Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Starting July on Wednesday

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends!

Happy first day of the rest of the year to everyone!

I slept in, this morning, but, got enough sleep.  Had a cup of tea, replied to blog comments, read a few other blogs, and, it being the first of the month, made milkrice for brunch.  I had it with some of the kebab curry.

In the afternoon, I dilly-dallied!  I should have vacuumed, but, I didn't.  Instead, I read more blogs, watched news on TV, including our governor's news conference about the virus situation in our state (my county had 2,900 plus new cases a couple of days ago, a new county record), did a load of laundry (that was on the weekly schedule for Thursday), dusted my bedroom, cleared my desk, and wrote out my grocery list.  Later, a delivery of toilet paper that my daughter had ordered for me came in and I took a box of it over to friend R; I told her it was an early birthday gift!  She had been saying that several of the stores she checked didn't have any.  She gave me some yeast that she had been able to get, as I haven't been able to find any yeast, yet.  Maybe I'll bake us a loaf of bread, this weekend!

After I came home, I practiced the piano, and then, had a long conversation on the phone with aunt C who called.  Then, I put away most of the laundry (a couple of pieces are still hanging up to dry) and had what turned out to be the first part of my dinner - a salad with lettuce, a carrot, half an apple, some cashew pieces, and a bottled dressing (Crisp Apple and Honey, it says):

It was followed, a couple of hours later, by an egg salad sandwich!  That finishes the egg salad I made the other day.

Today, I am grateful for:
- The start of a new month
- The car started without any trouble
- Being able to share some of the TP with my friend
- Receiving some yeast, in return
- My daughter, who is making sure I have everything I need

Today's joyful activity was making a delivery to my friend.

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Dust my bedroom - DONE
- Vacuum
- Paperwork/filing - DONE
- Do one decluttering/organizing task - the desk in my bedroom - DONE

Thursday's To Do List:
- Vacuum
- Clean the kitchen
- Water the garden, front and back
- Load of laundry, if needed (Did on Wednesday)
- Paperwork/filing - go through one file folder that's on my desk

How was your Wednesday?  Did you have a good start to the new month?  What are your plans for Thursday?


  1. The uptick in COVID-10 cases is concerning, but presently we're holding steady here. I hope that holds as we open up more and more things. I'm glad that you are able to get what you need without going out much.

    1. Glad to hear that the numbers are holding steady where you are, Live and Learn, and hope it continues to be so. I'm blessed to be able to get what I need delivered or through curbside pick up.

  2. haha - I included 4 rolls of toilet paper in the birthday gift bag for one of my friends back in May. (dropped off onto her patio when she was not home to avoid contact)
    She loved it and we had a good laugh.
    Maybe it's this year's most popular gift? :)

    And getting the yeast from R for your effort is a nice welcome surprise.
    I still have yeast having had a nice supply before all of this started so I haven't really checked the shelves the times I've been in the stores.
    I go shopping every couple of weeks - once in a while holding out to 3 weeks - making my perishables last as long as I can in between and managing with other things when they are gone.
    It's been a learning experience that's for sure in that I realize that most of the time I am just fine without the thing I want or am out of.

    Cheers to your daughter for organizing the toilet paper delivery!

    1. Yes, it is definitely one of the more popular gifts, this year, if not THE most popular. :)

      I haven't been able to get any yeast, at all, so, I was happy to receive the yeast from my friend. I had one expired packet that I was holding on to, for just in case!

      I'm glad that you are learning how to manage between trips to the grocery store. The perishables are the things that determine how often we need to shop, isn't it? I've been blessed to have family and friends who've been willing to pick up a few things for me - bread, bananas, eggs, etc., as needed, to see me through between grocery shopping trips. My last big grocery pickup was in May. I am planning to do another grocery pickup this month.

      Thank you; my daughter has been very helpful. She's doing everything she can to make it possible for me to stay at home. :)

  3. That's a lot of new cases. Have you been ordered back into lockdown? The government has ordered a local lockdown in Leicester so I'm watching to see exactly what that means as Wiltshire, where I live, is supposedly on the list of places facing local lockdown. However it turned out to be bad reporting and scaremongering by the local press - Wiltshire's new cases increased by 300% in one day which on the face of it is terrifying, but it turns out that initially there was one new case with three more the following day, so not quite the horror story we were led to believe!

    I'm glad that you intend to stay safe at home. The news about the increase in infection in the USA is worrying.

    1. It is a lot of new cases, isn't it? Statewide, we've have 4,056 new cases in the last 24 hours. 2,002 of those 4,056 new cases are from Los Angeles county (my county). The statewide positivity rate has gone up from 4.6% to 6.3% in the last 2 weeks. Some of the reopened businesses and beaches have been, or will be, closed again, as of today, as a result. People such as I, who are in the higher risk category are being asked to stay at home to the extent possible. I am not going out, anyway, with the exception of grocery pick ups and the occasional delivery to my friend. It's not 100% lockdown, but, it can go back to it, if necessary, I suppose.

  4. I am with you and very grateful for the start of a new month. I hope and pray the downhill side of 2020 improves greatly!

    1. That's what we are all hoping for, Anne. That we will end the year on a high note! :)

  5. The month of June came and went in the blink of an eye. This has been a very strange year indeed.
    I expect friend R was pleased to receive the toilet paper. Thankfully, we don't seem to have shortages of anything here now. X

    1. The days do tend to fly by, don't they? Yes, friend R was very happy. We are still having some shortages of certain paper products, hand sanitizers, yeast, etc.

  6. Whoever would have thought that we would be gifting TP and yeast! I hope you enjoy making bread. I haven't made any more yet although I had planned to do so. It has been so hot and I've had a few bad nights with resulting tiredness and anxiety. But a good night can make all the difference, thank goodness. Things did get done but some got pushed to the following day's list, and from there to the next day! We have still been able to eat supper on the deck and our doggy friend seems to know each time and wanders all the way over through the trees and bushes and bounds up the steps so I can give him his dog treats!

    1. LOL, practical gifts for the times in which we live, Bushlady. I don't blame you for not making bread when it is so hot. Our weather is unusually cool, right now; but, I don't bake anything when it gets hot.

      I'm glad you were able to have a good night's rest and it's OK to push some tasks to the next day and the next. I've done that several times, myself. :)

      That little doggy is too much! LOL! It's like Dancer who comes running to the kitchen every time I go there, hoping for a treat of tuna! I tell him that he's ever the optimist! :D

  7. Thank you for the Canada Day wishes. It turned out to be a very good day. I attended a virtual Canada Day BBQ. Some old friends from the Kingston area got together for a socially distanced BBQ on a large backyard deck and I was there on Facebook messenger. I hadn't "seen" some of them in over a year. It was great. Later in the evening I watched a TV presentation of music from Canadian musicians and they re-broadcast last year's 15 minute fireworks presentation to music from Canada's Wonderland outside of Toronto.

    TP and yeast are both fantastic gifts to give and receive during this time, so I'm very glad for the both of you. The continuing outbreaks are very worrying and the more things open up, the more I find myself retreating. I think I have accepted the fact that things are going to get much worse, so I am not expecting a return to normal for a very long time. I think that is helping me to get through this.

    1. I'm glad you were able to get together with old friends, if only virtually, to celebrate, Susan.

      The best gifts are those that are hard to obtain and we'd like to keep all for ourselves because of that. Right now, TP and yeast come under that heading! Although, I really don't know why my friend ordered yeast, because she doesn't bake! LOL. But, I'm very glad she did order some, because she was generous enough to share some with me. :)

      I am in it for the long haul, myself, Susan. Eventually, I'll need to venture out to see my doctors, but, other than that, I plan to stay home for the next several months, if not the rest of the year!


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