Saturday, November 18, 2017


We actually had a little rain, early this morning!  I was still asleep when it rained and it must not have been much, because the ground was already dry when I went out, but there were some damp patches on the paved areas where water tends to pool.  Any rain, even if it is only a little bit, is good! 

I went for my blood test this morning.  They weren't too busy and I had to wait less than 5 minutes before I was called in.  They drew four vials of blood!  Hope all the results will be good.

Afterwards, I went to the office.  I took a different freeway than what I usually take to go to the office, but it really doesn't matter which freeway one takes, they are equally congested! 

I had a productive day at the office.  I completed my part of a project before what I had perceived as a deadline and passed it along to the next person to work on it.  They seem to have a different deadline, but that is OK with me.  Just as long as I am not the cause of the delay!  I was anxious to get it done before I went on vacation, next week. 

During my lunch break, I went to the nearby library to borrow a couple of magazines.  I used to subscribe to magazines, but don't do so now.  For the same reason why I no longer buy books: once I buy them, I tend to keep them!  At one time, I had to put up shelves in the garage to house all my magazines, from when I used to subscribe to them!  Eventually, I got rid of the lot and, ever since then, I've been borrowing from the library. 

I had planned to buy milk on my way home from work, today, but changed my mind and decided to come home directly, instead.  The commute home was long and, more than that, I was feeling very sleepy!  So, came home, had a cup of tea, and slept for about half an hour on the sofa.  There is enough milk for tomorrow morning; I will buy more milk later, tomorrow.

After my nap, I cooked a fish curry, using two pieces of the frozen fish I had bought from the Sri Lankan store.

One of my friends called and we chatted for awhile and made tentative plans to get together and go out to lunch, one day.  I also called the family friend whose husband passed away to sympathize with her. 

Daughter came home for the holidays, today.  Poor thing is still not feeling too well.  From what she tells me, it sounds a bit like she might be having a sinus infection.  But, she claims she doesn't have a fever.  I might have her make an appointment with her doctor, if possible, next week.  In any case, she enjoyed a good dinner of rice, fish curry, lentil curry, cucumber, and mango chutney.  Afterwards, I made coriander tea with ginger for us.  Coriander tea (made by boiling coriander seeds and letting them steep for a few minutes) is the Sri Lankan equivalent of chicken soup!  It is what we take at the first sign of sniffles, etc.  Adding a little fresh ginger to it boosts the benefits.

Today, I accomplished almost all the items on my to do list (the only thing I didn't do was buy milk) and a few things I hadn't listed (visit to the library, cleaning the litter box, doing the dishes, etc.)  And I knitted a bit. The pattern consists of 12 rows, so I usually try to knit at least one full pattern; that way, it is easier to keep track of where I am.

Today, I am grateful for:
- My daughter had a safe flight home
- The rain we received this morning
- Libraries
- Naps on the sofa
- Phone calls from friends

Saturday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop
- Do a load of laundry
- Attend my friend's memorial service and the monthly prayer gathering in the evening
- Maybe do some cooking?

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for the weekend? 


  1. Yea for your rain. We don't need rain as much as you do, so I'm not looking forward to the day of cold rain we're having all day.

    Enjoy your week off with your daughter. Hope she feels better soon.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I am so looking forward to the week off from work. It's been awhile since I last took a whole week off - I've taken a couple of days off here and there, to extend a weekend or two, but not an entire week, plus 2 additional days. I am hoping to get a few things accomplished, but also a lot of rest, as well. Hope you are keeping warm and dry on your rainy day. We have bright sunshine, today.

  2. Fingers crossed for excellent results! I rarely buy a magazine nowadays, except perhaps on holiday, but I get lots from my gym. We are a gym aimed at women only age 40+ so the magazines are spot on! We have a book shelf too where members donate books and make a small donation to buy/borrow them. Same with the magazines. We have made over £6,000 over the past six years for the local hospice. Coriander and ginger tea - I'll remember that one for future use. It will be my first Sri Lankan recipe! I hope your daughter will be well soon.

    1. Thank you, Eloise. I'll find out the results of the blood tests on Monday, when I go to see the oncologist and daughter is resting on the sofa as I type. Your gym sounds like a really nice place! I like the idea of the book shelf! I'm sure the hospice appreciates the generous donations.

  3. I also hope you will have great results when you go on Monday. I hope your daughter will soon get over her sniffles, too. I was pleased to learn about your coriander and ginger tea as that is a new one for me, and I love coriander as well as ginger.

    It was funny this morning, I woke up around 7.15 and looked out to see if we had the forecast snow in the night - nothing at all. Great! Fell asleep for another hour and a half and by then it was snowing and the bare porch roof was covered! Fetched our boots upstairs before we went out for brunch with friends.

    1. Thanks, Bushlady. Ooh, snow! That's a lot of snow to fall in less than two hours! It was sunny here, today, with a high of 77F. :)


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