I took it easy on Thursday evening, partly because my daughter called me when she got back from work, as she usually does, and we proceeded to talk for three hours straight! She usually tells me all about her day, when she calls (even when she was going to school, she'd tell me about her day in great detail, something I really appreciated). On Thursday, she had a lot to say and we had a lot to discuss! Almost all of it was good stuff (she received a merit raise!), but, by the time we got off the phone, it was past 9:00 p.m.! It was too late to water the garden and I decided that the housework can wait!
On Friday, I did two loads of laundry and I cleaned the kitchen. Kitchen cleaning included washing the stove vent hood and some of the kitchen cabinet fronts. I have white kitchen cabinets which I love, but, they show every splash and drip and I tend to be a very messy cook!
|Clean Kitchen Cabinets|
I washed most of the upper cabinet doors and some of the lower cabinets. The rest will be done another day. The walls need to be washed, too (especially the area behind the stove!), and the ceiling and, well, there's no end once you start, is there?
When M came to do the garden, in the evening, I spent a good half an hour or so chatting with him about various things before he cut the grass and watered the garden for me.
Later in the evening, my daughter and I had another three-hour long conversation, but we video chatted, this time! It was past 1:00 a.m. when we said goodnight! And then, I called her! LOL.
I had been waiting all day long to see if either of my doctors would call or send me a message about my test results, but, neither did. Then, later in the evening, I remembered that my new primary care physician has an online patient portal where I can access my records. I checked and sure enough, my recent lab test results were posted there! I was happy to note that one reading had gone back down to even below the June lab test results, indicating that I am no longer dehydrated! A second number, indicating kidney function, had gone down a bit from the July lab results, but, wasn't quite as low as the June reading. Maybe that takes a bit longer than a few days of being hydrated to show results. But, I am not too concerned. I will have another blood test done in mid-September, before I go for my oncologist appointment and if the numbers are still elevated, then, we'll worry about it. In the meantime, I will continue to drink my water! I found an easy way to keep track of my water intake - every morning, I write the numbers from 1 to 10 on a piece of masking tape and put on the outside of my glass, then, as I drink, I cross the numbers off! The glass holds 16 oz. or two cups, or one American pint:
|Keeping Track of Water Intake!|
Today, I did some paperwork in the morning and had a shorter conversation with my daughter. Aunt C called and we chatted for a bit, too.
Then, I cleaned the cabinet under the sink in my bathroom:
|Bathroom Under Sink Cabinet|
I emptied the drawers, wiped them, and returned things to them. The lower drawer contains some personal care items, the upper one has hair care appliances - hair dryer, curling iron, and a straightener (from when my daughter wanted her wavy hair straightened - it didn't work too well on her very thick hair, though!)
|Cabinet - Before|
The cabinet under the sink wasn't too bad. Cleaning products in the blue plastic basket, spare light bulbs and other items (new toilet valve, tube of tub caulking, etc.) in the plastic shoe box, an unopened box of wet wipes behind it (part of my emergency/earthquake supplies, for when access to clean water might be limited).
Again, I pulled everything out, wiped down the bottom of the cabinet with a damp microfiber cleaning cloth, and sprayed it with flea spray as a precaution. Then, I took everything out of the two containers, washed the containers, wiped down the items, consolidated what I could (poured what I had left in the bigger bottle of floor cleaner into the bottle I keep under the kitchen sink), tossed a broken nightlight bulb, and put everything back:
|Cabinet - After|
The box of wet wipes fitted inside the blue basket. I might look for a two tier drawer unit, or something like that, to make more efficient use of the space to the left, where the blue basket is, but, for right now, this arrangement works out well, enough.
Today, I decluttered 6 small unused combs.
The Temple is having another Bodhi Puja/blessing ceremony, this evening, and I am planning to attend it.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The blood test results seem to be headed in the right direction
- Daughter received a raise
- Getting some deep cleaning done
- Long conversations with daughter, family, and friends
- The opportunity to go to Temple
How is your weekend coming along?