Sunday, October 20, 2019

After the Prayer Gathering

Temporary Rosary Altar
Friend R and I spent a relaxed morning, talking about yesterday's prayer gathering, our lives, our children, plans for the future, and various other things.  Then, in the early afternoon, I drove her home.

After I came home, I did a load of laundry - the sofa dust sheets, tables cloths, and kitchen towels, etc., and put away the washed dishes and extra paper goods, from yesterday.  "Erasing the Evidence" we used to call it on the organizing forum I used to be on - put away all the items and restore the place back to how it was, without leaving any evidence of the activity that took place, recently.

I took down the temporary rosary altar I had set up on the living room mantel, too.  The statue of Our Lady is usually kept on the shelf in the closet in my daughter's room, where a more permanent altar was set up by my mother (it used to be her bedroom when she was alive).  That altar is a very multi-religious altar, with Buddhist, Christian, and Hindu religious statues and pictures. 

The other permanent altar in the house is a Buddhist altar in the living room:

The Living Room Permanent Altar

The darker Buddha statue on the shelf was a gift from a family friend; the white Buddha statue on top of the bookcase was a gift from the monks at the Temple. 

After a late lunch of leftovers, I took a piece of the cake over to neighbor T.  I froze the rest of it, to share with my daughter when she visits, next. 

I still have the bottles of drinks to be put away in one of the upper kitchen cabinets and the table cloths.  I will probably do that, tomorrow. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Friend R's company and help with the prayer gathering
- A relaxed morning after yesterday's activities
- Getting practically everything put away
- Being able to renew some library material online (one items could not be renewed as it had a hold on it)
- My cell phone didn't break when Dancer pushed it off the table and it fell! 

Sunday's To Do List:
- Take friend R home - DONE
- Do laundry - DONE
- Put away the washed dishes - DONE

Monday's To Do List:
- Lint roller (to remove cat fur) and recover the sofas with dust sheets
- Put away the bottles of drinks
- Put away the laundry
- Do another load of laundry
- Return the library book that couldn't be renewed
- Water the garden
- Take the trash cans and recycling bins out to the curb for pick up on Tuesday

How was your Sunday?  What are your plans for Monday?


  1. I like the term erasing the evidence. I should have erased the evidence of our very lazy day Sunday but I didn't. Guess what I will be doing after I get home from Mom's house Monday?

    1. Erasing the evidence (or ETE), JDI (Just Do It), and PUPA (Pick Up/Put Away) were the phrases we used to encourage each other. Hm, let me guess...some ETEing, perhaps?

  2. My Sunday was great. In the evening we had a visit from a choir of Ukrainian schoolgirls who came to sing and dance at our church. They were so bright and joyful. It was lovely

    1. That sounds like a lovely evening, Angela. We are hearing a lot about the Ukraine, over here, at the moment. :)

  3. Erasing the evidence ... that amused me! It was kind of R to help you and I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. Also, a sigh of relief that Dancer didn't break your phone.

    1. Yes, ideally, you tidy up after each activity and put stuff away immediately, leaving no evidence that you've been in the kitchen, cooking, or at the dining table, making a card! I don't always do that!

      R has been such a great help, over the years. I'm hoping she'll be able to come and help with the almsgiving in December, as well.

      Yes, this is the 2nd time my phone has been dropped and nothing has happened! It isn't an expensive phone, but, still, I need it to be able to text my daughter!

  4. You always sound so organized and efficient. I think it really brings peace of mind to keep things put away and in their place. I love all the space you have in your home.

    1. Oh, thank you, Stephenie! I try so hard to be organized and efficient, and, yet, at times, I feel I fail at it! But, I keep at it. :)

  5. The altars are beautiful. I need to set up one that can be changed with seasons.

    1. Thank you, Akasha. One that can be changed with the seasons sounds lovely! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  6. Thank you for that trip down memory lane with the cleaning/decluttering terms, Bless! Those days on the forum were so much fun.

    I seem to drop my phone occasionally and finally got a phone case that’s impact-proof to protect it. It really does help.

    So glad your event went well ... I knew it would. You’ve been doing them for many years and your preparations system works so well.

    Great idea to take time to rest after!

    1. You are welcome, Carolyn. :) They were fun days, weren't they?

      I might look for a phone case; I know my daughter got one for her phone, but hers is a more expensive phone.
      Thanks; it all went well and I am so glad. Even though I've been doing them for many years, I still stress over the house being ready and the food, etc. Now, I get to plan for the December almsgiving!


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