Thursday, October 1, 2020

Starting October


My Daughter's Ink Sketch of a Koi Fish

My daughter decided she was going to participate in something called Inktober, again, this year.  She did that a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun.  There are, apparently, different ways in which to participate, but, basically, one does an ink sketch a day (or, every other day, or once a week) and posts it.  Some people have a theme, but, she has chosen to go with a daily prompt.  Today's prompt was "Fish" and she decided to do a koi fish.  She used felt tip pens, she said.  She estimates it took her about one hour to draw and complete it.

Today has been another hot day.  Triple digit temperatures.  We apparently went up to 106F, today.  No, I didn't turn on the air conditioner in the room.  I was fine with the stand fan directed at me.

Since it was the first of the month, I made milk rice for breakfast and some onion relish (seeni sambol) to go with it.  In the afternoon, I gathered the documents I think I might need, tomorrow, for my phone appointment with the Social Security office regarding my application for Medicare.  There was a moment of panic at one point when I couldn't locate one very important document, but, I found it, after some searching, in the first place where I looked, but hiding under another document!  Whew!  I received an automated reminder of tomorrow's phone call; I hope it will go well.

I practiced the piano, later in the afternoon, and spoke with neighbor T, checking on her during this heatwave.  She warned me that there is a flex alert, urging people to refrain from using appliances during the day, until 8:00 p.m., to keep the demand on electricity low.  

In the early evening, I watered the front garden, just a little bit.  

Later in the evening, I spoke with one of my cousins and with friend R.  

The other night, I was craving something sweet, so, I pulled out a couple of frozen puff pastry squares, sliced up an apple, drizzled a little mango jam and sugar, and baked it all in the toaster oven (it was too hot to turn on the big stove oven):

Apple Pastry

I had one piece for dessert, that night, and the other piece for breakfast, the next day.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to locate the document I was looking for

- A new month and a new beginning

- Electricity to run the fans

- My rescue inhaler was delivered in the mail

- Being able to chat with family and friends

Today's joyful activity was playing the piano.

The only thing on tomorrow's To Do List is the phone call with the Social Security office about my Medicare application.  Please wish me well.  I have been praying all day that it will go well and that I can hand deliver my original Certificate of Citizenship instead of mailing it in.  I am stressing over that - I don't want to mail such an important piece of paper and have it go astray.  Please wish that I will get to speak with someone who will be sympathetic to my concerns and will say I can deliver it/drop it off at their office!


  1. Your daughter is a gifted artist. The apple dessert looks delicious. So simple to make, but looks very impressive

    1. Thank you, Angela.

      Yes, the pastry was very easy to make; frozen puff pastry is a good thing to have on hand.

  2. I hope they will allow you to hand deliver the important documents. If not, is it possible to arrange for a certified copy to be produced - in this country we'd use a solicitor so it's not cheap but may be worth the expense for peace of mind.

    I do like your daughter's ink drawing. She is definitely very talented.

    1. I had my phone interview, this morning. They are willing to accept faxed or mailed copies during this time, but, will want to see the originals once the office is opened. That's a big relief. I need to go to an office supply store to get access to a fax machine, but, they reserve the first hour, Monday through Friday, for seniors/at risk people, so, I will wait until Monday to do so.

      Thank you. :)

  3. You are will prepared, so today's appointment will go well. And if it doesn't, there's always tomorrow. You have had so much practice sorting out medical matters, you're a pro at getting through red tape.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I had the interview, this morning, and it went well. They are willing to accept faxed or mailed copies of the documents, although they will require to see the originals once their office is opened. They will not accept anything hand delivered/dropped off. I don't have a fax machine, so, I plan to go to Staples to do so. I am going to wait until Monday, because the first hour after opening is reserved for seniors/at risk people.

  4. Triple digit heat..yikes. I do not last long in heavy heat. Your daughter is talented. I like her drawing. Won't it be nice when we can come and go without the worry of the Virus? I am worn out wiping things all the time. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

    1. Thank you, Susie. It's a little cooler, today. Still in the triple digits, but, in the low 100s. :)

  5. Such a talent your daughter has! (I think I know where she gets it from.) I do hope all went well with the interview and that things will continue smoothly.

    Well, I think I have a new "sweetheart" in my life but DH knows, and doesn't seem too worried. The neighbours' dog came over this afternoon while I was chatting on the phone to a friend, and I just had to go out onto the deck, still chatting. I sat on the deck box, fed treats, petted doggy and then he got up and put his paws across my knees! He did this several times while I rubbed his neck and behind his ears. Finally he heard a call from home and raced off at great speed. The soap opera will continue...

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. :)

      Everything went well with the interview, yes, thank you. I just finished posting about it. They will accept copies for now and a friend's daughter will fax them for me so I won't have to go to fax them, myself. Such blessings!

      Oh, that dog is too much! How sweet! He loves you! You've made a friend for life, I think! :D


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