|"Made-overs" for Dinner!|
Today, August 25, marks 47 years since I arrived in this country! Hard to believe that so much time has passed! It was my first time travelling alone! From Hong Kong to Seoul to Honolulu to Los Angeles to Chicago to Madison (or, was it Milwaukee?) to Green Bay, Wisconsin! Doesn't everyone fly halfway around the globe on her first time travelling alone? LOL. I was on my way to Wisconsin to attend the university there. A chance encounter while seeking shelter from the rain had led to a scholarship and my parents made it possible for me to take advantage of it. The journey took two days and I crossed the International Dateline, too! I was 18 years old and it was quite an adventure!
On August 30, it will be 48 years since I left Sri Lanka!
Today, in between reminiscing, I chatted with M when he tended to the garden. He watered the garden and started on the late summer clean up! All the mirabilis (four o'clocks) plants under the lemon trees were ready to be cut back and the circle where the wild flowers grew at the back needs to be tidied, too.
A couple of items we had ordered were delivered today - another box of flea prevention medication, a box of kitty litter, and two big packages of toilet paper to replenish my stocks!
Later, I called cousin V to check on her (she had knee replacement surgery, earlier in the week) and chatted with friend R, too.
Brunch had been a cold cuts sandwich with grapes for dessert. At tea time, I had some crackers and a banana with my cup of tea. For dinner, I made over some leftovers! There was one slice of ham and most of a half of a chicken breast I had pan roasted, earlier, and a small container of homemade pasta sauce (tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, etc.). I cut up the slice of ham and the chicken breast meat, sauteed them with some onions, bell pepper (from the garden!) strips, fresh tomatoes and added the leftover pasta sauce to it, as well. It went well with some freshly cooked egg noodles. My daughter liked it almost more than I did! There is a little bit leftover for one person's lunch, tomorrow! Nectarines for dessert.
I haven't made a meal plan as such for this week, but, I took out a packet of pork to cook for tomorrow night's dinner. Not quite sure how I'll make it - curry or stir-fry?
Today, I am grateful for:
- All the little things that had to click into place for me to come here, all those years ago
- My mother's strength and support which made it possible
- The past 47 (48 if you count from when I left Sri Lanka) years
- The young woman I was back then
- What I have accomplished
Today's joyful activity was reminiscing! *smile*
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); will be donated as she decided it didn't fit her properly
8/11 - 1 broken clothes hanger
2 Zucchini! LOL! Eileen informed me that the zucchini don't count!
8/13 - Daughter's old artwork: A poster
8/14 - Daughter's old artwork: A painting
8/15 - 1 long dress (given to daughter) - she had urged me to buy it for myself one year for all of $1, but, I didn't wear it. She, on the other hand, loves it! It looks much better on her than on me!
8/16 - 1 coffee mug
8/17 - A book on cake decorating
8/18 - 1 bottle of perfume spray (an "our version of a famous perfume" that someone gave which doesn't smell good to me)