Tuesday, July 21, 2020

An Account of my Days

In a way, that is what this blog of mine is, isn't it?  An account of my days.  Maybe that should have been the title of my blog, instead of My Two Cents!  ("My Two Cents" because I was adding my two cents to the blog sphere!)

Yesterday, July 20, marked the sixth anniversary of my first blog post!

As I stated in that first blog post, "It will be a blog about this and that.  My daily activities, musings, my craft projects, my attempts to be as organized as I'd like to be, etc."

That's what I promised and, I think, that's what I've delivered!  Six years of almost daily blog posts about my days and what I did (sometimes in excruciating detail!) or didn't do!  LOL.

Pink Oleander

Some of you have read my blog from day one.  Some of you are newer readers, and I know that a few of you newer readers actually went back and read my blog from the beginning!  Some of you have stayed with me since you first read and commented on my blog, and I thank you for taking the time to do so and for sticking with me.  Others have stayed for a while and then, moved on, or, at least stopped commenting, for whatever reason, and I thank them for the time they've spent with me, however long or short it was.  I feel blessed to have all of you in my life!

I do thank everyone for all the kind comments over the years.  There have been some spam, of course, but, that's why I have comment moderation on.  But, the majority of the comments from my readers have been positive.  You have been encouraging, helpful, sympathetic, understanding, and good humored.  I appreciate that.  I have tried to keep various controversial topics off my blog because this blog is not about such matters.  Occasionally, I might mention certain things because they have an impact on me or my child, but, I try to keep it to a personal level.  This blog is really about how I spend my days. 

I feel that I should offer some sort of a blog giveaway to celebrate the occasion of my blog anniversary, but, I am not going to the post office to mail any packages, these days, so, I am unable to do a blog giveaway.  It might be something to consider, later, though! 

July Roses

So, what did I do yesterday? 

Well, yesterday was also the anniversary of my father's death and I spent some time remembering him.  It's been 57 years since he died at the age of 55; in fact, he has been dead for longer than he had lived!  My second blog post was about him! 

The rest of the day was spent preparing for my piano lesson, then, having the piano lesson (A+ on the last piece I learned on my own and on the Minuet in G, part 1; part 2 was not assigned, but, I might ask if she has the music for it), changing the sofa dust sheets, doing a load of laundry, watering the blackberry and moringa plants, dusting the living room and dining area, and taking the trash cans to the curb.  I also called cousin P and friend R to check on them and chatted with neighbor T.  T thanked me for telling her about getting groceries delivered because she has now signed up for it!  Later in the evening, my daughter helped me to order another stock up order for both pantry items and household supplies.  The pantry items included cans of coconut milk (yay!), sweetened condensed milk (since I didn't get any when the grocery store substituted dulce de leche, instead), and tuna (Dancer says "meow"!).  The household supplies I ordered were the items I would have stocked up on my regular quarterly stock up - sandwich bags, kitchen trash bags, rubber gloves, etc.  I usually buy these items from the dollar store and it was painful to pay the full price!  I went with the store brand for the most part, but, even so, it was more than what I am used to paying!  I do rinse out and reuse things like sandwich bags when possible, but, I was on my very last box and wanted to have another on hand.  I also ordered another dozen canning jars to have on hand for any additional jams or chutneys I might make.

Yesterday, I was grateful for:
- My daughter setting up this blog for me, six years ago
- All of you who read my blog and comment on it
- A good piano lesson (and a patient teacher!)
- Memories of my father
- Daughter helping me with my stock up order

Yesterday's joyful activity was playing the piano.

Monday's To Do List:
- Collect the new piano music from S - DONE
- Piano lesson - DONE
- Load of laundry (sofa dust sheets) - DONE
- Dust living room & dining area - DONE
- Clean the fridge (didn't need to)
- Take trash cans to the curb for Tuesday trash pick up - DONE

The roses are loving the current lower than average temperatures

Today, I spent the morning stressing about the dental appointment scheduled for tomorrow.  Finally, I called the dentist's office and rescheduled my appointment!  It might be cowardly of me, but, I was stressing out too much about it.  One medical appointment per week is about all I can handle at this time and the oncologist's appointment, scheduled for Friday, is that appointment, this week.

I am hoping to have a more productive afternoon!

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to reschedule my dental appointment
- Roses and other flowers in my garden
- Cooler than usual temperatures
- Weekly trash pick up
- Water for the garden

Today's joyful activity is walking in my garden.

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Dust family room and my bedroom
- Water the house plants
- Water the back garden
- Bring in the trash cans
- Mend one sheet
- Put away laundry
- Practice the piano
- Do dishes

And, a word or two from the co-author of this blog:

"Hi, Blog Friends; thank you for reading my blog!"

Hope you are having a good day.    


  1. I think the last thing any of us need right now is to add stress to our already uncertain days. Canceling the appointment was a good thing for you to do.
    Happy Blogversary! I hope you continue accounting for your days. I like reading it.

    1. Thank you, Anne. I might live to regret postponing the appointment, but, I needed a little more time to mentally prepare myself!

      Glad you like reading the account of my days. :)

  2. Hi Bless,
    I do enjoy your day-to-day musings although I don’t comment too often. I appreciate the glimpse into your culture and how you’ve transitioned from working full-time to retirement. Sometimes, I like to schedule several appointments on one day. I get out, get them all done, and then I don’t have to go another day. But, it can be stressful and tiring! You need to do what’s best for you. Happy day and stay safe.

    1. Hi Chris, it's always good to hear from you, whenever you do comment. :) I used to group errands together, but, now, with this virus raging in my area, I am only going to medical appointments and I'm trying to limit even them!

  3. Congratulations on 6 years of great blogging. I really enjoy reading it - and I've learned much through your words. About your faith, your food choices, your family traditions, your activities with friends (before covid19 kept us apart) your craft activities, and so much more... I love your "attitude of gratitude" and your generous spirit. Even though we've never met, I consider you a real friend. God bless you, Bless, and fill your days with joy. Stay safe and well - and please don't stop blogging

    1. Thank you so much, Angela, for your friendship over the past few years. Don't worry - I've no intention of stopping blogging any time soon! :)

  4. Happy Blogversary. For one awful minute I thought you were going to announce that you planned to stop blogging and I'm so relieved that I got it wrong! Keep on blogging! 😁

    1. Thank you, Eileen. No, I'm afraid I'm enjoying writing about my days a bit too much to stop! :D

  5. Happy anniversary, Bless! Have loved following you since our GON days many years ago!

    1. Thank you, Carolyn. Hope all is well with you. :)

  6. Congratulations on six years of blogging. That's a lot of dedication--especially since you do it almost daily. Did you keep a daily journal or diary before you started blogging?

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. It's something I enjoy doing and look forward to. Yes, I used to keep a daily journal/diary. I still have a whole box filled with them! :)

  7. Congratulations on your 6th anniversary of "My Two Cents". I wonder if your daughter dreamed it would be so successful when she set it up for you? You did well to keep it going day by day in the midst of some difficult times.
    I hope you get exactly the things you ordered from the grocery store this time. Good idea to postpone the dental appointment and not have two to stress over this week.
    I've just "evicted" 5 monarch caterpillars that I raised after saving the eggs that were on little plants I pulled from the lawn. They were 1/2 long yesterday and 1 inch when we got up this morning! Time for them to go, so I took the little vase outside and each plant with occupant(s) was placed carefully wedged into a large milkweed in the yard. I hope they fare well.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. There have been times when I've said something to my daughter and she has said she created a monster when she set up the blog for me! :D

      Thank you; the good thing with this order is that we were told, up front, if an item wasn't available for shipping. No yeast, again.

      That was so nice of you to foster those monarch butterfly eggs until the caterpillars were big enough to be released! I hope they feast on the milkweed and continue to grow until they become butterflies! :)

  8. Congrats on 6 years of blogging. I am lucky to count myself among your newer readers; and I envy your ability to blog almost daily - even if I can't keep up reading almost daily.

    I did the exact same thing on Monday a.m., after debating pros and cons for days, I finally called and cancelled Tuesday's dentist appointment. I am not having any teeth issues so I told the receptionist I just wanted to postpone it for several more months - that I was "one of those people," meaning I'm not taking any chances. She was ever so understanding. I figure that if my doctor can do my annual check-in by phone, I can stretch my dental cleanings to 9 months instead of 6 months. It might even nudge me to be more consistent in my flossing. I hope your oncologist appointment goes well.

    1. Thank you, Susanne. I enjoy reading your blog, too, and you have inspired me to get my long-postponed scrapbooking done!

      I do have a broken tooth where the crown came off, but, it is not hurting and, I think, I'll be OK for another couple of weeks. If it does start hurting, I think I'll be able to call and get an emergency appointment.

  9. Congratulations on six years! I only discovered blogs about a year ago, and yours a few months ago. I very much enjoy your accountings! I've not yet read back through your posts, though will do so little by little. Best, Celie in Wisconsin.

    1. Thank you, Celie. Which part of Wisconsin? I went to university in Green Bay! :)

  10. I live in western Wisconsin along the Mississippi River, quite a ways from Green Bay. I moved here from Indiana many years ago. Celie

    1. I haven't been to western Wisconsin, but, have visited a couple of places in Indiana. :)

  11. Hello Bless,I still enjoy reading your blog every day.My poor English prevents me from commenting more often.Friendships

    1. Hi Vegevi, it is good to hear from you, again. I have said before, your English is better than my French! :D Hope you are keeping safe and well. Take care of yourself. Wish you the best. :)

  12. Happy Blog Anniversary, Bless.

    I will join the others and say how much I enjoy reading your blog and hearing about your life in general and your days in particular.
    I look forward to reading your Account of Days.


    1. Thank you, Debra. :) I hope it makes for some interesting reading. :)

  13. Six years is a great achievement. Congratulations! I enjoy reading about this and that ;) and I think I have been doing so for around four years now. Long may you continue to post. X


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