I hope that those who celebrate Palm Sunday had a special day today.
I was able to go to the rosary gathering, yesterday, after all, and didn't have to drive, as cousin called later, after I had posted my blog post, yesterday, and said she had been able to talk her daughter into driving us. I enjoyed the gathering and seeing everyone there. I got home around 11:30 p.m., video chatted with my daughter till around 12:30 a.m., and then, went to bed around 1:30 a.m.
Daughter went grocery shopping at the dollar store, yesterday:
|Grocery Haul Part 1
Sara Lee honey wheat bread, spinach, Oscar Mayer applewood smoked uncured ham cold cuts, Mexican guavas, 2 packs blueberries, orange cauliflower, hass avocados, 2 mangos, 4 plantains.
|Grocery Haul Part 2
2 cans coconut milk, 5 cans mackerel, 6 cans garbanzo beans, vanilla extract 3 ramen bowl (nong shim, tonkotsu, and sukiyaki flavors), teriyaki flavored dry roasted seaweed, taro chips, 2 boxes of ginger tea. She said she stocked up on the cans of mackerel and garbanzo beans because they don't always have them in stock.
Today, she cooked:
She said she made: gingerbread chickpeas, sauted plantains, butter garlic basil cauliflower rice, spinach spaghetti and butternut squash pasta with meatballs and Thai yellow curry sauce, sweet and spicy roasted orange cauliflower, maple roasted yams with pecans, ranch chickpeas, kabocha soup, mackerel curry. She thinks she has cooked enough food for 2 weeks! My goodness! She says she prefers to spend 2 hours cooking, once a week, and having to wash one set of pots and pans, rather than cook daily and wash pots and pans every day! It all looks good, doesn't it?
Today, I slept in again and woke up around 10:30 a.m. I had a relaxed morning. It was a partly cloudy day and on the cool side, but no rain. Neighbor T called around 11:30 a.m. and we chatted a bit.
Later, in the afternoon, I went to see my Aunt T, who is now in a nursing home after falling and being in hospital for observation. Aunt T is the widow of one of my uncles who was my mother's younger brother. I had asked my cousin V (who is Aunt T's daughter) at yesterday's rosary gathering, if I could come to her place and go with her to the nursing home and she had said yes. When I asked what time would be best, she said any time. Today, I called her around 1:00 p.m. and asked if 3:00 p.m. would be good and what would Aunt like to have. Cousin said 3:00 p.m. would be fine, or even 2:30 p.m., as she wanted to go to church at 5:00 p.m., and to bring some Sri Lankan food, as Aunt doesn't much care for the food at the nursing home.
So, I cooked rice, a fish curry (using canned mackerel - just like my daughter did!), sauted/curried cabbage, and a lentil curry (dhal). I didn't take any pictures, though! I fear my cooking pales in comparison to my daughter's! LOL. Then, I served two plates of food - one for Aunt and one for Cousin. I used microwave safe containers with covers that some carry out food had come in; they are considered as "disposable", but I wash and save them for just such purposes. This way, the recipients don't have to worry about returning the containers.
I was at my cousin's house at exactly 2:30 p.m. (takes about 20 minutes to get there). We visited Aunt and stayed there for about half an hour. Then, we went back to cousin's house and had a cup of tea. While I was there, cousin's daughter face timed her from New York where she lives with her husband and son and when she knew that I was visiting cousin, she showed me that the quilt I had made was being used as a play mat for her son. She said that everyone who visits admires the quilt. I was glad to see that the gift I made (with things I had on hand) is something useful.
After I came home, I aired the house so it doesn't smell of fish curry, did the dishes (washed some by hand and the rest in the dishwasher), wiped down the kitchen counters and stove top (I am a messy cook!), put away the rest of the food I cooked, as I cooked a little extra so there would be some for me for the week as well, and ate some leftover pancakes (from yesterday) with some of the fish curry for a late lunch/early dinner. After that, it got cold, so I closed the windows and turned on the heater!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to visit Aunt and cousin
- My turn to cook and take food to others
- Knowing that cousin's daughter is using the baby quilt I made
- Being able to produce a meal using pantry/fridge/freezer items
- A safe drive to cousin's house and back
Plans for tomorrow (I have the day off work) include grocery shopping, paperwork, and house cleaning.
How was your Sunday? What are your plans for the upcoming week?