Tuesday, October 16, 2018


On the first day of my official retirement, I went to the appointment with the radiation oncologist for a follow-up visit.  Everything was well and he said he will see me again in three months' time for another check up.

I had planned to treat myself to lunch out to celebrate my first official day of retirement, but, I really couldn't decide on what I wanted to eat - nothing seemed to appeal to me!  I did stop at the Armenian store to see if they had my favorite bread, but they didn't.  Then, I thought I'll get a pizza from the nearby pizza place, but they were closed because they were without electricity!  In the end, I had an egg salad sandwich for lunch after I came home!

But first, I went to the other Armenian grocery store and bought a few items including a 20 lb. bag of rice and 2 lb. lentils.  I will do a separate grocery post, tomorrow.

The morning had been cool and very windy.  There were many reports on the news of trees falling down, one of which killed a woman in her car.  Aunt C called me in the morning to find out if I was OK, as she had been concerned about my eucalyptus tree.  I am so glad I had it trimmed when I did!

But the afternoon was nice and warm, almost 80F.  The forecast says we'll go up to 90F, later this week!  But, it's 64F inside the house, right now, and I am wearing a sweater, a cardigan, a scarf, sweatpants, and socks, with a crocheted blanket over my legs!  Have I mentioned I feel cold very easily?

I took a nap on the sofa, this afternoon.  Someone else took a nap, too:

Cat Naps!
I keep the piano stool covered with a pillowcase because he likes to sleep on it!  Otherwise, his fur is all over the red plush of the seat!

I slept till almost 6:30 p.m.!  After I woke up, I cleaned the fridge, took the trash cans out, and cooked the lentils I bought.  I cooked the whole 2 lbs. of lentils!  It made a big pot of dhal:


I had a small bowl of it for dinner.  Just the dhal, only; I didn't want any rice with it.  Later, I had raspberries and a banana, and, still later, some crackers with peanut butter.

I froze the rest of the dhal, in two portions.  Depending on how many actually attend the prayer gathering lunch, one portion might be enough.  But, I'll probably warm up both portions, so that people can take some leftovers home.

Later, I watched a movie/documentary on public TV, called "God Knows Where I Am", which is based on a diary kept by a homeless, mentally ill woman, who starved to death in an attic of an empty house, in New Hampshire, in winter.  It was very sad.

Afterwards, I video chatted with daughter.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being retired!
- A good visit with the radiation oncologist and all being well
- No damage from the strong winds
- Getting the eucalyptus tree trimmed when I did
- Afternoon naps!

Monday's To Do List:
- Dr's appointment (radiation oncologist - follow up visit) - DONE
- Put away laundry - DONE
- Put away washed dishes - DONE
- Clean the fridge - DONE
- Empty the waste baskets - DONE
- Take the trash cans to the curb - DONE
- Grocery shopping - DONE
- Cook lentils - DONE
- Clear the dining table
- Dust the living room and dining area

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring the trash cans in
- Call regarding doctor's bill
- Clear the dining table
- Dust the living room and dining area
- Tidy the family room
- Clean the guest bathroom
- Knitting group?


  1. Congratulations on your retirement ... I can thoroughly recommend it 😂. Good new too from your medical appointment, you must be relieved.

    I love dhal but never know what to serve it with. None of my friends or family particularly like it so I usually freeze it in individual portions and have it as a side with a spicier, hotter curry. I'd be interested to hear what you serve it with please.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. Yes, retirement does have its benefits, doesn't it? I got a taste of it when I was on vacation, the past couple of months! Yes, I'm very relieved that the medical appointment went well. There is still some inflammation at the radiation site, redness and swelling, etc., but much better than what it was and we're hopeful that it will all continue to improve.

      I serve dhal with rice and any other curries I might cook. Dhal and rice is actually considered to be a complete meal, and when I was a child, dhal and bread was a treat! At the prayer gathering, the dhal will be served as a side dish to go with rice, the meatball curry, a chicken curry, some sort of vegetable (probably green beans), chutney, etc.

  2. Congratulations on your first official day of retirement. It must seem very real now.
    Also, great news from your oncologist. It must be a relief each and every time you get a thumbs up from your medical appointments. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. Yes, I am looking forward to enjoying my days of leisure. I know I am already enjoying being able to sleep in, taking afternoon naps, etc. :)

      It is definitely a relief when I get the all clear from the doctors. I still have a little more recovering to do from the radiation damage (the site is still inflamed, with redness and swelling), but, it has improved since the last visit.

  3. I'm glad to hear that the oncologist's follow up went well.

    64F is cold for me too. 68F is my threshold. :) It's warm again here, after a cooler weekend.

    1. Thank you, Nil. Always happy when the doctors don't find anything else, wrong! :)

      It was 62F, inside the house, here, this morning! I don't want to turn on the heater, yet. So, I put a quilt on the bed and wore my cardigan over my night clothes and felt nice and warm. Dancer wanted to be warm, too, and burrowed under the quilt!

  4. Good to know that everything is going well via the radiation oncologist. I hope that redness and swelling will go away in the near future.

    Dancer turns a nap into an art form, doesn't he? Cats are good at that. Humans sometimes doze off sitting and let their heads loll back and their mouths hang open - not an artistic nap at all!

    It's still cool here, too, but it seemed fine enough to hang out the sheets and pillowcases this morning. After lunch it started to rain, wouldn't you know it! So I took them in before they got soaked and hung them in the basement, but they still had that good outdoorsy smell.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady.

      Yes, Dancer is an elegant napper! :D

      Good thing you were able to bring the washing in before it got washed a second time!

  5. Congratulations on your first official day of retirement! That's a big accomplishment. Even better news is a good appointment with the radiologist. A great way to start your retirement.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, a good start to my retirement. :)

  6. Glad to hear the redness and swelling of the radiation site has been improving since the last check-up. Good news.

    First official day of retirement....let the house cleaning begin. Ha.

    1. Thank you, Susan. "Fat necrosis and inflammation" are the terms the radiation oncologist used to explain what he thought was the cause of the continued redness and swelling! Considering the fact that it's been two years since I finished the radiation treatments, the healing process has been very slow.

      Yes, the house cleaning was begun!


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