Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A New Visitor on Tuesday

This afternoon, there was a loud flapping sound and I heard a lot of crowing!  I looked outside to find this handsome fellow!

Front View

Back View
Side View

Hidden View

I could also hear some clucking from the other side of the wall; I guess the neighbors have got some chickens, again!  They used to have chickens some time ago and, you guessed it, the chickens were in my yard quite often!  I didn't mind (secretly, I was hoping they'd lay an egg or two for me, although they never obliged!)  

Today, I opened and unpacked the boxes of things that I had received, last week - the two gallons of vinegar, the three containers of disinfectant wipes, the four containers of shampoo and conditioner (two of each), and the three packs of printer ink.  Now I have a stack of cardboard boxes to cut up and use as weed barrier or recycle.  

Daughter had the leftover pasta for lunch; I had potato salad with some ham.  Later, I cooked a keema curry with ground beef, to which I added a grated zucchini, in addition to onion, garlic, and tomatoes, and a fresh pot of rice for dinner.  We enjoyed that with some peach chutney.  

Daughter brought in the trash can from the curb for me because I felt a little twinge at the back of my right leg (the sciatica pain had been on the left leg) and I didn't want to aggravate anything.  I also didn't water the front garden for that reason and daughter will clean the litter box for me, tonight.  

In the evening, daughter checked the jury duty website and she doesn't have to report in person, tomorrow, either!  I am very glad!  Our new Covid case numbers have come down a little bit, but, even so, today's new number topped 2,600.  That's still too high for my comfort.

As part of today's decluttering, I looked through my dresser drawers.  They were decluttered earlier in the year, in January, when my daughter helped me declutter the smaller drawers.  This time around, I was focusing on the clothes, but, I didn't find anything to declutter from them.  I store things like sweatshirts, night clothes, and T shirts in the drawers, along with socks, underwear, etc.  Then, I looked through the chest of drawers where I store all my sweaters - I am not decluttering them as I wear all my sweaters!  I didn't feel quite up to sorting through my closet, today, but, I decluttered one blouse that my cousin had given me; I don't like how it looks on me and every time I've put it on, I've taken it off!  My daughter has taken it to see if it fits/suits her.  Does it still count as decluttering if it goes from my closet to hers?  It will be donated if she decides she doesn't want it.

I also called Aunt C and chatted with friend R, today.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to stock up on various items, such as shampoo and disinfectant wipes
- Daughter does not need to report in person for Jury Duty tomorrow, either
- Daughter being home to help me with the housework and Dancer care
- Phone calls with family and friends
- Cool evenings (today's daytime high was 93F; it is currently 73F)

Today's joyful activity was watching the rooster strut on the wall!  LOL!


August Decluttering Challenge: 

8/1 - 1 pair gardening gloves

8/2 - non-working heating pad

8/3 - old purse/handbag

8/4 - 1 computer CD containing a report

8/5 - 1 plastic lid that cracked and broke in two

8/6 - 1 hooded sweatshirt (received a new one to replace it)

8/7 - old make-up I no longer use

8/8 - 6 plastic laundry detergent scoops (I use powdered laundry detergent; each new box comes with its own scoop; I don't need to keep the old ones, but, it seems such a waste to toss them in the recycling bin)

8/9 - 1 sponge paint brush (unused, but, so old, the sponge is no longer spongey!)
         1 plastic food container

8/10 - 1 blouse (given to daughter)

How was your Tuesday?  


  1. I'm with you on jury duty. It is very important, but if you daughter doesn't have to go out at this time, that's good.

    1. Yes, this is not the best time to be out and about, even with a mask, in my area!

  2. I say it does count as decluttering if it moves from your possession to your daughters.
    I have not physically gotten rid of anything yet, but I have my things in a box to be donated. Most likely I will take them right before DIL3 and Son3 arrive, though I am cheating and going ahead and taking everything I plan to get rid of at the same time, even though it will be before the end of the month.

    1. She is wearing the blouse, today, and it looks much better on her (if a bit too big), than it did on me! It is fine if you don't declutter 1 item a day, Anne; the 1 item a day is for people like me who find it difficult to declutter! You can declutter the 31 items in one day if that suits you better. :)

  3. Your photos really put a smile on my face now that you have yet another garden visitor to add to the others. We have chickens next door and I love to hear them and I buy their eggs from my neighbour. It would be fun if you got some free ones laid in your garden! Our neighbour hens are kept safely as there is always risk from foxes, coyotes and the local bear!

    1. Glad they made you smile, Bushlady. :) I haven't heard the chickens, yet, this morning, though, so I am wondering if they have them on the other side of their yard or they were being taken somewhere else. One of the neighbors at the back had chickens, too, at one time, and they were in an enclosed coop, but, raccoons got to them one time and apparently, there was carnage!

  4. I'm beginning to think you are the Dr Doolittle of LA! Is there no end to all the animals you attract. Will this one get a name?

    Yes, it counts if you give something to your daughter. You have still removed it from your ownership even if it stays in the same house for the time being.

    1. LOL, as I told one of my friends, yesterday, just call my garden Bless' Wildlife Reserve! Rooster might be named if it makes another appearance! If not, he's just Rooster! :D

      Thank you; daughter is wearing the blouse today and, although it is a bit big on her, it looks better on her than it did on me!

  5. Ha! G had rescued a chick that turned out to be a cockerel, and her neighbours made her get rid of it! I thought they had a cheek to complain. If you don't like country noises, don't live in the country!

    I wrote a comment on yesterday's post, yesterday, but I assume it didn't come through. I have been having phone and internet problems galore!

    I agree that your daughter taking over ownership of the blouse counts as decluttering.

    1. I, too, don't understand people who move into the country/farming areas and then complain about the smells and noises. I live in the suburbs, but, it is legal to have backyard poultry within the City limits.

      I'm sorry I didn't receive your comment on yesterday's post. I did receive your follow up comment on the SPSH.

      Thank you! I am considering that blouse decluttered! :D

  6. Yes! for sure your decluttering to your daughter counts on your end.
    I am all for easy rules :)

    I am still "editing" along with you.

    1. Thank you, Debra; she has since decided that the blouse is not for her so it will be washed in the next load of laundry and set aside for donating. :)


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