'Twas the Sunday before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a single decoration in sight, not even a felt mouse!
I woke up feeling better today than I did yesterday. Since I hadn't done the dishes, yesterday, I took out a different tea cup from the china cabinet for my morning tea. This tea set had belonged to my step father's mother. I never knew her, but I remember drinking tea from these cups when we'd spend weekends in my step father's house in his home city. There's an imprint of a geisha at the bottom of the tea cup; it appears plain white when one looks down on it, but once the cup is held up to light, the geisha appears in color, as if by magic. There are only two tea cups remaining from the set. So, after I drank my tea, I carefully washed it and put it back in the china cabinet!
Today, I cooked milkrice for brunch. After brunch, I washed all the dishes from Friday night's dinner and yesterday. Then, I called one of my neighbors to check how things were with her, as her husband was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, late last night, and to ask her if she needed anything. She said her husband was still in hospital but her daughter was with her and she didn't need anything.
Afterwards, I went to the pharmacy. While I was there, I got a cramp in my right index finger, and thought, not again! I got scared because that time when I fainted, I had just finished doing a bunch of dishes and had a cramp in my right thumb. So, I went and sat down on one of the chairs for a few minutes and checked my blood pressure on one of their machines. My pressure was OK; a bit on the low side for me, but similar to the readings I've been getting at the clinic the last couple of times. So, I waited a little longer, texted my daughter, and then, drove myself home. Then, I spent the afternoon on the sofa, resting.
I was worried that the cramping was somehow related to fainting. But my daughter says no, the fainting was due to dehydration and I am no longer dehydrated; the cramping was due to something else. It was just a coincidence that I had the cramp and then fainted, last time. I guess I shouldn't handwash a bunch of dishes at one time! Maybe it's time to open that package of paper plates I bought for the almsgiving! Bad for the landfills, but saves water! In Sri Lanka, we often serve food on banana leaves, partly because we consider the flavor it imparts to the food as a good thing but mostly because we didn't use to have paper plates and banana leaves were plentiful. It is also a more environmentally friendly alternative to paper plates.
I hadn't bought the magnesium supplements that were recommended for cramps and this was the first time I've had a cramp since the time I fainted. I will buy some as soon as possible and start taking them. In the meantime, I ate a banana since bananas have magnesium as well as potassium and I remember my mother's doctor recommended she ate up to three bananas a day after she fainted and fell, once.
One of my friends called me today and invited my daughter and me to Christmas dinner at her home. Another friend, too, called to check on me.
For dinner, I made pasta with a portion of the frozen shrimp scampi I had bought on sale for $2.99, and a salad:
Considering I still can't taste things that well, the frozen shrimp scampi wasn't too bad. There's enough leftover for two more meals - I will share with my daughter when she comes home, next week. A tangerine for dessert (but I didn't take a picture of it).
Then, I washed the dinner dishes and video chatted with daughter.
I had planned to decorate the tree after I returned from the pharmacy, but the cramping frightened me and I decided it would be more prudent to rest, instead. So, the tree remains bare, except for the angel on top. Well, they do say that less is more, don't they?
Today, I am grateful for:
- I didn't faint!
- I was able to drive to the pharmacy and back, safely.
- My friend inviting us to Christmas dinner.
- Friends who call and email.
- Video chatting with my daughter.
Monday's To Do List:
- Put away washed dishes
- Take the trash cans to the curb
- Holiday related things depending on how I feel
How was your Sunday? Are you just about done with all your holiday preparations?