I celebrated by sleeping in and then, making milkrice for brunch. Milkrice is basically rice cooked with milk, a bit like rice pudding minus the sugar. It is something we make for celebratory and auspicious occasions and the first day of the month is considered to be an auspicious day! So, it is traditional to make milkrice for breakfast on the first of the month. Since I made it for brunch, I ate it with some meatball curry and, since I had eaten ice cream, last night, I was good today, and didn't eat a second serving of milkrice with jaggery (palm sugar) or brown sugar as I often do.
I spent a leisurely morning, replying to blog comments, reading other blogs and commenting (sorry, I am behind with some of my blog reading and commenting), and having a long conversation with one of my cousins who called with some good news (her daughter found a job) and some sad news (a friend's brother died). In order to feel productive, however, I tossed in a load of laundry to wash and hung it up to dry. And I cleaned the litter box. That was my productivity for the day!
In the afternoon, I cut out and started to sew another blouse. I haven't quite finished sewing it yet. I finished the machine sewing, but have the hand sewing to do. I stopped because I was starting to get tired and that's when I start making mistakes, usually. I hope to finish it, tomorrow, and then, I'll post a picture and write a post about how not to sew a blouse! LOL.
One of my friends has inspired me to challenge myself to walk a certain number of miles this month. My doctors have been urging me to walk for 30 minutes a day and that has been a bit hit or miss; OK, I admit, it's been more miss than hit! So, today, I started on my challenge. My friend suggested starting out easy, with perhaps a 12.5 miles/20 km goal and then, gradually building up to 25 miles/40 km. Earlier, I had measured the distance of 1 mile from my house, using the mileage meter in my car! It is the distance of two major intersections (with traffic lights) and there are 13 blocks. Today, I walked from my house to the 1st major intersection plus 1 block. That took me 12 minutes at a comfortable but purposeful pace. I figured it was a distance of about half a mile. Then, I walked back and I noticed that my pace was a little bit slower on my return. I didn't try to push myself. I checked the time when I got home and I had walked for almost 30 minutes. The return walk had taken me 16 minutes to accomplish. I figured it was good enough. The real challenge will be to do it again, tomorrow!
Today, I am grateful for:
- A new month and a new beginning
- Another cooler day
- The fabric stash!
- Sewing skills
- Friends who inspire me to challenge myself
Weekend To Do List:
- Laundry - Did 1 load
- Run dishwasher
- Clean and tidy kitchen
- Sew a blouse - Started
- Plant the succulents
- Water the garden
- Go out to lunch with friend
How was your Saturday? Did you have a good start to your weekend and the month?
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