|Dinner - Compliments of Cousin|
Today, my cousin who is visiting from Australia, blessed me with her company and a dinner she cooked and brought, and which we enjoyed! Chicken curry, dhal, sauted green beans, and kale shredded and cooked. What is pictured above are the leftovers, as I forgot to take a picture before we ate!
I made the rice (not pictured) and a fruit salad with strawberries, kiwis, and an orange, for dessert. Cousin declined the offer of ice cream with the fruit salad, so it was a very healthy dessert.
Before cousin arrived, after I came home from work, I did a little more last minute cleaning and cleared the kitchen counters! Nothing like having company over to motivate me to clean the house! LOL. Maybe I should just regularly schedule visitors every other week, or so.
Cousin and I had a nice visit. It was the first time we've spent time together by ourselves in a very long time; we've had at least one other family member with us on prior occasions when we met. It was good to get reacquainted, to exchange our views on various things, and have a meaningful conversation about religion and our personal beliefs. Before we had dinner, she said a prayer that really touched me and I feel blessed by her prayer. And she referred to me by a term we used all the time in Sri Lanka - "cousin sister". It is a colloquial term, but cousins are not just cousins, in Sri Lanka; they are "cousin sisters" and "cousin brothers".
Cousin's mother and my mother were sisters. Cousin's mother was the oldest of the four sisters; my mother was the 3rd sister. Mother used to say how stylish her oldest sister was as a young lady with her pretty dresses and hats that she'd wear to church. When my mother was in hospital to have me and was having a difficult time with it (she was in hospital for over a week trying to have me!), her oldest sister came to stay at the hospital overnight with my mother and be with her. I have fond memories of visiting my aunt (cousin's mother); I remember she used to have ducks and chickens in her backyard and that was such a novelty to me. Aunt was a good seamstress and she would do excellent smocking. I still have a blouse she smocked for me. On one of my visits to my aunt's home, I must have been about 9 years old then, I was just getting interested in paperdolls and my cousin and her older sister went through several of my aunt's magazines that had paperdolls printed on them and cut out the paperdolls for me.
After dinner, cousin left to visit another cousin (she was staying the night with her). I packed some of the leftovers for my lunch for tomorrow and put the rest away for another day.
Today, I am grateful for:
- My cousin visiting me and bringing me dinner
- The lovely prayer she said
-The opportunity to have a meaningful conversation
- Family who care
- A relatively clear kitchen counter!
|The relatively clear counter!|
Tomorrow morning, I am scheduled for my ultrasound. My appointment is for 9:30 a.m., but I was told to be there at 9:00 a.m. Which means, I need to leave the house by 7:45 a.m. to allow time for traffic. Which means, I need to wake up by 7:00 a.m. Which means, I had better post this and say my nightly prayers and get ready for bed, as it is already 1:25 a.m.!
I will do my May Monthly Goals update, tomorrow.
How was your Wednesday? Did you have a good day? Do you find that having company over motivates you to clean? Or do you routinely keep your home "company ready"?