Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Start of a New Week

It's the start of a new week and the beginning of summer.  I should do another garden post as we transition into summer, but, I haven't taken that many photos of the garden, recently.  But, I took these the other day, when I watered the garden.  The mirabilis (four o'clock) plants thrive in the back garden, growing wherever they get some water.  I love the color variations in their flowers.  Some are yellow:

Yellow Mirabilis

Some are magenta:

Magenta Mirabilis

Some are double colored and, often, they are all found on the same plant!

Mirabilis (Four O'Clocks)
Indoors, I am trying to keep the house maintained.  Yesterday (Monday), was a productive day.  I changed my bed sheets, did a load of laundry (everything was hung inside the house to dry), dusted the living room and dining area, finally put away the jars of peaches I canned (had to do a bit of rearranging in the cabinets to make room for them), cleaned the fridge, emptied the waste baskets throughout the house, took the trash cans to the curb, and gave Dancer his flea prevention medications.

I also tried out a virtual movement class with my daughter.  She tried it out, last week, and thought it might be good for me.  It was called "Mobility for Stiff Joints" and offered online by the acrobatics studio she attends (or, rather, used to attend before the stay at home orders when into effect; currently, she takes a few of their online classes).  It was a good class, except, I couldn't do several of the movements!  One exercise required you to squat and I can't squat.  Another required you to bend over with your head hanging down and that made me feel dizzy!  It was a one hour class and I was tired after the first 30 minutes!  That shows just how out of condition I am!  I did gamely hang on for the duration of the class, but, I am not sure if I will continue to take it.  I think I need something like a gentle stretching class, first!  But, my daughter said she was proud of me for trying the class, for not refusing outright to even try it, but, rather, trying my best. 

Later in the evening, I made a stir-fry for dinner, with smoked sausage, carrots, broccoli I had frozen, earlier, bell pepper strips I had frozen, and some pineapple chunks from a can that needed to be used up (had an expiration date of November, 2019; but, it was perfectly fine).

Smoked Sausage Stir-Fry
I put a pot of rice to cook first, before I made the stir-fry, and the stir-fry was done before the rice finished cooking.  After dinner, I froze two portions of the stir-fry and kept the rest in the fridge.  I had some of it for my dinner, tonight, but, I needed to add more broccoli, as I ate almost all the broccoli I had put in, last night!  There is one more portion of the stir-fry in the fridge, for tomorrow or later in the week.  The rest of the can of pineapple chunks is also in the fridge, waiting for me to do something with it.

On Monday, I was grateful for:
- A productive day
- Being able to participate in an online movements class with my daughter
- Garden flowers
- The can of pineapple chunks was still fine
- Weekly curbside trash collections

Monday's joyful activity was trying out the online class.

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
- Take trash cans to the curb for Tuesday trash pick up - DONE
- Tidy the kitchen and family room - STARTED
- Try out an online stretching class - DONE
- Put away the laundry from Sunday (hanging up to dry) - DONE
- Give Dancer his flea prevention treatment - DONE

Today, Tuesday, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I was not feeling sore from yesterday's class!

The highlight of the day was receiving the items I had ordered to be delivered - the canning tools and three bags of cat food!  LOL.  Does anyone have any ideas about what to do with those air filled plastic bags they put in the boxes as packing material?  I know they are supposed to be recyclable, but, I was wondering if they could be reused in some way.  I am starting to have quite a bit of them from all the packages that have been delivered!

Today I made a scrambled egg and hash browns for brunch.  In the evening, I had some tea cookies with my cup of tea.  Then, rice and sausage stir-fry for dinner.  I was hungry for dinner by 7:00 p.m., so I had an early dinner.  Normally, I don't eat dinner until after 8:00 p.m.  Yesterday, for example, I didn't even start cooking till after 8:00 p.m.!

In the evening, I watered the front garden and chatted on the phone with cousin P.  The last time she called, I was busy making chutney and couldn't chat with her for long.  Later, I chatted with friend R.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Packages being delivered
- Being stocked up on cat food
- Water for the garden
- Conversations with my daughter
- All the ways we have of connecting with others - telephones, internet, etc.

Today's joyful activity was receiving packages!

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Dust family room and my bedroom 
- Water the garden, front and back - DID the front; will do the back, tomorrow
- Water the house plants - DONE
- Bring the trash cans in - DONE

I am happy with what I was able to accomplish, today.  What didn't get done will be carried forward.

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Vacuum
- Dust family room and my bedroom
- Drop off something for friend R
- Paperwork/filing 
- Do one decluttering/organizing task
- Water the back garden

How is your week coming along?  What do you do with those air filled packs?


  1. Very cool. What will be your one decluttering task for today? Love that you got to take a class with your daughter, even if you couldn't do all the moves, you still tried it and with your kiddo. Very, very cool.

    1. Yes, it's been awhile since I took a class with my daughter; we used to take dance classes, together, several years ago. Decluttering? What's that? LOL! I haven't been decluttering! I have been taking things back from the donations pile!

    2. Lol!!!!
      You've been taking things back from the donation pile.
      So funny

    3. I know! I took back a book to reread, but it will go back to the donations pile, again. I also took back a T-shirt - it was too baggy to be worn as a T-shirt, but, the other night, I wanted something I could wear as a sleep shirt, so I took it back. I have two other T-shirts, but, they aren't good for sleep wear. The other item I took back was a sweatshirt. Again, to wear as sleepwear; I wanted something a little warmer than the baggy T-shirt, but, a little cooler than the other sweatshirts (which I wear in the winter). I am now back to having 5 sweatshirts (to go with my 3 pairs of sweatpants). It's as minimalist as I can get when it comes to sweats, I guess. *wry smile*

  2. Well done on the exercise class. Have a look on YouTube - there is plenty of choice for 20 or 30 minute workouts. I search for 'beginners', 'senior, 'over 60s', or 'seated'. The beginner yoga ones are worth looking at as well.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I have done so and found a couple of movement classes that I have decided to try. I shall look for the beginner yoga ones, too. :)

  3. Four o’clock looks great. Mine is magenta and it’s full of flowers.

    I can’t squat either. 😁 I started using the exercise bike daily. Finally! I increase the distance a little by little and now I can do 3.2 miles. It’s about 21 minutes. It’s nothing when I look at the amount of calories burned though. Over a decade ago I used to do yoga one hour daily. I’d like to get to that point again.

    I use some of those air filled packs when I pack my luggage when going to Sri Lanka. Or I put them in the trash. I’m not sure if they can be recycled, the recycling list from our city doesn’t include them.

    1. Nil, that's great that you are using the exercise bike, daily! 3.2 miles is a good distance, I think. I'm sure you'll be able to get back to doing yoga, as well. I was trying to think when I stopped taking dance classes, and, I think, it was just about a decade ago! LOL. My daughter had started classes at UCLA and we found it hard to make it to the dance classes on time and stopped going.

      I just assumed that the air filled packs can be recycled because I saw the recycle symbol on them. Maybe I can deflate them and use as a weed barrier in the side yard!

  4. Love those Four o'clocks! The rain (yes, rain!) keeps beating down my petunias in the pots but the next flowers soon unfold.
    I share your problem with squatting. If I try to look on a low shelf I'm better off getting on my knees as I struggle to get up if I crouch down.
    It was great to have some rain yesterday and it stopped in time for me to put out two loads of laundry and returned again after they were dry and safely in. Today I have towels on the line and will wash the sheets I took off the bed yesterday, when the towels are dry enough to come in. It's cool, sunny and breezy, we are blessed today!

    1. Lucky you to be getting some rain! I'm glad you are having cooler temperatures, though. Summer is more pleasant when it is not quite so hot. :)

  5. I love four o clocks. They remind me of my grandmother's house. She had a row of them mixed with lantana between her house and her next door neighbors yard. Every time I see them in real life or a picture of them, I am 6, sitting on her walkway making four o clock necklaces.

    1. What a lovely memory to have of your grandmother's garden. Do you have any four o'clocks growing in your garden, too? The ones in my garden return, year after year, without me having to do anything, other than water them.

  6. Good for you for sticking with the class. It might be fun to do it with your daughter and just do the parts you can. Who knows, but it might not be long before you can do it all. :)

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. My daughter will not be continuing with the class because it is actually too easy for her. She took it last week only to see if it was something I could do (they apparently did some different routines that she thought I would be able to do) and joined me in the class on Monday for moral support! She knew I wouldn't join by myself! :D She takes a harder class just prior to this class, but, she will not continue to take this class even if I do take it, again. I don't know if I will, though. I don't want to pay for a class if I can't do the movements! However, there is another stretching class on Saturday mornings and I might try that. Daughter won't be joining me as she refuses to wake up that early on the weekend! LOL.

  7. Isn't it lovely getting ordered packages delivered? It isn't as though it is a surprise, because you placed the order; but, like you said, it is always my big highlight of the day. No, I haven't found a use for those air pockets. I just pop them and place the deflated cells in the recycling bin. I am watching your replies though to see if anyone else has come up with a purpose for them.

    You had another very productive day. I recognized the first photo of the yellow mirabilis because I actually grew one from seed many years ago. I planted a whole packet of seeds and only one yellow one came up (not because of me, but in spite of me). I don't have much luck growing flowers from seed.

    I hate exercise even more than cleaning house, but I figure I get enough exercise working outside. Maybe that is why my joints are shot. Good for you to try the on-line class with your daughter.

    1. It's really exciting to have the packages delivered! LOL!

      I don't think you need any more exercise than what you are getting doing up your garden and climbing the stairs in your home. Stairs going down to the basement and stairs going up to the bedrooms, if I am not mistaken. I live on a one level house, without any stairs. Only three steps leading to the front door and about four or five at the back door.

      I'm trying to have another productive day, today, too, but, so far, I'm not having a lot of success! Hope you are having a good day. :)

  8. Your flowers are very pretty! I love the different colors and will have to look for them at the nursery to grow in pots.💖

    1. Thank you, Susan. If you don't find the plants at the nursery, you might try growing them from seed. And then, expect them to pop up everywhere as they self seed!

  9. I love four o'clocks. I have them in my garden, too. The white ones are also pretty. Good for you for trying the class. When I'm at the cabin I go up and down the stairs ten times, and do thirty push ups. I think your body gets used to exercise if you do it regularly.

    1. Oh, I haven't seen any white ones, so far! I imagine they would look very pretty.

      Thank you; I am going to try another virtual movements class next Monday - a different one that is aimed at seniors. Maybe it will be more at my level, which is zero! LOL. I went from taking dance classes practically every day to not doing anything at all when the studio closed and I haven't done anything for the past 10 years.

  10. Well done on completing 30 minutes of the exercise class. I doubt I would have lasted that long.
    The mirabilis are lovely. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. I'm planning to take another one, tomorrow - we shall see how I do on that! :D


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