Sunday, October 20, 2019

Rosary Prayer Gathering on Saturday


It's been a very busy day!  I couldn't fall asleep until after 4:00 a.m. and then, my friend who leads the rosary called at 9:00 a.m. to find out what time I wanted her to come and if I wanted her to bring anything.  I said to come around 7:30 p.m. and no, I didn't need anything.   After that, I couldn't fall back asleep, so, I got up and got started on the cooking and the rest of the cleaning. 

I cooked the beef curry and the smoked sausage dish in the morning and organized the freezer.  Then, I took a break and made a card to go with the baby gift (by the way, my friend loved the quilt I made for her granddaughter).
At 3:00 p.m., I picked up friend R and we stopped by a grocery store to pick up a cake and some flowers (R's contribution to the prayer gathering).  She brought some apricot filled pastries, as well.

After we came home, I ate a slice of bread with some of the beef curry, as all I had eaten in the morning was a banana.  Then, I prepared the chickens to be roasted, and, once they were in the oven, I had a cup of tea.  A bit later, I cleaned my bathroom and cooked the asparagus I had bought instead of green beans and the rice.  I decided I would not cook dhal (lentils) after all or make a salad, as I was too tired by then.

People arrived a little after 7:00 p.m.  There were only 6 of us, but, it was a nice little gathering.  We had some interesting discussions before the rosary was said.  As usual, I just sat and listened while the others recited the prayers. 

Dinner was served after that and everyone enjoyed the meal.  I encouraged people to take some food home and had the containers all ready for them to do so.  Even so, I had a lot of leftovers to freeze.

Friend R is staying the night, but everyone else left around 11:00 p.m.  Friend R put away all the food for me (the part I hate doing) and I washed all the dishes, pots, and pans, etc.  Tomorrow, I will put the washed dishes away and do the laundry (table cloths, etc.)

Today, I am grateful for:
- I was able to host this month's rosary prayer gathering
- R's help, both before and after the gathering
- Being with family and friends
- Good food and conversation
- What I was able to accomplish

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

Revised Menu:

Garbanzo beans

Beef curry
Roast chicken
Smoked sausage with bell peppers

Fruit platter (grapes, strawberries, raspberries)
Apricot filled pastries
Milk toffee

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

How was your Saturday?  Do you host prayer gatherings at home?  What are your plans for Sunday?


  1. I am so glad the gathering went without a hitch. Frozen leftovers are a good thing and how lucky to have a friend stay and help with the clean up!

    1. Thank you, Anne. It went off very well and I am happy to have the frozen leftovers. I might freeze a few more things that are in the fridge, for soup-making, later in the year. I am very lucky to have a friend helping with the clean up, afterwards; a blessing, actually.

  2. I'm glad the prayer gathering went well. Do you find it stressful to be hosting it? It's difficult catering for an unknown number of visitors but at least you have plenty of leftovers which will help out on days when you are tired and don't feel like cooking.

    I'm just having a quiet day today (Sunday). I may go out for a walk if I can summon up the energy but if not, will settle down to watch whatever film is on TV this afternoon.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I look forward to hosting it, but, try to do too much, in terms of deep cleaning, etc., just before the event and that wears me out! It is not supposed to be a formal event, just family and friends getting together to pray and enjoy a meal, afterwards, but, I want everything to be just right! I had planned to start on the cleaning, earlier, but, I fell ill and didn't have a lot of energy to clean. I do wish people would have been considerate enough to let me know if they were able to make it or not. But, it worked out well.

      Sounds like you are having a nice, restful Sunday. Lovely to have you blogging and commenting, again. :)

  3. Another successful prayer gathering. Congrats!

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. It went off very well. :)

  4. A lovely card. The menu looks delicious

    1. Thank you, Angela. Everyone enjoyed the meal. The dish that everyone seemed to like the best was the smoked sausage, which I sliced and sauteed with some spices. It was the 2nd easiest dish to make (the roast chicken was the easiest!)

  5. You are a busy lady. That is wise to make time to rest. I'm glad you had help.

    1. A bit too busy, at times, but, it's for a good cause. :) I'm very grateful my friend was able to help me.

  6. I'm glad the prayer gathering went well. Your friend R sounds like a very nice person. The menu sounds delicious, while reading about your leftovers I wished again that I had lived closer! LOL

    Can I have your asparagus recipe, please?

    1. Thank you, Nil. R has been a very good friend over the years. She was my daughter's Montessori teacher and we became good friends.

      If I could make a parcel of food and send to you, I would! A bath packet! :D

      For the prayer gathering, I just boiled the asparagus in salted water and arranged them on the platter, around the roast chicken. Other times, I cut them in 1 inch pieces and saute them, with curry powder, etc., like bonchi thel dala. Once or twice, I've cooked them in a white curry, like murunga. To me, it tastes a little bit like how I remember murunga to taste (haven't had fresh murunga in almost 30 years! The frozen stuff doesn't taste that good.)

    2. Thank you Bless. That’s how I also make asparagus. I sauté them with a bit of curry powder. To me, asparagus tastes like kohila. 😊

      I have two moringa trees, and if they ever produce pods, I will send some to you. 😊Very rarely I find them at a Vietnamese flea market, but I rarely go there.

    3. You are quite welcome, Nil. I can't remember the taste of kohila! But, murunga was one of my favorite vegetables when I was little (it was one of the few vegetables I would eat!)

  7. I'm so glad everything went well. The menu sounds delicious. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. No one went hungry, that's for sure! :D


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