Today has been a sunny day with a daytime high in the upper 60s. Very pleasant weather. In the morning, I walked around the back garden, checking on the plants and I picked a handful of peapods and some Japanese purple mustard greens. I've learned that you need to keep them in a glass of water once they are picked; otherwise, they wilt rather quickly. Later, in the afternoon, I walked in the driveway for 15 minutes, then, checked on the plants in the front garden, and took neighbor T's mail, which had been delivered to my address, over to her. It has left me wondering if I had any mail at all or if it was delivered to someone else! Our tax statements are being mailed around this time, so, it's not a good time for mail to go astray!
Today, I went through and tidied the drawers in the new sideboard. Daughter had set them up with all the gift wrap supplies, but, things got a bit messy during the holidays. Now, everything has been taken out of each drawer, sorted, and put back. All the Christmas things are in the bottom drawer (gift bags, wrapping paper, cards, ribbons, etc.), all the other occasion gift wrap are in the middle drawer and the top drawer has tissue paper, plain brown paper, and bubble wrap, and a little box holding a pair of scissors, the roll of tape, a glue stick, a couple of pens and a pencil.
For brunch, I made a version of a popular Sri Lankan dish called "koththu roti" (sometimes spelled kottu roti), which is made by chopping up flat bread and stir frying it with eggs, vegetables, and leftover meat or chicken if desired, and spices. I say "a version of" because I used lavash bread as my flat bread or roti, cut into strips. I added the last little bit of the ground beef mixture that was left, an egg, curry powder, chili powder, and a spoonful of a spicy relish known as "katta sambol", which is a mixture of onions, chilies, and a type of dried fish flakes. It turned out well.
Later, for tea, I decided to use up the little bit of the egg and milk mixture left over from Wednesday's French toast and an egg yolk leftover from the masala chai tea cookies that daughter had baked over the weekend. I added the egg yolk to the leftover French toast mixture along with a little more milk, some flour, salt and vanilla, and made pancakes (the thin kind, not the fluffy American pancakes); we enjoyed them, sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice for a tea time treat.
For dinner, I cooked the fish curry I had planned to cook on Wednesday, using frozen pollock fillets, dhal (red lentil curry), sauteed shredded Japanese purple mustard greens (I sauteed them with onions, chili powder, curry leaves, spices, etc.) and a pot of rice.
After dinner, I did the dishes, cleaned the litter box, etc., and chatted on the phone with friend R.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A sunny day/pleasant weather
- Being able to pick vegetables from my garden
- Being able to stand and walk without pain
- Not falling when I was walking
- Working appliances
Today's joyful activity was being in the garden.
Plans for tomorrow include cleaning the bathrooms and gardening with M.
How was your Thursday? What are your plans for Friday?