Saturday, September 29, 2018


Friday, already!  And, all of a sudden, not only is the week nearing its end, the month is, too! 

I woke up once, when my daughter texted to wish me a good morning, as she does, every day.  Then, I went back to sleep and woke up, again, when the phone rang.  Cousin P calling.  But, today, I let the call go to the answering machine, except, she didn't leave a message.  I tried to go back to sleep, but this time, I couldn't.  So, I got up and had a cup of coffee.  I called cousin P back and left her message.  She called me back later and we had a nice chat. 

The pharmacy had texted that a medication refill was ready to be picked up, so I revised my to do list to include a trip to the pharmacy.  And since there is a branch of my bank at the same shopping center as the pharmacy, I decided to go to the bank, as well.  But first, I cleaned my bathroom.

I received another $5 Extra Care Bucks coupon and another $1 off any item coupon!  I decided to use the $5 ECB to buy another bottle of antacids ($4.99), since I was coming to the end of the one I had and I used the $1 off coupon to buy a box of cornflakes ($1.99).  I paid $1.17 out of pocket. 

Friend M came over to do the garden and he was so happy to see the roses blooming.  He did some tidying up and watered the front garden for me. 

Friend R called to say she wasn't up to going to the temple with me, today.  So, I went on my own.  The meditation session was very relaxing.  I stayed for part of the discussion, but left before it ended. 

Lunch had been a cold cuts sandwich.  On the way home, I debated getting a hamburger for dinner or going home and cooking something.  I decided to get a small hamburger, but there were so many cars at the drive through, that I changed my mind and came home, instead.  I had rice, chicken, and cauliflower in the fridge, but, I decided to cook pasta and have that with the chicken.  I thought of pasta with spaghetti sauce, but that didn't appeal.  Pasta with some sort of white sauce?  Not really.  Instead, I made a stir-fried "chow mein" type dish with the pasta:

"Chow Mein"
I stir-fried a sliced carrot, some broccoli, a few snow peas, and the strips of the leftover chicken in a bit of vegetable oil mixed with sesame seed oil, then, added the pasta and a little soy sauce.  I had some of it for dinner, sprinkled with a few peanuts:

"Chow Mein" for dinner

The rest is in the fridge for another meal.  Maybe tomorrow's dinner.  Much better, too, than the hamburger I was thinking of buying!

Aunt T had called and left a message while I was at the temple.  It was too late to call her back when I got home; I will call her, tomorrow.

Daughter and I video chatted for a bit in the evening.  She, too, had made pasta for dinner - but she made a pumpkin coconut sauce for her pasta. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Drama-free prescription refills
- $6 in coupons
- Keeping in touch with family and friends
- Being able to attend the meditation session
- Video chatting with my daughter

Revised Friday's To Do List:
- Pharmacy - DONE
- Bank - DONE
- Clean my bathroom - DONE
- Paperwork/filing - STARTED
- Laundry
- Have M do some garden clean up - DONE
- Pick up R if she's going to temple - She didn't go
- Go to the temple for meditation session - DONE

Saturday's To Do List:
- Paperwork/filing
- Laundry
- Dishes
- Vacuuming
- Take donations to the animal shelter

How was your Friday?  What have you planned for Saturday? For the weekend?


  1. You are right. That lovely meal was so much better than a hamburger.

    You did well to use up your "free money" before it expired. It is easy enough to spend it on things that your already use and will eventually run out of.

    What kind of donations do you take to the animal shelter?

    1. Thank you, Susan. I guess I was feeling tired and too lazy to cook, earlier, but after I came home and rested a bit, then, I didn't mind cooking. :)

      I take things like old towels, etc., to the shelter to donate. Some people bring bundles of old newspaper.

  2. Do you meditate regularly? I have never gotten into a regular pattern of doing it although I try to from time to time.

    1. I try to, Live and Learn. I found it hard to do it at home, for one reason or another (mostly because I didn't dedicate a time to do so), but going to the temple, on Friday nights, is helpful.

  3. Your pasta dish looks delicious. And I think it's more nutritious as well with all the veggies.

    1. Thank you, Nil. That's what my daughter said, too - much better for me than a hamburger. :)

  4. Hello,

    Nice you were able to make your Dinner with what
    you already had,it looks good.

    My Friday was busy with things in the house.

    Today I am not long back from a visit to my
    Parents which was lovely.

    Just about to go and make Dinner and later do
    some crocheting.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend x

    1. Thank you, Fiona. I'm glad you were able to enjoy a nice visit with your parents. Hope you, too, have a good rest of the weekend. What are you crocheting?

  5. Thank You 🌼

    I am making some cotton (wash cloths /face cloths).
    I like giving these as gifts with Handmade Soap.
    I buy the soap at the moment but really want to
    try to make my own.

    Take Care x

    1. That sounds like a lovely gift! Handmade soap is very expensive, over here. I've been wanting to make some, myself, but just haven't got down to getting all the ingredients and doing it. I hope you are able to make your own soap, one of these days.

  6. Once again your cooking inspires me, and your daughter's. I would never have thought of anything beyond a tomato based pasta sauce, pesto, or some kind of cream sauce. I think your version sounds delicious, also your daughter's pumpkin coconut sauce sounds very yummy!

    We had breakfast with friends this morning and then visited the Farmers' Market where I stocked up on chokecherry jelly once again. The lady at the stall is used to me turning up and buying a couple of jars. The market is not every week and this was the last of the year so I suppose I really should have bought more this time!

    1. Thanks, Bushlady. I used thin spaghetti - I tend to treat that and angel hair pasta as I would noodles. :) Sometimes, I eat them with curry! My daughter looks for interesting sounding recipes online and tries them every so often.

      Glad you were able to have breakfast with friends and go to the Farmers' Market, afterwards. I haven't had chokecherry jelly, but it sounds delicious! Maybe you might be able to find another Farmers' Market with more jelly for you to buy; if not, you'll just have to enjoy what you have and look forward to more, next year. :)


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