Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thursday, Already?!

Corn Bread Muffins

When I posted my meal plan options for this week on Monday, I didn't mean to remain silent for the next several days!  I've a bit of catching up to do, don't I?

On Monday, I felt a bit under the weather.  Nothing in particular was wrong, but, I felt a bit off, had no appetite, didn't even want my tea, and felt a little nauseated.  In hindsight, maybe I was dehydrated.  I had felt cold enough to switch on the heater, the night before, and the day was overcast and grey.  I didn't feel like doing much, but, I called the pharmacy to check on the status of one of my prescriptions, walked a bit in the garden in the afternoon, when there was a little sun, to warm up, and did some paperwork.  I had my piano lesson in the afternoon, watered the front garden, and, later, took my trash cans and neighbor T's recycling bin out to the curb.  It became quite windy, in the evening, and friend R said her apartment building lost power, twice.  But, I still had electricity and I'm glad because, I was able to have the electric space heater on.

Monday's gratitudes included:
- Having electricity
- Heaters
- Virtual piano lessons
- The pharmacy processing my prescription
- Being able to help neighbor T with her recycling bin

My joyful activity for the day was having the heaters on and being warm.

Daughter sent me her drawing, later in the evening:

Day 26 Prompt: Hide

Day 26: Hide

Here's my daughter's explanation of the drawing:  "drawing the scene when Ikki-senpai finally stops hiding his eyes from you in the game Amnesia World".

On Tuesday, I felt better.  The winds had blown all the clouds away and the day was sunny and bright!  Still a bit cold (for me), but I felt better and my appetite had returned.  I still didn't want any tea, but, I sipped lemon-lime soda and fresh lemon juice to help with the nausea.  Later, I had half a peach for breakfast and cooked rice and a fish curry in the early afternoon, when I felt well enough and hungry enough to eat something more substantial.  I walked a bit in the garden, brought my trash cans and neighbor T's recycling bin in, practiced the piano, filled out my Absentee/Mail-in Ballot, ran the dishwasher, cleaned up the kitchen, and watered the back garden. 

Tuesday's gratitudes included:
- Feeling better
- Lemon-lime soda and fresh lemon juice0
- The last piece of fish in the freezer
- Being able to vote
- Electricity to run the appliances

My joyful activity was filling out my ballot!

Day 27 prompt - music

Day 27: Music

According to my daughter, "Drawing girls from K-on!  Who are in the light music club and make lots of good music."

On Wednesday (yesterday), I woke up feeling cold, again.  But, a hot shower warmed me up and, after a brunch of milk rice and fish curry, I drove to the neighborhood library to drop off my ballot in the ballot drop off box located there.   First time I've done this, instead of voting in person.  

I received my Medicare card in the mail, yesterday!  Woo hoo!  I emailed my friend at the retirement office to let him know that I received the card and will be mailing the rest of the paperwork by the end of the week.  Then, came the drama of taking photo copies on a printer/copier that refused to work!  I feel that it is always the small things that stymie me!  I used to go to the library to make photo copies, but, the library is closed.  I wanted to go to an office supplies store like Staples or some other place that offer photo copying services, but, my daughter objected to it, saying she didn't want me to get exposed to the virus.  It's hard to live in a bubble and be independent when there are things that need to be done! 

Finally, I called friend A and asked if her daughter could do me yet another favor (she's the one who did the faxing for me, earlier).  A was very kind and understanding; she passed the message on to her daughter who called me when she was leaving work.  C was very kind, too, and obliging.  We agreed that she would stop by on her way to work in the morning, pick up the documents to be photocopied, and drop them off on her way home, in the evening.  She asked if I'd be up around 8:00 a.m. and I told her I'll make sure I'll be up by then!

Later in the evening, I watered the back garden and baked a batch of corn bread muffins.  I made 18 muffins and packed the majority of them into a container, along with a jar of my homemade peach jam, to give C, in the morning.  I had two of the muffins as a snack before dinner (which was a bowl of soup and a piece of toast), and the other two muffins for my breakfast, today.

Yesterday, I was grateful for:
- Receiving my medicare card
- Kind, helpful friends like A and her daughter C
- Being able to drop off my ballot
- The pharmacy mailing my prescriptions free of charge
- Being able to bake some muffins

My joyful activity for the day  included baking muffins.

Day 28 drawing prompt:  Float

Day 28: Float

According to my daughter, this is the Float Card from Cardcaptor Sakura.

Today, Thursday, I woke up fairly early, with the alarm going off at 7:00 a.m.  I was dressed and ready when friend A called to let me know her daughter was on her way.  C got here around 8:00 a.m. and I handed her the file folder with the papers to be photocopied and the bag with the muffins and jam (there's a card in there, too, with a little something to thank her for her time and going out of her way to help me, as well).  She will bring the copies back on her way home in the evening.  I am so blessed to have kind and helpful friends like her and her mother!

One of the benefits of waking up early is having the whole morning to write this blog post!  LOL.

Plans for the rest of today include:

- Doing a load of laundry (started)

- Practicing the piano

- Paperwork

Today, I am grateful for:

- Kind and helpful friends

- Alarm clocks!

- Working appliances

- A sunny and relatively warm day

- Pomegranates from the tree

How is your week coming along?  


  1. I was beginning to get worried by your absence. I'm sorry to hear you've felt unwell but it's good to hear that you are feeling better.

    That's great news that you've received the medical card and hope that the rest of the process is free from any problems.

    Take care Bless x

    1. Thank you for being concerned, Eileen. I tend to write my blog posts very late at night and these past couple of nights, I've felt that I had precious little to write about. I think I felt stressed about a couple of things, too. But, things are looking better, today! :)

  2. You sound so busy and happy. I'm sorry that you were feeling under the weather. It is so important to stay hydrated. With Covid, we all have to be so careful.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. I wouldn't mind being a little less busy, but, then, I feel guilty because there is always plenty to do in the house and the garden! But, other than feeling a bit stressed about all the paperwork, I am happy. :)

  3. You have so much to be thankful for and I'm so glad you are feeling better!

    1. Yes, I do, don't I? I am feeling very blessed! Thank you. Hope all is well with you, too.

  4. I guess the busy time last week tired you and you needed to recover, plus feeling chilly, too. I'm glad you are recovering and getting the help you need. It is hard to be dependent, isn't it, but you have such good friends and neighbours when you need help. Great that you got the Medicare card and also that you were able to take care of delivering your ballot.

    Last night we watched "Contagion"! It had such a familiar feel to it that we could hardly believe that the movie was made in 2011. I did a rapid grocery run this morning in two stores and got back in time to put the perishables away before heading out to church for an hour. This evening we watched an excellent documentary on archeological digging at Saqqara in Egypt.

    1. I guess things sort of caught up with me; in addition to going to several medical appointments, I was stressing about a couple of things, which is never a good thing. I am very grateful for the help I am receiving; I hope that I will be able to help others in the same way, in the future.

      I haven't seen "Contagion", but I remember seeing some trailers for it. You've had a busy morning! I enjoy watching documentaries like the one you mentioned.

  5. So glad you are better now! The drawings are absolutely amazing! Stay safe and healthy everyone ☺

    1. Thank you, Natalia. Hope you are keeping well and have a lovely weekend.

  6. I also love a warm shower on a cold day. The only problem is that I don't want to get out because it feels too good and I spend longer in there that I need to. That's not good for my already dry skin.

    Glad you're feeling better.

    1. Long hot showers are one of the luxuries of life! I try to limit myself to short showers in order to conserve water, but, every now and then, I indulge in a longer shower.

      I am doing well, now, thank you. I think a lot of my malaise was based on stress about a number of issues.

  7. This was a nice newsy post that I enjoyed reading.

    I voted in the same manner that you did. There was a drop box at our city hall just a couple miles away.

    1. Thank you for reading through it all, Debra. Glad you were able to vote by dropping off your ballot and it was convenient to do so. I had heard on the news that in some states, they would permit only one ballot drop off center per county, and some people had to drive for miles to reach their drop off center and tough luck to those who weren't able to drive there (or be driven).

  8. I am glad you are feeling better, and I very much enjoyed your daughter's drawings. She is quite talented.


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