I had arranged to video chat with one of my friends this morning, but my laptop didn't corporate! I got an error message saying I couldn't chat on-line using the particular program I wanted to use and had to download something, which I tried, but couldn't get to work. So, I spoke with my friend on my cell phone, instead. I could hear her, but couldn't see her because I don't have a state of the art cell phone, just a very basic one. It was a little frustrating to me, and I was rather disappointed, but happy that I got to chat with her.
After that, I did a load of dishes in the dishwasher and washed my special china cups and one or two non-stick pans by hand. Then, I cooked milkrice for brunch and had it with some of the beef curry I had brought home from last night's dinner at my cousin's house.
It was another warm day and in the afternoon, I felt tired. I lay on the sofa and read for a bit and tried to take a nap, but couldn't fall asleep. While I rested, my half-sister called to check on me and we had a nice conversation. Around 5:30 p.m., I gave up trying to nap and had a cup of tea.
The messy house was getting to me, so, I decided to do some cleaning. I tidied, dusted, and vacuumed the living room and dining area and vacuumed the hallway and the kitchen. I will do the family room and the bedrooms tomorrow.
After that, I watered the front garden and the back. When I was watering, I noticed that one of my two strawberry plants had a ripe strawberry and picked it!
|My Strawberry Harvest!|
Yesterday, my aunt had wanted to come for a visit in the evening, and when I told her I was going to a cousin's house, she said she might try to visit today, instead. I had spent some time in the afternoon wondering what I could prepare for dinner should she and my cousin visit. Aunt usually says don't worry about dinner, but that is just one of our cultural conventions. It is just one of those social niceties. One doesn't take that to mean anything. Our custom is to offer a meal to anyone who visits. Aunt has some dietary restrictions, I was out of a couple of meal items including bread, and I didn't feel like going grocery shopping in the afternoon or cooking in anticipation of them visiting because aunt hadn't called to confirm they were coming. Eventually, I decided that, should they visit, I could cook a pot of rice, make a fish curry using canned fish, and saute the spinach or some of the cabbage I had bought for a quick meal that could be prepared in 30 minutes (it would take aunt and cousin a little more than 30 minutes to get to my house). Eventually, around 8:00 p.m., I called aunt to see if they were planning to visit and she said my cousin was still teaching piano and it would be too late to come after that. We agreed that they'll visit on another day, instead. I was glad I hadn't actually cooked anything in anticipation.
Instead, I cooked a quick, one pot dish for myself, using part of the beef smoked sausage I had bought (aunt and cousin don't eat beef, otherwise I could have made it for them).
|Smoked Sausage Meal|
I sliced a medium potato and sauted it with some sliced onion; added about one third of the smoked sausage, sliced, and half a large carrot. Finally, I added some shredded cabbage. I sprinkled some chili flakes to season. I ate about half of it for my dinner and the rest will be for tomorrow's dinner.
For dessert, I had:
|Strawberry and Cream!|
LOL! I felt like Curly Locks in the nursery rhyme, who was told all she'd have to do was sit on a cushion, sew a fine seam, and eat "strawberries, sugar, and cream"! I only had the one strawberry, but I savored it!
Today, I am grateful for:
- I was able to chat with my friend
- Phone call from my sister
- Resting on the sofa
- Getting some housework done
- A strawberry from my garden!
Sunday's To Do List:
- Dishes/run dishwasher - DONE
- Living room - tidy, dust, vacuum - DONE
- Dining room - clear table, dust, vacuum - DONE
- Hallway - vacuum - DONE
- Kitchen - Wipe counters and stove top, put away dishes, shine sink, vacuum floor/mop - STARTED
- Water the garden - front and back - DONE
- Water indoor plants - DONE
Monday's To Do List:
- Doctor's appointment in the a.m.
- Grocery shop for bread, bananas, mangoes
- Family room - tidy, dust, vacuum
- Bedrooms - vacuum
- Clean out the fridge
- Empty waste baskets
- Take the trash cans to the curb
- Transplant the seedlings
- Clean the bathrooms
- Paperwork (at least 15 minutes)
- Put away laundry
How was your Sunday? What are your plans for tomorrow and the rest of the week?