Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday: Hydration and Gardening

I went for my hydration this morning.  As usual, it took most of the morning, too.  My appointment was for 8:45 a.m., so we left home at 7:30 a.m.  I got there on time, but I didn't get called in until 9:45 a.m., and I didn't get hooked up for hydration until 10:10 a.m.  I was at the clinic until after 11:30 a.m.  It was close to 1:00 p.m. by the time we got back home. 

I spent most of the afternoon reviewing office documents.  I was able to finish today's assignment and sent it off later in the evening.
But I took a little time off to go into the garden when my gardener friend came over, to point out to him what I wanted done.  He brought me a plant cutting and planted that along with the aloe and transplanted some of the gazanias.  I will have to water the newly planted items for a few days since we are still in the mid-to-upper 80s here (it was 88F this afternoon).  But once they are established, they will all be drought tolerant.
I also gave him some money to buy me 5 more rose plants and some gladioli bulbs.  I am going to do up the front rose bed and give it another chance.  And the gladioli will give me some nice flowers this year and, hopefully, come back and maybe even multiply year after year.  I will be taking pictures of the garden later, but I think the front garden is starting to look a little bit better cared for, now.
I've been warned to be very careful when gardening (to wear gloves to prevent accidental cuts, scratches, etc., to minimize chances of infection), so I haven't done any weeding, or anything, yet, but I think a few minutes spent tending to the plants would be a good thing.  Weeding, to me, is almost like meditating.  I am out in the garden, surrounded by the plants, the sunshine and fresh air, the bird songs and butterflies, and time just stands still.  And I feel my mother's spirit close by when I am in the garden.   Gardening was her passion and she was someone who could stick a dry twig in the ground and have it grow into the most beautiful plant.
Later in the evening, I made "kheer" which is Indian rice pudding, that is flavored with cardamons,  other spices, almonds and raisins.  I used a boxed mix that daughter had bought, this time, and it was very easy - just cook 2 1/2 cups of milk with the contents of the box until it thickens to the consistency of your choice. 
Today, I am grateful for:

- The hydration went well
- I didn't require another immune booster injection
- I got today's work assignments completed
- Indian rice pudding for dessert
- The garden getting some much needed attention

How was your Friday?

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