Saturday, July 31, 2021

Monthly Balanced Life Goals: July Review and August Goals

As I've explained before, my monthly balanced life goals are similar to the spokes of a wheel, with the length of each spoke representing my satisfaction in that area of my life, from 1 to 10, with 1 being most dissatisfied and 10 being most satisfied.  Ideally, all the spokes are of equal length and the wheel will roll along smoothly.  If the spokes are of unequal lengths, then, the resulting wheel will be lop-sided and wobbly.  My ratings for each segment are shown within the parentheses, with the beginning of the month ratings in black and the end of the month ratings being shown in blue.

Monthly goals:

Spiritual (10)(10):   The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life:
- Continue with daily prayers, meditation, being grateful, positive, and joyful
- Continue to attend Temple prayer/blessing services online
- Continue to cultivate non-attachment by being generous and giving to the extent I am able

I continued with my daily prayers, meditation, being grateful, and I have tried to be positive, giving, and joyful in July.  I didn't attend any Temple services online (none were available, as far as I know), but, I have been watching blessing videos that have already been posted online and I feel that I do live a spiritually meaningful life!  I will continue to keep the rating at 10.

August Spiritual  goals will be the same as above.

House (8.5)(8.5):  The goal is a home that is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming:
- Clean - Clean the house as needed 
- Organize - Continue to find a place for everything and keep everything in its place
- Well maintained - Keep "erasing the evidence"; implement daily and weekly cleaning schedules
- Decluttered - Continue with the decluttering process
I was able to do more housework in July, although vacuuming my bedroom caused my leg to twinge a bit the next day and daughter had to vacuum the family room for me later in the week.  Between the two of us, all the essential cleaning was done and the house was maintained.  Very little decluttering was done, but, I am OK with that because there is a decluttering challenge to look forward to in August!  I am keeping my rating to 8.5 because the house has been maintained.

August House goals will be the same as above; I am hoping to be able to go back to my weekly cleaning routines and to declutter 31 items!  

Garden (9.5)(9.5):  The goal is a garden that is productive, yet drought tolerant:
Maintaining (water, fertilize, and weed), with the bulk of it being done by M and my daughter.

The garden was well tended to in July.  M continued to tend to the garden twice a week and I was able to take over the additional day of watering from my daughter!  The garden has been doing well with all the watering, etc., but, my water bill caused me to wince!  I went over my allocated amount of Tier 1 water (lowest rate per unit of water, measured in hundred cubit feet), exceeded the allocated amount of Tier 2 water (next higher rate per unit of water), and went all the way up to Tier 3, which is the highest rate per unit!  Sigh.  Growing our own vegetables and fruit is lovely, but, a lush, productive garden requires a lot of water in our dry climate!  We pulled out almost all the zucchini plants, after harvesting a total of 130 zucchini!  The majority of the green bean plants have also been pulled out; they didn't produce that well, but, we are grateful for the almost 2 lbs. of beans that we did harvest.  I am keeping the rating at 9.5, because the garden has been doing quite well.    

August Garden goals will include:
Maintaining (water, fertilize, and weed); M will continue to visit twice a week in August, as well.
- Focus on the vegetable and fruit plants
- Schedule tree trimmers to trim the eucalyptus tree

Daughter (10)(10) The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her:
- Enjoying the rest of the time together before she has to go back

My daughter's return to Berkeley, earlier scheduled for July 24, was postponed as renovations at the building her office is relocating to have not been completed yet!  As of now, she will probably stay down here until at least mid-October!  We are both pleased to have her stay here and continue to work from home!  She has also been required to report for Jury Duty, down here, in August, so the delay to return to Berkeley works out well for her.  I am keeping the rating at 10!

August Daughter goals will include:
- Continue to enjoy the rest of the time together before she has to go back
- Plan to do some fun (safe) activities together

Family & Friends (10)(10):  The goal is to have a close connection with family and friends:
- Regular phone calls and emails to check on them

I interacted with family and friends, mostly through phone calls, emails, texts, etc., but, there were also a few in-person visits!  We were able to celebrate friend R's birthday in mid July with lunch we bought from the Sri Lankan restaurant and brought home to enjoy; that was a planned visit.  There were a couple of unplanned visits, too.  Once to support cousin N and aunt C when their cat died and aunt called to ask me if we could come.  Once when cousin V's daughter's flight was delayed and they spent the additional wait time visiting us and joining us for dinner.  There was also a steady exchange of plates of food, treats, zucchini, etc., between myself and several friends and neighbors and a few family members throughout the month as well!  July was a good month for keeping in touch with family and friends. I am keeping the rating at 10.  

August Family and Friends goals will be the same as above. 

Community (10)(10):  The goal is to be involved in my community:
- Continue to participate in the various community groups to the extent possible in the following ways:
  - Participate in the blogging community
  - Participate in the online organizing group
  - Weekly phone calls with neighbor T
  - Participate in temple events

I participated in the blogging community, interacted with my neighbors, etc.  I didn't participate as much in the online organizing group as I didn't do a lot of organizing in July (since I was still in recovery mode) and I didn't participate in any temple events as there were no online services held this month.  I am keeping the rating at 10.

August Community goals will be the same as above.

Finances (10)(10):  The goal is financial security:
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose

I continued to spend as mindfully as possible in July.  I went over some budget categories, but, didn't spend as much as budgeted in other areas, so, overall, I stayed within the monthly budget.  I need to review and revise my budget, though.  I usually do a mid-year review at the end of June, but, wasn't able to do so this year.  I will redo the budget in August.  I am keeping the rating at 10.

August Financial goals:
- Review and revise budget as needed
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose

Health & Well Being (6)(7.5):  The goal is good health:
- Focus on continuing to recover and regain strength
- Follow up blood tests
- Doctor's appointment (oncology follow up)
- Monitor weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.  

The good news is, I continue to recover from the sciatica inflammation.  The lab tests I did for the oncology visit came out well, for the most part and I have received my bone density booster injection  after some back and forth with the insurance company about the timing.  My blood pressure and blood sugar readings have been good and my weight has remained stable, which was the best I could have hoped for, considering I have not been able to be very active.   I'm raising the rating to 7.5 based on how well I feel and the good blood test results.

August Health and Wellbeing goals
- Focus on continuing to recover and regain strength
- Follow up blood tests
- Doctor's appointment (primary physician follow up; August 24)
- Monitor weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.

Time Management (6)(7): The goal is to spend my time in a mindful manner:
Spend time purposefully, mindfully
- Continue to focus on making my schedule work for me
- Procrastinate less

I have been spending my time a little more mindfully, although I am not so sure about the "purposefully" part!  I still seem to spend an awful lot of time staring at a screen, especially with the Olympics games to watch!  I was still resting and taking it easy in July, so, I will not be too critical about how my time was spent and managed.  Time sensitive things like paying bills and renewing the car registration were accomplished.  I  am raising my satisfaction rating to 7.   

August Time Management goals are the same as above.

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Self-Care (10)(10):  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Engage in daily joyful activities

I have been engaging in daily joyful activities in July; they've included painting with my daughter, celebrating my friend's birthday, having some special celebratory meals, etc.  I am keeping the rating at 10.  

August Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Self-Care goal remains the same as above.  

July turned out to be a good month!  My health improved as the sciatica pain faded and as a result, I was able to do more and my overall sense of wellbeing improved!  I felt better about a lot of things, there was more social contact during a brief window of time when I felt physically better and Covid numbers were down!  My Health and Wellbeing area and Time Management area went up and the others remained at a high rating.  I feel that it was a well balanced month.  I am looking forward to seeing how well August turns out to be.  

Anyone else making monthly goals for a more balanced life?  If not, how do you try to maintain balance in all the different areas of your life?  

An Item A Day Keeps The Clutter Away: August Decluttering Challenge!

 It's the first day of August, tomorrow, and I am joining with Eileen in a month-long decluttering challenge!  The goal is to declutter at least one item a day, every day, for a total of 31 items decluttered in August.  Anyone else interested in joining us?  You can declutter at your pace - one item a day or 31 items in one day.  You can even declutter more than 31 items, if you like!  

As many of you know, I've been on a decluttering journey for longer than I'd like to admit!  I'm a "collector" of various items, although some may say I'm a packrat!  I don't consider myself to be a hoarder, but, I do like to hold onto things, often due to sentimental reasons, or under the impression that it might come in useful someday/I might need it, or with the intention of making something crafty with it.

In the past, I've decluttered 10 items a day, I've decluttered as many items per day as the date (that was easy to do at the very beginning of the month, but became increasingly more difficult towards the end of the month), and I've decluttered with a set goal of X number of items that month.  That's what this month's challenge is - 31 items for the month of August.  

This is a very informal challenge.  There is no decluttering police coming at the end of the month to check if we've decluttered!  What you declutter and how you declutter is entirely up to you.  

I like to keep track of what I decluttered by posting about it on my blog - either simply mentioning what I decluttered or posting a picture, either on a daily blog post or doing a month-end post about it.  I also choose not to count what I would normally recycle, like paper, bottles, and cans, unless it is something I had been collecting for reuse (like empty jars) which I've decided I don't need to keep anymore.  

Is anyone else thinking of joining the August decluttering challenge?

Friday: The End of the Summer of Zucchini

The One that Almost Got Away


'Today, M picked the last two zucchini and pulled out all but one zucchini plant!  It is the end of the summer of zucchini!  Next year, we will plant two or three zucchini plants at the most!  LOL.

We pulled out most of the green bean plants, too, as they were not doing all that well. I think, next time, I will plant pole beans and not bush beans.   In the meantime, the tomatoes are doing well and I might pick more tomatoes this weekend.

Today, I am grateful for:
- All the zucchini we've harvested this summer
- Being able to share some of the zucchini with friends, neighbors, and family
- The jars of zucchini chutney we were able to make
- The opportunity to try so many zucchini dishes
- M helping with the garden

Today's joyful activity was selecting six more zucchini to give to my daughter's friend!  LOL.

How is your garden growing?   Did you plant any zucchini this year?

Friday, July 30, 2021

Groceries on Thursday

I picked up another grocery order, today.  

I bought:

1 loaf sandwich bread = $1.50
1/2 gal. half & half = $3.99
1 bag hot cheese snacks = $3.49
6 frozen burritos @ $.49 = $2.94
2 mini seedless watermelon @ $1.99 = $3.98
4 bananas @ $.65/lb = $1.16
2 x 32 oz. strawberries @ $2.99 = $5.98
2 peaches @ $.98/lb = $.96
2 smoked sausages, store brand, 14 oz. each. @$2.50 = $5.00
1 tray (5.27 lbs) chicken thighs @ $.99/lb = $5.22
1 tray (6.09 lbs.) chicken breasts @ $.99/lb = $6.03
1 lb. lean ground beef = $3.99
1 tray (1.82 lbs) pork loin chops @ $2.98/lb. = $5.44
1 bag (9.5 oz) romaine salad mix = $2.50
1 lb. carrots = $0.99
1+ lb. green beans @ $1.99/lb = $2.09
2 corn on the cob @ $.50 = $1.00
0.97 lb. broccoli @ $1.98 = $1.93
2 x 1.5 qt. ice cream @ $3.00 = $6.00|
32 bottles (@16.9 fl. oz ) purified drinking water = $3.34 + $1.60 deposit = $4.94 

Total = $69.13

Obviously, a lot of the items I bought today will be eaten in August, as July is almost at an end.  But, I spent the money in July, so I am considering it as part of the July grocery spending.

July grocery spending:

Grocery store:

July 3: $36.18
July 11: $34.90
July 29: $69.13
July grocery store total = $140.21

Japanese store: $13.25
Sri Lankan store: $103.63

July Groceries Total = $140.21 + $13.25 + $103.63 = $257.09

Obviously my monthly grocery spending has increased in recent months, especially since daughter has also been home.  The trip to the Sri Lankan store, where I stocked up on tea, curry powder, and condiments, etc., as well as treats, put me over my grocery budget, in July.  But, it was a bit of a planned splurge and I am OK with that.  It is a blessing to be able to go over budget from time to time and I fully appreciate that!  I do plan to stay under budget in August.

Today I am grateful for:
- Being able to order groceries online
- Curbside grocery pick up
- A safe drive to the grocery store and back
- Being able to go above the budget from time to time
- A full fridge and freezer

How about you?  Did you keep to your grocery budget in July?  

Wednesday, July 28, 2021



Red Rose

Yesterday's long drawn out medical appointment left me feeling drained.  I rested and took it easy today.  

M stopped by in the late morning to water the garden.  He pulled out several more zucchini plants and we found a huge zucchini hiding under the leaves of one plant and I found another one under another plant, later!  

M was concerned that the sun was causing the bell peppers and tomatoes to burn:

Sun Damage on Bell Pepper

He found two screens to try to minimize the sun burn:

Tomato Plant Under Cover

Bell Pepper Plant Under Cover

They are actually net food covers that one of his other clients was throwing away.  Hopefully, the screens will help to prevent sun damage!

I offered M some of the pasta sauce I made, but, he declined saying tomato based sauces don't agree with him.  

Later in the evening, I went outside to check the mail and saw Snowbunny and Pirate Bun enjoying the "all you can eat buffet" at their favorite restaurant, The Front Garden!  LOL!

Snowbunny and Pirate Bun

Table for Two at The Front Garden Restaurant

Today, I am grateful for:
- A day to relax
- M tending to the garden
- Sun screens for the plants!
- More zucchini from the garden!
- Working appliances

Today's joyful activity was taking some photographs for the blog.

Plans for tomorrow might include picking up groceries, if I ever get around to ordering them.  

How was your Wednesday?  What are your plans for Thursday?

Medical Appointment on Tuesday

Squill (Drimia maritima) Flower Stalk

It feels like all I did today was drive to the clinic, wait to receive my injection, and drive back!  But, I did manage to get a few other things done, too.  My appointment at the clinic was for 1:00 p.m. and I was asked arrive 15 minutes early.  The drive usually takes about one hour, depending on traffic.  At 11:40 a.m., I pulled the car out of the garage and noticed the tire pressure gauge light was on!  I walked around the car and noticed that the right front tire looked a bit deflated.  I was so glad I decided to leave a little bit earlier than I had to!  I drove to a tire shop/service center that I've been to before and they checked the tire pressures and inflated the right front tire.  I was glad it was not a puncture.

Even with the slight delay to get the tire pressure checked, I arrived at the clinic at 12:45 p.m.  The waiting room was practically full (only every other chair was available for seating), but, I was able to get the last available seat.  There was a short wait and I was called in to be weighed, my pressure taken, etc.  Then, I was asked to go back to the waiting room until an examination room was available.  I explained that I had been seen by the nurse practitioner on my earlier visit, that I was only there to receive my injection which hadn't been available at the earlier visit, but, apparently, I needed to be seen by the nurse practitioner again before the injection could be given!  

When I went back to the waiting room, it was packed!  There was a line of people waiting to check in and others waiting to be called in.  Not a single seat was available!  There were at least two or three people standing, waiting to be called in.  I joined them and stood for some time.  I was glad that I could stand without my leg hurting.  Eventually, I was called in and shown to an examination room and I sat and waited.  I had taken a book of sudoku to work on while I waited and I was able to amuse myself while I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  The assistant who had called me in noticed me waiting and asked me if I was still waiting to be seen and I said, "Yes".  He said he will find the nurse practitioner and notify her.  Another 15 minutes or so passed and the nurse practitioner came in, with another person who was in training or observing, and apologized for the long wait time.  She didn't do another physical examination, this time, just asked a few questions to see if everything was the same and I had no new concerns, and authorized the administration of the injection.  It was 2:45 p.m. (I texted daughter to let her know that I had just been seen by the nurse practitioner).  There was another short wait for the nurse to come in and actually give me the injection and have me sign the form stating I received the injection.  After that, I was able to leave the clinic.  It was 3:00 p.m.!

Of course there was quite a bit of traffic on the freeway on the way home, but, at least it was moving.  I was getting tired and hungry by the time I got off the freeway (I had a cup of tea in the morning and, although I had some cheese crackers with me, I didn't eat while at the clinic or in the car).  I mentally reviewed what we had at home for a quick lunch, but, everything required some sort of preparation (plenty of pasta sauce, but, have to cook pasta to have with it, etc.) and  decided to pick up a pizza on my way home (there is a chain of pizza shops that have pre-made pizza to go, no need to order ahead of time).  I bought the pizza and got home just before 4:00 p.m.

Daughter hadn't eaten, either; we had some of the pizza for our lunch.  Afterwards, I rested a bit and watched some of the Olympics.

Then, I brought in the trash cans from the curb, collected the empty food containers from neighbor T (the ones I had given the pasta and sauce in, yesterday), and  cooked a mackerel curry, with canned mackerel.  I took some of the mackerel curry and a container of the pasta sauce I had made to friend R, who gave me some of the stringhoppers she had ordered.   

Daughter and I enjoyed the stringhoppers with some of the mackerel curry for dinner.  Afterwards, she helped me put away the leftovers and I did the dishes.  I also froze some of the pasta sauce for another time.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Helpful workers at the tire place and the tire was not a flat!
- A safe drive to and from the clinic
- The injection was approved and administered
- Medical insurance
- Friend R sharing stringhoppers with us
- Being able to do all what I did without any sciatica pain!

Today's joyful activity was taking some curry and pasta sauce to friend R and receiving some stringhoppers in return.  When I called friend R to thank her, again, for the stringhoppers, she said she had just finished eating some of her stringhoppers with the mackerel curry and enjoyed the curry very much.

Plans for tomorrow include having M water the garden and maybe mopping the kitchen.

How was your Tuesday?  What are your plans for Wednesday?

Monday, July 26, 2021

Catching Up on Monday


Freshly Picked Tomatoes 

Sunday was a good day.  My leg felt fine after resting on Saturday.  I did three of loads of laundry, made French toast for breakfast, ham fried rice for lunch, and watched some of the Olympics games on TV.  Daughter watched the women's gymnastics with me, as that's the event she's most interested in (having done gymnastics as a child and doing acrobatics, now).

In between watching the games on TV, we picked some of the ripe tomatoes.  We picked a colander full!  I didn't weigh them, but, I wouldn't be surprised if there were at least 5 or 6 lbs.  There are more tomatoes on the plants, too!  What an abundance!  This year's garden produce have been such a blessing!

In the evening, I cut up the tomatoes and made a pasta sauce.  I didn't follow a particular recipe, but, I added two onions, chopped up, part of a bell pepper (also from the garden), several cloves of garlic, some dried basil leaves, a little lemon juice, and salt.  Brought everything to a boil and then, simmered for about 30 minutes.  I know some people cook their pasta sauce for a long time, but, I wanted to preserve as much of the fresh taste as I could.  It made quite a lot of sauce!  I also browned some ground beef with onions and garlic, but, didn't add it to the sauce as daughter likes to be able to adjust the amount of meat to sauce.  

Towards the end of the sauce making, around 9:00 p.m., the phone rang - it was my cousin V.  "You don't go to sleep early, do you?"  "No, we are night owls!"  She and her husband were at the nearby airport (a smaller airport than the Los Angeles International Airport), dropping off their younger daughter K, who had come for a weekend visit and was flying back to New York where she lives with her husband and 2 sons.  Except, her flight was delayed by 3 hours.  And rather than have her hang around the airport for 3 hrs., V asked if they could come to my place to wait, instead.  I said, yes, of course.  I did warn her that the house was a mess!  Which it was, because there was the last load of laundry hanging up to dry, dirty dishes in the sink after cooking, etc.  And there was very little time to tidy up.

But, there was a huge pot of freshly made pasta sauce and the browned ground beef.  I put a pot of water to boil for pasta just before they arrived and we were able to offer them an impromptu pasta dinner!  K said she had packed a sandwich with her, but, I told her to keep it to eat in the plane if she gets hungry later!  K, whose mother-in-law is of Italian descent and, by all accounts a good cook, said my pasta sauce was very good!  Not that she could have said anything else, under the circumstances, but, it pleased me to hear that.  LOL.  I didn't have anything to offer for dessert, but, I had Lemon Puffs, which is a type of Sri Lankan cookies, so, served those, instead.  Later, when we were putting away the leftovers, I remembered that there was a rum cake that someone had given us, still in its box, in the fridge!  Oh, well, I'll keep that for the next time I get some unexpected visitors!

V and family were here for about one hour or maybe a little more.  We didn't wear masks and that bothered  me a little bit, but, I felt awkward to ask them to wear masks (and we'd have to take them off to eat, anyway).  In any case, we were all fully vaccinated, I had the living room window and front door open, with the fan on, and the air purifier on, so, I think it was alright.  We left the window open and the air purifier on for some time after they left.  As I mentioned to one of my friends, visiting with family in the age of Covid is a bit of a minefield to say the least!  

But, it was nice to see them all again.  Plus, I sent a bag of zucchini home with V who said she loves zucchini!  LOL!  Trust me not to lose an opportunity to get rid of  share the abundance of zucchini!  In any case, there won't be many more zucchini from the garden from now on.  When M was here on Friday, he started pulling out some of the zucchini plants.  He will probably pull out most of the rest this week.

After my cousin and family left, daughter put away the leftovers while I loaded the dishwasher and wiped the stove, etc.  then, I cleaned the bathroom and put the bathmats I had washed earlier on the floor.

I had spoken with neighbor T and called Aunt C earlier in the day.  Friend R had called while V and family were here; I called her back after they had left.

It drizzled a little bit, late last night and early this morning.  It was also rather cool when we woke up (I felt cold enough to wear a long sleeved blouse, leggings, and socks!)  But, the afternoon was sunny and 75F; my socks came off!  LOL.  

Neighbor T called, again, this morning.  Yesterday, she had mentioned that she had a box of stuff to go in the recycling bin, but, her daughter had taken the big bin to the curb for her, already, so I offered to take her stuff to the recycling bin if she puts it out by her back door.  Today, she called to say that it was not necessary to take the stuff to the recycle bin, as what she had could wait until next week.

I asked T if she'd like to have some of the pasta and sauce that I had made and she said she'd love some if it wasn't a bother, but, said to give her only a little sauce because sometimes her stomach reacts to tomatoes.  So, I served her a bowl of the pasta with a little sauce  and put some extra sauce into another container in case she wanted more and took it over, keeping the bag with the food at her front door and knocking to let her know that it was there;  She called out a thank you as I walked back to my house.  Later, around 6:30 p.m., she called to say she had it for her supper, it was delicious, and she ate every bit of it, including the extra sauce!  LOL.  I'm glad she enjoyed it.  

Daughter's week of vacation has ended and she started work, again, today.  It looks like her return to the office will now be delayed until at least mid-October!  Yay!  I'm glad she can stay down here even longer!  I think she's happy, too.  We joked that she could always go back early if she needed a break from me or I could maybe spend a week or two at her apartment if I wanted a break from her!  LOL.    

Cousin V called me this morning to thank me for letting them come over on short notice and serving them dinner, as well.  She said her daughter made it back safely to New York, after an unscheduled stop over in Utah to refuel (apparently the plane was carrying more passengers and/or luggage than expected and they needed more fuel!).  I told her that I was glad to see them and be able to offer a simple meal.

I've had a fairly productive day, today.  I put away the washed dishes and pots, etc., put away the last load of laundry from yesterday, removed the dust sheets from the family room sofa, vacuumed under the seat cushions, put new dust sheets on them, and washed the other sheets.  Watered the back garden (last night's drizzle wasn't enough for them)and picked three more zucchini and a small handful of green beans.  Then, I took the trash cans to the curb.  

Neighbors took down their tents!  I guess we won't have another party in the next week or two!

Neighbor S brought us two ears of fresh corn and more ice cream cake, leftover from earlier!  She offered some garlic, too, but I declined because daughter had bought a lot of garlic for the chutney making (I had told her to buy 1 lb. of garlic and she bought 1 kg.!)  I gave S one of the bags of lentils we had received from daughter's friend A, in return!  LOL.

Daughter vacuumed the family room, today, after she had finished her work for the day.  

I am grateful for:
- The tomato harvest!
- Seeing cousin V and family and being able to offer them a simple meal
- The zucchini harvest
- Daughter might be able to extend her stay until mid October!
- The drizzle we had last night
- S bringing us corn and more ice cream cake
- Daughter vacuuming the family room for me
- The air purifiers and other working appliances

Sunday's joyful activities included picking some of the tomatoes, making the sauce, and having cousin V and family visit and have dinner with us.

Monday's joyful activities included sharing food with neighbors and being in the garden.

Plans for tomorrow include going to the doctor's office for my injection.  I received written authorization from my insurance for the injection; according to the letter, a copy was sent to the doctor's office, but, I'll take my copy, too, just in case.  

How was your Monday?  What are your plans for Tuesday?

Sunday, July 25, 2021



Completed Painting

I finished my painting, this morning. Both daughter and I started off following a Bob Ross tutorial online, but, I veered off the tutorial midway and simplified the scene!  The more I look at the painting, the more faults I find!  By the way, that is supposed to be mist between the rows of trees in the background!  Oh, well, I didn't set out to create a masterpiece!  It was meant to be a fun activity to do together.  I think we achieved that goal.  My daughter was very amused by my comments during the tutorial as I had quite a few things to say about what we were being told to do!   LOL!

Cousin P called me in the early afternoon and I chatted with her for a bit.  I had just kept a pot of rice to boil and when it had finished cooking, I served her a plate of the Japanese food that daughter had cooked, yesterday, along with a bowl of the cream stew, and took them over to her to try.  Later, she called my daughter to say the food was very tasty.

I spent the day relaxing and watching the coverage of the Olympics games on TV.  My leg was a little twinge-y (probably from moving the bed and vacuuming, yesterday) and I didn't want to aggravate anything, so I took it easy.  The only housework I did was wash the dishes.  

The neighbors tested their amplifiers in the early afternoon, but, the party started at 5:00 p.m.  We closed all the windows on that side of the house, including the family room window which looks out into the back yard.  Only my bathroom window (on the other side of the house) was open for a little fresh air.  Fortunately, today was not a very hot day; the daytime highs were only in the mid 80s.  The ceiling fan was sufficient to keep us cool and comfortable.  It is 12:40 a.m. as I type this and the music is still going full blast.  Yes, it's noisy, and mariachi music is not my favorite type of music, but, it is a happy noise, not angry noise; for that, I am grateful!

We had ham sandwiches for brunch and leftovers from last night for dinner.  

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to share some of what daughter cooked with my cousin
- Doing a fun painting activity with daughter
- Working appliances
- Being able to watch the Olympics on TV
- The sound of exuberant music from next door!

Today's joyful activities included taking some lunch to my cousin and watching the games with my daughter.

Plans for tomorrow include doing some laundry and watching more of the games.  We are looking forward to watching the women's gymnastics which will be shown tomorrow.

How was your Saturday?  What are your plans for tomorrow?

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Friday: Olympics and A Special Meal

Dinner Prepared by Daughter 

Guess who stayed up all night to watch the live broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics, last night?!   If you guessed Bless and Daughter, you'd be right!  LOL!  The live broadcast started at 4:00 a.m., our time!  Sensible people would have simply watched the recorded rebroadcast on Friday evening, but, we are not necessarily that sensible!  LOL.  We watched the first two hours of the broadcast, until about half of the athletes had entered the stadium.  When we saw the delegation from Sri Lanka enter the stadium, we both gave a big cheer!  But, by 6:00 a.m., we were getting tired and decided it was time to go to bed!  We would watch the rest of it, later.  We had breakfast before we went to bed!

I woke up around 11:30 a.m.; daughter slept in a bit longer. 

I had a fairly relaxed day.  After my morning tea, I washed the dishes from last night, tidied the kitchen a bit, read blogs, etc.  In the early evening, I picked more green beans from the garden and three more zucchini.  Later, we watched the rest of the Opening Ceremonies.  I watched the whole thing from the start, but, daughter spent the first part of it in the kitchen, busy preparing our dinner (pictured above), which she planned based on what we had at home and coming up with substitutions as needed.

Daughter cooked us a lovely Japanese meal:  Japanese cream stew (which is actually a creamy soup with meat and vegetables), teriyaki chicken, tsukudani (a dish traditionally made with dried sardines, but, since we didn't have any, she substituted dried anchovies, instead), green bean goma-ae (green beans with sesame paste), edamame with soy and sesame sauce, pickled zucchini (in lieu of cucumber!), tsukemono (pickled mixed vegetables - she used radishes, carrots, and zucchini), and rice, of course.

After dinner, I washed more dishes!  Some went into the dishwasher, but, I washed all the pots and pans by hand.  Dinner was delicious, but, I told daughter, the next time she cooks, she has to make a one-pot meal!  LOL! 

We were able to share some of the dinner with M, too (he politely declined the dish with the anchovies).  Today, he set up the window AC unit for us.  Since I had to move the bed to get access to the window, I swept and vacuumed my bedroom (swept it first, but, then, decided to vacuum, as well).  Then, I changed the bed sheets and remade the bed.  We don't need the AC right now, but, it is nice to have it in place for when it does get hot.  

Today, Los Angeles County reported that there were 3,058 new Covid cases!  Those numbers are starting to get scary!  In the meantime, my "noisy" neighbors, next door (the ones with at least two white rabbits), seem to be preparing for a big party, this weekend!  They've set up two tents in their yard and I saw a stack of folding tables and chairs waiting to be set up!  Somehow, I don't think we'll see a lot of face masks or social distancing!  

Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter preparing a really delicious dinner 
- M putting up the window AC for us
- Garden produce
- Being able to watch the Olympics coverage
- Leftovers

Today's joyful activity was watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony with daughter.

Plans for tomorrow include watching what there is to see of the Olympics, doing some laundry, and maybe tidying the family room a bit.

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for Saturday?

Friday, July 23, 2021



Napoleons and Fruit Skewers

Today has been another relaxed day.  I had a phone call from my half-sister in the morning, checking on me, and we chatted for a little bit.  It had been our father's death anniversary a couple of days ago; although neither of us mentioned it (it's been 58 years since father died), I felt that was part of the reason why she called me today.  

In the afternoon, daughter and I painted a little more.  I am still working on the painting I started yesterday, while daughter began (and completed) another one!  She is working painting number three, right now!  

In the early evening, neighbor S brought over some goodies - Napoleons, fruit skewers, and two pieces of ice cream cake.  The weather was so hot, the ice cream had started to melt by the time she walked over from her house across the street to mine!  Daughter had a piece of the ice cream cake, right away, but, I put the second piece in the freezer for later.  I gave S the three zucchini we picked, yesterday.  She said she was going to make some soup with them.  

Dinner was gyoza (potstickers) from the freezer.  Afterwards, I did the dishes, cleaned Dancer's litter box, chatted with friend R, and relaxed doing some online sudoku.  

Today, I am grateful for:

- My sister calling to check on me
- S bringing us more goodies!
- Zucchini to share with S!
- Frozen food
- Electric fans

Today's joyful activity was painting with my daughter.

Plans for tomorrow include tending to the garden with M and watching the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.  

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

One Potato, Two Potato

Potato Harvest!

"One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more!"

Today, M and I harvested some of the potatoes I had planted!  I had planted three regular russet potatoes that had started to sprout (even though they are supposed to have been treated to resist sprouting) in some two gallon pots that I had, one potato per pot.  It was an experiment since potatoes I've planted in the ground have never done well for me.  As such, I just used some soil I dug up from the garden and didn't even bother to amend the soil in any way.  The plants came up quite nicely, but, they didn't flower.  They have now started to wither in our nearly 100F heat.  I asked M to tip out one of the pots - the one with the most withered plant - to see what we might find and this is what we found!  Small potatoes ranging in size from about two inches for the bigger ones to about quarter inch for the smallest!   Not a remarkable harvest by any means, but I was thrilled!  M was happy, too (he had his reservations about planting them in pots rather than in the ground).  We kept the other two pots to harvest them another day because those potato plants still have some green leaves on them.

Today's Vegetable Harvest

The rest of today's harvest consisted of six ripe Early Girl tomatoes and two Roma tomatoes, one green Early Girl tomato (broke off when we were picking the ripe ones), and three zucchini!  That makes it 102 (what I've counted/kept track of) or 122 (including what I guestimated for those that I didn't count/keep track of)  zucchini since June! We've probably given away half of it, but, even so, we are getting a little tired of zucchini in all its forms!  I think we might start pulling up a few of the zucchini plants in the next week or so.  Many of the plants are now getting powdery mildew on them and it's best not to let it spread to the roses, etc.

In the afternoon, daughter and I went to pick up two more boxes of canning jars (24 jars, total), two bags of Dancer's dry cat food (formulated for indoor cats), and two containers of all purpose cleaning liquid, which I usually use for mopping the floors.  We had ordered them, yesterday, and the pick up was curbside and contactless.  It was 97F when we went to collect the items and maybe it was even hotter in the trunk where the canning jars were placed for the drive home, because at least two of the canning jars sealed themselves after we brought them into the house and placed them on the table!  It was only about 85F inside the house, but, both daughter and I heard two jars making that pinging sound they make when they seal!  We were both surprised!  It was the first time I've had that happen!  

In the evening, daughter persuaded me to join her in doing another painting!  She finished her painting, but, I stopped mine, halfway, in order to prepare dinner:

Tonight's Dinner

Salmon fillet with onions and tomatoes, sauteed green beans (from the garden) and the last of the carrots we grew, and the new potatoes, boiled and fried in a little butter with garlic and a sprig of flat leaf parsley, also from the garden!  Notice the absence of zucchini!  LOL.

By the way, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website, today's (July 21) new Covid cases count was 2,551.  On Tuesday, it had been 1,821. I think we will continue to stay at home and only do curbside pick ups as needed for the rest of the week, at least!

Today, I am grateful for:

- The potato harvest!
- The rest of the garden produce (yes, even the zucchini!)
- M tending to the garden
- Being able to order stuff online and curbside pick up
- Electric fans

Today's joyful activities included harvesting the potatoes and painting with my daughter.

Plans for tomorrow include finishing up my painting.  

How was your day?  Have you planted potatoes before?  If so, have you had a good harvest?  What are your plans for tomorrow?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Painting by Daughter

My daughter had wanted to go to the library, this afternoon, to browse, because it has been so long since she has been to the library.  But, I was a little hesitant because the number of new Covid cases are going up in Los Angeles county (1,821 new cases, today; 8,500 over the past five days) and we are hearing about more and more fully vaccinated people testing positive or getting Covid.  I felt that, even with our N95 masks, we were risking exposure each time we went out.  Yesterday's visit to the Japanese store was a bit of an exception because, even though we browsed, daughter had a list of items she wanted to buy from there.  I told daughter to browse the library's online catalog instead and put in a request for any book she wanted; we could go to the library when the book was ready to be picked up, which would limit our risk of exposure.  But, browsing the catalog online didn't have the same appeal as going to the library to browse in person!  She decided to do a little painting, instead, and spent the afternoon painting this landscape picture!  

I've had a fairly quiet day, today.  I had put some of the pinto beans that A had given us to soak last night.  This morning, I boiled them and then, cooked them with onions, curry leaves, crushed red chili pieces, etc. for brunch.  It's what I do with garbanzo beans, too, except, I did it with pinto beans, instead.

Pinto Beans for Brunch

I hadn't received my usual Sunday phone call from neighbor T and she didn't call me yesterday, either, so I called her today to see if she was OK.  Apparently, she has been having a bad week and forgot to call. She thanked me for calling and checking on her.  I asked her if she needed anything, but, she said she didn't.  We chatted briefly and I said I'll call her back, later in the week, just to see if things were better.

I also hadn't heard from cousin P in several days, so I called her, too, to check on her.  She said she had gone to spend a few days with one of her friends, which explains why I didn't hear from her!

Later in the evening, I called Aunt C to find out how today's burial of the cat went.  She said it was a bit emotional, but, they got through it OK.

In between phone calls, I replied to blog comments, read and commented on other blogs, swept and mopped my bathroom and cleaned Dancer's litter box, did a little embroidery, watched some news, watered the front garden (watched by one of the small white bunnies - it was nibbling the grass when I went to water, then ran and hid under a parked truck; the minute I finished watering one section of the garden and moved to the other side, it came out and started to nibble the grass, again, keeping a watchful eye on me and my movements), walked around the back garden and picked two more zucchini, brought in the trash cans, washed the pots and pans by hand, and ran the dishwasher!  We had leftover rice and curry for dinner.  

We also ordered more canning jars for the next batch of chutney and two bags of Dancer's cat food.  Daughter and I will go to pick them up (curbside pick up) from the store, tomorrow.  

Today, I am grateful for:
- The stove is still working (I have not shopped for a new stove, yet)
- Being able to water the garden (although M will continue to visit twice a week for the time being)
- More zucchini from the garden!
- Keeping in touch with family and friends
- What I was able to accomplish today

Today's joyful activities included being out in the garden and embroidering.

Plans for tomorrow include M's visit to tend to the garden and going to pick up the canning jars and Dancer's cat food.

How was your Tuesday?  What are your plans for Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Shopping on Monday

Japanese Treats

Today was the first day of daughter's week of vacation.   In the morning, I cooked semolina in an Indian dish called uppuma (or upma) for brunch.  Then, in the afternoon, daughter and I went to a Japanese store in Hollywood (a little closer to us than going all the way downtown to Little Tokyo/Japan Town) to buy a few things, including the Japanese treats shown above!  Two cream buns, two bars of chocolate (one dark, one milk), and assorted cookies.  Daughter and I had the buns after we came home and we tried some of the cookies after dinner; they were all delicious.  I thought that we could enjoy them while we watched the Tokyo Olympics, but, I've a feeling the treats might be enjoyed well before the opening ceremony is scheduled to start!  LOL.

Daughter also treated herself to some stationery and other items from the store while I bought two large plastic plant pots for $5.00 each and two packets of thin elastic for the fabric masks I want to make.  It was the first time since March 2020, when the first lockdown went into effect, that I've been inside a store, shopping in person!  Daughter and I both wore N95 masks, and since there is an indoor mask mandate in place again, everyone in the store was also wearing a mask.  

After we came home, I rested for a bit and then, took the trash cans to the curb for pick up in the morning.  Afterwards, I cooked dinner - rice, chicken curry, and my latest zucchini experiment:

Zucchini "Thel Dala" (Sauteed/Tempered Zucchini)

Grated zucchini, sauteed in oil with dark roasted curry powder (thus the dark brown color), curry leaves, crushed red chili pieces, etc.  It turned out quite well.  In addition to the zucchini, there was leftover sauteed beetroot from last week, as well.  There are leftovers for tomorrow's dinner, as well.

Aunt C called in the evening and we chatted a bit.  Later, I called friend R and chatted with her.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to go shopping in person
- A safe drive to the store and back
- Treats to try
- N95 masks
- What I was able to accomplish

Today's joyful activity was taking daughter shopping at one of her favorite stores.

On the way to the store, I happened to see something in the sky and I was reminded of the Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt and prompt no. 4: Head In The Clouds; shapes or interesting patterns.  I asked daughter to take a picture (I was driving) and she took them through the rather dusty windshield.  I know these are not clouds, but, they are an interesting pattern, wouldn't you say?

SPSH No. 4:  Head in the Clouds;Shapes or Interesting Patterns

And, even as we watched, another heart appeared:

Two Hearts are Better than One!

Note to self: Wash the car!  Or, at least, the windshield!  LOL.

I don't have anything planned for tomorrow, but, daughter is planning to go on a hike with one of her friends in the evening.  

How was your Monday?  What are your plans for Tuesday?

Monday, July 19, 2021



Female Watermelon Flower

Itty, Bitty Watermelon

The watermelon vines (there are three, I believe) are starting to flower and there is at least one, possibly two, teeny tiny watermelons forming.  One has already been bitten by something, so, I'm not sure if it will continue to grow.  But, we shall see!  

Today, I did two more loads of laundry, including the bed sheets and the quilt that was on daughter's bed.  Then, daughter and I remade the beds.  I also did a little tidying in the kitchen, putting away some empty canning jars that had been washed, earlier, and sorting through the basket in which I store my plastic food storage containers.  Sometimes, I think I have too many plastic containers, but, other times, I am hunting around to find enough containers, especially when I am packing up food to give to others.  I also put away the washed dishes and wiped down the kitchen counters. Later in the evening, I watered the back garden and picked another zucchini, one green bean, and a few tomatoes.  

While I was watering the garden, neighbor S called to say her husband was going to a certain grocery store and asked if I wanted anything from there,  But, I couldn't think of anything I needed.  I thought it was very kind and considerate of her to call and ask, though.  She and her family have been such a blessing to us.  

Later in the evening, friend R called and we chatted for a bit.

Today, I am grateful for:

- My washer and dryer
- S calling to ask if I needed any grocery shopping done
- Water for the garden
- Chatting with friends
- What I was able to accomplish, today

Today's joyful activity was watering the garden, checking on my plants, and harvesting a few items.

Plans for tomorrow include reorganizing my linen closet!  Somehow, things have become quite messy, lately!  

How was your Sunday?  What are your plans for Monday and the rest of the week?

Sunday, July 18, 2021


"I ♡ LA" (Freeway Art)

There is a bougainvillea plant growing down over a wall along the 101 Freeway as it goes through Hollywood; the plant has been trimmed into a heart shape and someone has painted a blue "I" and "LA" on either side of it.  Every time I drive past it I think I should take a picture of it!  Yesterday, I asked my daughter to take a picture as we passed by it.  It just makes me smile every time I see it!  

Last night, I forgot to wear a dust mask when I cleaned Dancer's litter box and I started to wheeze a little.  I took my rescue inhaler and daughter turned on the air purifier, as well, which helped.  

I slept in, this morning.  I guess I was tired after the busy week.

Once I was up, I did two loads of laundry.  Doing laundry always makes me feel like I am being productive!  I don't know why!  It's not as if I am washing each item by hand, myself!  All I do is put the items in the washing machine, add the laundry detergent, and press a couple of buttons!  The machine does all the work and yet, saying I did the laundry makes me feel like I was very productive!  LOL.  Two loads of laundry washed and dried and my items folded and put away; daughter's items were put into a laundry basket for her to fold and put away, whenever she gets around to it!

******** Childhood reminiscing break*******

When I was a child, we had a "dhobi" (washerman/laundryman) who did our laundry.  He would come to our house, once a week, and collect all the laundry that were in the laundry baskets.  He would separate all the items into piles - all the shirts in one pile, all the dresses in one pile, all the bed sheets in one pile, and so forth.  Then, he would spread one of the bed sheets on the middle of the floor. My mother had a sort of log book in which she had drawn columns with all the items of clothing and household linens written in the headings.  Once the dirty laundry had been separated into piles, she would sit with the log book in hand and read the name of the item on top of the column, "Shirts" (for example).  The dhobi would count all the shirts in the pile, give my mother the total count and dump all the shirts on the sheet that was spread on the floor; my mother would write down the number of shirts under that column and move on to the next column.  Eventually, all the items would be counted and the big sheet would be tied up to make a bundle (sometimes more than one bundle) which the dhobi would take with him to launder (by hand, in communal laundry areas).

The following week, he would being the items, washed, dried, starched (that was a very important part of laundering those days), and ironed.  Then, my mother would go over the numbers to make sure that the same number of items were brought back - dhobi would call out the number of shirts, etc., and my mother would cross off the numbers in each column.  Occasionally, an item would be missing and there would be a big discussion about that!  LOL.  After that, the new week's laundry would be sorted and counted.

As I got older, taking count of the laundry became one of my jobs and I enjoyed doing it!  I remember on one of my visits back to Sri Lanka, when our dhobi came to see us.  I had ironed a sari to wear to a family gathering; dhobi was very dissatisfied with my ironing and insisted on ironing the sari for me, telling me I didn't know how to iron properly!  LOL.

************ Resuming regular blogging ************

Aunt C called in the afternoon and we had a long chat.  She and N are both grieving for the cat.  Later, friend A called to thank me for the chutney and the zucchini.  

I watched some TV in the evening; news, mostly, but also one or two cooking shows.  While I watched TV, I started on a new sewing project, embroidering a cushion cover.  It was something the ladies at the library's knitting group had given me, back when I used to attend it.  It has a design of a basket of fruit preprinted on it and they gave me some yarn, in a very limited range of colors, to use.  The lady who gave it to me had said she'd give me additional colors, the next week, but, I am not sure if I didn't attend the following week or if she forgot.  But, I never received any additional colors.    Since I am not planning to take up crewel work, I don't want to buy more yarn, so I will simply sew with what I have on hand!

Knitting Group Gift

I also walked around the garden, a bit, and picked a handful of green beans and a zucchini that M had missed, yesterday.  

Daughter and I had leftovers for brunch, today.  In the afternoon, I cut up a mango for a snack.  We planned to eat more leftovers for dinner.  But, that was before neighbor S called in the evening:

Dinner Compliments of S, her Mother, and her Daughter!

S's mother made the grape leaf dolmades, stuffed cabbage rolls, and stuffed bell pepper.  S's daughter prepared the rice.  S also included some chocolate covered almonds for dessert!  My daughter loves dolmades, so I accepted S's offer with a grateful heart.  What a blessing!

After dinner, I ran the dishwasher and called friend R to check on her.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Neighbor S providing us with dinner
- Working appliances (washer, dryer, air purifier, dishwasher, fans, etc.)
- Memories of my childhood
- The generosity of the ladies at the library knitting group
- Phone calls with family and friends

Today's joyful activities included sewing and picking vegetables from the garden.

Plans for tomorrow include more sewing and relaxing.  

How was your Saturday?  What are your plans for Sunday?

Saturday, July 17, 2021



Fresh Fruit Tart

Today, I realized that the appointment with the primary care physician, which I thought was scheduled for next week, was actually scheduled for August!  Oops!  So, I rescheduled next Monday's blood test to the week before my appointment in August!  I am glad that I realized my mistake when I did!  Otherwise, my blood test results would have been out dated by the time I had the appointment!  Then, I spent a few minutes cleaning out my purse.  I was pleased to see that I didn't have a lot of junk in it!  I only had a couple of old appointment cards to tear up and toss! 

In the afternoon, daughter and I set off to my appointment with the oncologist.  Daughter went with me just in case I experienced any leg pains, driving to downtown and back (it was only about 25 miles, each way, but, due to traffic, the drive took just over one hour, each way!)  She would have driven us back, if I experienced any pain, but, I was able to drive both ways without any problems.  I was pretty confident I would have been able to drive myself both ways, but, my daughter wanted to reassure herself that I could do it!  

The appointment didn't go as well as it should have because I couldn't receive the injection I was supposed to get!  It is something I receive once every 6 months to keep my bones strong (I have osteopenia or low bone density).  However, because I still had 10 more days to go before it would be 6 months since the last injection, my insurance wouldn't authorize today's injection!  I have to wait exactly 6 months to the date!  I suppose the clinic should have checked the dates when they made the appointment, but, I guess they forgot.  I didn't think about it, either, until this morning, when I called the clinic to confirm the appointment (I realized that I hadn't received the usual letter of authorization from the insurance company, but, sometimes, their authorization letters come after the appointment!).  But, when I called in, the clinic just confirmed the appointment without saying anything about the injection.  It was only after the nurse practitioner had seen me and I had reminded her that I was due for my injection that they checked to see if they had received the authorization.  I guess they tried to talk with the insurance people, but, they wouldn't budge.  So, I now have to go back on the 27th of July for the injection!  It's a bit inconvenient, but, at least I'll receive the injection, then, and I guess the car could do with a bit of a run, too.  

Other than that, the appointment went well!  My blood test results were mostly good/within acceptable ranges.  My iron level had decreased and I was told to go back on the iron supplements I had been taking at one time (I was taken off them when the iron level went up too much!)  

My appointment had been at 2:00 p.m. and by the time I finished, it was 3:30 p.m., already!  Since neither daughter nor I had eaten anything (I had a cup of tea in the morning and she had a cup of coffee), I suggested picking up some food on the way home (even though we had plenty of leftovers at home).  We treated ourselves to some Mexican food (grilled chicken with rice, beans, tortillas, and salsa) from a drive through fast food restaurant near our house for a very late lunch (it was 4:30 p.m., by then) and a fresh fruit tart from the Armenian bakery, for dessert!  I justified the expense by saying that we were supporting our neighborhood businesses and celebrating my good blood test results and the start of daughter's week long staycation (she has taken all of next week off from work).  

We got home just as M was pulling up to do the garden.  He got to enjoy a piece of the fruit tart, too.  He picked 5 more zucchini today, the one bell pepper we had growing, and several tomatoes.  

In the evening, I watched news while daughter played a video game with some of her friends.   Later, R called to see how my doctor's appointment went and we chatted for a bit.  

Afterwards, I cleaned the litter box.

Today, I am grateful for:
- My blood test results were good for the most part
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- Daughter accompanying me
- The availability of medications and treatments, even if I have to wait for authorization to receive them!
- M tending to the garden

Today's joyful activity was treating ourselves to more yummy food!

I am looking forward to a fairly quiet weekend after all of this week's activity!   

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, July 15, 2021


Today, I called the Sri Lankan store to see if the order my daughter had submitted online was ready for pick up.  The person who answered the phone said the order was ready for pick up, someone had called, but, I hadn't answered the phone.  Well, first of all, they were supposed to email me when it was ready, not call, but, I hadn't received an email.  No one had called and left a message, either (I get so many robocalls that I usually don't pick up the phone unless it is a number I recognize; I expect people to leave me a message on the answering machine, if they really need to let me know they called).  I looked through my list of missed calls and I didn't see a call from the store's phone number, unless someone called from a cell phone number.  Anyway, the order was ready for pick up and I said I'll do so in the afternoon.

Then, I called the Sri Lankan restaurant that is located about six blocks from the store and placed an order for pick up - three stringhopper meals (each containing 10 stringhoppers, coconut sambol, a hard boiled egg in a milk-based gravy, and a choice of fish, chicken, or beef curry; I chose chicken), three individual servings of chocolate biscuit pudding (they didn't have the family sized container), one family sized container of a coconut treacle pudding called vatalappan (also spelled watalappan), and two dozen fish patties (deep fried savory pastries with a fish filling).  I said I will be there around 2:00 p.m. to pick them up.

Next, I called friend R.  I told her I was going to the Sri Lankan store and the restaurant and asked her if she'd like to come along for a ride.  She was happy to.  

Yesterday had been R's birthday and I had called and wished her, but, hadn't gone to see her.  So, today, when I went to pick her up, I gave her the card and gift that I had for her.  

We went to the restaurant, first, and I picked up my order.  R, too, bought an assortment of savory pastries and rolls that were in the display case to take home with her.  It was then that I told her that she was coming home with me to have a late lunch to celebrate her birthday, a day late!  She was so surprised and pleased!  She laughed and asked if I was kidnapping her and I said yes!  Even the restaurant owner was laughing.

Then we went to the Sri Lankan store; I stayed near the doorway and waited for my pick up items to be brought to me, but, R went inside the store to buy a couple of items that she had wanted.  My order included a couple of items she had mentioned she wanted and a few extras I got as treats for her; I was happy to see that what she bought was different from what I had bought for her.  Items I ordered from the Sri Lankan store included several packets of the tea that I like, curry powder, other spices and condiments, frozen grated coconut, cookies to share with R, and savory snacks to share with my daughter.

Afterwards, we came home to my place and had lunch.  My daughter, too, who was working, took her lunch break then and joined us.  After lunch, daughter went back to her room to work and R and I sat in the family room, chatting.  

After daughter finished her work for the day, we dropped R off at her home.  I think she really enjoyed her birthday lunch and outing.  

On the way home, we put gas to the car, as I was down to 1/4 tank.  The last time we put gas to the car was on May 8, when we put $40 worth of gas (then, too, I was down to 1/4 tank of gas).  It was later that night that the sciatica pains started.  Today, too, we put $40 worth of gas (the price of gas has gone up to over $4/gal., even at the cheaper gas station, so $40 bought us less gas, this time).  I hope I won't get any sciatica pains, tonight!  

In the evening, my friend A's daughter stopped by the house with something for my daughter; I sent a jar of zucchini chutney home with her (and a bag of zucchini might have accompanied the jar of chutney, as well!)  LOL.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Having a Sri Lankan grocery store and restaurant, not too far from me
- Being able to give friend R a ride and a surprise birthday lunch
- A safe drive to the store and back
- A pleasant afternoon visiting with R
- Gas being available, even if the price has gone up

Today's joyful activity was celebrating R's birthday with a lunch for her.

Plans for tomorrow include:

- Oncologist appointment in the afternoon
- M's visit to tend to the garden

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?