Sunday was a rather cold day - cold enough for me to put on my wool knit shawl over my sweatsuit and sit in front of the heater! Hard to believe we were in the 80s and 90s just a few days ago! And it rained in the early afternoon!
Of course it would rain the day after I watered the garden! LOL. It was most welcome though, as it was the first shower of rain we've had since the beginning of April! If April showers bring May flowers, wonder what a May shower would bring!
I changed my bed sheets and did a load of laundry; that was the extent of my productivity for Sunday!
Today, Monday, I had the day off from work. I spent a quiet morning, reading blog posts and commenting, then, I put away the dried laundry from yesterday, cleaned the bathroom, and read a bit. I had two texts from the pharmacy, one saying that another medication was ready for pick up and one saying the doctor hadn't authorized the medication they had requested earlier - the very one that I picked up on Saturday! LOL. They really don't know what is going on with their own system! So, in the afternoon, I went to the clinic and picked up the medication that was ready, informed them that I had already picked up the other medication and they could take it off their computer, and reminded them that another medication refill date was coming up (May 11).
When I paid for my medication, I received a coupon for $5 (Extra Care Bucks)! Yay! "Free" money! I decided to buy two boxes of crackers, as I had come to the end of my current box. They are regularly priced at $4.29 each, but were on sale for 2/$5 (must purchase two, otherwise, $3.49 each).
One box for me and one box for daughter! I wouldn't pay $4.29 for them; nor would I pay $3.49. But, $2.50 is a reasonable price. The last box I bought (on March 18) was from the grocery store when they were on sale for $2.49 and I was able to get an additional $1 off as part of a "buy 4 participating items/save $5" sale, so I paid $1.49 for it. But today, I used my bonus coupon and got them free, essentially.
Afterwards, I went to the library and returned the two books I had finished reading. I looked to see if there was any other book I wanted to borrow, but decided to finish reading the other two I have currently checked out, before getting another.
Came home and took another look at the garden. It is not so noticeable in this picture, but the top branches of my bottle brush tree have been singed from the heat of the neighbor's garage fire:
|Singed Bottle Brush Tree|
I am so grateful the tree didn't actually catch fire! Had it caught fire and spread to the curry leaf tree to the right of it (just visible in the picture), then, my house would have been burnt, too, because the curry leaf tree is right next to my house!
Later in the evening, I cleaned the crisper drawers in the fridge and sorted through the fresh produce I had in them. Some of them weren't quite so fresh anymore, so I added them to the compost heap. I hated having to do that, but, I am not going to beat myself up for it. While I buy the fresh produce with all good intentions to cook and eat them before they spoil, I am still not quite as recovered as I would like to be and there are times when I am too tired or don't have the energy to cook. Or to even prepare them and freeze them for later. I did dice the tomato I had and froze it. And I made a salad with the cucumber and had it as part of my dinner (cucumber salad, macaroni and cheese with grilled chicken, an orange for dessert, along with a chocolate covered cherry!)
I packed my lunch to take to work, tomorrow: rice, the last of the dhal (lentil) curry, the last of the curried green beans, and the last of the sauted smoked sausage. There's a little bit of cooked rice leftover and the last bit of Chinese take out. I also took out a packet of browned ground beef from the freezer and kept in the fridge to thaw. I am not sure what I will make with it - maybe a cottage pie, maybe "patties" which are like empanadas, or maybe I'll just add it to the leftover macaroni and cheese.
I took the trash cans to the curb for pick up in the morning, as well. Still need to water the indoor plants, clean the litter box, and do the dishes!
Today, I am grateful for:
- My house was not damaged from the fire
- The antibiotics are working and my toothache is practically gone
- My other medications are being filled without any further complications
- Free crackers to share with daughter
- Yesterday's rain shower
- Bring trash cans in
- Go to the office
- Wash daughter's bed sheets
- Water the seedlings
- Dust - living room, dining room, family room, bedroom
How was your Monday? Did you have a good start to your week? What have you planned for Tuesday?