Thursday, April 9, 2020

Rainy Days

There's rain water pooled at the base of the petals

Tuesday and Wednesday have been rainy days.  Tuesday afternoon, we had a shower of rain which cleared long enough for me to take the pictures of the roses with rain drops on them.  Then, in the evening, it began to pour with rain.  Today (Wednesday), again, the morning was cloudy, but, no rain, until around noon, when it started to rain.  But, it cleared in the evening.

The pharmacy called me on Tuesday morning to ask if I wanted my asthma inhaler refill delivered and I said, yes, please.  They estimated it would be delivered on Thursday, but, I received it, today!

On Tuesday, I brought in the trash cans from the curb, did a little bit of weeding, tidied and dusted the family room, watered the indoor plants, folded and put away a load of laundry I had done earlier, and handwashed two of my wool sweaters that I had knitted.  I had stringhoppers for brunch, rice with chicken curry, green beans, and beetroot curry for dinner, and homemade baked potato chips for a snack!

Homemade Baked Potato Chips
They turned out quite crispy, although some that were sliced more thinly got a bit burned!

I finished knitting the scarf I was making:

New Knitted Scarf
I couldn't decide on a pattern and kept taking it apart and reknitting, until I decided to just do a garter stitch (knit on both sides) and be done with it!

Of course, someone claimed it as his own, the minute I finished making it:

"My Scarf!"

On Wednesday, I continued with cleaning the family room.  I took the dust sheets off the sofas and washed them.  I covered the sofas with sheets I had washed, earlier.

Later, I practiced the piano, starting at the beginning of the book and playing all the pieces I learned earlier until I reached the latest piece, including ones in between that S had me skip over, which I taught myself during the last three weeks.  Much later, in the evening, I discovered that there are some online tutorials for at least some of the pieces that I taught myself!  I need to look into that a bit more!

Breakfast was a tuna salad sandwich; lunch was the leftover "roast beef and vegetables makeover" I had made the other day.  I cooked a mackerel curry in the evening.  Dinner was the last of the string hoppers with the coconut milk gravy and mackerel curry.  Dessert was avocado pudding.  There's more avocado pudding for tomorrow.

I am grateful for:
- Rain for the garden
- A good roof above me
- A home in which to shelter and be safe
- Pharmacy offering free delivery
- My daughter's help with online stuff
- A new scarf
- Roses in the garden
- Phone calls with family and friends
- Online chats with my daughter
- Emails from friends

My joyful activities include reading, piano playing, and chatting with my daughter

Thursday' To Do List:
- Clean the kitchen
- Dust my bedroom
- Vacuum
- Start the car

More rain is in the forecast for tomorrow!

How is your week coming along?  What are your plans for Thursday?  


  1. Lovely scarf, a nice project to keep busy. Of course it belongs to Dancer, everything in a home belongs to the cat (col).

    1. Thank you. :) The yarn was leftover from a sweater I knitted, earlier. Yes, everything belongs to the cat! He claims ownership of it all! :D

  2. I have never taken advantage of any if the delivery services before, but they are a game changer now!
    I am glad you got some rain to freshen the air and water the plants.
    Also about the piano__play on!

    1. I, too, have preferred to go and pick up what I needed, but, having things delivered is a blessing at this time!

      Thank you for the encouragement to continue with the piano. :)

  3. You're having the rain while we have the sunshine. It's very sunny today but there is a stiff breeze so it's a little too cold to sit outside today.

    I've done a couple of loads of washing today and hoovered the downstairs rooms. I'll finish tidying the kitchen and living room (not much to do in either room) and then I am ready for the Easter holiday.

    1. I'm glad you are having sunshine, Eileen, even if it is too cold to sit outside. It's raining, again, today (a slow, weepy rain).

      Sounds like you're having a productive day! I've had a slow morning, but, hope to get busy in the afternoon. Wish me luck!

  4. I really like the colors in your scarf. Apparently, so does Dancer.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. The yarn was leftover from a sweater I knitted, earlier. I posted about it in January 2019:

      Yes, Dancer thinks everything I make is for him! LOL.

  5. That rose is such a pretty pink.

    Your homemade potato chips are a good idea. What temperature did you bake them at?

    I have to pick up a prescription today. I signed up online to attempt to get it delivered but I just cannot manage to get it done. I called but the pharmacy said I have to arrange it online.
    Oh well.
    The pharmacy is in an old bank building and has a drive thru pickup so that at least makes it somewhat safer then going in.

    1. Thank you, Debra.

      I baked the chips at 350F, preheated oven, for about 10-12 minutes. Place them in a single layer and turn them over about halfway through the baking.

      I'm sorry you couldn't get the prescription delivery set up (my daughter did it for me and she helped friend R to set up her delivery, too, because R couldn't set it up, herself). But, at least you will be able to go to the drive through.

  6. Hi Bless, Every time I read your blog I feel like I should do more housework. You are very disciplined with staying on top of your chores. Dancer looks so cute on your hand knit scarf. It's wonderful to knit inside when it's raining, isn't it?

    1. Hi Stephenie, don't let what I write fool you! I have been very lax with keeping up with the housework and am trying hard to get back to my cleaning schedule! You probably do more than I in terms of cleaning (you have mentioned you vacuum every day!) and I bet you keep a spotless house without saying a word about it. I, on the other hand, have to write down every little bit I do to reassure myself that I AM doing something! LOL.

      Yes, I enjoy knitting inside, warm and cozy, when it is so grey and wet outside. We do need this rain, though.

  7. I guess the rain isn't totally unwelcome when I think of the drought you had at one time. We woke up to find snow on the trees and ground and still snowing! But the temperature is above zero so it didn't hang around, neither did the blizzard of large flakes that came after supper.
    I thought I recognized the colour of the yarn. Well, every cat should have a scarf says Dancer!
    We bottled syrup this afternoon, and in the evening I watched
    live a Holy Thursday service celebrated by a cardinal in a cathedral.

    1. The rain is very welcome, Bushlady, especially since we had very little rain in February and we were wondering if we'd have a drought year. This rain will help us avoid another drought, I think (all depends on the total rain fall amounts). Brr! Snow!

      Dancer keeps purloining all the scarves I knit! There is a white fluffy scarf that has become "his" scarf - he carries that around from room to room, especially when I leave the house (or he thinks I've left - such as when I go outside!). It's his security blanket!

      I suppose that is the last of the bottling for the season? I watched an evening prayer service from the Temple, this evening. It's something new they've started since we can't go to the Temple. :)

  8. I have never heard of stringhoppers before and had to look them up. They sound intriguing.
    I love the way your cat has claimed the scarf. We have one cat who loves to curl up on top of the washing basket of clean clothes that has been brought inside :)

    1. Stringhoppers are a little like rice noodles, and rather bland by themselves, but, they are good with curry. What is it with cats that they love clean laundry? Hope you are keeping well and staying safe during this time.

  9. No rain here! For once we've been enjoying some lovely weather so have been spending lots of time in the garden. Your scarf looks lovely and cosy, and Dancer clearly thinks so too. X

    1. I'm glad you are having good weather, Jules. I know you've had some rainy days, prior to this. Thank you; the scarf has now been folded and put away. Not sure if I want to keep it for myself or give as a Christmas gift, later (will need to wash the Dancer fur off, first!)


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