Friday, February 28, 2020

Friday's Plans

Synchronized Diving - Mallard Ducks at the Japanese Garden (center of the photo)
I am posting random photos I took at the Japanese garden because my phone is not uploading newer photos!  There were a pair of Mallard ducks swimming on one of the streams, but, the moment I tried to take a photo of them, they both dove under!

A moment later, the male duck popped up:

"Oh, no, she's still there taking pictures!"

And dove right under again!

Bottoms up!

Yesterday, I accomplished all the tasks on my to do list.  Not including cleaning the microwave (which I did before brunch) and remaking my daughter's bed (which I did in the evening, after a certain cat finished taking his nap on the stripped bed!), doing the laundry, cleaning the cobwebs (I used a broom with an old kitchen towel wrapped around it), and cleaning the kitchen (including washing the dishes by hand) took me 45 minutes.  I work at a fairly leisurely pace; someone else might have been able to accomplish it in 30 minutes.  But, 45 minutes is my goal for the amount of time I want to spend on housework, daily.  So, I was happy.  I spent the rest of the evening watching news and crocheting.  My rag rug is coming along nicely. 

Friend R called in the evening and Aunt C called, too.  Cousin V sent a text that the March prayer gathering will be held at her mother's (Aunt T) house.  I asked her if she'd like me to bring something and, as I anticipated, she suggested a dessert.  I am the designated dessert maker in our family!  LOL.  Later in the evening, I video chatted with my daughter.  She is flying home, tonight.  I am excited but, also, a bit nervous because the airport she will be flying out of (and later, flying into) is an international airport and with the recent corona virus concerns, I worry about exposure risks.  As usual, she is more anxious about flying than catching the virus!  LOL.   Earlier, I was urging her to wear a face mask during her time at the airport and in the plane and she told me that wearing a regular face mask wouldn't help to prevent catching this particular illness.  She co-majored in epidemiology  (MPH in epidemiology and bio-statistics) and understands how these diseases spread.  So, I'll just pray that she has a safe flight.

Thursday's To Do List:
- Clean the kitchen - DONE (cleaned the microwave, sink, counters, mopped the floor)
- Load of laundry - DONE
- Remake daughter's bed with fresh sheets - DONE
- Remove cobwebs in living room (noticed one, last night!) and dining area - DONE

Friday's To Do List:
- Clean the bathrooms - STARTED
- Do one deep cleaning task (to be decided)
- Errands, if any (grocery shopping - need half and half for daughter's coffee)
- Tend to the garden with M
- Pick up daughter from airport

Today, I am grateful for:
- Kitty wake up calls - "Meow, you up?  Meow, breakfast? Meow!"
- The morning escort from the bedroom to the kitchen, accompanied by loud purring and a raised tail, followed by sitting at attention by the food dish!
- The garden cats lined up by the sliding glass door, waiting for their breakfast
- A sunny and warm day
- Knowing my daughter will be home, later, tonight. 

My joyful activity today will be hugging my daughter when she comes home!

How is your Friday coming along?  What are your plans for the weekend?


  1. I hope your daughter had a good flight.
    I think I might be able to guess what dessert you will take to the prayer gathering in March. I suspect that the others will be hoping for it!

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. She's still in the air, mid-flight, as I type this. I hope she has a good flight.

      Which dessert do you think it might be? :)

    2. The dump cake, of course! Each time you make it, everyone seems to love it.

    3. Ha, ha, I was considering making the dump cake! In fact, I was telling my daughter (who arrived safely, by the way), that I might make a dump cake as I have the ingredients on hand. Except, I've a feeling we'll be celebrating a cousin's birthday at the same time and there might be a birthday cake, as well. I also considered making a cheese cake, except, I gave away my spring form pan. Maybe I'll make a cream cheese pie, instead! Or, my apple dump cake! :D

  2. Hope by now your daughter has made it in safely! And yes, waking up to a kitty and their little needs is the best thing ever!

    1. Yes, she made it in safely, Mandy, thank you. :)

  3. I can see by the comments that your daughter has arrived safe and sound. How long is she home for this time? And I hope you made the most of that hug for your joyful activity x

    1. Yes, she arrived safely. :) She will be home for four days and five nights; she flies back on Wednesday.

  4. I wonder why it is that cats like to sleep on freshly stripped/made beds?
    I wish your daughter a safe journey and hope you both enjoy her visit. X

    1. I don't know. Maybe they feel the need to imprint their scent on freshly revealed surfaces? I remember you saying Mog, too, liked to get on the beds when you are changing the sheets.

  5. Because your cell phone is chock full of photos, we get the benefit of seeing more lovely photos from last week's tour of the Japanese garden. I love watching ducks. They can be so comical.

    Dancer must know when your daughter is expected to visit.

    1. Thank you, Susan. You are being very kind. :) Yes, I think Dancer knows when my daughter is coming home. After she leaves, he mopes around a day or two, sleeping on her bed, waiting for her to come back.


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