fun trip ( work for him, fun for me) to this area. I haven’t been here for many years and I’m guessing not a lot has changed. It is a fairly depressed area and I’m guessing that fishing and logging used to be the economy booster. There’s quite a few homeless and Not sure why as it’s not that warm or desirable but there are a lot of them hanging around.  But we’ve had lots of walking, good food and fun all around.

We found 2 used bookstores but there’s no Goodwill. I didn’t feel like hitting up the other thrift stores.  Eureka natural Foods and North Coast co-op are incredible stores. The one in Arcata has Humbolt State nearby so must do pretty well with that.

After B works this morning we will head to Chico and spend the night since it’s a 4-5 hour drive today.  Then home Saturday.  We may hit up the FArmersmarket on Saturday of not.

I bought a murder mystery book by a local author but after starting realized I had already read it but I’ll reread it and then pass on to the library. It’s a signed copy so that will be nice.

It’s rainy and windy here but once we’re inland it’ll be 79 degrees in Chico. Go figure, it’s California!!

Update, he’s alive!!!!

Okay, we were getting ready to leave for the coast(a 7-hour drive), and we saw our neighbor come out his front door and he had his little dog too. So all is good. I tell you I was pretty concerned as this was not the first time he has fallen.  But this was the bloodiest so far.  But as the 2 commenters noted next time I will call the Sheriff to do a well- check. I mean he is 92. ?

 

May Day

Our weather has been glorious. Yesterday was 80 and just somewhat breezy in the afternoon. Our house is on top of a hill so we usually always have a breeze of some sort. Today is much the same although I think I saw the temperature around 84. Very nice.

Last evening I used my new 10 ” Lodge( early mothers day gift), to make Taco meat. I adore Lodge camp cooking. All I did really is cook the organic ground beef in the Lodge and then had the condiments on the side. Organic pintos for the nonmeat eaters. I really like this size as it’s a little easier to handle and we don’t need 6 servings of something. So it’s perfect.

Other news…Friday I was laying down @ 2 pm and my daughter comes in and says I need to call 911 for our neighbor . Well, I jump off the bed and run out without shoes( not recommended) and there’s our neighbor covered in blood. His head is bleeding profusely and he has flaps of skin on his face. He walked over to our house( a miracle really). So he says he fell thru his plate glass door. Non-safety glass.  Not good. I’m running around trying to get a patio chair for him (remember to put shoes on in an emergency).  I get him settled and am yelling for my daughter to get towels. Finally, she does. WE live on a hill and at the bottom of the hill across the road is the fire station. So within 4 minutes the paramedics are there and took over. He’s okay. Lots of stitches. This situation makes me very upset not because of the blood etc but because this 92-year-old man who has 4 children, lives alone with no help. His house is disgustingly dirty and finally, after us prodding, he’s getting meals on wheels. But he should be in assisted living and his kids should be doing that for him. So the update is yesterday, I didn’t see him come out to walk his little dog. So not good. But I didn’t go over. Last night @ 8:30 I walked out our yard and looked in his and the house is pitch black. Not good. I sure hope he’s not dead over there. Then today which is Wednesday, B and I are leaving for the coast.  He’s working and I’m going along for the ride. So no one will be here to see if he comes out. My daughter works today so she won’t be home till 7pm. I don’t want to go over there this morning because of what I might find. Dilemma.

Well, B is headed to Eureka / Arcata to work and I’m going to go. It’s a long drive but should be nice. Of course, I hope we don’t come home to find our neighbors dead.

Labs in and other stuff.

My CBC was great. All good there except the hemoglobin was still .5 above normal.  He had wanted me to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I did pretty good but not 8 glasses. Maybe got to 5-6 a day plus tea. I guess hemoglobin has to do with the oxygen in your blood. So he thought maybe I wasn’t hydrating enough.  I’m not worried at only .5 over normal. but I’ll see what he says in June.  In other good news, my kappa light chains still normal but it went up 2 points. So from 12.6 to 14.2.  So here’s that trend of going up. I know I’ll come out of the normal range at some point but for now, it’s still in the normal range even with the 2 point increase.  My Lambda went up too from 10.9 to 11.5 so another increase. And the ratio went up to from 1.16 to 1.23 . In myeloma numbers, the ratio is most important so still an increase. These are all in values of mg/L for those that want that .  I can’t say I’m not a bit disappointed because I am just a little but hey this is month 10 going into month 11 of no drugs andI’m still within normal ranges. Oh, the good news too, was no detectable M-protein. So that’s the great news. the light chain tests though are more sensitive to myeloma cell, so the increase does show a trend. But, for now, I will celebrate LIFE!! I feel good well except for the aches and pains of normal stuff.  My one year of stopping Velcade is June 23. June is never a good emotional month for me as I was officially diagnosed on June 15 of 2005. Funny how we remember some things exactly.  Oh well, I’m grateful for modern medicine and my doctor and park and the ducks and the everything. ( That’s supposed to be funny).

It’s been windy here and we haven’t sat out at dinner even though the temperature is nice. The allergies are kicking in when that wind blows. I’m hoping to BBQ tonight if the wind is gone.

Here’s a picture of Hobbles the duck. yesterday we couldn’t find him at the park but he was back today. Whew…IMG_0700he’s called hobbles because about 2 years ago he got injured somehow and was not using his one leg. Now he uses it but just hobbles. He’s our buddy in the morning.

To Fitbit or to not Fitbit, that is the question.

So around a month ago, my fit bit broke. The actual sensor in the back fell out. My fit bit was @ 3 years old. Not sure if this is common, but anyway, I tried to glue it back in and well that didn’t work. So I’ve been debating getting another.  I’ve enjoyed not being tied to the Fitbit plus I walk generally the same amount daily and it doesn’t really motivate me to do more. Sad, I know but it doesn’t. What I do like is it keeps track of all my steps in a day and then I use that as a monthly total. So, right now I’m estimating based on previous months and what I tally in my head @ 100-120miles a month. That doesn’t include the gym treadmill or bike because the Fitbit doesn’t seem to calculate them when I’m on them. So that would add 3-5more miles more every week.

So I’m not sure I want to buy a new one. Although both my husband and daughter have the newer Alta. I like that it’s much thinner than the one I had.  I guess I’ll just keep thinking about it.

Today, I’m off to Trader Joes and then Costco. I wanted to stop too at the Loft near there but generally, after those 2 things, I’m done with the box store shopping. But there’s a pair of pants i want to try on before I buy them, so I just might. I’m trying to upgrade my clothes to a couple of well-made pieces. I don’t even have 33 items of clothing so it’s just trying to get a few things that are classic and better made than Old navy.  So, another I’ll see.  After spending money for food I generally don’t want to go spend more money. I checked the thrift store the other day and found a J Jill swim cover up ( at least I think that’s what it is), so you can find good deals but you do need to check regularly.

Dinner is a question mark, although I’m thinking Costco pizza. Hmmm not sure.

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…???

 

Frugal Friday things

I made homemade bread yesterday in the Zojirushi bread maker. I wanted to make half wholewheat and half organic white but thought I didn’t have the WW flour. I found it afterwards in the pantry. Still it came out very yummy.

We took the load and more to Goodwill. Not really frugal except it’s stuff gone and clears space both physically and mentally.

I’m making homemade pizza tonight instead of ordering out which I kinda wanted to do.

Not frugal but the FOL decided to pay for the mistake of $99 for the website I bought but wasnt the right foremat. That was nice of them as I was going to just donate the mistake and not have them pay. But since they have a large donation that was a bequest to the FOL they budgeted $ for the website.  Also, they offered a $ gift to my daughter for actually doing all the website work.  It would have cost them hundreds to have someone else design it so it worked out well.

Not much else going on. Next week I get my bloodwork done and I’m a little anxious about it but overall not too worried about. It’s just once a cancer patient always a cancer patient in your mind.

This will be a no spend weekend since the budget is used up till next payday  ?