Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Couple of Busy Days

I love nothing better than spending days sewing, but when I do, everything else seem to pile up!  I am looking around my house as I type this and I know I need to spend some time tidying and cleaning!

Yesterday, I worked from home.  Afterwards, I put gas to the car ($2.75/gal; I put just over 10 gallons).  Then, went across the street to the grocery store and bought cat food ($6.99/bag with $2 off coupon), a birthday card ($1.00), a pint of milk ($.99) and bananas ($.59/lb = $.91).  Canned tuna was on sale for $.50/can and I wanted to buy some, but it was the last day of the sale and they were all out of stock.  However, the cashier gave me a rain check good for 10 cans.  I will buy the full amount, later this week.

I didn't take pictures of the groceries or do a separate grocery post because, well, when you spend under $2 on groceries, that's hardly worth mentioning, is it?  So far in August, I've gone grocery shopping four times, as follows:

8/1 = $2.81 (bread and grapes)
8/8 = $6.59 (bread, bananas, lettuce, cold cuts)
8/13 = $7.95 (bread, beef chuck steak, ice cream)
8/15 = $1.90 (milk, bananas)
Amount spent on groceries in August = $19.25
August grocery budget = $75 + $7 carried over from July = $82.00

After I came home and put away the groceries and cat food, I wrote out the birthday card, wrapped up the gifts I had bought earlier, picked a grocery bag of curry leaf sprigs, and went over to my friend's house to wish her daughter a happy birthday and to give the curry leaves to my friend.  I declined dinner, but my friend served my dinner into a container to bring home, anyway:

Rice and Curries

Rice, fish curry, mutton curry, water spinach, bitter melon, and green beans.  I had some last night, tonight, and there's enough for tomorrow, as well!  Everything tasted very good, except for the bitter melon, of course, which just tasted bitter! 

Today, I went to the office.  During my lunch break, I called the surgeon's office and left a message asking if I should do a biopsy; will wait and see what he has to say.  After I came home, I did a load of laundry (bath mats, etc.), commented on blogs, video chatted with my daughter, cut a few more pieces of fabric for the mountain climbing quilt, and called my brother's wife.  My brother suffered a set back on Monday - he's back in the ICU.  Poor sister-in-law sounded really stressed.  One of my friends phoned and I had a nice chat with her.

Daughter's conference ended today and she found some time to visit the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis campus, see the Stone Bridge, and visit the Mall of America, before her flight back.  She had a safe flight back and got to her apartment around 6:30 p.m.  She really enjoyed her trip, she said.

Today, I am grateful for:
- My friend's generosity
- My brother receiving all the medical care he needs
- My friend's phone call
- Rain checks
- My daughter had a safe trip and a safe flight home

Thursday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Dental appointment
- Water the front garden
- Call my sister
- Maybe go to the pharmacy (if dentist prescribes additional antibiotics)
- Tidy the house a bit

All depends on how I feel after the dental work, of course. 

How was your day?


  1. I'm so sorry about your brother, Bless. I hope he's not in too much pain.

    Yay for your daughter being back safely. Looks like we'll both be at the dentist's today. I'm sure you're being much less of a baby about it than I am :) Good luck to you!

    1. Thank you, Nathalie. Yes, we were both at the dentist's today! In fact, I thought of you, when I typed that, yesterday. I'm sure you'll be fine. You are doing the right thing in telling them how you feel about it and your anxieties. That way, they'll be prepared and might recommend some mild form of sedation prior to the procedures, etc. Best wishes to you, too!

  2. I'm sorry that your brother has taken a turn for the worse. Hopefully, this is temporary and he will be back on the road to recovery soon.

    I have a question. You and your neighbors and relatives exchange a lot of food. What do you do if you don't cook?

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Ha, ha, good question! We'd probably give food that was bought! Cakes or other goodies, fresh fruit from the store, take-out, etc. I never considered the exchange of food to be unusual! I do have a couple of friends and family members who don't cook that much. My sister will usually take me out for a meal (or bring take-out food if I can't go out), my friend and I will usually treat each other to a meal.

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Praying.
    Proud daughter had a safe flight back home, and had an enjoyable work trip.
    Praying for you.
    How sweet that friend gave you a take out meal.. such nice people.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Yes, these friends have been very good to me; very kind and caring.

  4. You and your friends are so very generous when it comes to gifts and food. Such a big serving of rice and curries for you to take home. I have never heard of bitter melon.

    Is this the final dentist visit? Hope all went as expected.

    1. Thank you, Sandy. I do have some very generous friends, don't I? Bitter melon is an acquired taste. I'll take a picture of them when I next go to the ethnic grocery store. Our "old wives tales" say that it is good for diabetes; I suppose because it is assumed that the bitterness counteracts the blood sugar? I have no idea if there is any truth to it or not, although I did read something about it on a British website.

    2. Oh, sorry, I forgot to answer the last question - no, I have at least two more dental visits for an extraction (scheduled for September) and, of course, that all important deep cleaning (I am trying to put it off till next year, when, hopefully, my insurance will cover it!)

  5. We were almost in sync with our laundry as I washed bath mats 2 days ago!
    I'm glad your daughter had an enjoyable trip and arrived back safely. You must have been happy to be able to video chat again.
    So sorry that your brother has had a setback. I pray for his recovery and for peace of mind for you and your sister-in-law.
    I caught up with two friends today, one for breakfast and the other for an afternoon chat. I did manage a little grocery shopping as well and even took a short nap.

    1. Sounds like you had a good day, Bushlady. Catching up with friends and afternoon naps are the way to go! I just spoke with my sister-in-law. From what she says, I don't think my brother will recover. My prayers now are that his suffering will end, soon.

  6. I am looking at your total August grocery bill of less than $20 on August 17th and I am shaking my head in disbelief. Three days later, on the 20th, I have "borrowed" money already from September to buy groceries. You must eat like a little bird. I am so impressed, you have no idea. Haha.

    I love that your daughter was able to take advantage of a business trip to enjoy some of the sights of her host city. Sometimes during business trips, people only get to see the inside of a boardroom or their hotel. Good for her. I'm glad she enjoyed her trip.

    Sorry to hear about your brother. Do you have a close relationship? Is he much older than you?

    1. Susan, if it makes you feel better, I've shopped twice since then and my total has gone up to almost $28! LOL. And I might go grocery shopping again, later this afternoon. This has been a strange month when it comes to grocery shopping. I have been eating well, but eating from what I have in the freezer and pantry.

      My half-brother and I don't have a very close relationship, although I have always been fond of him. When I was growing up, he was the one who'd tease me all the time. For example, if I was given a slab of chocolate by my father, I was required to offer a piece to every one in the family before I could have a piece, myself; all the others would take a piece, but this brother would tease me by taking the whole slab of chocolate! Then, he'd give it back and take only a piece! Some years, our only communication has been the obligatory Christmas card. But, for the most part, our relationship has been cordial. He is 12+ years older than me.


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