Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Daughter Leaves on Tuesday

My daughter and I stayed up till 4:00 a.m., chatting, again, and it was 4:45 a.m. when I turned off my bedside light.  Which is why it made no sense when I woke up at 7:30 a.m., feeling wide awake!  I knew I hadn't had enough sleep, so, went to the bathroom and then, went back to sleep!  I next woke up when the phone rang at 10:30 a.m.  I picked it up thinking it might be the doctor's office calling to verify insurance, or something, but it was some other company calling about my electric bill.  It was not the utility company, but, some other company wanting to know if I was paying too much and to find out if I might qualify for some program or the other.  They always call, so I think it is some type of scam.  I just said, "No, thank you", and hung up on them.  Then, I got up and had my coffee, fed the cats, replied to blog comments, etc.

Daughter woke up shortly thereafter and made her own coffee (she prefers brewed coffee; I prefer my instant coffee).    She observed how, on the two days we stayed home during her visit home, she stayed up till 4:00 a.m., without feeling tired, and how, on the days she went out, either visiting family or shopping with me or out with her friends, she was usually ready for bed by 1:30 a.m.  It made me wonder if part of the reason why I am up till the wee hours of the morning is because I am not going out and about that much, on a daily basis.  But, I've been staying up till about 4:00 a.m., even on the days I've gone out when daughter was home, so, I don't think the same logic applies to my sleep habits.

I called the podiatrist's office, this morning, and rescheduled Thursday's appointment, as I wasn't sure if my insurance change would have gone through by then, and I don't have the new card they were going to mail me.  The new appointment will be in December and I should have my new card by then.

Around 12:30 p.m., daughter and I set out to go to the airport.  Less than 10 minutes into our drive, daughter realized that she had left her jacket at home!  She didn't need it here, today, where it was 80F and sunny, but she'd need it at the other end, where the high was supposed to be 58F and forecast called for rain.  So, I turned the car around and we came back home  to get her jacket!  Then, I drove her back to the airport!  Fortunately, she flies out from the local airport, not the Los Angeles International Airport, so the delay didn't matter, too much.  We always try to get her to the airport one hour before boarding time, but today, she got to the airport one hour before flight departure time.  The airport was a little more crowded than we had expected it to be, but not too much.  Daughter texted me to say she got through the check in and made it to the gate with 10 minutes to spare before boarding time.

I ate one of the curry puffs I made yesterday for my brunch and then, did a load of laundry (daughter's beddding) and remade her bed with fresh sheets. 

I started writing this blog post after that and did a little decluttering, too.  Today, I decluttered my cookbooks and one of the items I decluttered was this:

Cook Book
I had bought a newer edition to replace it, years ago, but held on to the old version, as well.  Today, I decided I could let go of the older version. 

Daughter called to let me know that she arrived safely at the Oakland airport.  It was raining there, she said.  Then, she took the subway from the airport to Berkeley and walked home from the subway station, because she doesn't believe in waiting for a bus!  She reached her apartment a little after 5:00 p.m.  She said it was raining in Berkeley, too. 

I watched some news and a TV program about the Olmec, in the evening.  Dinner was leftovers.  The fridge seems, to be full of leftovers!  I won't have to cook for at least a couple of days, unless I want to!  I also realized that I had forgotten to give daughter the salmon I had cooked and frozen for her!  Oops!  It will keep until she comes home, again.

I am taking it easy, this evening.  I will be video chatting with daughter a bit later and then, the plan is to try and get to bed by midnight! 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter had a safe flight and subway ride home
- We were able to go back to get her jacket and she still made it to the airport in time to make her flight!
- I was able to reschedule my podiatrist's appointment
- A fridge full of leftovers!
- Daughter will be back in approximately 3 weeks! 

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring the trash cans in - DONE
- Take daughter to the airport - DONE
- Do a load of laundry - DONE
- Do some sewing
- Clean the litter box - DONE
- Call the podiatrist's office - DONE

Before she left, my daughter helped me to make a schedule for my days in order to better manage my time and enable me to accomplish the things I want to accomplish.  We both think that I will be happier with a little more structure to my days.  Being retired and having all the time in the world to relax is nice, but I seem to fritter away the day at times and then, complain that I didn't get anything done!  So, we are going to try something different!

Tomorrow will be the first day of this schedule.  Basically, I'll be getting up around 9:30 a.m., going for my walk from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the morning rather than in the evening, and then, having brunch when I come home.  In the afternoon, from around 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., I have a 4 hour block of time in which to get housework, paperwork, errands, etc. done.  Then, in the evening, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., is screen time to blog, watch TV, play sudoku, etc.  Dinner at 8:00/8:30 p.m., then, spend the next hour writing emails and phoning friends.  Usually, I wait until after I video chat with daughter to get ready for bed; but now, I am going to get ready for bed, first, and then, video chat with daughter.  That way, after I say goodnight to her, I will play 30 minutes of sudoku, and then, go to bed, myself!  Bedtime is 12:00 midnight!  Hopefully, I'll be asleep by 1:00 a.m.  At least, that is the plan!  We shall see how well it goes!

Wednesday's To Do List:
- 30 minutes walk in the a.m. (10:30 - 11:00)
- Put away dried laundry
- Do another load of laundry (my bedding)/remake bed
- Clean the bathrooms
- Paperwork (process 1 bag of papers - includes filing)
- Sew 1 holiday gift
- Water the garden if it doesn't rain (forecast says scattered showers Wed. and Thurs.)

I have a schedule for Thursday, too, but the doctor's appointment has been rescheduled, so I will have a longer block of time for the cleaning I plan to do (dust and vacuum the living room, dining room, and family room).

How was your Tuesday?  What have you planned for Wednesday?  Do you have a regular schedule for your days? 


  1. I bought MY daughter a copy of that book when I visited the states - she still uses it!

    1. It's a good cookbook. I've given copies of it to the daughters of some of my friends when they set up their own homes. I offered to get a copy for my own daughter, but she prefers to look up recipes online! :)

  2. Good luck with the schedule. It sounds doable. I would like to maintain a schedule of sorts that includes a little of this and a little of that throughout the day; but with me, I am usually all or nothing. On the positive side though, this week I have been breaking up the cleaning jobs by half. I pick something off my to-do list and break it into two days work. It seems to work better.

    If you donate that cookbook, someone is bound to grab it. It is a great book. My mother used hers well. I don't know where it ended up, but seeing your copy brings back memories.

    1. Thank you, Susan. The schedule got off to a bit of a wobbly start, this morning, because I didn't get up until 10:00 a.m. (couldn't fall asleep until 3:00 a.m.) So, everything shifted a bit, but I went for my walk, put away the laundry from yesterday, did another load, remade my bed, changed the batteries in the living room clock, and started on the bathrooms. I am now taking my lunch break (an hour later than scheduled). I will do paperwork and finish cleaning the bathrooms this afternoon, and that should get me back on schedule! :D I am determined to make this work!

      Well done on breaking up the big cleaning tasks into two days' of work! Baby steps is the way to go! It's not quite as overwhelming then.

      I do plan to donate the cookbook and I hope someone will buy it and enjoy it. I couldn't justify keeping the older book when I bought a newer book to replace it, any longer!

  3. I also have that book. :) That's one of the first few books I bought.

    I don't have a regular schedule. Once I tried to follow one, and it didn't work well. :(

    1. That book is a classic, isn't it? But, I bought a newer version, as well, so I thought I should let go of the older version.

      I've enjoyed being without a schedule for the past 3 months or more. However, I was feeling like I wasn't accomplishing as much as I would like to, even with having all the time off work! I like to get things done during the day, when there is daylight. So, daughter asked me what I'd like to accomplish during the day and when I'd like to do it, and we came up with this schedule. I'll give it a try and see how it works! It got off to a bit of a shaky start, this morning, but I'm going to be back on track, this afternoon! :)

  4. Schedules are good. It does seem as though you already have one, but a little touch-up is always good, I think.

    1. I did have a schedule of sorts, but I needed more structure. It still needs more tweaking, but, I am quite happy with how it turned out, today. :)

  5. I'm glad your daughter discovered that she had forgotten the jacket before you got too far along the journey. I forgot my purse the other day when I was with DH and we had to make a quick turn around but we were only heading out of the driveway!

    I hope that your schedule will work out well for you. Of course it will not always be possible to follow it exactly but having a good framework is helpful. I'd like to do the same but there are two of us at home all day, which makes it more complicated! 😊

    We just had a visit with son and family, and it was lovely. They cooked us a delicious supper with salmon. We stayed overnight and then I had a medical followup appointment and was happy to learn that I will not have to see this specialist again since all has gone well.

    1. Very good news about your medical appointment, Bushlady. I'm so happy for you. Sounds like you had a good visit with your son and family, too.

      Yes, a framework is just what I am looking for. Not necessarily a schedule like a time table, but, a structured framework - wake up, go on my walk, spend the afternoon doing something constructive and productive, then, relax in the evenings and strive for a reasonable bed time. :)

  6. I have a schedule of sorts but it's all on hold until the workmen leave. My approach differs slightly because I get up about 7 am and my walk/exercise is completed for the day before 9 am. Housework, admin, and music practice is all down for the mornings so that from lunch time, I should be in the position where everything is completed and my time is then my own for reading, photography, blogging, etc. I like to feel that the things like admin and housework are over and done with as early in the day as possible because they are the sort of tasks I procrastinate about!

    1. Your schedule sounds wonderful - get the chores done and then, relax for the rest of the day! I need to work on my sleep patterns in order to wake up early enough, but, I'm working on it. :)


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