Sunday, September 30, 2018

Weekend Update

Saturday:  I was able to sleep in without any phone calls disturbing me.  Aunt T called shortly thereafter, however; I was still having my coffee and I let the call go to the answering machine.  She didn't leave a message, but I called her, later, and had a long chat with her.  I also called neighbor T and checked to see how she was.  I honestly don't know where the afternoon went, but some of it was spent doing my monthly goals review and update and I watched some TV programs and knitted.  I also cup open some pomegranates and collected the pips:

Pomegranate Pips

In the evening, I went back out to the garden to take a photograph of something I had missed seeing when I was out in the garden earlier in the week, but friend M pointed out to me on Friday:

Flower Buds on the Starfish Flower Cactus
M, who knows more about succulents than I do, was very happy to see them and he pointed out that there were more buds forming, as well:

More Buds on the Starfish Cactus!
I shall keep an eye on them and try to take photographs as the buds open and the flowers bloom.  From what I've read, these flowers are also known as "carrion flowers", since they had the odor of rotting flesh!  Oh, lovely!  LOL!

Later in the evening, I went for a walk - this time, I managed to walk for 30 minutes and one more block than on previous walks.  I need to keep it up and walk every day, if possible.

In the evening, I video chatted with my daughter - she had gone grocery shopping at the dollar store and showed me what she bought and what she was planning to cook.

Sunday:  I had set my alarm for 9:00 a.m., (after going to sleep at 4:00 a.m.), but I turned it off and slept for another couple of hours!  Neighbor T called almost as soon as I had woken up for our weekly Sunday phone call.  Aunt T called shortly after that and I chatted with her for a bit.

Later, I decided to make waffles for brunch (yesterday, daughter and I had talked about chicken and waffles).  Chicken and waffles usually means fried chicken with waffles.  But, I prefer chicken curry with waffles, so that's what I had, today - chicken and waffles, my way:

Chicken Curry and Waffles
I have leftover waffles to eat with more chicken curry or maybe strawberries, another day.

Later, I did some paperwork I needed to do.

In the evening, I went for my walk.  It had been a sunny, warm day, but,in the evening, the clouds began to move in:

Clouds Moving In
There is rain in the forecast, they say, sometime next week.  In the meantime, I enjoyed seeing the clouds:

The weirdly pruned pine tree

I don't have many interesting things to photograph when I walk.  But I love these purple flowers on some of the street trees that are planted on the side:

Purple Flowers

I increased my distance by another block over what I walked yesterday and my walk took me 35 minutes.  But, I was feeling tired by the time I came back and developing an ache at the base of my spine and tingling in my legs!  I had to rest on the sofa, for awhile!

Dinner was the last of the curry puffs I had made and frozen.  A fresh peach for dessert.

After dinner, I video chatted with daughter. 

This weekend, I am grateful for:
- Being able to sleep in
- Phone calls from friends and family
- Evening walks
- Flowers and buds
- Pomegranates from the garden

How was your weekend?  What are your plans for the upcoming week?


  1. Good job on your walking. I'm trying to get back on track and walk more. I've been a little lax as of lately.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. The hardest part for me is to get started! That first law of motion - a body at rest tends to remain at rest - definitely applies! :D But, once I am out and walking, then, I am happy to be walking, at least for the first 25 minutes or so. Then, I start to get tired. I am hoping to build up my stamina. Maybe you'll be able to get in a short walk, one or two days this week. You might even try to combine meditation with it and do what is known as "walking meditation". :)

  2. Beautiful cactus! That is something you don't see growing outside around here! My daughter had me try a pomegranate once. I think they are good but my husband won't eat them so I tend not to buy them. Neat you can grow them! Andrea

    1. Thank you, Andrea. I am looking forward to the cactus flower, although maybe not the smell! :)

  3. The mountains or hills in the distance are quite lovely! We just returned from a road trip from Texas to AZ and we’re missing those!

    ~~Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abode

    1. Yes, I enjoy seeing the mountains in the background. I live in one of the valleys, so there are mountains to the north and east of me. :)

  4. I shall look forward to seeing the photos of the flowers on your starfish Cactus but I hope they don't smell as bad as they say they do or you will have to snap the photo and run! Maybe you could set up a camera with a string and when the flowers open, you could take the photo from a distance. Or perhaps a drone camera might be a good idea. My goodness, surely they won't smell quite so bad?

    1. I guess we will have to wait and see if the smell is as bad or not. The smell is supposed to be noticeable on the 2nd day of blooming, so I should be able to take a photo without too much discomfort. I could always wear a dust mask, I suppose. :)

  5. I am doing a bit of catching up today. I haven't been reading my email the last couple of days; not because I was sick, but because I have been busy. I resolved to take some time today to take a breather and get caught up.

    I love the photos you took today on your walk, and I really look forward to seeing the flowers on your cactus. I think they will look amazing.

    1. I remember you saying you were going to serve a meal for the less fortunate and I figured you've been busy when I didn't see any new posts. Glad you are taking a break!

      I've been checking the cactus daily for any signs of the flowers blooming; I will take photos when I see anything! :)


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