Today, my daughter and I took friend R out for her birthday.
First, we went to the Japanese Garden, where they were having a bonsai exhibition and activities relating to the celebration of Tanabata or Star Festival. The Tanabata activities included writing wishes on strips of paper, decorating them, and hanging them on bamboo plants.
|View of the Garden from the Viewing Pavilion|
We tried to get there early to avoid the heat. It was a very comfortable 81F when we left the house a little after 10:00 a.m., but, by the time we stopped to get daughter some coffee from her favorite coffee shop, picked up friend R, and drove to the Japanese Garden, it was 11:00 a.m. and the temperature was 89F!
It was the first time my daughter and my friend had been there and they both enjoyed the visit. We walked around the garden for awhile and enjoyed the sights and sounds. The lotuses and water lilies were blooming in the water garden:
|Pomegranate Tree Bonsai|
|SPSH: "A Curved Path"|
|SPSH: "A Curved Path"|
After that, we went out to lunch. Daughter and I had driven past a Cajun food restaurant, yesterday, and we thought we'd try it. We read up about it, online, and it was a vegan restaurant, with lots of good reviews. It was owned and operated by a woman who was originally from Louisiana. Friend R was willing to try it out and so, we went there for lunch!
Daughter and I had their Jambalaya - rice, beans, blackeyed peas, bell pepper, green onions, red cabbage and vegetarian sausage!
Friend R had their "Gumbalaya Bowl" - a combination of jambalaya and gumbo (didn't take a photo of that!). She said it was good. We couldn't finish our lunches and asked for containers to take the leftovers home!
For dessert, we each chose something called "Voodoo Brownie Beignet" - a beignet with a brownie inside it! We asked for it to go, as we knew we couldn't finish it, then and there!
|Voodoo Brownie Beignet|
|I like this sentiment|
Daughter took a nap while I did two loads of laundry. Later, I watered the front garden and prepared the rest of the package of frozen chicken pot stickers for our dinner.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to celebrate friend R's birthday with her
- Both she and daughter enjoyed their first visit to the Japanese Garden
- The shady sun hat I wore at the garden
- Tanabata wishes
- An enjoyable day
My joyful activities for the day included spending time with my daughter and my friend, visiting the Japanese Garden again, and going out to lunch.
Tomorrow, daughter will leave to go to the conference.
Monday's To Do List:
- Drive daughter to the hotel where she will stay during the conference
- Change my bed sheets and do a load of laundry
- Take the trash cans to the curb for pick up
- Dust the living room and dining area
- Clean the fridge
- Water the back garden
How was your Sunday? What have you planned for Monday? Have you eaten vegan Cajun food?