Monday, May 4, 2020

Quiet Weekend

Pomegranate Flowers

I've spent a quiet weekend, relaxing at home.  On Friday evening, when M came to tend to the garden, he seemed very surprised to find out that I haven't really gone out to do any grocery shopping or banking or anything since we were asked to stay at home.  I have left the house exactly three times since March 18, and each time, it was to give something to friend R, and I stayed in the car while she took the items from the trunk of the car.

I am perfectly happy to stay at home.  I am not someone who needs to be going out and doing things on a frequent basis.  As I mentioned in a comment on someone's blog, the last time I actually went away, overnight, was in June 2016, when I drove up to Berkeley to attend my daughter's graduation!  I guess I am the personification of a homebody!  LOL!

I do miss going grocery shopping, though, because I used to enjoy that!

On Saturday, I did my cooking tutorial post, cleaned Dancer's litter box, walked around the garden for a little exercise, and came within just a few feet of this little visitor:

Do you see it?

Mourning Dove

So well camouflaged

Later, I watered the front garden.  The pomegranate tree is full of flowers!

On Sunday, I did an inventory of my pantry cabinets.  I am trying to figure out what and how much I have before I make a shopping list to get groceries delivered.  My original plan, when we were asked to stay at home, was to eat from the freezer and the pantry for the duration.  However, allowing the stocks to get too low before replenishing doesn't sound like a good thing, either.  The majority of my pantry was stocked in case we have a big earthquake and we experience food delivery system disruptions.  That seems to be happening already due to the pandemic and I want to be fully stocked for non-pandemic reasons, as well!  Especially since we've just had two small earthquakes within 24 hours of each other.

Later in the evening, I started the car and watered the back garden.  I also transplanted a few of my melon seedlings to see if they will grow in other parts of the garden.  I don't have high hopes for them, because they looked rather limp after I transplanted them, but, these are the plants that M said to thin out.  I kept the three biggest ones in place - hopefully, they will grow and I'll get some cantaloupe from them!  We shall see! 

I had the last of the milk rice for brunch, on Sunday, with some of the seeni sambol followed by a freshly picked orange.  Then, I wasn't that hungry for dinner, so I ate a tuna sandwich and some carrots, followed by some of the cookies that cousin P gave me.  The meal plan I made for the week didn't work out too well!  I made changes to the menu almost daily!  I'll post about it, later!

Afterwards, I did the dishes.

This weekend, I was grateful for:
- Pleasant weather
- A quiet weekend
- Water for the garden
- Chatting with my daughter
- Phone calls with friends

Weekend joyful activities included being in the garden, knitting, and chatting with my daughter.

Monday's To Do List:
- Change bed sheets
- Load of laundry (bed sheets/towels)
- Dust living room & dining area
- Sew the rest of the masks for S
- Make the grocery shopping list
- Make a meal plan for the week
- Clean the fridge
- Take trash cans to the curb for Tuesday trash pick up

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


  1. Your pomegranate flowers are beautiful. They are very red - I didn't realize that.
    Did you mention in another post that you planted that as a small bush? How old do you think it is now?

    I am a homebody too. I miss grocery shopping too. The way it used to be - but we are where we are and we will all adjust and deal with our new reality.
    But I do miss browsing and taking my time, etc. There's none of that now - It's get in there throw what you need in your cart and get out.

    I have gone to the store twice since March 19th - and it's pretty unnerving.
    I am thinking about going tomorrow. It will be 3 weeks since I last went.

    I just buy what we need - I don't even think about prices anymore.
    I can honestly say I've never said that! lol

    I know your daughter always flies when she comes home but you mentioned you drove to Berkley. How long a drive is it? We used to drive to Maryland to see my mother and that was usually around 8 hours and it seemed so long.

    Take care,

    1. Yes, the pomegranate tree was a small plant when I first received it - it was a gift from the monks at the Temple when I bought my house. The tree is now at least 28 years old. It would have grown bigger if I had planted it in the backyard, I believe, but, the monks said it should be planted in the front, near the entrance to the house, for good luck! :D I don't think I water it nearly enough and don't get a lot of fruits, but, at least, it hasn't died!

      Good luck with your grocery shopping trip, tomorrow. Yes, these days, one needs to just buy what is needed without looking at the price! That is going to be so hard for me to get used to!

      It is about 400 miles from where I am to Berkeley, so, it is a good 7 hour drive, although, I might have done it in less time than that! LOL! I used to drive up fairly often when she first went - go on Saturday, spend Sunday with her, drive back on Monday (I used to have alternate Mondays off from work). I enjoyed driving.

  2. I saw the first mourning doves of the season just yesterday.

    1. They are here, year round, but, I love seeing them. :)

  3. I know how you are feeling about your depleted pantry. I am also very anxious about the emptiness of mine. I am having issues with my grocery shipments. I am most grateful for the free service offered to the town people like myself, but there have been a few problems that need working out. I have very nearly depleted my freezer and shelves, so I will be making far more requests for deliveries and they will just have to bend the rules a bit.

    Those pomegranate flowers are so gorgeous. They probably only last a few days, but they are stunning while they are out. I also like mourning doves....even their call, no especially their call. It is so calming to me. Your doves seem to like your yard and don't mind sharing it with you.

    1. It is probably more difficult for you, Susan, because you are trying to keep to your special diet. I do hope you are able to get the delivery issues sorted. My pantry isn't depleted, yet, but, I want to replenish what I've used up during the last month or so, before it does become depleted.

  4. Sounds like you're on top of things. Groovy.

  5. I wish I was like you with regard to liking staying home! If I was closer, I’d leave a bag of something on your doorknob.

    1. Well, it's good that you are someone who likes to be out and about, doing stuff, because we need people like that, too! But, today, I did go out, to drop something off to one of my friends - some fabric face masks I sewed for her. Tomorrow, I will go out, again, to do a curbside pick up of groceries I ordered. Aw, that would have been so kind of you to leave a bag of something on my doorknob! :)


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