Friday, December 21, 2018

Thursday's Accomplishments

On Thursday, I went to another store near my house and bought another space heater - a tower type, that is a little bigger than the one I bought on Wednesday.  Daughter is trying out the small one that I bought on Wednesday, in her room, tonight.  She'll try out the other one, tomorrow.  The tower heater might be good for the family room, as well.
Later in the afternoon, I went to the podiatrist appointment.  My appointment was at 3:15 p.m., but, there was a 30 minute wait and by the time I left the clinic, it was past 4:00 p.m.  On the way out, I stopped at the oncology clinic to pick up a copy of my lab report, as I had forgotten to do that on Monday.   There was already lots of traffic on the freeway and the drive home took almost one hour.  I decided to go to the grocery store, directly, before I went home, to buy a couple of items for the almsgiving (a dozen eggs for $1.49, two bags of frozen French style green beans for $1.00 each, another container of orange juice for $3.00), a can of roasted peanuts ($1.99) for myself, and a box of saltine crackers ($3.49) for  my daughter, just in case she needed it.  

After I came home, I ate a sandwich and had a cup of tea.  Then, I boiled the garbanzo beans I had put to soak, cooked some rice for dinner, and tidied the dining table, side table, and coffee table.  The side table was moved to the living room - it will be topped with the glass top from an old coffee table to make a second table for the monks.  I will take photos, tomorrow, once it is all set up.

Then, I picked up my daughter from the airport and we had dinner after we came home.  Daughter was happy to see that I had put out the Christmas table cloth and placemats on the family room table and a coordinating red/green plaid table runner on the coffee table, with the crocheted candle my mother had made.   

Today, I am grateful for:
- My daughter is home for the holidays!
- She had a good flight
- A good visit at the podiatrist's
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- All what I was able to accomplish today

Thursday's To Do List:
- Clear the dining table - DONE
- Clear the family room coffee table and side table - DONE
- Remake daughter's bed with fresh sheets - DONE
- Boil the garbanzo beans - DONE
- Podiatrist's appointment - DONE
- Pick up daughter from the airport - DONE
- Clean out the fridge
- Clear the kitchen counters - DONE

I was too tired to clean out the fridge, today; will do that, tomorrow.

Friday's To Do List:

- Clean out the fridge
- Cook the green beans
- Saute the boiled garbanzo beans
- Put the cooked cashews and lentil curries to thaw
- Do the final grocery shopping
- Boil the eggs
- Fry the pappadum
- Set out the rest of the items needed for the almsgiving
- Rearrange the family room sofas to make room for the Christmas tree
- Have M set up the tree and bring in the boxes of decorations
- Decorate the tree
- Set up the winter village

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?  Do you do anything special to celebrate the first day of Winter?


  1. I am interested in how you prepare your garbanzo beans. We cooked some the other night and added sausage and rice. It was good, but would like to hear other ways to serve them.

    1. I saute them in a little oil with cut up onions, mustard seeds, some curry powder, either green or dried chilies, curry leaves (can use a bay leaf as a substitute), salt and lemon juice. I had written a post about it, a couple of years ago:

      You can adjust the seasonings to your liking. When it is prepared this way, it is a "dry" curry, without any gravy, and we eat it by itself as a breakfast dish or a snack, or with rice and other curries. If you want something with gravy, add some milk (either coconut milk or any other milk), after sauteing and cook it a bit longer (I'd add a little more curry powder if I was making a gravy).

    2. Thanks. I hadn't thought about making a "dry" curry. And I guess you could any combination of spices that you liked.

    3. Thanks, Bless. I hadn't thought about doing a dry curry that way. BTW, when I tried to use that link, it said that that page doesn't exist on the blog. I'm not sure what that meant.

    4. Hi, Live and Learn. Try copying and pasting the link without that period at the end (the one after html); it should work. I just tried it and, at first, the entire link, with the period, got copied and it said the page didn't exist. I deleted the period from the end of what I copied and tried it again, and it worked!

  2. Your Friday to-do list is very extensive. Having your daughter home will give you renewed energy, even if she is not up to helping out at first. Putting up the tree and decorating it will be a lovely activity for the two of you at the end of the day. I find it to be filled with reminisces as ornaments hold past memories of people and places.

    No, I don't do anything to celebrate the Winter Solstice, nor do I know anyone who does. It is looking like we may NOT have a White Christmas this year after all. I felt sure that we were going to have an early winter; but each snowfall (beginning in October)has melted. I have not yet shoveled my driveway, although now that I have said it, I may have jinxed myself. Ha,ha.

    1. Yes, it is a very ambitious list, isn't it? I might wait and do the winter village, later. We'll see.

      Well, a White Christmas would be nice, I'm sure, but you might enjoy not having to shovel! Hope your day is going well.

  3. You must be busy today, getting ready for the almsgiving.
    I hope everything will go smoothly. :)

    1. Thank you, Nil. I just got back from doing the rest of the grocery shopping and taking a break while the eggs boil! Still need to do the cooking!

  4. Oh, how wonderful to have your daughter home again for the holidays. I hope you enjoy decorating the house together. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. It's good to have her home. :)


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