Saturday, October 19, 2019

Getting Things Done on Friday

Dancer Likes the New Rug

I spent a quiet morning, today.  I slept in, then, had a cup of tea, replied to blog comments, read a few other blogs, etc.

Then, I cleaned the fridge.  I washed all the shelves, including those on the door and went through stuff and threw out several items that I had been keeping, like old packets of condiments you get with fast food (kept the soy sauce packets, though!), the opened bottles of wine leftover from last year's rosary prayer gathering (I don't drink wine and, generally, don't cook with it, either; I figured it had probably turned to vinegar by now!), and a couple of bottles of really old salad dressings.  I was going to clean the freezer section, as well, or, at least, organize it, but, it was 2:30 p.m., already, and I needed to go grocery shopping!

I went to the pharmacy, first, as my inhaler refill was ready to be picked up and I bought another bottle of calcium pills, as well, as I was running out of my calcium supplements.

Then, I went to the dollar store, next door, to buy a few of the groceries on my list:  bananas ($.49/lb), 2 containers strawberries (@$1.49/lb),  2 containers of raspberries (@$.99/6 oz), onions ($.99/2 lbs), asparagus ($.99/lb; decided to have asparagus instead of green beans), bell peppers (4/$1.00), frozen hot wings ($3.99), 2 bags of potato chips ($2.49/7 oz bag), a can of coconut milk, 2 bottles of soda, etc.  I spent $22 and some change at the dollar store.

After that, I went to the regular supermarket and bought 2 whole chickens ($1.79/lb),  6 lbs. beef ($3.99/lb), 3 smoked sausages ($2.49@), a bottle of sparkling apple cider ($3.49), 2 bottles of orange juice ($2.99@), milk ($1.99), half and half ($1.79), and two candy bars $.50@); I spent $65 and some change at the grocery store. 

By then, it was 5:30 p.m. and I was getting tired.  I came home and was putting away the groceries when M arrived to tend to the garden.   I had him clear the walkway to the front door (he moved some planters, tidied up, and swept the area). 

Then, we had some tea and he helped me with the house cleaning!  He dusted the ceiling fan and light fixtures, vacuumed, put a new battery in the wall clock, and taped down the new kitchen rugs I bought to cover the vinyl tiles that have started to peel off.  While he did that, I tidied the family room and dusted.

I took a short break after he left, a little after 7:00 p.m.  Spoke on the phone with my daughter and had something to eat.

Cousin P called and I chatted with her for a bit and then, I called cousin V and one other person to find out if they were coming to the prayer gathering, tomorrow, since I hadn't heard if they were coming or not.  I wanted to find out before I started cooking!  Well, cousin V and family are not coming and neither is the other person, her husband, and aunt.  So, instead of 15 people, there will be only 6 people to dinner, including myself!  Good to know!  I'll still go ahead and roast both chickens as that's easy, but, I won't cook all the beef and all the smoked sausage.

Then, I sauteed the garbanzo beans I had boiled, yesterday, with onions, mustard seeds, curry leaves, dried chilies, etc.  That dish is done and only needs to be warmed up, tomorrow.

After that, I cut up 4 lbs. of the beef, added the curry powder and other spices, and kept to marinate.  I was feeling tired by then, so decided to cook the beef curry, tomorrow.  I will freeze the rest of the beef to cook another day.

I also left cleaning my bathroom to do tomorrow. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Problem free medication refills at the pharmacy
- M helping me with the housework
- Finally knowing how many people to expect (and cook for!)
- A clean house
- Chatting with my daughter

Friday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop - DONE
- Cook the beef curry - Kept to marinate, overnight
- Saute the garbanzo beans - DONE
- Tidy the family room - DONE
- Clean my bathroom
- Vacuum (or ask M to vacuum for me!) - DONE
- Clean/organize fridge/freezer - DID the fridge

Saturday's To Do List:
- Clean my bathroom
- Organize the freezer (mostly so that the bag of ice will be easily accessed!)
- Pick up friend R
- Do the rest of the cooking
- Set up the altar

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for Saturday?


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I was woken up by a phone call from the lady who usually leads the rosary and, for a minute, I thought she was calling to say she was unable to come! But, she was only calling to find out what time I wanted her to be here and if I wanted her to bring anything! After that, I couldn't fall back asleep, so, I got up. I might be ready for a nap by afternoon! :D

  2. I love how you diary your day(s) for us to read. I love following along the path of your day and knowing what you did. You are a GOOD shopper! I need to get better at it...right now I am a run and grab. Working full time it seems I don't have the time to do things as I should.
    Have a wonderful day. xo Diana

    1. Thank you, Diana. My blog has replaced the diary I used to keep! I try to be a good shopper. My grocery budget (for food, only) is $75/month. But, I budget separately for this prayer gathering and another one that I will be having, later in the year. :)

  3. Hope all goes well with your group meeting. I know it will and your food sounds delicious. Sending thoughts your way.

    1. Thank you, Anne. It went well and everyone enjoyed the meal. :)

  4. You always sound so grounded. I love reading about your cooking and cleaning. It inspires me.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. :) All this cleaning and cooking is fine, but, I am exhausted now! :D

  5. You did well to get your fridge cleaned out before you went grocery shopping. I don't always manage to do that and then it just gets "a lick and a promise".
    Dancer is keeping up with his role as chief tester of everything that might be sat on!
    Our neighbours' dog came over today and enjoyed barking at me. Barking dramatically is his speciality. I could tell he wanted to be friends but was rather nervous. So I went and fetched a wee gingerbread cookie and sat on the step at his level and offered it. A few nervous barks and dashes away and then he decided to live dangerously. He took it gently, enjoyed it and then let me stroke him. By then the little girl next door and her grandfather had arrived and we had a chat. I now have a new doggie friend!

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I try to clean out the fridge of old food, etc., on Mondays, before I take the trash out, but, I hadn't gone through some of the old bottles of sauces, etc., that I store on the door shelves, in a long time. I hate to throw out half finished bottles of things, but, some stuff had been sitting there for too long!

      How kind of you to make friends with that little dog! Now he's going to come over and bark for gingerbread cookies! :D

  6. I just googled Sinhala, and found a video with basic phrases being taught by a good looking guy.

    1. That's good to know! I need to check it out! ;)

  7. You are always so well organised, Bless. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. I try! But, I always feel I should have started the final preparations a little bit earlier!


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