Friday, April 17, 2020

Hydrating on Thursday!

Sign Post
This is a sign post outside the Los Angeles City Hall (the white building in the background), showing all the sister cities of the City of Los Angeles, their directions and the distances.  I thought that would have made a great photo for the current Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt's prompt #3, "The way to go".  Unfortunately, I took this photo almost three years ago, so, it doesn't qualify to be included.  But, I didn't have a photo for today's post, so I thought I'll include this photo, instead! 

Today has been a better day in terms of being hydrated.  I drank a large glass of water (16 oz. glass), first thing in the morning, while I waited for my tea to brew.  Throughout the day, I drank six more cups of water.  Around 10:30 a.m., gardener friend M brought me the container of orange juice I had requested, except, I asked for one half-gallon container and he brought me two!  One with pulp and one without.  I had said any brand, but I had forgotten to say with or without pulp.  It really didn't matter if it had pulp or not, but, he played safe and got me one of each.  I was quite happy to have two containers, although now I owe him $1 which he said not to worry about! 

I noticed that he was wearing the fabric mask I had made for him and that pleased me no end!  I sewed him two more masks, today, which I will give him when he comes to tend to the garden, tomorrow. 

I drank a glass of orange juice with my brunch.

I read a bit in the morning, watched news and finished knitting the sweater (have to sew it up, still) in the afternoon, strolled a bit in the garden, watered the peach tree, again, sewed two more masks, and practiced the piano in the evening, and chatted on the phone with cousin P, friend R, and friend A.  I asked friend A if she wanted some fabric masks and she said one of her daughters would like to have some.  Her daughter will stop by, tomorrow evening, after work and I will keep the masks and a bag of lemons ready for her.

I didn't do any housework, though, other than emptying the dishwasher and washing today's dishes by hand! 

Later in the evening, I video chatted with my daughter.  She had gone down to the lobby to collect the last of the grocery packages she had ordered.  She also said that one of her colleagues at work had offered to pick up any groceries she needed and drop them off, which was very kind of her.  Daughter had told her that she didn't need anything right now, but, will let her know if she did.

Today's fluid intake amounted to 8 cups of water, 2 cups of tea, and 1 glass of orange juice.

Today, I am grateful for:
- M bringing me orange juice
- My daughter's colleague offered to grocery shop for her
- Feeling better and being hydrated!
- A sunny and warm day
- Being able to sew a few more masks

Today's joyful activity was knitting.

Friday's To Do List:
- Sew a few more masks for A's daughter
- Clean the bathroom
- Catch up on the housework that didn't get done these past couple of days!

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



  1. Today I am busy sewing for a friend, then working on church stuff for Sunday. After a long spell of sunshine it has been raining nonstop all morning, but I must go out, I have two letters to post. Our neighbour is a firefighter, so gets to use the priority 7-8am shopping hour. He kindly bought a pack of cheese for Bob this morning

    1. Sounds like you are having a busy and productive day, Angela. Sorry you have to go out in the rain to post your letters. Over here, we can leave stamped letters that are ready to be posted in our mail boxes and the mail carriers will pick them up as they do their delivery rounds and take them to the post office to be mailed. Unless it is a package which needs to be weighed and stamped. That was very kind of your neighbor to bring some cheese for Bob. Hope both you and Bob are keeping well. Have a lovely day, Angela.

  2. I really should be drinking more water, Bless, so thank you for the reminder. I know I'm not eating as well as I should either. X

    1. Glad I could be of help, Jules! I, too, am not eating as well as I should (not enough vegetables, the wrong kinds of carbs and snacks, etc.) Thank you so much for the other comment about the cake. :)

  3. You did well with your fluid intake. Did you find it difficult to drink that much in a day?

    That's good news that your daughter has an offer of support from a friend. That relieves the pressure a little doesn't it?

    I've been ignoring the housework as well and trying not to get to stressed about it. I've decided that it's more important to look after my emotional health than to worry about the state of the home. It looks tidy so that's fine for me ... and it's not as if anyone is going to see it!

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I had to make it a point to drink the water. It was a conscious effort. Otherwise, it just doesn't happen. It's going to be a bit of a chore, today; I can tell, already. It's just past noon, and so far, all I've drunk is one cup of water and a cup of tea.

      Yes, I'm so glad that my daughter's friend has offered her help. It's highly unlikely my daughter will ask, but, it's good to know that the help is available, if needed.

      I think you've made a wise decision about not focusing too much on housework at this time (although, I recall you vacuuming, etc., not too long ago!) My house isn't quite as tidy as I'd like it to be (sewing spread out all over the dining table, knitting spread out all over the family room sofas, basket of clean laundry on the table waiting to be put away, etc.) But, I think I'll give myself time during the weekend to tidy up, a bit. :)

    2. I probably should have said I'm ignoring my cleaning schedule but will still do bit's here and there, though not every day!

    3. Sounds like a good idea to me. :)

  4. Go, Bless! Great job on the drinking. :)

  5. You are all stocked up on orange juice for a while.

    I want to try and make a few masks but I'm having trouble with my machine. My needle broke so I bought a replacement package. And afterwards the bobbin thread kept getting mangled.
    In looking at the needle package, it looks like it's an assortment of sizes.
    I think that could be the problem.
    And of coirse, procrastinator that I am, I haven't switched the needle to see.

    1. Oh, yes! I shouldn't drink a lot of orange juice (too much sugar), but, I find it easier to drink than water (probably because it has so much sugar!)

      If you still have the owner's manual for your sewing machine (or you might be able to find it online), it should tell you which number needle you should use for your machine. Mine is a Singer Simple (a very basic sewing machine) and the recommended needle is 11/80 for lightweight fabric and, I believe, 14/90 for medium weight. Except, I just use 11/80 for practically all my sewing! As for the bobbin thread getting messed up, it might be due to the stitch tension being too tight or too loose for the type of needle and fabric!

    2. Thanks for the hints, Bless.

      I do still have my owner's manual and it gives the same guidelines as you have mentioned.
      The pack of needles I bought is a universal pack by Schmetz and has all 3 needles for varying material weights. The numbers are slightly different for the range. I put in the 70/10 which is the smallest. I don't know why I selected that one. I guess I wasn't paying attention. lol
      I will change it to the 80/12, the mid range, which is what I would normally have in the machine.
      Plus I noticed they are different lengths - have you noticed a difference in length before? I always assumed the thickness of the tip changed for the corresponding material - not the length of the needle.
      I have taken the bobbin case out numerous times and cleaned it and I'm pretty certain I am putting it back correctly. I will change the needle, rethread the machine and check the tension like you mentioned.

      Thanks for the help

    3. I haven't noticed a difference in the length of the needles, Debra. I checked again (I have two unopened packets of needles), and they all seem to be of the same length to me! What I have are Singer brand needles. I wonder if that makes a difference?

  6. Wow...what a sign! lol That was so nice of you to make the masks. With the real ones impossible to obtain...the homemade ones are lifesavers! Andrea

    1. Isn't it a great sign? Thank you, I am enjoying sewing the masks. I ran short of elastic, but, I cut out strips of fabric and sewed those on so the wearer can tie the masks on. :)

  7. How sweet to see him wearing the mask that you made. That warms my heart. My neighbor made me a mask, and I LOVE it! I thanked her profusely. I am going to knit her a pair of socks. You sound in the flow...

    1. It really made my day to see him wearing it, Stephenie. I'm glad your neighbor made you a mask and a pair of handknitted socks will be a very nice way to say thank you! I'm sure they will be much appreciated, in return. :) I'm doing OK, thank you.

  8. Love that photo for "The way to go". It is perfect. And although you cannot use it for this month's photo prompt, what a great addition to your scrapbook.

    It IS difficult to drink a lot during winter months, until you make it a daily habit. My sister always has a glass of ice water with her, and I nearly always have a cup of tea, or a glass of iced tea in summer, unless I get so busy I forget. "They" say that if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

    You are making a great contribution by staying at home AND sewing masks for those who need to go out.

    1. That's a great sign post, isn't it?

      Well, I rarely feel thirsty, in the first place, so I just need to make it a point to drink a cup of water at regular intervals throughout the day! It has to be a conscious thing for me.

      Thank you, Susan, for your kind words. I'm trying to do my part. I appreciate the fact that the stay at home orders are there for my own safety as well as to minimize the burden on our health care workers.


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