Monday, April 6, 2020

Rain on Monday

Climbing Red Rose

It was still raining when I woke up, this morning.  But, the rain cleared in the afternoon and I was able to walk in the drive way for a little bit.   I started the car, too, and let the engine run for about 10 minutes while I walked.  I took the trash cans to the curb and called neighbor T to ask her if she needed her trash cans taken out, too, but, she said no.  I think she puts her trash cans out every other week. 

The red rose growing up the lattice near my front door is in bloom.  I am not sure if it is a climbing rose or not, but, it is growing up the lattice and seems to be doing well, with flowers on either side of the lattice.


More Lantana

The lantana is doing well, too.  After I took this photo, I thought it, too, would have been a good candidate for the "Three colors on one object" prompt for the WPSH, with each flower head having smaller individual flowers of yellow, coral, and pink.

Later in the afternoon, I changed the bed sheets and did a load of laundry.  Then, I dusted the living room and dining area.  I also sewed a few more fabric face masks and kept them ready for friend S to pick up.

For brunch, today, I made regular, American style pancakes, using a boxed pancake mix.  But, I ate them with leftover fish curry and dhal, instead of syrup.  I ate a banana, afterwards.  Then, around 4:30 p.m., I had a tuna salad sandwich with my cup of tea.  Dancer got some tuna, too!

Jasmine Flowers (sorry, blurry!)

After tea, I watched some news and knitted on my scarf.  I called friend R, too, and chatted with her for a bit.

A little while later, friend S called to say she was on her way to pick up the face masks.  I had made her 12 masks, which she said was plenty.   In exchange for the face masks, she brought me dinner!  Stringhoppers, chicken curry, a coconut milk gravy we call "kiri hodhi", a hard boiled egg (often, it is added to the coconut milk gravy), and coconut sambol!   That's why she didn't come to pick up the masks, yesterday - because she was too tired to make the stringhoppers!  She is too much!  Apparently, she took dinner to friend R, too, and gave her two of the face masks.

Dinner: Stringhoppers and Currries

I love stringhoppers!  They are one of my favorite things to eat.  Needless to say, I enjoyed several of them for my dinner.  The rest is being kept for tomorrow's brunch or dinner.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Rain for the garden
- Garden flowers
- Friend S bringing me dinner!
- The car started!
- Video chatting with my daughter (who just put in a request to have groceries delivered)

Today's joyful activity was enjoying the dinner friend S brought me!

Monday's To Do List:
- Change bed sheets - DONE
- Load of laundry (bed sheets/towels) - DONE
- Dust living room & dining area - DONE
- Clean the fridge - DONE (Who got strawberry jam on my fridge door handle?  Dancer, was it you?)
- Take trash cans to the curb for Tuesday trash pick up - DONE
- Sew a few more masks - DONE
- Start cleaning and tidying the family room

Well, I didn't do anything in the family room today, but, will carry it forward to tomorrow.

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Dust family room and my bedroom
- Errands, if any (grocery shopping, etc.) (no errands to run)
- Water the garden, front and back (the rain took care of that!)
- Water the house plants
- Paperwork/filing
- Sew more masks

How was your Monday?  What are your plans for Tuesday?


  1. I had to Google "string hoppers" as I'd never heard of them. I think I should enjoy them too. On Sunday afternoon, a friend delivered two curries he'd made for us. I shall think of you when we're eating them!

    1. They are like rice noodles, Angela, and one of my favorite things to eat. I have the equipment to make them, but, I've never managed to make them. Enjoy your curries! :)

  2. You really do have generous and thoughtful friends. The meal from S looks so tasty. I've never eaten string hoppers but they are on the list to try when we go to the Sri Lankan restaurant when life returns to normal.

    The lantana would have been a good choice for the WPSH but I think I prefer the rose you showed a few days ago.

    1. I do have generous and thoughtful friends, don't I? I hope you get to try Sri Lankan food, one day. :)

      Yes, I think I like the rose, too, for that prompt, since all the colors were on an individual flower.

  3. Thank you again for letting me walk with you through your garden this morning. I am loving these photos.

    Friend S must have been very appreciative of the masks you made for her. She will surely find a need for all of them. And what a lovely gift she made in return. It must have been a real treat to receive all of that.

    Look at you go. You had a very successful day back on your cleaning routine. WooHoo. Having cleaned off my dining table on the weekend, and putting on a fresh table cloth, I have it piled high again this morning with more papers as I tackle another mini scrap book. I have a craft room, but I feel really isolated down there without my sister here. So I bring my projects upstairs so I can be in the sunshine and watch the street outside. Strange.

    1. You're welcome, Susan. I was thinking of you as I took some of the photos. :)

      S is a good cook, but, I really didn't expect her to bring me dinner, again! It's too much, BUT, it was delicious and I do appreciate it. :)

      Thank you. I put off the cleaning until late afternoon, but, I made a start on getting back on schedule. Now, hopefully, I can keep to that schedule!

      I think it makes perfect sense to bring the projects upstairs to work on in the sunshine in a place where you feel less isolated. Why not? Hope your day is going well, Susan.

  4. I really love lantana ... it grows prolifically in my yard, and I need to cut it back yearly or it would just take over (I can only imagine what it will have become while I have been away)- I have some that is variegated, and there is also a huge amount that is solid brilliant yellow-
    In talking to Dana yesterday, I learned her 4-year-old, Kailyn, has decided she wants to join the circus-that tells me she is definitely missing her playmates ... Dana assures me she is beginning to think she is running the 'monkey house' at the zoo though-
    All well here, but the rain is going to be the end of us ...we need to stay after signs of mold and mildew, as it's also getting very warm- already temps are getting into the upper 80s-I know your rain isn't fun, and it makes your walks an issue, but I also know that area can always benefit from additional water-
    Hope all your friends and family are staying well- look after each other and know you are in my thoughts and prayers-
    As always, fondest wishes-

    1. I once planted a yellow lantana, a light purple one, and a white one, that were supposed to be ground covers, but, they all died.

      Aw, Kailyn sounds cute! :)

      I wish we were in the 80s here! It's still cold enough, here, for me to have the heater on! I do appreciate the rain, though it is a sunny day, today!

      We are all keeping well, thank you, Barb. I wish you and yours the same. (((HUGS))). Take care.

  5. I’m glad to see you are staying busy and in touch with friends.

    1. Thank you, Akasha. Hope all is well with you.

  6. Your flowers are looking so lovely - the bright colors are so cheerful.

    And the food! What a nice way for your friend to thank you.

    1. Thank you! Yes, the dinner was lovely and very welcome! She's a good cook!

  7. The lantana is so pretty. I'm wondering if it is too tender to grow in Canada, except as an annual.
    No bottling today, DH is so busy collecting a vast amount of sap with his friends and then boiling it. I've been changing the bed and washing sheets and other things, then made a simple door swag for the front door. Also had one of Dancer's recommended naps!

    1. I don't think the lantana will tolerate the winter, Bushlady, unless you grow it as a houseplant over the winter.

      You might not have done any bottling, today, but, it sounds like you've had a busy day! Dancer says you are wise to listen to his recommendations about naps! :D


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