Saturday, April 11, 2020


It was cloudy all day, today, too, but, it only drizzled a little in the afternoon.  Then, the clouds cleared and we had a little bit of sunshine in the early evening, before the sun set. 

I woke up feeling tired, in the morning, went back to sleep, and slept till noon!  Good thing I had cancelled the doctor's appointment that had been scheduled for today, otherwise, I would have slept right through it!  LOL.

Friend M came to tend to the garden in the afternoon, today, and he did some weeding and pruning.  He had a bandana with which to cover his face, but, I sewed him a face mask while he was here and he was happy to receive it.  One of his nephews is a paramedic and he had told M that the new protocol when they respond to an emergency call is, if the patient is ambulatory, they have the patient walk out to be treated outside; if the patient can't walk, then, the paramedics have to suit up in protective gear, completely, before they can go inside. 

During a break in the weather, in the afternoon, I walked up and down the driveway for about 15 minutes.  Neighbor S and one of her daughters were outside in their garden and I walked across the street to talk to them.  We kept our distance, but, it was nice to be able to chat with them for a bit.  I assured S that I was practicing the piano!

Also in the afternoon, I watched an online video of the chanting of Buddhist monks at the Temple of the Tooth, in Kandy, Sri Lanka.  They chanted a discourse known as Ratana Sutta (Pali) or Sutra (Sanskrit) or the Jewel Discourse in English.  According to Buddhist tradition, this discourse was originally chanted during a period of disease and famine in a city in India at the time of the Buddha.  It is recited as a special blessing for health and well being.  I felt better for having watched and listened to the chanting.

Brunch was half of an egg salad sandwich with fresh lemonade for a treat.  I had the other half of the sandwich with a cup of tea in the evening.  After tea, I watched the news and knitted (working on the sleeve of a sweater).  Los Angeles County, which has over 8,400 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of 12 noon, today, extended the stay at home order until May 15th.  I have a feeling it will probably go on till at least the end of May.

I practiced the piano after I watched the news.  Then, cleaned the bathrooms, washed the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen.  AFTER I cleaned the kitchen, I decided to cook!  LOL!  I seem unable to cook if there are dirty dishes in the sink!  I cooked the last of the green beans, the leek, and one of the potatoes friend S had brought me (the leek and potato were cooked together).  Then, I cooked a fresh pot of rice and had my dinner:

Dinner: Rice, Green Beans, and Potato and Leek  

I didn't want either the fish curry or any of the beef I had in the fridge, with my dinner, tonight, so, it turned out to be a vegetarian meal!  I froze the rest of the green beans I cooked today because I still have some of the previous batch of green beans in the fridge and that needs to be finished, first! 

Later in the evening, I video chatted with my daughter.  She has received the first package of the food delivery she ordered.  Apparently, the store is sending her order in several smaller shipments because the items are being shipped from different warehouse locations.  She said she sprayed the box with disinfectant and will leave it just inside her apartment door overnight and will open it up, tomorrow (no perishables in this box).  I'm glad she received the first shipment.  It makes me feel better, because, although I have family and friends down here, who have offered to do my grocery shopping for me, she doesn't have anyone up there to help her (and she is in the higher risk category because she has asthma). 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter received the first shipment of her groceries
- M tending to the garden
- Being able to make M a mask
- Being able to watch the online chanting
- Fresh lemonade made with lemons from the garden

Today's joyful activity was watching and listening to the chanting, online.

Friday's To Do List
- Finish cleaning the kitchen (sink, counters, stove top) - DONE
- Clean the bathrooms - DONE
- Do one deep cleaning task - DONE
- Paperwork - NOT done! 

Saturday's To Do List:
- Start on the paperwork
- Bake banana bread

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


  1. I'm feeling very grateful for technology enabling us to keep in contact wih our loved ones and also to facilitate our being able to get involved in online groups. It must have been a blessing for you to be able to watch the chanting and feel a part of it.
    Today Lily and I are going to be making chocolate Easter nests. X

    1. I, too, am thankful we have the technology to keep in contact with others and participate virtually. I felt very blessed to be able to watch the chanting. I brought me a sense of peace.

      Ooh, chocolate Easter nests! Sounds delicious! Looking forward to seeing a picture of your creations!

  2. The government is reviewing the UK lockdown but it is sure to be extended. I can't see it finishing for a couple of months at least.

    I'm glad your daughter has been able to arrange a delivery of food. I know how it stressed me until I got mine sorted out.

    I'm having a quiet Easter weekend, 'visiting' museums during the day and enjoying a musical treat in the evenings. I was 'in' Los Angeles yesterday!

    1. I am sure it is difficult for governments to decide just how long to continue the lockdown. They need to take so many things into consideration, but, I think continuing the lockdown is essential to keeping the virus from spreading even more.

      Thank you, I'm glad, too, that my daughter was able to get a food delivery. I worry about her, even though I know she can manage. :)

      I'm glad you are enjoying a quiet weekend, with visits to museums and musical evenings. We are having sunshine, today!

  3. I'm so glad your daughter got food delivered. I know both she and you feel better about that.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, we are both glad that she was able to get more groceries. She stocked up for a 3-week lockdown, but that lockdown was extended and might get extended again. I worried about it more than she did, and I think she ordered the delivery more to reassure me than anything else, but, we are both glad she has a few extra cans and packages of food now!

  4. You seem to be getting back in to the swing of things with your daily cleaning.
    I'm trying to do the same and have had a productive couple of days.

    That is good that your daughter is getting some things delivered. It really does help us all with the possibility of delivery of certain items. I haven't done so yet but it's something I may do in the future.

    I heard about that new EMT policy in a television interview. I think the person interviewed was either in New York or Boston and they were now following the same proceedure your friend M described his nephew doing.

    Take care,

    1. I'm trying to get back into the cleaning schedule, although it is a bit perfunctory, right now! I'm glad you've had a couple of productive days, yourself.

      Yes, I'm glad my daughter was able to get some things delivered. She will get some fresh produce delivered along with dairy, in another couple of weeks, when her current stock finishes. It's such a blessing to be able to get groceries delivered!

  5. I'm also glad that your daughter got her first grocery shipment. She was sounding nervous about her dwindling supplies. She will be relieved when her full order comes in. Your dinners are still looking really delicious and you are planning to bake a banana loaf. Yummm!

    I was able to get inside my shed today to see what garden tools I had. I dragged out the very few outdoor planters that I brought here with me and I was pleased to discover that I had brought my big outdoor push broom. So I will be able to sweep down the sand and grit from my driveway and the sidewalk in front of my house this week. There is so much sand laid down, I could probably fill a sandbox. Ha. I am well equipped to prepare garden beds. "Dee" had found me a wheelbarrow in the Fall because there was no room to bring mine. I'm planning the work already while there is still snow on the ground.

    1. Thank you, Susan. Yes, my daughter had prepared for a 3-week lockdown (with enough food to tide her over for another week or so) but, the initial lockdown was extended for another 3 weeks and so, she was starting to run low on options. Even so, she thought she would be OK (she finished her bread, but, she had tortillas, she was running low on sugar for her coffee, but, she had coffee drinks that she could have instead, and so forth). But, I worried on her behalf and she decided to go ahead and order more food. She'll put in another order for fresh produce and dairy in another couple of weeks, she said, when she runs out of what she has in her freezer.

      I am doing very well with my groceries because I've so many people offering to do my grocery shopping for me! Everything I cooked last night (except the rice) was what friend S had brought me; even the egg salad I made was using the hard boiled egg she included with the stringhopper meal!

      Now is the best time to plan your garden, while there is still snow on the ground. Once the snow melts, you'll be ready to plant, because you'll know exactly what you want to plant and where!

  6. I'm glad your daughter was able to get supplies. I'm glad she's doing okay though I imagine she can't wait for it all to be done.

    1. Thank you, Sharon. She's doing okay, although she is looking forward to the time when she can resume going out of her apartment.

  7. So nice of you to sew a mask for your gardener friend! You sound like you are doing well during the stay-at-home times. I'm glad you got to watch the chanting. Keep well, Andrea

    1. Thank you, Andrea. I am doing okay. I have several underlying medical conditions that compromise my health, so, if I can minimize my chances of getting the virus by staying at home, I am happy to be able to do so! :)

  8. My sister asked me to listen to Ratana Sutra. I have a pirith CD and sometimes I play it while doing school work.

    Im glad your daughter received her groceries. Is there a total lockdown in her area?
    There’s a curfew in Sri Lanka, and for the first time ever my family is also ordering groceries by phone or online.

    1. I found listening to the chanting to be very calming, Nil.

      Well, she can go grocery shopping, etc., but, she has at least one existing health risk factor (her asthma), so, she is being very careful not to go out if she can avoid it. One of my friends, whose daughters are in Sri Lanka, was telling me about the curfew. I remember being under curfew in the early 1970s - at first, it was for 48 or 72 hours (can't remember) and no one was prepared! Eventually, it was from dusk to dawn, but schools were closed for months. I am glad your family is able to order the groceries, Nil. I hope they are all keeping well.


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