Thursday was a semi-productive day. I did some office work during the day, but I found it hard to concentrate and didn't accomplish as much as I would have liked. Later in the evening, I remade daughter's bed and did some grocery shopping. I bought a few things for the house and the chicken for the rosary dinner; three packages (each package was almost 5 lbs.) of chicken thighs at $.79/lb. Then, I dusted my bedroom and cleaned a bit more of the family room. The coffee table has been cleared and one of the side tables. I started on the bookcase, but then it was time to go to pick up my daughter from the airport.
All the dusting resulted in an asthma attack and that put an end to more cleaning. I also felt a bit achy and as if I was coming down with something. I think it was in reaction to the flu shot - they did say that one might feel some flu-like symptoms as a result of the flu shot.
I had requested the day off from work on Friday, partly because I knew I had quite a lot of things to do. But, again, I felt a bit achy and a bit under the weather, so I took a Tylenol and took it easy. I did make the gelatin for the dessert and kept it to set.
Later, in the afternoon, I felt better and daughter and I went grocery shopping for the rest of the items I needed. Daughter needed to go to the bank, so she went to the bank (adjoining the grocery store) and did her banking while I began on the grocery shopping. She joined me less than 10 minutes later and we finished the shopping together.
After we came home and had a cup of tea, daughter started to cook the chicken. She cut up and cooked all the chicken - nearly 15 lbs. of chicken! I cleaned and minced 30 cloves of garlic for her chicken dish and washed all the dishes, pots and pans, afterwards. She also cleared the dining table in the family room for me and took down some of the items I'll be needing, tomorrow.
I called everyone I had invited to the prayer meeting and left messages reminding them. 6 people have let me know that they will not be able to attend and at least 2 others won't be able to come. I know that at least 12 people will be here. If everyone else shows up, there will be 19 or 20 participants.
I will finish the cleaning, tomorrow, and cook the rest of the meal. In the afternoon, I will go to pick up my friend and a few last minute items (we ran short of soy sauce for daughter's chicken, for example, so need to buy another bottle).
Today, I am grateful for:
- daughter having a safe flight home on Thursday night
- daughter being home to help me with the preparations
- cooking together
- pleasant weather
- my friend being willing to come early, tomorrow, to help
Saturday's To Do List:
- Put away washed dishes
- Take the big pans to the garage
- Dust living room
- Finish dusting family room
- Make the rest of the gelatin dessert
- Cook the sauted garbanzo beans
- Cook the lentil curry
- Cook the cocktail sausages
- Hard boil the eggs
- Make the salad
- Assemble the fruit platter
- Clean the bathroom
- Pick up my friend
- Grocery store for soy sauce, a bag of ice, a bouquet of flowers
- Set up the altar
- Remove the sofa dust sheets
- Put the table cloths on the tables
- Take out serving dishes
- Cook the rice
People will start arriving between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. The prayers will be said once everyone is here, around 8:30 p.m. Dinner will be served as soon as prayers are over. People will start leaving around 10:30 p.m. I am hoping that at least one friend will stay a bit to help put away the food, etc. We'll see how that goes.
Hope everyone has a lovely day, tomorrow.