Sunday, April 16, 2017


Once again, I couldn't fall asleep at a decent hour, last night.  It was 4:45 a.m. when I last looked at the clock before I fell asleep, this morning!  Not a problem, except, I had to get up at 8:00 a.m. to take my first antibiotic dose for the day (I have to take them three times a day for seven days).  Again, no problem, I thought; I can take the dose and go back to sleep.  Except, I had left the medication in the car, overnight!  I had put it in the glove compartment, when I went to do the grocery shopping and forgotten to take it out!  So, first, I had to go to the garage and get the medication.  Then, I read the medication instructions and they said not to lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking the medication!  So, I didn't go back to sleep.  But I felt less than energetic all morning due to insufficient sleep!

In the afternoon, however, I went to the home improvement/DIY store and plant nursery.  I bought a roll of wire mesh, to put around the vegetable bed.  I measured the vegetable bed before I went and it is a bit bigger than I had thought - 5 1/2 feet long by 4 1/2 feet wide!  I purchased a 2 x 25 foot long roll of chicken wire for $11.98 (plus tax).  They sold the stakes, too, ($2.48 each), but I didn't buy them.  I have some leftover pieces of wood flooring in the garage - I think I will use them, instead.   I also bought two grape vines - a red and a green - both seedless.  I will have to figure out a trellis or something for them; one of my neighbors has a very impressive metal structure for his grape vines; a friend's husband built a very pretty arbor with white painted wood for his grape vines.  There were many other plants I wanted to buy, but didn't.  I don't want to buy a whole bunch of plants and be unable to care for them.  Especially since they are not exactly inexpensive! 

Then, I went to the library to return one book and checked out another.  I still haven't finished reading the other two books I had borrowed earlier, but I'll be able to renew them, if I need to.

I had a late lunch after I came home and then, my earlier lack of sleep caught up with me and I took a nap on the sofa!  I slept for about 2 hours and woke up feeling groggy.  As a result, I haven't done much of what was on my to do list for today!  At least, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!  

Today, I am grateful for:
- No allergic reactions to the antibiotics (so far, knock on wood!)
- New plants for my garden
- The public library
- Daughter didn't see any roaches today!
- An afternoon nap on the sofa

Saturday's Weekend (and Beyond!) To Do List:
- Tidy the house
- Dust
- Vacuum
- Change bed sheets
- Load of laundry
- Paperwork
- Office work - DONE
- Daily tasks (dishes, litter box, etc.) - DONE
- Plant some of the new succulents
- Buy wire mesh and some wood for stakes - DONE; will use wood I have on hand
- Fence off the vegetable planting bed
- Library to return book - DONE

I will be working on this to do list tomorrow, as well!

How was your Saturday?  What are your plans for tomorrow? 


  1. What a nuisance about your antibiotics but a relief that you haven't had an adverse reaction to them.
    Take it easy today. You're bound to be exhausted from a lack of sleep. X
    I'm having a relaxing day today following a stressful week. Fingers crossed my health will now improve. X

    1. Jules, I hope your health will improve and you will be completely well as soon as possible. I am glad you are having a relaxing day and sorry that the week was stressful. Take care of your self and your lovely little girl. Happy Easter to you and your family.

  2. Well you accomplished a lot for no sleep! Poor you! I hope your sleep goes better! My sleep is messed up, I get up every 2 hours. I blame the menopause from several years ago for ruining my sleep. I'm glad you can nap. Andrea

    1. Thanks, Andrea. Once I fall asleep, I can usually sleep for at least 8 hrs., if I don't have to get up to an alarm. It's the going to sleep at a reasonable hour that is the problem and then, waking up when the alarm goes off!

      Hope you are enjoying a lovely Easter with your family. Have a blessed day.

  3. Hope you are having a peaceful and restful day today, Bless. Doesn't it seem like those sleepless nights just throw you off for several days? Happy Easter!


    1. Happy Easter to you, too, Jane, and your family and loved ones. I've just finished drinking a cup of coffee and I am listening to my neighbors singing (they are having an Easter service in their back yard). They are singing in Spanish, and I don't understand the words, but it sounds quite lovely.

  4. I'm taking a few minutes before DS, DDIL and DGD arrive. I have just caught up on your last postings and I want to wish you belatedly a very Happy Sri Lankan New Year!
    The Easter services have been very special, and they are quite long, but compared to what I experienced in Vienna they are not so long. You need stamina to get through Easter there, especially when the church is packed and you get to stand all the time, maybe for 2 hours! Last night the Easter fire had to be lit just under our church porch because of the rain, and then we all carried our candles back into the church and these were the only light until halfway through the service, when the lights came on and bells were rung. Then we could see all the flowers round the altar.

    Yesterday afternoon our helpers collected sap and there was one extra person visiting, also one of our bottling crew came over with her brother and nephew who were staying with her. We all sat in the "sugar shack" drinking tea and eating cookies. It was fun to be in there out of the rain, with the fire crackling and the sap bubbling away in the pans. It's still raining but the snow is reluctant to go in many spots. Today's work will probably mean emptying spoiled sap out of pails!

    I hope you had a better night Saturday and that you are feeling better today. You need your sleep to allow the antibiotics to heal you.


    1. Thank you, Bushlady. That's a sign of a very organized person to be able to take time to relax before family arrives to Easter lunch! Last night's candle light Easter service sounds lovely! Too bad the sap will be spoiled by the rain. Hope it won't be a great loss.

      Wish you and your family and loved ones a very happy Easter, Bushlady. Have a lovely, blessed day, enjoying the meal you have prepared and being together.

  5. Where did you get the energy to go shopping after getting close to no sleep?! I took a long nap too yesterday and, just like you, I felt very groggy afterwards and a couple of hours later, I went back to bed and slept for almost 10 hours straight! And today I'm still groggy.

    No plans for us as we don't celebrate Easter, but Greg just went kayaking and I did the dishes. Woohoo. My daughter is just starting to make the bunny garden cake for us. I'll probably spend the rest of the afternoon doing tasks on the laptop such as tracking expenses in my spreadsheets and clipping coupons :) Have a great day, I hope you get some rest.

    Oh and I hope your grape vines grow well and bountifully!

    1. It seems I have a couple of times each day when my energy peaks - early afternoon is one of them and very, very late at night, when I should be sleeping! I'm glad you were able to catch up on your sleep.

      I hope you'll share a picture of the bunny cake! It is such a cute idea. A big woohoo on the dishes! Hope you have a nice, relaxed rest of the day. Take care.

  6. Sorry for not being able to sleep .. Hope you sleep better tonight.
    Proud the antibiotics did not have reactions to them..
    Hope you had a very good Easter day.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Hope you had a lovely Easter. Hope you have a good start to your week, tomorrow.

  7. I was so blessed that a lady down the street simply enjoys growing plants and sells them an unheard of prices! I bought packs of 6 of the following plants for $2 a pack: cantaloupe,climbing cukes, small, yellow tomatoes, and zucchini. Then, I bought the following plants that were a bit larger for $1 each: 3 varieties of reg tomatoes, a blanco basil plant and a cilantro plant. My BFF was able to get a decent deal on red and green sweet peppers somewhere else and so she and I both split all of the multi-packs. We were able to find the planting soil on sell for $1.28 for a huge, 1 cubic foot bag. I was please with those prices!

    1. Joy, those are excellent prices! How nice of you and your BFF to share your plants. Hope you have a wonderful time growing your plants and enjoy the harvest!


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