When the light went off, I tried to open the lid of the waffle iron. And tried. And tried again! Finally, it opened and the waffle was stuck to the lid! I tried to pry if off with the spatula and it wouldn't come off. I tried to pry it off with a plastic knife and the knife began to melt. I tried to pry it out with my fingers, but the iron was too hot!
So, I unplugged the waffle iron, turned it upside down to make it easier and began to chip at it:
I managed to get most of it off:
|That's more like it!|
I made two more waffles from the batter I had mixed up. They are in the fridge for tomorrow's brunch (I reheat them in the toaster).
In the afternoon, I called my sister-in-law to ask after my brother. She said he's still in ICU, but they have removed the ventilator tubes. He's still unable to speak; she said he might need speech therapy. She said he's been very angry and frustrated, but that is to be expected, I suppose? I wish I lived closer so I could help her in some way; as it is, all I could do was tell her that they are both in my prayers and urge her to take care of herself during this stressful time.
I also called the temple to give the monks the good news about my mammogram results. The monk with whom I spoke said they will continue to pray for me. My plan is to wait until after I've seen the surgeon and the oncologist and then, hold a prayer service in thanksgiving, at the end of the month.
I also received a phone call from one of my nieces. She lives out of state, but she's planning to visit her mother (my half-sister) in a couple of weeks and wanted to know if I'd be free to get together for a visit. We made tentative plans to meet for lunch, but we'll confirm plans closer to the date. I haven't seen her in at least 5 or 6 years (we couldn't get together the last time she visited her mother), so it'll be nice to see her and her sons, again.
My aunt called me in the evening to, once again, thank me for the birthday gift I gave her (in addition to the tote bag), and to say she really enjoyed the evening and the dinner, yesterday. She wants to take me out to dinner when she and cousin return from their trip to France! A celebratory dinner, she said.
One of my other cousins called to give me the funeral details for the family friend who passed away. It will be held this weekend, she said. She's not sure if her daughter will be available to drive her, but if she is, then, I can ride with her; if not I'll drive us.
I called one of my friends to check on her, but she was on the phone with one of her daughters, she said. She called me back, later and we chatted a bit.
Later I video chatted with my daughter.
In between phone calls, I sewed a bit more on the quilt, watered the back garden, took the trash cans to the curb, spoke with one of my neighbors who was out watering his front lawn, and applied a warm, wet compress to my eye as several of you suggested I do.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Good mammogram results in the mail
- I don't have to buy another waffle iron
- A slightly cooler day
- Lots of phone calls and keeping in touch with family and friends
- My brother is recovering as well as can be expected
How was your Monday? Have you struggled to get your waffles out of the waffle iron?