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November 30, 2019 - The last day of November

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Yesterday I did get to a few things on my to do list, as well as a scheduled CT scan as a precautionary review of my lungs. This is my 2nd, recommended because I smoked from age 22 to 62 (40 years sometimes up to 2 packs a day, sometimes 2 cigarettes a day and everything in between over my lifespan). Quitting totally took 3 tries, but was well worth it. Now I am just being vigilant with my lung health. Certainly can't hurt to do this every 5 years. Thankful my insurance (though the co-pay is $100) covers it.

Cleaned up the garage, too. And met my bff and traveling buddy for an early dinner and catch up on what's happening. She lives in Indio, 2 1/2 hours across the mountains in the high desert. Invited her to my RB Chorale performance & overnight, will spend my birthday weekend with her in Indio in early February (a new tradition) and excitingly she is putting together a travel speaker for one of the many clubs she belongs to...so perhaps we could celebrate my retirement with a river cruise from Budapest to the Black Sea. Thinking yes.

I also recycled some things on Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch facebook site. Love getting rid of things I no longer use that someone else can use.

Today I am making soup for the weeks ahead and starting batch 1 of 3 of my legendary beef jerky. Labor intensive slicing the meat very thin, marinating for 3 days in a teriyaki sauce and then 8 hours in the oven on low to dry out. Expect the gas bill to double, but with the cooler weather this is not a bad thing.

Also, getting the Christmas plans together. My annual post production party for Dec. 22, gift lists (got suggestions on my 3 great-greats), scheduling time to bake my cranberry nut breads and Buckeye candies. Will get the Christmas decorations down from the rafters too...maybe start decorating tomorrow. Have already made some negotiations on outside lights up with my angel couple neighbors who have done it (and returned to take down in the Spring) the last 3 years. God Bless those who help others.

A busy time of year...oh, where did I put those Christmas cards I stashed from last years post Christmas sale? Can you believe I am still using paper from the 1980s?
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