Thursday, September 9, 2021


Another warm day, today.  It was already rather warm when I woke up in the morning and then, daughter had a work-related online meeting, so my plan to do housework in the morning didn't work out!  I suppose I could have vacuumed when she finished her meeting around 11:30 a.m., but, by then, I was busy in the garden, tying up a moringa branch that had fallen over, bringing the trash cans in, and picking okra!  I had picked four okra on Sunday and I picked four more, today.  Then, I cooked all of them and made a sauteed okra curry (a dry curry, without any gravy).  It was just enough okra for us to have as a side dish (along with green beans, sauteed chard, beef curry, and rice) for a couple of meals.

M was here to water the garden this morning.  I had kept some mango seeds to germinate and one of them was ready to be planted, so he did that, too. With some luck, we might have a mango seedling or two growing in a few months time!

I relaxed in the afternoon, replying to blog comments, reading other blogs, and playing sudoku online!  Then, I watched news, did some paperwork, spoke on the phone with cousin P and friend R, and decluttered another of daughter's old text books.  I waited until it had cooled off in the evening to vacuum!  But, I vacuumed the main rooms.  I will do the bedrooms tomorrow or on Friday.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Okra from the garden
- M watering the garden for me
- Cool evenings
- Working appliances
- Chatting with family and friends

Today's joyful activity was spending time in the garden.  Bun Bun has not been able to make his way into the back garden; he and the other bunnies hang out in the front garden and that is fine with me.  

Thursday's To Do List:

- Clean the kitchen
- Make a birthday card for a friend
- Vacuum the bedrooms
- Paperwork/filing

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


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)


  1. Good luck with growing the mangoes. You definitely need to keep the garden bunny free now!

    I'm all behind with today's chores as I've spent most of the morning working on this week's piano pieces so I will have to make an effort to catch up this afternoon. It's pouring with rain so I won't be going out and I can't think of any other excuses, so I'll have to get on with it!

    1. Thank you, Eileen; we shall see if the mango seeds grow! Sounds like the piano lessons are keeping you busy! Lucky you to get all that rain! No rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future over in my corner of the world!

  2. I hope you get the mango seeds to grow. Good to hear that Bun Bun now knows his place with the other rabbit visitors! I filled the washing line yesterday only to have a sudden storm which came too fast to take anything in, and now everything is almost dry and well rinsed! The temperature is staying around 70 today and I put a cardigan on in the house.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady; keeping my fingers crossed the mango seeds will grow! I've one germinating for M to try planting in his garden, too. :) Well, they say that rinsing with rain water will make clothes feel soft, so, that will be nice! Yes, 70F will be sweater/cardigan weather, here, too! :)

  3. My Wednesday was really busy with three classes back to back.

    Today I'm working from home. I have online office hours now. I don't expect anyone today because one class had a test yesterday. Office hours are busy before tests, and very quiet after a test. :)

    1. I hope you have a quiet day, today, Nil, and you can use the time to set more tests or something! :D

  4. It's too cold here to grow mangos, so I am interested in watching what yours do.

    1. I am hoping they will grow well. We shall see. :)

  5. I'm another who is full of anticipation for your mango travails! I LOVE mangoes, so if you are successful I will definitely come to dinner! :o) (And if you aren't in, I will bust the rabbit defences and plunder the the back garden. I will! You'll have to tell the police to look for someone with very sticky fingers, and juice trickling down her chin.)

    1. LOL, I'll be sure to keep you updated, Lady Ella! Assuming the seeds actually produce plants and I am able to keep them alive through the winters, we might be lucky enough to get some fruit in about 6 or 7 years. In the meantime, maybe you can experiment with growing a mango as a houseplant? You might not get any fruit, but, it might be something fun to do. :)

    2. When you say "seeds" ... do you split open the stone to get them out, and if so when? eg do you wait till you can hear them rattling? Or does the stone change characteristics?

    3. Sorry, I've always referred to the stone as a seed! Yes, you have to split open the stone to extract the seed or pit that is inside. I extract it almost as soon as I've cut the mango and removed as much of the flesh of the fruit. On most mangos, if they are ripe enough, the outer part of the stone will be already separating a little bit and all you have to do is pry it open. I've been able to open most of them with my fingers, but, on one, I had to use a knife to cut it open. Don't let the inside seed dry out - they won't germinate then. I have both wrapped the seed/pit in damp paper towels and kept in a plastic bag and I've put the seed in a small glass (I use a shot glass) half filled with water. I will take some pictures, tomorrow, of the seeds I have kept to germinate, so you can get a better idea.

  6. I am excited to follow along and see how the little mango seedling does.
    Your meal sounds really good with all the vegetables from your garden and your beef curry.

    1. I must remember to take some pictures of the mango seeds I've kept to germinate. Forgot to take a picture of the ones we planted. Thank you; I'm excited to have vegetables from the garden, this year! There are still some tomatoes on the two plants, more moringa to be harvested when bit enough, and more okra, too (although they are not big enough to be picked). Not to mention the chard leaves! I am looking forward to when we plant the fall vegetables - I told M I would like to have more peapods, next year. I'll have to find a spot and figure out a trellis, but, I want more than 4 pea vines! :)


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