Woke up when my alarm went off this morning and for a minute, I wondered why I set the alarm for 9:00 a.m. Then, I remembered - I wanted to call the doctor's office about my inhaler! So, I called while my tea was brewing and spoke with the receptionist, who said the doctor will be in later in the afternoon, today, and she will leave a message to the doctor to call me back. Which she did, later in the evening, and assured me that she called in the prescription to the pharmacy. Thank goodness!
I spent the rest of the morning responding to blog comments and writing the post about my mother. Thank you, so much, for your very kind comments in response to that post.
Then, I sent a group text to the prayer group to remind them about tomorrow's prayer gathering and the time. I asked them to arrive around 7:00 p.m. Several people confirmed that they are coming, so, I now have a sort of head count. I am expecting 12 people to attend, and there'll be 13 with myself to dinner! Lucky 13?! One of my cousins asked if I wanted her to bring anything. So, I called her and told her what I was planning to make. She said she will try to bring a coconut sambol, since I wasn't making one. I think that will go well with the menu I've chosen.
Then, I practiced the piano. I made some progress towards memorizing the first song. It is the one from last week, so, it's the one with which I am most familiar. Then, I played through the other new pieces a couple of times.
While I practiced the piano, I had the garbanzo beans boiling. Then, I sauteed onions, curry leaves, mustard seeds, and dried chilies, added the boiled garbanzo beans and finished cooking it. We call it "kadala" and it will be served as a snack, when people arrive, along with the tortilla chips.
After brunch (an egg salad sandwich and an orange), I cooked the lentils (dhal). Then, I sat down and cut the green beans, slicing them at an angle. I watched news while I cut them. I had been worried that my hands might cramp, but they didn't! I'm very grateful for that.
When friend M came to do the garden, I asked him if he could vacuum for me, instead, as I was already wheezing a little bit, by then. He was happy to oblige as he used to help my mother with the housework when she used to prepare for prayer gatherings. While he vacuumed I made us both a cup of tea and then, we sat and chatted a bit. I sent him home with a container of the dhal (lentils) I had cooked and several tea bags.
Then, I cooked the green beans and cleaned the rest of the kitchen, including the microwave oven. However, I was too tired to mop the kitchen floor, so that has been put off until tomorrow.
Dinner was another big salad with a piece of chicken breast and the other half of the baked potato from yesterday. A slice of papaya for dessert.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The doctor called me back saying she has called in the prescription for the inhaler
- Cousin's offer to bring a coconut sambol as her contribution to the dinner
- Friend M doing the vacuuming for me
- Friend R calling to confirm she can come and help me with the preparations, tomorrow
- Being able to do the cooking and dishes, etc., without having my hands cramping
Today's joyful activity was enjoying a cup of tea and some conversation with M.
Friday's To Do List:
- Call the doctor's office re. inhaler refill - DONE
- Text reminder to prayer group re. tomorrow's gathering, time, etc. - DONE
- Cook: garbanzo beans, dhal, green beans - DONE
- Clean the bathrooms
- Vacuum - DONE (by M)
- Clean the rest of the kitchen (after the cooking is done) - DONE (except mopping the floor)
- Practice the piano - DONE
Saturday's To Do List:
- Clean the bathrooms
- Mop the kitchen floor
- Tidy the spare bedroom (friend R might stay the night)
- Pick up friend R
- Stop at the grocery store
- Make the salad
- Set up the altar
- Cook the rice
- Warm up the curries
- Take out serving dishes, plates, etc.
- Set out the drinks
- Have everything done and ready by 6:30 p.m.
- Guests to arrive around 7:00 p.m.
Saturday will be a busy day, but, it will be a good kind of busy. The good thing about the Rosary prayer gatherings is, there is no strict time schedule, as such. Unlike the almsgivings!
How was your Friday? What are your plans for Saturday/the weekend?