Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday: Guavas and Prayer Gatherings

Daughter and I didn't say goodnight, last night, until after 3:00 a.m. this morning!  I went to bed around 4:00 a.m. and she, apparently, stayed up till 6:00 a.m.!  I slept until 9:00 a.m. and woke up only because a certain kitty was crying outside my bedroom door, demanding his breakfast!

I watched some sewing and knitting shows on TV while I responded to blog comments.  Then, it was time to get ready to attend the monthly prayer gathering.  Cousin P came over a little before noon and brought me a bag of guavas from her tree and we left to go to the prayer gathering. 
I put gas to the car on the way and got to the prayer gathering by 1:15 p.m.  We had been told to come by 1:30 p.m.; we were there on time, but, as usual, we had to wait for several others, some of whom didn't come till close to 2:30 p.m. (there had been some last minute mix up which delayed them).  By the time they said the rosary and served lunch, it was past 3:00 p.m.  
Lunch was rice and curries wrapped up in banana leaves.  One of the little girls present (the hostess's great granddaughter, 7 or 8 years old) asked why the rice was wrapped in leaves and someone told her that it was because they ran out of plates and then explained it was actually to give a nice flavor to the rice.  But, originally, the reason for the banana leaves was a lack of plates, especially when there was a big gathering.  Not everyone had several dozen plates in their cabinets (we didn't have paper plates, back then), but almost everyone had several banana trees in their back yards.  Afterwards, one didn't have a mountain of plates to wash - the used banana leaves would be composted (or fed to the cattle that wandered around the place).  Also, it was a convenient way to wrap up food to go without carrying plates to the office or school.  I couldn't finish my parcel of rice and curry, so I brought the leftovers home.  I stopped at the pharmacy on the way home to pick up my inhaler refill.  By the time cousin and I got home, it was close to 6:00 p.m. 

I will be hosting the October monthly prayer gathering.

Later, I watered the front garden, put away the laundry from yesterday, did a load of laundry, and called the monks at the temple.  My aunt C also called and we had a short chat.  Later in the evening, I video chatted with daughter.

Saturday's To Do List:
- Put gas to the car - DONE
- Attend the prayer gathering - DONE
- Pharmacy - DONE
- Put away the dried laundry - DONE
- Finish dusting the bedroom (put on a dust mask!)
- Vacuum the bedroom
- Clean the litter box - DONE
- Do dishes
- Water the front garden - DONE
- Do another load of laundry - DONE

Sunday's To Do List:
- Put away laundry
- Finish dusting the bedroom
- Vacuum the bedroom
- Do the dishes/run the dishwasher
- Grocery shop

Today, I am grateful for:

- Cousin's company during the drive
- Guavas from her tree
- Safe drive to prayer gathering and back
- Leftovers for dinner
- An afternoon of prayer, family, and friends

Cut Guava
 How was your Saturday?  Did you have a good start to your weekend? 


  1. Hi! The homeless person picking through your trash came a little too close for comfort being that bold (last post). Your safety is of upmost importance.

    You and your daughter have such a good relationship! I never tasted a guava! I've tried wrapping something I made once with banana leaves (that I bought frozen at a grocery store).

    That is so nice you say the rosary at your prayer group. We've always said it every night here in my home and I used to have a prayer group at my house with my neighbors. I know I should try that again sometime! Andrea

    1. Andrea, I hope you get to taste a fresh guava one day. The rosary prayer group has been meeting every month for the past 34+ years. Various people have joined and left, but the core group keeps going. :)

  2. Interesting story about the banana leaves. Makes perfect sense. What are you going to do with all of those guavas?

    1. I am eating them! Two or three at a time! :D I will be sharing some with one of my friends, today.

  3. I love guavas! we are a bit too cool to grow them here, the feijoas are the nearest we get. But I buy tins that come from South Africa.

    1. My feijoa trees are not doing too well, this year. I think the drought and the summer heat wave affected them pretty badly.


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