Saturday, January 26, 2019


Blurry Peach Flower

This morning, I was woken up by a phone call.  The lady who conducts the monthly rosaries calling to say this month's rosary gathering, which was to be hosted by Aunt T, will, instead, be held at the home of the aunt who died on Wednesday and it will be a pot luck dinner.  I had already anticipated that and had asked the late aunt's daughter what she would like me to bring.  When she said, "Anything", I offered to bring a dessert.  That's why I bought the cake mix, yesterday.  I still have two cans of apple pie filling and I will make an apple dump cake.  They are expecting a crowd of 35-50 people on Saturday, but I won't be the only one bringing a dessert.  Practically every family attending the rosary on Saturday will bring something.

I also called my primary care physician's office to request a new prescription for lancets and test strips for my blood sugar monitoring.  And, I complained that the Physician Assistant had not returned my earlier phone calls.  The other doctor's office called to confirm Monday's appointment.  Aunt C called, too, in the morning.

I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat, today.  There were several people at the late aunt's house on Wednesday, who had colds and coughs, including one aunt and two of my cousins.  I am hoping that I didn't catch anything and am not coming down with something!  But, I picked one of the oranges from my tree and had it with lunch for the vitamin C!

Lunch was a salad with the orange for dessert.  For dinner, I made a beef and vegetable soup, using the broth from the pot roast I cooked, earlier.  I sliced the meat and froze most of it, put a few slices in the fridge for the weekend, and added some pieces to the soup:

Beef and Vegetable Soup

I had two bowls of the soup and the rest of the raspberries for dinner.   I figured that both the soup and the raspberries will be good for my cold/sore throat.

My friend M came to do the garden in the late afternoon.  I gave him two of the packets of seeds I bought (green beans and peas) for his garden.  He helped me plant the other two packets of beans and peas in starter pots.  We will transplant them in the garden, later.  He said it was too early to plant the tomato seeds.  He also thinned out some of the radish seedlings and now, I have a tiny amount of microgreens to add to my salad, tomorrow!

Today, I finished sewing up my sweater, but the photo I took of it under artificial light didn't show up the true colors.  I will try to take another photo, tomorrow, in daylight.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Another warm, sunny day
- Oranges from the garden
- A quiet restful day
- Flowers on the peach tree
- Chatting with my daughter

Plans for tomorrow include baking the apple dump cake and attending the rosary in the evening (if I feel well enough).

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for the weekend?


  1. Here's hoping that you're not getting a cold. Sometimes when I think I'm getting one, it's just allergies and clears up in a couple of days. How wonderful that you have fresh vitamin C growing in your yard.:)

    1. Thanks, Live and Learn. The cold part seems better, but I still have the sore throat. I gargled with warm salt water and will continue to do so. I think another orange will be a good thing.

  2. I appreciate the warm pictures you have shown in today's post. That is a great shot of the beef vegetable soup and looks like it would stick to the ribs on a cold winter's day that I am having today. That photo of your garden and the flowering peach tree are absolutely lovely. That photo, and the longer hours of daylight, remind me that Spring weather will arrive here someday.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I wish I could send you some of our warm weather. It is going to be 80F, today!

  3. That's wonderful that you already have a flower on your newly planted peach tree. It must be happy in its new home.
    I hope you are feeling better.


    1. Yes, there are several flowers on the peach tree and even the beginnings of leaves! I watered it, on Thursday and will keep up a good watering schedule to make sure it doesn't dry out.

      Thank you, Debra, I am feeling a little better, today. I gargled with warm salt water, this morning, had hot soup for lunch, and am sipping at lemon water. :)

  4. I do hope you can throw off the cold with the help of fresh vitamin C and those nourishing soups you make.
    The peach tree flower is really pretty. My parents grew a peach tree from a pit in the front yard at their first home in England and it produced well after a few years.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I fortified myself with another couple of bowls of soup and another fresh orange, today, before I went to the rosary in the evening. I'm hoping it won't develop into a full-blown cold!

      What fun to be able to grow a peach tree from a pit, and one that produced, too! I was told that I held the camera too close to the flower and that's why it was so blurry. I shall try to take a better photo, tomorrow.

  5. I hope our temps stay cool a little longer. I need a couple of weeks before it is time to prune the apple and pear trees here and I don't want them to bud prior to pruning.
    Hope you do not get sick form being around sneezy people.

  6. I hope you have plenty of time in which to prune your fruit trees, Anne.
    Thanks, I, too, hope I am not getting sick! But, if it is a cold, then, there's nothing much to do other than letting it run its course, is there?


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