It's been one year since my daughter came down from Berkeley to be with me for the holidays, last year! The original plan had been to return to Berkeley in early March because that's when her employer thought they would be able to move into the new office location and start working in person. Then, the date to return to the office was moved back to the summer and to autumn and to January of 2022! Now, it looks like she might not have to go back until February! Having her home with me has been such a blessing! I've enjoyed her company (not to mention her taking care of me when I was practically bedridden with sciatica pains) and I know she's enjoyed being home with Dancer and me rather than being cooped up in her tiny studio apartment! Today, we celebrated one year of being together with a take out lunch from our favorite neighborhood Japanese restaurant:
|Teriyaki Beef/Tempura Lunch Special|
|Spicy Octopus Salad|
The teriyaki beef and tempura lunch special was for me (it comes with a serving of miso soup which is not pictured). That is my favorite meal and my daughter teases me because I always order it. There was enough food there for me for both lunch and dinner and I shared some of it with my daughter, as well. She ordered the spicy octopus salad and the tempura roll (she had already started eating the tempura roll when I took the photo!) and she, too, had enough for both lunch and dinner. This restaurant has been in the neighborhood for decades; they are a bit pricey, but, their food is good and anyway, we are supporting a local business.
I woke up relatively early, today (7:30 a.m.). I said my morning prayers and replied to blog comments, etc. Cousin V texted me to ask what my plans were for Christmas, saying she and her husband were going to her younger sister R's house. Earlier, I had told V that I was not planning on going anywhere for Christmas, but, today, I texted her to ask if she was inviting me and does R know! LOL. She texted back that, yes, I'm being invited and R had asked her to reach out to me. I called and spoke with R and I guess my daughter and I will be joining cousins V and R and their immediate families for Christmas dinner! I offered to bring something for the meal and V immediate said to bring my cornbread muffins and a dessert! I didn't join the family for Thanksgiving and I guess they missed my cornbread muffins! LOL. Cousins and families are all vaccinated and some of them have had their boosters. I am still not 100% sure about attending the family gathering, but, I'll make the final decision on Saturday. This might be the last Christmas when all the cousins will be together, since cousin P will be going out of state after Christmas.
M came over to tend to the garden, today. He did more pruning and clearing, today, but, held off on watering because the forecast calls for rain tonight, tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday! My daughter served him a plate of food (leftovers from last night's dinner) to take home with him.
Later in the afternoon, I called cousin P and went over to her house to give her and her daughter their Christmas gifts, early; partly because P is not sure what her plans are for Christmas (if she's going to cousin R's or not) and partly because her daughter won't be here for Christmas. I also thought that this would give them enough time to pack the gifts in the boxes they are taking with them (should they decide to keep them! I got P a bottle of her favorite cologne and I got her daughter a book about finding happiness.)
I mentioned to P that I was waiting for the donations to be picked up, today, and she gave me two bags of items to add to the donations pile! LOL. I accepted them because I knew she didn't have time to call and schedule a donations pick up, herself. Her daughter helped me to bring the bags over to my house and we left them on the doorstep with the rest of the donations. Nothing made it inside the house! The donations were all picked up a little later in the afternoon. I have already decluttered my quota for the month (31 items), but, I will continue to declutter for the remainder of the month and then, start over in January!
I wrapped and tagged more gifts in the evening. I am still waiting for a few more gifts to arrive and, in addition, I have about 6 gifts to wrap and tag! I also need to make another couple of quick cards and embroider a couple of items.
Speaking of embroidery, Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards had posted a photo of her garden, back in August. The photo featured a rose and a sign about gardeners knowing the best dirt. When I saw the photo, it gave me an idea:
|Embroidered Picture Gift|
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to enjoy daughter's company for a full year!
- Cousins inviting us to join them for Christmas dinner
- Being able to see P's daughter, again
- Shipping and delivery services!
- Donations being pick up
Today's joyful activity was having take out Japanese food for lunch (and dinner) and wrapping gifts.
Plans for tomorrow include doing a curbside pick up at the fabric store (not for fabric, but for replacement blades for my rotary cutter and some clear elastic thread that my daughter wanted; she was able to apply a 20% off total purchase coupon on this online order). Plus more gift making and wrapping, etc., too.
How was your Wednesday? Are you just about done with your holiday gift shopping and gift making?