Sunday, February 20, 2022


Lahmajoon (Armenian Pizza) and Treats

Today, Saturday, was a lovely, sunny, warm day, with a high of 79F.  However, according to the weather forecast, we will have cooler weather next week, with daytime highs in the 50s and 60s and night time lows of 34F on Wednesday night.  I hope there won't be any frost damage to the plants in the garden!

This morning, we visited my friend A, at long last!  I called her, first, to find out if she was feeling well enough for us to visit and she said yes.  It was lovely to see her and her mother, who is visiting from Sri Lanka, again, and my daughter enjoyed visiting with A's two daughters.  We all wore our masks and they understood when we declined to eat or drink anything.  We didn't stay too long, just under one hour, as I didn't want to tire A too much.  As we were leaving, A's daughter and mother gave us a bag with some bread rolls from a popular Cuban bakery and some sesame and jaggery (palm sugar) candy from Sri Lanka!  

On the way home, we stopped to put gas to the car as I was nearing the quarter tank mark since I last put gas to the car at the end of December, on 12/28 to be exact.  I put $50 worth of gas, today, since that is what I budget for gas, each month.   

When we got home, we noticed that the modem had been delivered!  Hurray!  Daughter will install it, tomorrow (she was going to install it this evening, but, I pointed out that the customer service help line would have closed by then, in case she needed to call them; we decided it would be better to wait until they were open to install the modem).  

After we came home, we had a late brunch of leftover pizza from last night's dinner (daughter) and bread rolls sandwiched with sliced sauteed chicken (me).  Freshly picked oranges for dessert.

Daughter's friend A stopped by in the afternoon to have daughter try on an accessory to go with her maid of honor dress for A's upcoming wedding.  I was wearing the scarf she had given me for Christmas and she noticed it, when I went to say Hi to her (once again, we were all wearing our masks). 

Later in the afternoon, I washed the shed, washing down the inside walls and the cement floor.  Plenty of spider webs and spiders, including a few black widow spiders, got washed away, along with the dust and dirt on the floor.  I'm leaving it to dry, overnight.  Tomorrow, I plan to clean the steel shelving unit that is still inside and rinse out the empty pots and planters, before putting things back in place.

Then, around 4:00 p.m., neighbor S called to say her mother had just made some lahmajoon and would I like to have some.  She brought over the still warm lahmajoon, some gata (cookies) that her sister-in-law had made, and two pieces of bird's milk cake, which is a sort of torte with layers of cake and cream topped with chocolate ganache!  Absolutely delicious!  

Later, I did two loads of laundry, watched some figure skating on TV, did the dishes, tidied the kitchen a bit, and did the litter box.  Called and spoke with friend R, as well, and I had a socially distanced chat with neighbor T's daughter, when we were both outside.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to visit friend A and family
- A safe drive to A's and back
- The availability of gas for the car
- Receiving so many delicious food treats, from Cuban bread rolls to Sri Lankan sesame candy to Armenian pizzas and baked goods!
- What I was able to accomplish

Today's joyful activity was visiting friend A.

Plans for tomorrow include cleaning the stuff that have to go back to the shed.

How was your day?  What are your plans for Sunday?


  1. How lovely that you were able to visit friend A and spend a little time with her, and then receiving all of those foodie treats from A's family and also from S.

    Good to hear that the modem has arrived and hope your daughter is able to connect it without too much hassle.

    Is your daughter's friend's wedding happening before your daughter returns home or will she need to come back to your home again?

    You had a productive time in addition to the socialising. You're braver than me if you cleaned out the shed when there were spiders to be seen. I'm a real wimp with anything like that! It sounds like the shed is nearly finished, so you must be feeling pleased with your efforts. What's next on the list?

    1. It was so good to visit A after so many postponements. And you know I will never say no to offers of food treats! :D

      Thank you. It's a relief to have the modem and, yes, hopefully, daughter will be able to connect it without any problem. Her friend's wedding will take place before the return to the Bay Area, which is nice. Plus, if all goes according to plan (assuming her work doesn't postpone the return to office date, again) a friend of hers, who is driving down for the wedding, has offered her a lift back, at the end of the month, so she won't have to fly back. By the way, she tried Quordle, last night, and loves it! :)

      I am OK with spiders. I usually let them be and they don't bother me, but, I let them live rent-free in the shed for too long and had to evict them! :D They'll be back before long, I'm sure! The garage is next on the list! :D

    2. Tell your daughter there is also Octordle - solve 8 words in 13 attempts. 😀

    3. Oh, my! I have told her! Thank you, Eileen! I'll let you know if we try it! :)

  2. Sounds like a busy day but there sure was lots of good food to be enjoyed!

  3. So glad you were able to have a visit with A. How lovely to have a sweet treat from Sri Lanka! Your shed will be so clean now that no self-respecting spider will want anything to do with it!
    When I came downstairs there was a little squirrel waiting patiently by the porch steps. He often waits there in the morning where he can be seen by me through the narrow window beside the door. Down in the flower bed there are tunnels in the snow and the squirrels pop out to eat fallen sunflower seeds and then scoot back in again to shelter and safety.
    I think we might manage a walk today as the weather is calm and not too cold.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady; it was a real blessing to have been able to visit A, after so many attempts to do so!

      I must make washing down the shed an annual cleaning activity! It will not be allowed to get quite so messy, again!

      Aw, how cute! The squirrel obviously knows that he will be rewarded for his patience! The garden cats usually wait by the back door for me, in the mornings and evenings. :)

      I hope you are able to go for a nice walk, today. :)

  4. What a busy day you had.

    I'm glad you were able to visit and spend time with your friend A. I'm sure your visit pleased her.

    You've been very busy with the shed. My goodness - it sounds like you are just about done and ready to start figuring out what to keep in it and where to put it.
    It will be nice to have a functioning shed for you and M.

    Oh my. That food looks good from your VERY nice neighbor. :)

    1. It was a busier day than usual for me, wasn't it? :D

      It was lovely to visit A. I'm glad I got to see her mother, too (and her daughters and husband, too!)

      The shed is just about done! I did a little more cleaning, today, and put a few things back. :)

      The food was very delicious! :)

  5. I had to look up recipes for Armenian pizza and birds milk cake. I am going to try to make both someday.
    You have wonderful friends and neighbors

    1. I don't think the pizza is too difficult to make, but, the cake is a bit time consuming, but the finished product is well worth it, I think. :)

      Yes; I do have some lovely friends and neighbors! They are a true blessing!

  6. Good to know your modem has arrived and your daughter will set it up for you. You have a big job sorting out your shed and clearing it of those pesky spiders, not something I would enjoy doing!

    1. The new modem has been set up and is working without any problems! The real test will be on Tuesday, when daughter has her next Zoom meeting for work - with the old modem, our internet connection was unreliable and would kick her off her meetings, etc.! I am almost done with the shed! I have a few more items to rinse off before putting them back, but, the cleaning the shed, itself, done (or, as done as I can at this time).

  7. That sounds like a delicious day. You are talking about food that is all about love and giving.

    I am glad I wasn't anywhere near where you cleaned out all those spiders! I admire your courage!

    1. Yes, it was a delicious day, full of sharing good food; definitely an expression of love and caring. :)

      LOL; I do fine with spiders. What I don't like are roaches! They give me the "heebie jeebies!" :D


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