Friday, March 27, 2020

Sunny Thursday

Thank you, everyone, for responding to the request for prayers for Whitney with your thoughts and prayers for her and her family.  May they provide a measure of comfort to Whitney and her family.


Thursday was mostly sunny.  I spent a relaxed morning, reading blog comments, reading other blogs, etc.  I had leftover waffles for brunch, along with an orange.  

In the afternoon, I did a load of laundry, washed the brunch dishes, went for a walk (just in the drive way and in front of my house and my neighbor's house), practiced the piano, and watched the news (and knitted while I watched news).  Neighbor T called to check on me and aunt T did, too.  Later, I called friend R and I called my half-sister to wish her for her birthday.

I also finally cut up and froze the broccoli I had bought last week.  I had planned to do it, earlier in the week, but, had procrastinated doing it for one reason on another!  

For dinner, I added carrots and green beans to the roast beef and potatoes I had cooked earlier and made it over: 

Made Over Roast Beef

Snacks included a slice of bread with cheese and grapes. 

Still later, I video chatted with my daughter. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- A mostly sunny day
- Hot water on tap
- Being able to video chat with my daughter
- Phone calls with family and friends
- Working appliances

Today's joyful activity was video chatting with my daughter.

Plans for tomorrow include taking the car out for a drive, taking a few things to friend R (we'll maintain our social distance and she'll take the items from the trunk of the car), and having M tend to the garden.

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


  1. I'm glad you are at least able to get out in your garden. It always looks so beautiful that I'm sure it will bring you some joy. I think we might go for a little drive tomorrow but it looks like rain! I am up early - woke up, got thinking about things and then couldn't sleep. Sigh. I seem to be doing that a lot lately. I shall go for a walk when it gets light so I can avoid all the people. Enjoy your day!

    1. Thank you, Sharon. Now would be a good time for me to spend more time in the garden, weeding and planting, etc. I'm sorry you couldn't sleep because you had things on your mind. I think we all have those worrisome thoughts as we consider the "what ifs" and the consequences of this pandemic, not just the impact on our health, but, also, on our finances due to job losses and so forth. At times like these, the best thing to do is try to make some long range plans and then, take each day as it comes. I hope you were able to go for your walk and it helped. (((HUGS)))

  2. Our local Chief Police Officer posted a message on Facebook yesterday to remind people that it is now illegal to take cars out just for a ride, or to reach a place to exercise as that's not considered to be essential travel. This means my ideas for walking at the Country Park will have to be abandoned!

    Despite having no rain for over a week the soil is still waterlogged in places so I have given up on the weeding in the garden for now and will spend the day indoors just relaxing until it's time for the choir's quiz tonight.

    Your beef dinner looks very tasty (spoken by someone who is allergic to beef!). I've ordered a veggie box delivery for next week so will soon have fresh fruit and veg again.

    1. Oh, thank you for mentioning about the restrictions against taking cars out just for a ride. I didn't think about that - well, according to our city's stay at home order, we may still drive to take needed items to family, friends, elderly, etc. The items I will be taking to R includes TP and some fresh produce, so driving to her apartment and back will be allowed and will have to suffice for now. The intent of the order is social distancing and I will not be getting out of the car, so, it should be fine, I think.

      Sounds like you had quite a bit of rain when it did rain! Good idea to relax indoors until quiz time. :)

      Thank you; the beef dinner turned out well. I remember you saying you didn't eat beef, but, I didn't realize you were allergic to it. I'm glad you'll have a delivery of fresh veggies and fruit, next week. I still have enough fresh produce in the fridge for next week and after that, I'll use frozen or canned vegetables.

  3. This Covidian Wilderness is so crazy. On the one hand I am limited to my house and not contact with my community.
    On the other hand, the whole world has opened up - in the last 12 hours I've had prayer requests about someone sick in the US, and two people stranded in New Zealand and Zaire, unable to get home.
    Today I am sewing up the baby cardi I've knitted for my grandson. Please pray for my daughter Steph- some maternity units are now saying that birth partners will NOT be allowed during labour. Gary , her husband, is wonderful - and she is desperately hoping he will be there to help her as their son is born. I've resigned myself to not seeing the baby for a long tume [due 25th april]

    1. It is a bit crazy, isn't it? I read about some hospitals not allowing partners to accompany patients; an online friend of mine had surgery for cancer and her partner was unable to accompany her into the hospital. I will certainly keep Steph in my prayers. May she have a safe and easy delivery and may Gary be able to be there for her. Hopefully, you'll be able to see your baby grandson sooner than later - perhaps you'll see him online before you get to actually hold him.

      Hope you are feeling better, Angela, as you recover from your bout with the flu. Take care of yourself.

  4. Once again, my thanks to you and your kind readers for the thoughts and prayers for Whitney- we will continue to muddle through these sad days and know we are comforted by 'faceless friends' who think about all of us and support us-
    What I SHOULD be doing is taking advantage of some sunny and dry days to tackle this growth in Paige's yard (note i said 'should')- such a great jungle we are producing! I may soon need a machete to blaze trails to get out to feed the pets- instead, I have good intentions and no follow through- soon there will be more rain, and I will whine- procrastination is not a good thing-
    It sounds like you are continuing to be able to keep up with your family and friends-this new situation of 'distancing' is definitely a challenge-knowing everyone is (or should be) facing the same issues helps some though-
    Do take care always, fondest thoughts your way-

    1. Barb, it is a blessing to be able to offer comfort through our thoughts and prayers.

      Ah, those "should"s! I, too, am looking at what is a lovely, sunny day, and thinking "I should weed, I should walk, I should...", and, instead, here I am, sitting indoors and being on the computer! What kind of pets do you and Paige have? I seem to recall a mention of a horse? Maybe, what you should do is get a pet goat to mow down that yard for you! :D

      Hope you are continuing to do well during these hard times, Barb. You and yours are in my prayers.

  5. You had a pleasant, not too busy day yesterday by the sound of it. We had rain but it stopped eventually and I did get out up the road to the mailbox. There are usually rarely any people on the road but I saw two approaching in the distance and then two cars came and stopped and someone got out! I suddenly realized how our son and family feel when they walk in the city. One person ahead is okay, two or more feel threatening! But I knew them and after they had finished getting their mail and left, I went to our box and then we had a chat at a safe distance! It's sunny today and I am going to head out again, but I have been starting to make a casserole loaf and I'm just hoping that second sachet of yeast is as good as the first one!

    1. Yes, it was a rather relaxed day. I am really finding it hard to get any work done, these days. I should be cleaning, decluttering, organizing; I could be sewing, gardening, or filing. Instead, I am posting online, walking around the house, watching news, etc. I can't seem to settle down to doing anything productive. I'm getting a bit annoyed with myself!

      It's a good thing you knew those people and they were there just to get their mail. One never knows, these days.

      May I ask what a casserole loaf is? I am imagining a loaf of bread baked in a casserole dish, but, maybe it's something else? I hope the second packet of yeast is good, too, and will activate just fine. :)

  6. We had some sun today after an overcast and rainy week so I worked in the yard for a little while.

    Your makeover with your left over roast beef looks good.
    I've got some pizza dough rising - looking forward to that tonight.

    That's really interesting what Eileen said in her comment. How it was illegal in her area to take the car out for a ride.
    I haven't heard of that around here.

    1. Yay for some sunshine! You did well, too, getting some yard work done! It's sunny, here, too, and I am being lazy!

      Thank you, I am trying to be creative in the kitchen! LOL. I sliced and froze the rest of the roast beef - I think I might make some beef and broccoli with some of it, next week. Pizza sounds wonderful.

      Yes, it's interesting about not taking the car out for a ride. I re-read my city's order to stay at home and the original order allowed driving to a recreational area for a hike, etc., as long as social distancing was followed, except then, too many people crowded the trails and the beaches, and they closed them down! But, the order does state to limit driving to essential trips, only, so, I guess it does imply no driving around just for the sole purpose of keeping the car battery charged! I guess I could take a longer route to go to my friend's place to drop off the items and give the car a bit of a run. ;)

  7. Sending hugs and good vibes. Please take care of yourself as you are awesome. x

    1. Thank you, Lyssa. :) Hugs back at you! Hope you, your husband, and bear are all keeping well. Stay safe!

  8. Yes, your roast beef dinner certainly does look delicious. I put the last of my roast beef into a soup which I have been enjoying the last couple of days.

    I also get upset with myself when I am not being "productive". This generalised anxiety keeps bringing me back to the news on my computer, or the television. Maybe I will just give up tomorrow and go back to crafting. That seems to calm me a lot, and at the end of the day I will have something to show for it.

    1. Thank you, Susan. Beef soup is good, too.

      I am getting better at watching only the evening news and today, I didn't watch that much of evening news, either. It helps to keep busy doing other things, especially crafts that we enjoy doing. I hope you have a good day, tomorrow, and have fun crafting. Take care.

  9. I am saying prayers for Whitney. It's good that you are sticking to your routine. Today I did some grocery shopping, put gas in the car, and worked on my second sock. It was nice and sunny outside on the porch. I chatted for a while with my neighbor.

    1. Thank you for praying for Whitney; sometimes, it is all we can do, isn't it?

      I am trying to keep to my routines, not that I was very good with keeping to routines in the first place! Sounds like you had a very pleasant day. It was nice and sunny, here, too. :)


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