Thursday, April 26, 2018

Quiet Wednesday


Today has been another quiet day.  It was 3:30 a.m. when I finally fell asleep, last night (or, should I say, this morning?)  I didn't want to wake up when the alarm went off at 7:00 a.m.!  I stayed in bed until 7:30 a.m. and then, got up, had a cup of coffee, fed the cats, got dressed, and went to the office.  I got there a little later than usual, but I ate at my desk and didn't take a lunch break and was able to make up the time.

But, before I left to go to the office, I had to take a picture of the hibiscus plant, as it was covered with flowers:

Hibiscus Plant
It is not a very big plant, but there were more than a dozen flowers on it!   We used to call them "shoe flowers" in Sri Lanka. 

I had a fairly productive day at the office.  I wore my usual layers.  I get the morning sun from the window in my cubicle, so it was comfortable in the morning in just my blouse and sweater.  Then, around 11:30 a.m., the air conditioning kicked in and I had to put on the cardigan over the blouse and sweater.  By 2:30 p.m., I had to wrap my shawl around me!  My colleague in the next cubicle was so cold she got herself a mug of hot water to warm her hands! 

Once again, I shed my layers as I made my way home! 

I had a cup of coffee when I got home and watched the evening news.  Then, I did a little knitting. 

After that, I did a little gardening.  I weeded a section of a flower bed and planted some "Love lies bleeding" (Amaranthus caudatus).  This is another plant that is often grown as an ornamental plant, for its flowers, but it is an edible plant and the leaves are cooked as greens.  The seeds I planted are rather old; I hope they will germinate.  I didn't get around to blocking off the planted area; I hope the cats won't dig up the seeds!  Tomorrow, I will put up some chicken wire mesh to keep the cats out.

Later, I cooked some green beans and had that with rice and leftover meat ball curry for my dinner:

Dinner: rice, meat ball curry, sauted green beans
I packed the leftovers for my lunch, tomorrow. 

Aunt C called while I was doing the dishes; she said she had some of the soup I had made and taken for her and that she really enjoyed it.  Later, cousin P called and we chatted for a bit.  Still later, I video chatted with daughter. 

So, it was a quiet day, without a lot of excitement, but that is alright. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- A quiet day
- Being able to go to the office a bit later than usual
- I managed to keep warm for the most part
- I was able to do a little gardening
- Phone calls from family, emails from friends, and video chatting with daughter.

How was your Wednesday?  Was it a quiet day for you, too?  Or was it a busy day with a lot of things happening?


  1. Your hibiscus is gorgeous! I really miss mine and wish I had brought it indoors before the January freezes! I'll live vicariously through you, now :)

    1. Thank you, Nathalie. Maybe you might get yourself a new plant?

  2. The colour of the plant is stunning. Do they flower in different colours as well? I know you feel the cold more than others but it sounds as though it's affecting other peopel in the office as well. My Wednesday was pretty quiet but we've had Sienna today so it's been a lot busier. Hope you manage to get a good nights sleep - nothing worse than tossing and turning knowing you have to be up for work. xx

    1. Suzanne, yes, hibiscus come in various different colors - pink, white with some pink, yellow, orange, etc. Some are double petaled. I slept a little better, last night, thank you.

  3. I've just been reading all about Amaranthus caudatus. I knew that amaranth was used for food in South America but had never equated it with the Victorian "Love lies bleeding". Your hibiscus is beautiful, by the way.

    Wednesday we went shopping and I went to pick up a prescription that was to be faxed in from the opthalmologist. Imagine my surprise when they hadn't got it! I immediately thought of you and all the rigmarole you have gone through over and over again. Anyway I went home and e-mailed the opthalmologist's office and they got back and said they had refaxed it. I checked with the pharmacy that they had it and had filled it and we went down today.

    1. We cook the leaves of the plant, Bushlady, but it is a beautiful garden plant, as well. Glad you were able to get your prescription sorted out!

  4. Love your Hibiscus, a beautiful red, I had a orange apricot one at my old house, but it used to get a raggedy over winter, maybe a bit cold for it. I made my cake for my visitors, my elderly aunt and her daughter. I thought they were only staying one night (Anzac day ) But they stayed till this Morning (Friday)! So haven't been able to blog or even read blogs for that matter. Nice to see them though. My Aunt is 92 and her energy put me to shame!

    1. Thank you, Sharon. Yes, hibiscus don't tolerate cold, that well. Glad you were able to visit with your aunt and her daughter. I've a 92 year old aunt, too, and only now is she starting to slow down, a bit, and very reluctantly, too!


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