Monday, February 20, 2017

Not So Sunny Sunday

Well, I finally went to sleep at 5:00 a.m., on Sunday morning and slept till 10:00 a.m.  I woke up once around 8:30 a.m., but went back to sleep.  It had rained earlier in the morning, before I woke up.  The ground was all wet.  It remained cloudy and grey although the rain had ceased and the sun tried to shine through the clouds.

I had a quiet, relaxed morning, reading blogs, commenting, responding to comments left on mine, etc.  Brunch was some of the leftovers that were sent home with me from last night's memorial dinner:  it is a type of homemade rice flour noodles, we call "indiappa" which is also known as "string hoppers" in English.

Indiappa/String Hoppers with Shrimp Curry and Sambols

To make the string hoppers, rice flour is mixed with warm water and salt to make a soft dough which is then pressed through a wooden mold (although there are metal ones, as well, now) that has a disc with holes at the bottom.  As the mold is pressed down, the dough comes out in strands and are mounded on small round woven wicker mats, about 3-inches in diameter (although, these days, there are plastic mats, as well).  Once the mounds of dough strands are about 1/2 inch high, the strands of dough are cut off and another string hopper is made on a different mat.  The mats with the strands of dough are then steamed until cooked (no longer sticky and pasty); it takes about 5* minutes or so for them to steam.  They are then removed from the mats and served with curries and spicy relishes we call "sambols".  On the plate above, I have some coconut sambol (light orange to the left) and onion sambol (dark brown on the top right).  A gravy made with coconut milk, turmeric, onions, and spices, called "kiri hodi" or milk gravy, has been poured over the string hoppers to moisten them.  String hoppers are often eaten for breakfast and as dinner; but rarely as lunch.  I, however, will eat them at any time, because I like them.

In the late afternoon/early evening, I attended the memorial mass for my friend.  I was able to meet one of my friends at the church, that I hadn't seen since before Christmas.  She is my late friend's niece and her daughters are friends with my daughter; it was nice to see her and one of her daughters, today.

After the service was over, I offered a ride home to another one of my friends who was there.  Her husband had dropped her and their daughter off at church and gone back home; my offer of a ride home meant she didn't have to call him to come and pick her up.  She invited me in and gave me soup and a plate of dinner to bring home with me!

It started to rain just as I left my friend's home and has been raining ever since.  But not as strongly as it did on Friday.

After I came home, I had a cup of tea, washed the dishes, scrubbed the kitchen sink and dish drainer, and watered the indoor plants.  I had planned to tidy my bedroom today, but I didn't; I will do it tomorrow.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to attend my friend's memorial mass
- Meeting up with more friends
- My friend giving me dinner to bring home
- More rain for the garden (but not too much!)
- Video chatting with my daughter and having a really nice discussion about various things.

Sunday's To Do List:
- Sleep in!  (It is 4:20 a.m. as I type this; prednisone keeps me awake!) - DONE; till 10:00 a.m.
- Paperwork/Filing - DID SOME
- Tidy my bedroom - Monday
- Attend Memorial Mass (look up directions to church) - DONE
- Water the indoor plants - DONE
- Do the dishes - DONE; Scrubbed the sink and dish drainer, too
- Clean the litter box - Will do after I post this
- Do a load of laundry - Monday
 - Rest! - DONE

Monday is a holiday, so I have the day off from work.  I am not planning to do too much - just a bit of grocery shopping and some housework.  However, I might go to the fabric store for more elastic!  I can't adjust any more waist bands until I buy some wide elastic.

Monday's To Do List:
- Tidy the bedroom
- Do a load of laundry
- Try to finish the paperwork and filing
- Grocery shopping
- Shop for elastic?
- Clean out the fridge
- Empty the trash bins
- Take the trash cans to the curb

Today's spending was a donation to the church.  

How was your Sunday?  What have you planned for Monday?  Are you having a holiday and a day off from work, too, or is it a regular work day for you?

* edited to change string hopper steaming time to 5 minutes, not 15!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

No Rain Saturday

I really need to come up with some catchy blog post headings, other than the days of the week!

Although yesterday's weather forecast said it might rain today (Saturday), it didn't rain.  It was cloudy and it did drizzle a little bit for a few minutes in the late afternoon/early evening, but the sun tried to shine through the clouds and there was no rain, as such.  The puddles from yesterday have all drained off although there's debris all over the roads and there is a downed tree in the next block.

I felt a little tired in the morning, so I relaxed and took it easy.  Finished up a bit of office work that I didn't get to on Friday, read and commented on blogs, replied to comments left on mine, etc.

For brunch, I made more Indian-style cream of wheat (or uppuma):

Indian-style Cream of Wheat

I flavored it slightly differently, this time, using some spicy relish a friend had made and given me, and peanuts instead of cashews.  I made enough for two meals, so I have leftovers for Sunday.  I ate the last of the bananas, afterwards. 

Then, I read more blogs and came across Nathalie's pictures of her breakfast of smoked salmon eggs Benedict and fried potatoes, and it looked so good, I felt hungry, even though I don't like smoked salmon or eggs Benedict.  Then, I saw the pictures of the pastries and cookies she had posted and I drooled!  Even though I knew I wouldn't actually enjoy eating any of the pastries, they looked so good!   Finally, I felt so hungry, I had to go and fix myself a big bowl of salad!

Not-Quite-Pastry Salad!

Red leaf lettuce, a grated carrot, about a third of a cucumber, some shredded roast chicken breast, and Catalina dressing.  I was no longer hungry after I ate my salad, but I still wanted dessert!  I decided to have an amaretti cookie.  This is the only cookie that still tastes okay to me, because the cookie tends to taste a bit bitter, anyway, so I just feel that the bitterness is more pronounced.

Later in the afternoon, I felt energetic enough to vacuum, since I hadn't done that on Friday.  I started with the living room and ended up vacuuming the entire house!  First time I've felt well enough to do that in awhile.  Then, I cleaned both bathrooms! 

Afterwards, I had a cup of tea and watched the news.  Then, it was time to make the dessert to take to my friend's memorial dinner.  I made what I call pistachio fluff - basically, whipped topping, instant pistachio pudding mix, crushed pineapple, and mini marshmallows all mixed together.

I had bought the ingredients last year to make the dessert for the almsgiving that didn't take place.  The memorial dinner seemed to be an appropriate occasion to use what was bought for the almsgiving.   I used two containers of the whipped topping, two boxes of the pudding mix to one can of crushed pineapple in juice and about a third of the bag of marshmallows.  This has to be one of the easiest desserts to make - just dump everything into a bowl (no need to drain the can of crushed pineapple) and mix!

Ingredients Ready to be Mixed

Except, as I was mixing everything, I got a cramp in my right hand!  My first thought was, "Oh, no, not again!"  This was the first time I've had a cramp since I started taking the magnesium, except I hadn't yet taken today's dosage.  I knew I wasn't dehydrated because I had been drinking water, but anyway, I quickly took my magnesium pill and drank two cups of water.  Then, I sat down and rested.  The two things are probably not connected, but I keep associating the cramps with the black out in December and fear that the cramp is a presage to a black out.  I figured I had done a bit too much with the vacuuming, scrubbing of bathrooms, etc., and now the stirring and mixing was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back!  Sigh.  Eventually, I finished mixing the dessert and sprinkled a packet of shelled pistachios on top, but I forgot to take a picture of the finished dessert.

It was a pleasant gathering, tinged with sadness, of course.  My late friend's older daughter had organized tonight's rosary prayer gathering and dinner.  My late friend's younger daughter lives in Colorado with her husband and baby daughter.  My late friend's husband had gone back to Colorado with his younger daughter after his wife's funeral.  There, he fell and broke several ribs and had to be hospitalized!  He is now recovering in a convalescent home in Colorado.   The younger daughter led the reciting of the rosary from her father's bedside.  It wasn't a video chat; they used speaker phones. Since I am not Catholic, I don't actually recite the rosary, although I know all the words, but I still participate by sitting and listening and meditating.  There will be a memorial mass at their church, tomorrow evening.  I have been included in the invitation to attend it. 

Dinner was served after the prayers were over.  I didn't stay too long after dinner (it was already past 11:00 p.m. by then).  My friend's daughter sent home a plate of food with me, so I won't have to cook, tomorrow.  After I came home, I video chatted with my daughter.

Today, I am grateful for:
- A day without rain to dry out a bit
- Getting the housework done
- The cramp was just a cramp, not a prelude to fainting and falling!
- Gathering together in memory of a friend
- A long phone conversation with my sister

Sunday's To Do List:
- Sleep in!  (It is 4:20 a.m. as I type this; prednisone keeps me awake!)
- Paperwork/Filing
- Tidy my bedroom
- Attend Memorial Mass (look up directions to church)
- Water the indoor plants
- Do the dishes
- Clean the litter box
- Do a load of laundry
 - Rest!

How was your Saturday?  What have you planned for Sunday? 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rainy Friday

Rain Drenched Front Garden
On days like today, I am reminded of the lyrics of the song, "It Never Rains in Southern California" by Albert Hammond:

"Seems it never rains in southern California
Seems I've often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California, but girl, don't they warn ya?
It pours, man, it pours"

Today, it poured!  We received more than a month's worth of rain in one day!  There were mud flows and flash floods, downed trees and power lines, some 110,000 homes and businesses without power,  sink holes including one that swallowed at least two cars, freeways that had to be closed due to flooding and cars that stalled because they ran out of gas while waiting to get off the closed freeways as well as cars that got stuck in flooded intersections on surface roads, several accidents, and, sadly, at least two fatalities:  one man came in contact with a downed power line and another man was found dead in a submerged car.

I was glad I was able to work from home, today, and didn't have to go to the office.  One of the freeways that closed due to the flooding is the one that I normally take to and from office and the flooded area is close to my neighborhood.  The commute home would have been a nightmare!

Instead, I sat by the heater and did my office work.  The lights flickered every so often, but I didn't lose power.  The rain was fairly slow in the morning, but in the afternoon, it poured down in buckets and there were strong winds.  Every so often, I'd go to the front window to cast an anxious eye on the eucalyptus tree in the front yard which was swaying due to the wind gusts:

Eucalyptus Tree: Still Standing!
There was a little fast flowing stream of water down the road by the curb - I tried to take a picture, but it's not very clear, as the rain was running down the window:

The Little "Stream" by the Curb

I know those of you who live in areas with frequent rain fall will be very amused, but we've just had 4 years of drought and it's like we received all the rain from those 4 years in one fell swoop, this year! 

There was about 2 inches of standing water in the back yard, near the covered patio area:

Pool of Standing Water in the Back Yard
The poor plants are probably wondering what is going on!  First they were dehydrated and now they are practically drowning! 

The rainy weather made me want a big, cooked brunch:

Friday Brunch

I pulled out the last packet of 3 rashers of bacon from the freezer and cooked them.  Then, I grated the remaining half of the potato (leftover from making those home made chips) and made hash browns with it.  Finally, I scrambled the last egg from the carton of 6 eggs I bought in January (on the 7th).  Then, sliced the orange I had picked, yesterday.  I served only half of a rasher of bacon to my plate, as that was plenty for me.  The remaining 2 1/2 rashers are in the fridge for some other meal.  The bacon grease, too, was saved in a jar and kept in the fridge to use as flavoring when I make something else.  I couldn't finish all of the orange; I ate half of it and kept the other half for later.  I had it after dinner, which was the leftover pasta and chicken from last night.

In the afternoon, I had a cup of tea and a piece of buttered toast.  As I mentioned in one of my responses to a comment on Thursday's post, the rain made me want tea and crumpets, but since I didn't have any crumpets, I had hot, buttered toast, instead!  :D

I had several phone calls from family and friends, today.  My aunt called in the afternoon to see how I was faring with all the rain, then two cousins and a friend called, too, to check on me.  Later, I video chatted with my daughter.  It had rained in Berkeley, too, she said.

Today, I am grateful for:
- The rain!
- Being able to work from home.
- Thus being able to have avoided being stuck on a closed freeway on the commute home.
- The eucalyptus tree didn't topple over or break!
- Family and friends calling to check on me.

The rain has ceased now.  But there is more rain in the forecast for tomorrow!

Saturday's To Do List:

- Finish all the unfinished items from Friday's to do list!
- Attend my friend's memorial service and dinner, if it is not raining too hard and the intersections are not flooded!
- Make a dessert to take to the dinner as my contribution.

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for the weekend?  


Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday's Happenings

Today was supposed to be a Day without Immigrants, when immigrants were requested to stay away from going to work and school to highlight awareness of the role immigrants play in the economy of this country.  Well, I am an immigrant and I had already requested the day off from work to attend a doctor's appointment, so, I guess I took part in the day's events to a certain degree, albeit unknowingly, because my appointment was made for me three months' ago, well before I became aware of the Day without Immigrants.  Just as my next appointment was made for me, today, to return in another three month's time - as far as I know, there's nothing happening in mid-May!
I had planned to wake up at 8:00 a.m. to do a few things around the house before I had to leave for the appointment with the podiatrist, but I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep until 11:00 a.m.!  So much for my early start to the day!  My neighbor called in the morning and I had a quick chat with her, then went outside to exchange greetings with my gardener who had decided to attend to my front garden this morning, instead of waiting until his regular time on Friday afternoon, because we are supposed to have a major rainstorm on Friday.
I had a cup of tea, checked emails, responded to comments, etc., and then, it was time to get dressed and go to the appointment with the podiatrist.  I got to the clinic a few minutes before my 2:00 p.m. appointment and they were closed for lunch until 2:00 p.m.  So I sat in the waiting room and read my prayer book until they opened.  I was called in as soon as they opened, so it wasn't a long wait.  

The medical assistant checked my blood pressure, etc., and trimmed my toe nails for me.  While she did that, I had a nice chat with her.  She's probably in her early 20s, about my daughter's age; she told me all about herself and her family, from her 90+ year old great grandfather to her 2nd baby due in April, and everyone in between.  :)  I promise I am not a nosy woman who asks a lot of personal questions!  I just told her how my toe nails got discolored due to the chemo and how the discoloration is almost completely gone as the toe nails grow out; she said she was glad I was getting better and I told her I needed to be around a bit longer for my daughter.  Then, she told me how her uncle died, recently, in his sleep and it led her to telling me about her self and her family.  She needed to talk and I tend to be a good listener.  :)
Afterwards, the podiatrist came in and checked my feet and pronounced everything to be in good order.  He asked if I had any questions and when I didn't, told me he'll see me in three months' time and to drive home safely as we are expecting a major rainstorm.  :)  It was 3:00 p.m. when I left the clinic and the drive home wasn't too bad as the rush hour traffic was just building up.
I went to the pharmacy on my way home first, though, because one of my prescriptions was ready to be picked up.  The pharmacist who helped me today told me that I'm always with a big smile whenever she sees me and that I looked well with my hair growing out.

I had thought of going to the grocery store, too, but, it was past 4:00 p.m. by then, and I hadn't eaten anything yet (I had a cup of tea in the morning and a cracker while I was waiting for the clinic to open).  I wasn't feeling hungry, but I didn't want to push it and feel hungry and shaky at the grocery store!  I briefly considered buying something to eat (lots of eating places in the shopping mall where the pharmacy is located), but didn't want to buy anything again having bought the teriyaki beef bowls on Monday.  So I went home and made myself some fried rice for a late lunch, with leftover rice, a bit of corned beef, frozen corn, a handful of the roasted peanuts for crunch, and a little chili powder for spice.    I had a freshly picked orange from my tree for dessert.

Afterwards, I had a cup of tea, watched the evening news, did some paperwork, did the dishes, chatted on the phone with an aunt who called, and my daughter.  Later, I made myself some pasta for dinner.  I had kept one of the baked chicken breasts I had cooked on Monday and frozen to thaw in the fridge, earlier - it hadn't fully thawed, but I was able to cut several pieces from it.  I sauted them in a bit of oil and a little garlic spread I had in the fridge (from a purchased container), added half a chopped tomato (froze the rest of the tomato), and added a little frozen green peas to it, along with a little of the pasta water from cooking the angel hair pasta.  A little salt and pepper to season.  I added the cooked pasta to it and mixed it up.  I served half of what I made to my plate and sprinkled a little pre-grated parmesan cheese on top:

Pasta and Chicken Dinner

The curry powder and chili powder I had used to seasoned the chicken before I baked it added a bit of spice to the pasta and I enjoyed this dish.  I kept the other half for tomorrow's lunch.  I sliced an apple and "stewed" it in the microwave with a bit of cinnamon and sugar for dessert.  

Tomorrow, I will be working from home, so I won't have to worry about driving to downtown and back in the storm we are supposed to have.  Up to 6 inches of rain in most areas with 5-10 inches on certain parts, according to the forecast, with 60-70 miles per hour winds in places!   Most of the rain is expected to fall in the afternoon, at the rate of more than an inch an hour, which is too much rain at once for the ground to absorb.  So, they are expecting flash floods and possibly mud slides.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Having paid sick leave 
- A good visit with the podiatrist
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- Pleasant staff at the clinic and pharmacy
- Keeping in touch with daughter, family, and friends

Today, I spent:
$ 15 co-pay at the clinic; $5 for parking; $2.94 for my medicine.

 Thursday’s To Do List:
- Doctor’s appointment (afternoon) - DONE
- Vacuum
- Paperwork/Filing - DID SOME
- Clear dining table - DONE
- Go for a walk - A very short one 
I didn't do the vacuuming I had planned to do today, so it gets carried forward to tomorrow or the weekend.  

Friday's To Do List:
- Office work
- Paperwork/filing
- Vacuum (living room, dining area, hallway, bedrooms)
- Clean the bathrooms

How was your Thursday?  Are you looking forward to Friday and the end of the work week?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday


 “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple” – Jenny Joseph

That is the opening line of a poem titled “Warning” by Jenny Joseph.  The poem goes on to describe the red hat she'll also wear (which led to the formation of The Red Hat Society).  Purple has always been a favorite color of mine, and I didn't wait until I was an old woman to wear it.  I wore it a lot as a young woman in my teens and have continued to wear it or a variation of the shade, such as lilac.  But I was reminded of the poem when I got dressed to go to the office on Tuesday morning: lilac floral skirt, purple shell, lilac cotton cardigan.
Tuesday's Outfit

I used to have purple high heeled shoes and a matching purse, at one time; a purple bead necklace, etc.  Back when I was a younger woman and more stylish, when I had several pairs of shoes in colors to match my outfits and purses and jewelry to match.  These days, I have mostly black shoes and a single neutral colored everyday purse, and I rarely change my jewelry.  These days, I’d rather sleep in those extra 10 minutes!  LOL.

My morning commute to the office was a bit complicated as there was a road closure due to construction on the route I normally take.  And there was no clearly marked detour.  But I was familiar enough with the area and alternate routes, so once I made my way to a road I knew would take me downtown, I was able to relax.  Of course, several other drivers had also taken that alternate route, so it was a bit congested.  But I was able to get to the office at a reasonable time.  These days, that is 10:30 a.m.  Next week, I would like to bring it up to 9:30 a.m.

I had a good day at the office.  I still think I am more productive when I am at home, but I am getting more used to the background noise, again.  Later in the afternoon, I walked the three blocks to the local branch library and borrowed a book:  "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948” by Madeleine Albright.  It was a beautiful afternoon, sunny and warm.  Half way to the library, I remembered I hadn’t brought my cell phone with me – I had left it in my purse which was locked up in my desk.  But I had my employee ID which I wear on a lanyard around my neck and I carry one of my business cards in it, as well.  So, if there was a medical emergency, I had some identification on me!  I really must make it a point to carry my cell phone with me, though.

After I came home, I brought in the trash cans, had a cup of tea, watched the evening news and relaxed a bit.  Then, I decided I should put the sofa sheets to wash and vacuum the family room.  My artificial pine Christmas tree is just like a real pine tree in the sense it sheds!  My family room floor and the area rug were covered with the fake pine needles!  So I put the sheets to wash and vacuumed the family room and the kitchen.  Then, I pushed the sofas back in their usual place – I keep them in an L shaped arrangement, but had put them facing each other in order to accommodate the Christmas tree.  They are back in their usual L-shaped arrangement, now.  It opens up the room.  I also lint rollered the sofas before I covered them again with different sheets.  Then, I hung up the washed sheets to dry, went through this week’s grocery sales ads that had come in the mail, and had dinner.  I was tired by then and didn’t feel like sorting through the stack of mail and papers on the dining table.

Later, I video chatted with my daughter.  She had a lot to discuss about her work – apparently one of her colleagues is leaving her full time position at the end of the week and management had been asking daughter about her work load; daughter was hired to do 50% of her time on one project and the other 50% of the time on another project (two separate funding sources) and has been helping on a 3rd project during her “spare” time when work is slow on one of the other two projects.   Apparently, when she told them that, they teasingly asked her what about her evenings and weekends!  LOL.

Tuesday's To Do List:

- Go to the office - DONE

- Bring the trash cans in - DONE

- Finish clearing the dining table - Almost Done; only thing left is a stack of paper and my sewing machine and box of thread, which I want to keep out in case I sew this weekend

- Paperwork/Filing

- Vacuum (I am going to keep this on the list, but I doubt I'll be able to get to it until Thursday) – STARTED (did the family room and kitchen)

- Another load of laundry (sheets I use on the family room sofas to keep the cat fur off) – DONE

Yesterday, I was grateful for:

- A safe commute to the office

- A productive day

- Video chatting with my daughter

- The convenience of having a library an easy walk from the office

- Being told I looked very “spring like” in my lilac outfit by a colleague :)

Today (Wednesday), I wore my plaid skirt and cream sweater combination to the office.  I dressed it up with a multi-colored beaded necklace.  The clasp of the necklace broke, but I fixed it with a small safety pin!  I shall see about replacing the clasp when daughter comes on her next visit; I think she has some jewelry clasps, as she makes jewelry for her friends, at times.  If not, it’ll be a good excuse to visit the craft store!  (I am on a self-imposed general craft supplies diet, unless I need a specific item for a specific purpose!)

There was no road closure this morning, so the commute went fairly smoothly (there was a delay, however, due to an accident on the freeway).   I had a banana for breakfast, leftover teriyaki beef and rice for lunch, grapes, peanuts, and a couple of crackers for snacks.  I had forgotten how hazardous to one’s waistline our office tends to be!  There were doughnuts set out on the “snacks” table, along with small packets of M & M’s (last week, there were lemon muffins and chocolate candy bars; earlier there were pies to celebrate February birthdays).  Today there was a staff meeting during which there were cream puffs with a green tea filling which I declined.  Later in the afternoon, there was a retirement reception for a colleague with cakes, cookies, brownies, etc.  Again, I declined.  I’ve been guilty of bringing in banana bread, etc. to the office, myself, and on the first day I returned to work, I brought in a jar of chocolate covered raisins.  Next week, I think I’ll bring some fresh fruit and keep on the snack table as a healthier alternative!  Today, I did take a couple of oranges from my tree to give to my supervisor and the clerical staff.

The evening commute didn't go as smoothly as the morning commute.  There was another accident just before my exit and traffic was backed up and bumper to bumper.  I left the office at 5:30 p.m. and didn't get home until just after 7:00 p.m.  My daughter phoned as I walked in - she was calling to check if I had come home, yet!  (I text her to let her know when I leave the office and she knows it takes me about an hour to get home; she texted me at 6:30 p.m., but I was in the car and didn't answer the text).  So I chatted to her on the phone for a bit, then, made a cup of tea and just rested.  I was feeling too tired to do any of the things on my to do list for this evening! 

Dinner was the last of the macaroni and cheese I had made, mixed with some leftover corn and the last of the chicken breast half.  I'll call it a mac and cheese casserole!  Video chatted with daughter after dinner.

Today, I am grateful for:

- My supervisor being fine with me coming in at 10:30 a.m. and saying she’s happy to see me.

- Chats with colleagues.
- Being able to resist the sweets!
-  A safe commute to the office and back.
- Video chatting with my daughter.

The older daughter of my friend who passed away in November called me to inform me that she was having a memorial service and dinner afterwards to mark the passing of three months since her mother's death (one of our customs), this weekend.  She said it was going to be just family, but apparently I am included in "family"!  I asked her if I can bring something towards the dinner and she said if I'd like to bring a dessert that would be good.  I will make a pudding or something; the dinner is on Saturday night.

Wednesday’s To Do List:

- Go to the office - DONE

- Put away laundry - DONE

- Finish clearing the dining table - Mostly Done

- Paperwork/Filing

- Vacuum living room, dining area and hallway (probably won’t get to till Thursday)

- Clean the litter box/sweep bathroom (will get done before I go to sleep).

Thursday’s To Do List:

- Doctor’s appointment (afternoon)

- Vacuum

- Paperwork/Filing
- Clear dining table

- Go for a walk

How was your day?  Have you had a pleasant week so far?

February Grocery Shopping - Week 2

February 13 Groceries

I went grocery shopping on Monday, February 13 and bought:

1 box pancake mix = $1.99
1 loaf bread = $1.00
16 oz. jar unsalted roasted peanuts = $2.99
2 cans condensed milk, @$1.69 = $3.38
1 can corned beef = $5.99
1 lb. butter @ $3.99 - $.40 coupon = $3.59
Bananas @  $.69/lb = $.79
1 cucumber = $.50
1 container (6 oz.) blackberries = $.99
1 package chicken split breasts with ribs and skin, @$.77/lb. = $3.47
Total = $24.69

I have come to the end of the box of pancake mix I have in the cabinet and I opened the last can of corned beef I had, last week.

I found it interesting that the same, store brand, unsalted roasted peanuts cost $2.99 for a 12-oz can, but the 16 oz. jar was also priced at $2.99!  No explanation for the price difference.  All the different kinds of store brand peanuts (salted, honey roasted, etc.) were priced the same - $2.99 for the 12-oz cans and $2.99 for the 16 oz. jar!  Maybe people assume that the can will be cheaper?  Personally, I'd rather have more peanuts for the same price and a reusable jar, as well!

Yes, I finally caved in and bought the butter at $3.59/lb with the coupon, as I was down to half of the last stick of butter.  It's $3.99 otherwise and $4.49 without the store's club card!

The two oranges in the picture above weren't bought; I picked them from my tree.  I just included them in the picture because I picked them on my way from the garage to the house and I dropped them in one of the bags with the rest of the groceries!  

February 13 Receipt

I spent a total of $36.64 at the grocery store, but $11.95 of it was for cat food, which is not included in my grocery budget.  The groceries came to $24.69.

February grocery budget = $75 + $20.53 carried over from January = $95.53
Spent to date = $10.11 + $24.69 = $34.80
Balance remaining = $60.73

The new grocery ads came in today's mail and I took a quick look.  No exceptional sales, but that's OK.  All I'll need next week are more fruits and vegetables and maybe some fish for a change.  Also, maybe some frozen puff pastry to make sausage rolls with the sausage I bought on sale, last week. 

How is your February grocery budget coming along? 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Busy Monday

Monday was another sunny day.  We reached a high of 82F in the afternoon!  An opportunity for us to dry out a bit before the next rains that are forecasted for the end of the week.

I didn't fall asleep again, last night, until 4:00 a.m.  Then, I woke up around 6:30 a.m. and went to the bathroom, but managed to fall asleep again, and slept till 10:00 a.m.  I didn't have to work, today, so I didn't feel bad about sleeping in.  When I woke up, I still felt a little tired, so I didn't do anything much - checked my blood pressure and sugar levels and noted them on the chart I am keeping for my primary care doctor, had my tea, put away the laundry from yesterday, put away the washed dishes, responded to blog comments, read the news, etc.  Then, showered, got dressed, and went to my radiation oncologist's appointment.

My appointment was for 1:00 p.m. and I had called and confirmed it before I left the house.  I was at the clinic at 12:40 p.m., but I didn't get called in until 1:40 p.m.!  The appointment went well, but the doctor was perplexed to see that I still had an inflammation.  It has been six months since my surgery and I am due for the follow up mammogram, but I voiced my concerns about undergoing a mammogram when I am still not fully recovered and the doctor agreed.  He has put me on another course of antibiotics - Prednisone - and he increased the dosage.  I am to return for a follow-up visit in two weeks' time.  He will hold off on putting in the referral for the mammogram until after that visit.

I picked up some lunch on the way home, even though I had food at home.  I had been wanting a teriyaki beef bowl from one of the Japanese fast food places I like for awhile now and I had a buy one, get one free coupon that was ending at the end of this week.  Each bowl is enough for three meals for me!  I ate part of one bowl when I got home around 3:00 p.m.; served half of what was remaining in the bowl to another container to take to the office for my lunch, tomorrow, and there's a little more in the bowl for another meal, the day after.  I divided the contents of the second bowl into three containers and froze them for future meals.  I paid $6.24 with tax for the two bowls and I have enough for six lunches!
After lunch, I went to the pharmacy to get the prescription filled and did some grocery shopping.  I will post my grocery shopping in a separate post, tomorrow.  Then, I put gas to the car on my way home.  After I came home, I took the trash cans to the curb for trash pick up tomorrow morning.

By this time, it was around 6:00 p.m.  I put away the groceries, had a cup of tea, called my daughter, and watched the evening news.  I was relaxing a bit when my aunt called to check on me.  After that, one of my cousins called and asked if she could come over for a visit.  She brought some documents for me to sign and we talked for awhile.

After she left, I cooked the chicken breasts I had bought today.  I had intended to make a curry, but I was feeling too tired to cut the meat and make a curry.  Instead, I sprinkled the chicken breasts with curry powder, chili powder, and salt and baked them!  There were 5 breast halves in the package; I ate part of one with some corn and a salad for dinner and froze the other 4, individually, for future meals.
Video chatted with daughter, did the dishes, emptied the kitchen trash, cleaned the litter box, chose my outfit for tomorrow, and now, I need to get ready for bed, as I am planning to go into the office, tomorrow.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Access to medical care
- Having medical insurance
- More antibiotics
- Another productive day
- My daughter, family, and friends.

I couldn't finish my to do list today, but I got a lot done:

Monday's To Do List:
- Grocery shopping - DONE
- Menu plan for the week - DONE
- Finish clearing the dining table
- Paperwork/Filing
- Doctor's appointment - DONE
- Put gas to the car - DONE
- Take the trash cans to the curb for pick up on Tuesday - DONE
- Vacuum? 
- Pharmacy - DONE
- Cook - DONE
- Put away washed laundry - DONE
- Put away washed dishes/do dishes - DONE
- Clean the litter box - DONE

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Bring the trash cans in
- Finish clearing the dining table
- Paperwork/Filing
- Vacuum (I am going to keep this on the list, but I doubt I'll be able to get to it until Thursday)
- Another load of laundry (sheets I use on the family room sofas to keep the cat fur off)
Today, I spent:
$15 co-pay at the doctor's office; $2 for parking
$36.64 at the grocery store ($11.95 of it on cat food)
$14.96 at the pharmacy
$26.15 for gas

How was your Monday?  Did you have a good start to your week?