Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Still Cool on Tuesday


Tuesday's Harvest

It was still quite cool on Tuesday, but, warmer than Monday, with a high of 71F.  Mostly cloudy with a little bit of sunshine in the afternoon.  I was all bundled up when I went outside to bring in the trash cans, but, I saw one of the neighbors in a sleeveless summer dress.  I guess not everyone feels cold when it is in the upper 60s, low 70s!  

I picked a few more okra and moringa from the garden in the morning, along with two lemons and a couple of sprigs of curry leaves.  Later, I cooked the okra, moringa, and a packet of ground turkey I had in the freezer and used the curry leaves and some of the lemon for my cooking.  Such a blessing to be able to pick fresh produce from the garden to cook for the day's meals.  

I did a tiny bit of weeding in the front garden, today, (just pulling up some grass with my hands, no digging, etc.) and gathered broken pieces of one of the succulents from two of the flower beds and kept them in the circular bed in the front garden for M to dig a hole and plant them, tomorrow.  I think the bunnies or the neighbor's dogs broke them.  But, they should root nicely once planted.  I also planted one of the mango seeds that wasn't doing too well in the water (it was getting moldy) to see if that helps and dug up a clump of dayflowers to plant in the side yard.  They require a lot of water, but, once established, they will spread. I still have every intention of landscaping the side yard and have some ideas for it, but, haven't actually done anything!  

In the afternoon, I did some dusting, then, sewed a bit, and watched news on TV.  I also spoke with neighbor S and with friend R, and exchanged emails with a friend.  What I didn't do was make the card for my half-brother!

Today, I am grateful for:
- A slightly warmer day
- Garden produce
- Keeping in touch with neighbors and friends
- Being able to garden a little bit
- What I was able to accomplish

Today's joyful activity was dancing while my daughter played the piano.  She could barely play because she was laughing so hard at my dancing.  LOL.

Plans for tomorrow include helping S plant the succulents cuttings I gave her, having M tend to the garden, making a card, and taking some cooked moringa and a piece of cake to friend R.

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


September Decluttering:  I am continuing to declutter at least one item a day in September, too.

9/1 - 1 Crossword book, completed (recycled)

9/2 - 1 T shirt (daughter's; to be donated)

9/3 - 1 knitting book (to be donated)

9/4 - unused cards (to be donated)

9/5 - 1 participation medal (daughter's; tossed)

9/6 - 1 seashell necklace (to be donated)

9/7 - 3 copper bowls (to be donated)
      - 3 text books (daughter's; recycled)

9/8 - 1 text book (daughter's; recycled)

9/9 - 2 metal spare parts that are no longer needed (recycled)

9/10 - 1 CD (chemistry lecture supplement; daughter's; tossed)

9/11 - 1 bag of small plastic toy reptiles and amphibians (3 snakes, 4 frogs, and 4 lizards; to be donated)

9/12 - 2 crocheted shawls

9/13 - 1 ice bucket printer paper tray

9/14 - 1 homemade iPad cover

9/15 - a set of 4 stem glasses (to be donated)

9/16 - 3 books (daughter's; to be donated)
        - 1 handbag/purse (daughter's; to be donated)
        - 2 telephone directories (recycled)
        - 3 magazines (recycled)
        - 1 knitted shrug (to be donated)
        - 2 zippered plastic covers that bedding came in
        - 2 storage boxes 

9/17 - 1 jacket (to be donated)

9/18 - 3 disposable food containers (given with food)
        - 1 hooded sweatshirt (to be donated)
        - more old make up (eye liner that was dry! Tossed)

9/19 - 1 old wash cloth that was torn in the middle  (tossed)
        - 1 wooden cat shaped letter holder
        - 1 clock radio
        - 3 collectible dolls
        - several posters (daughter's; recycled)

9/20 - 1 broken picture frame (tossed)

9/21 - 3 hair bands (tossed)

9/22 - 1 scarf (to be donated; another bag of donations started)

9/23 - 1 bath mat (tossed)

9/24 - 1 blouse (given to daughter)

9/25 - 1 blouse (daughter's; to be donated)

9/26 - 1 box (recycled)
          1 binder (daughter's; recycled)

9/27 - 3 tubes of lipstick (old and wrong shades; tossed)

9/28 - 1 pair of scissors with a broken handle (tossed)


  1. Bravo to you for dancing like no one is watching ... well except your daughter. More fun times together. It is such a blessing to get fresh produce but from your own garden; bonus.

    1. We used to take dance classes together, at one time, but, last night was just me being silly! :D The fresh produce from the garden is a blessing! Today, I picked the last three lemons - no more fresh lemons until next year!

  2. I love reading about your day. If my sons were playing the piano (yes they all play) and I was dancing, I am afraid it would register on the Richter scale. They would be laughing so hard it would cause ground shakes. Of course the fact that I am about as graceful as a baby elephant might be a contributing factor also!

    1. Thank you, Anne. My daughter was laughing so hard that she could barely play! I'm a bit like a baby elephant, myself. Last night's dance was totally improv, but, we used to take dance classes together, at one time - ballet and jazz. :)

  3. I like your photo, a kind of "Still Life with veggies". As for the lady in the sleeveless dress, we get them here, too and I marvel at their tolerance of the cold. I guess their human thermostats are set differently to ours.
    Yesterday I delivered a large bag of donations to the charity shop, and trashed an item that didn't need to be kept.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. Yes, "Still Life with Garden Produce"! :D Some people are better tolerant of cold, I suppose; I tolerate the heat! :D Well done on the decluttering! I am planning to start on the garage and shed next month!

  4. Did you record your dancing? It sounds like something we'd love to see 😂😂

    Well done on your continuing decluttering efforts Bless. Can you notice a difference yet or is it still too early for that?

    1. LOL, no, I did not record me dancing! :D You would have fallen about on the floor if you had seen me! My daughter was laughing so hard, she could hardly play the piano. But, a long time ago, when she was in high school, we took dance classes together. I was always half a step behind the others and eventually, the dance teacher just sort of left me to do my own thing at the back of the class, but, I had fun! :D There might be a couple of videos/DVDs from our concerts.

      Thank you for the encouragement to declutter. I think it is still too early, but, ask me again by the end of October, maybe. :)

  5. I still marvel that you can pick lemons from your yard. The only place we can pick lemons here is in the supermarket.

    Jazz and tap lessons? I think you and your daughter should work up a routine and then post it.

    1. It is lovely to be able to go outside and pick a lemon when needed. :)

      My daughter took ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, etc., I took ballet and jazz. We were in some of the classes together and others we took separately. It was a lot of fun. We were sad when the dance studio closed (the owner moved to Colorado).

  6. That is such an attractive picture - the way you grouped your daily harvest. It could be a calendar page :)

    1. Thank you! All laid out on one of my new kitchen towels, by the way. :)

  7. I always enjoy seeing your produce from the garden, especially the lemons. It makes me wonder if I might (eventually) see some fruit on one of my lemon trees. I've brought them indoors for the winter now. X

    1. Thank you, Jules; I don't see why your lemon plants wouldn't bear fruit once they grow big enough! It might take a few years, but, it would be fun to watch them grow! I've read that you can grow them indoors, too, but, of course, then you'll have to hand pollinate them if you want fruit.


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