Friday, July 8, 2016

July Grocery Shopping Part 1

Woke up fairly early, this morning, and did some office work before leaving for my radiation appointment.  I had sent an email to my supervisor, earlier, updating her on the status of my projects and letting her know I was nearing the end of the current project and was ready for my next assignment.  So, today, she responded to my email and assigned me my next project.  I am to finish the current project first and then, work on the new project. 

Got to the radiation appointment in good time, but they were running late.  I didn't mind.  I try to get to my appointments a bit early, but I am prepared to wait.  The longer wait meant I had enough time to read through my prayer book before I was called in.  My daughter came to the appointment with me and I had wanted to ask the technician if daughter could come in to the room to see the radiation machine, etc., but, because they were running late, I thought it was better not to ask and delay them further.  But, much to my delight, the technician asked me if my daughter would like to come in and see the set up!  She showed my daughter around, explained the process to her, and allowed her to watch the monitors from their station when I was being radiated.  I thought that was so very nice of her (the technician) to do so.  My treatment went well; so far, I haven't felt any side effects.

After I came home, I spent the rest of the afternoon doing office work.  Daughter, too, did her office work and attended a conference call.  Afterwards, I took a short nap! 

Later in the evening, daughter and I did a bit of grocery shopping:

July 7 Groceries
2 containers of juice, @ $2 = $4.00
2 cans tuna, @$.69 = $1.38
1 cantaloupe, $.25/lb = $.82
Grapes, $.99/lb = $2.47
Bananas, $.59/lb = $.89
1 cucumber = $.50
Plums, $.99/lb = $.70
Total = $10.76

On Tuesday, I had bought a container of half & half for $1.49, so total spent on groceries so far in July = $12.25

Chicken leg quarters are on sale for $.49/lb. this week at a different grocery store.  Daughter and I will go there, tomorrow evening, to buy some.  Enough for her to cook and take back with her. 

Today's decluttering:

July 7 Decluttering
3 books
2 eyeglass cases
1 pair of glasses
1 bag of buttons
= 7 random items

And we have another verse to my decluttering song:

On the seventh day of July, Bless did declutter
Seven random items (etc., etc., etc.)

I received the shipment of aloe vera gel that my cousin had ordered for me.  I called and told her that I received them and thanked her again.   I haven't needed to use it yet, but if and when I do, I'll have plenty of gel as cousin ordered two containers with a total of 30 fl. oz. of it!

Today, I am grateful for:

- Another good day of radiation treatment
- A considerate and kind clinic technician
- My cousin who has been there for me from the start
- Being able to work from home
- An afternoon nap

It has been a good day, all things considered.  Hope you had a good day, too.  What have you planned for Friday?


  1. I'm pleased to hear your treatment is going ok and your lack of side effects. Your shopping looks lovely and colourful. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. I feel very blessed that I haven't experienced any side effects from the radiation yet.

      Hope all is well with you. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. I'm really glad the treatment went well. Impressed that you are keeping up with the decluttering. x

    1. Thank you, Lyssa. So far, the treatment seems to be going well. Of course, I am only on day 3, but I'm just taking it one day at a time.

  3. hi, hope you'll use aloe vera gel whether 'needed' or not... just because you have it. It's shelf life is best within 6 months and extends slightly if stored in the fridge. They aren't doing the huge dosage we got so you'll get much less skin degradation. [Sorry that was the word they used last century, never thought it was appropriate... like centuries of water pouring over rock]

    1. Hon, I'll definitely use the gel and store it in the fridge, in that case. The radiation oncologist told us what the dosage is; he said that is the standard dosage. I don't know how it compares to what others received in the past. I'm just grateful that, so far, I haven't experienced any skin irritations or side effects, yet.

  4. That was indeed very nice of the tech to invite your daughter to come along AND to explain everything to her. I wonder if that's part of their training or she was just being extra nice. I'm very glad your treatment is going well without side effects. Maybe you won't need all that aloe vera lotion after all! It was very thoughtful of your cousin to order it for you, though. I wonder if harvesting some aloe directly from a plant would have worked too? I have an aloe plant that I have severely neglected, this just reminded me that I have meant to divide it and repot it for several years and I keep on forgetting. Adding it to my to-do list!

    You got a very good price on those grapes! I wish we had $0.99 grapes. The best price this week was $1.69/lb. The chicken legs were really cheap too, good for you!

    I had planned to declutter my son's room and closet with him this afternoon, but I have a headache that won't quit (it went away and then came back) so this might get postponed to next week. I'm going to fold the laundry and then work on the computer for a while, I think. I have bill payments to schedule and I need to recalculate Greg's W-4 so we don't get hit with a big tax bill next year.

    Have a lovely day!

    1. Nathalie, I'm sorry to hear that you've a headache. Probably due to the heat. Are you drinking enough water to stay well hydrated? The decluttering can keep until you feel more up to it.

      I am sure fresh aloe gel harvested directly from a plant would be just as effective, if not more. Except, there are many different types of aloe plants and I am not sure if they are all equally effective. Will need to look into it a bit more before I apply any directly from a plant.

      Hope your headache goes away soon and you have a good rest of the day.

  5. It must have been very interesting for your daughter to be able to see the radiation set up and it was so thoughtful of the technician to show her everything. There are some lovely people around!
    So you have now had 10% of your radiation. Things are moving on! It will be wonderful if you can continue without side effects.
    I have hummingbirds at my feeder, and they also like to feed from the flowers of the wild blackberries while we are sitting on the deck at suppertime.

    1. Bushlady, indeed there are some caring, lovely people around. Yes, 10% of the treatments are done! LOL. Hummingbirds are so pretty, aren't they? I've baby birds in the nest built in my front porch light! Yesterday, daughter and I both stood at the front door and watched as the mother bird fed them! :)

  6. So very proud the treatments are going well.. and you have the aloe vera,if you should need it].
    you and daughter ...have a great weekend..NO plans here.. Just some decluttering . smile

    1. Thanks, Judy. Hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy your decluttering! :)


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