|Sunday's Garden Harvest: Peapods, Broccoli Side Shoots, |
Japanese Spinach Leaves
The garden keeps giving some wonderful harvests! This is what I picked on Sunday - peapods, broccoli side shoots, and Japanese spinach leaves. Then, yesterday (Tuesday), I picked a bunch of Osaka purple mustard leaves and purple mizuna leaves to take to my friend N and today, (Wednesday), I picked more purple mustard leaves and purple mizuna leaves to take to my tax preparer.
This morning, I experienced a little vertigo when I first woke up. I think I might have been a bit dehydrated. I stayed in bed for a little longer and got up when I felt better.
The donations hadn't been picked up when I first woke up and checked. I thought I could add one more item that daughter was ready to declutter, but, by the time I waited for the vertigo to go away and got dressed, etc., the donations had been picked up, so I couldn't include the last item. Not a problem - it can wait for the next donations pick up. I am challenging myself to have at least another six bags or boxes for donation by the end of June. The donations pick up team didn't accept the six dance magazines I had included with the books - they had left them in a neat pile by the door step. I tossed them in the recycling bin, right away. I didn't want to bring anything back into the house!
M came by, later in the morning, to tend to the garden. He bought me a trellis for the passionfruit vine, a role of wire mesh to keep the garden cats out of any new vegetable bed we might make, this year, and a packet of burgundy okra seeds (he buys me the stuff and I reimburse him). We will try planting them in a sunnier spot in the garden, this time. Last year, it took awhile for the seeds to germinate and the plants to grow.
In the afternoon, I went for my appointment with the tax preparer. I opted for an in-person visit, but we were both masked and I think it was alright.
When I came home, I managed to lock myself out! M had been here, still watering the garden when I left and I had asked him to close the garage door for me, which he had done, but, he hadn't locked it and I assumed he had left the gate unlocked, too, but, I didn't check to see. Instead, I parked the car, closed the garage door, and locked it with the padlock. Then, I realized that M had locked the gate! My keys were inside the car, which was inside the locked garage! I called my daughter (luckily, I had my cell phone on me!) and when she didn't answer, I texted her, and knocked on the front door. But, daughter was doing an online interview and she couldn't leave the interview to unlock the gate for me! So, I waited outside, walked up and down the drive way, checked on the garden, greeted the mail carrier when he brought the mail, and sat on the low section of the sidewall between my house and T's until my daughter was done with her interviewing, which she did a few minutes later. What a blessing that she was home and could let me in!
Daughter asked me what I would have done if she hadn't been home to let me in, and I told her I would have texted M to ask him to swing by on his way home to unlock the gate for me (he has a spare key). A long time ago, I had left the back door open, but, gone out the front door which shut itself and locked me out - I was able to climb over the side wall and let myself into the backyard, but, I am not about to try that, now! But, this is a good reminder for me to be extra vigilant and not lock the garage door until I've made sure the gate was unlocked! LOL.
I've spent a relatively relaxed evening. Today's meals were mostly leftovers - I had a slice of toast in the morning, daughter had leftover rice and chicken curry; I had the last of the leftover rice for dinner and daughter had leftover kufta. We both snacked on oranges and she had some cereal and I had some lady's finger cookies. I sorted through the top three shelves in the freezer and put a packet of ground turkey and a packet of grated zucchini to thaw to cook tomorrow.
Today I am grateful for:
- M purchasing the garden supplies for me and saving me the trouble of shopping for them
- Donations being picked up
- Taxes are done and filed for another year
- A safe drive to the tax accountant's office and back
- Daughter was home to unlock the gate for me (after a short delay)
Today's joyful activity was getting the taxes done! Not sure if joyful is the correct term (I owed taxes), but, at least, it is done for another year!
Plans for tomorrow include making and posting a birthday card for my half-sister, taking a couple of items over to friend R, doing a little more garage cleaning, and cooking.
How was your day? What are your plans for Thursday? Have you locked yourself out, accidentally? If so, what did you do? How did you manage to get yourself back inside?
I'm very glad your daughter was home and you didn't have to climb over the wall. I have to manually lock both doors to my house so, thankfully, I haven't managed to lock myself out before. Although, Lily sometimes closes the door just to tease me while I'm hanging out the washing :)ReplyDelete
Yes, I was very glad she was home! Oh, Lily is naughty to tease you! :DDelete
I think most people have locked themselves out of the house or car at one time or another so don't feel bad about it. A good job your daughter was at home to let you in and it's good that M has a spare key and could help you if need be. I can't remember the last time I did that but I know I have so maybe I have learned the hard way not to let it happen again :)ReplyDelete
Oh, it was one of those, "Oh, no, I didn't just do that!" moments, when you could kick yourself! But, I didn't panic because my daughter was at home. I just have to be very careful not to do that when I'm alone! But, yes, we have all locked ourselves out one time or another, haven't we?Delete
Over the years, I have locked myself out several times. Now we have a key hidden outside if it happens again. It's not in any of the typical places, so hopefully, no one else can find it.ReplyDelete
I am seriously considering making a spare key and hiding it somewhere, myself. Will have to think of a good spot where I will remember, but, no one else will figure out! :)Delete
I hate when that happens. I have gotten locked out when my hubby was in the house and had the 'extra protection' lock on it. I had to call my son and he came over and went in through a bedroom window. It was a mess! Hope you have a good day- xo DianaReplyDelete
Glad your son was able to help you out, Diana. I usually open both the garage door and the gate lock when I drive in, but, this time, I forgot to check if the gate was locked or unlocked! Should never assume anything!Delete
I hope you don't get any more vertigo. Even a little is alarming and worth resting for a while. It is a lot harder to be locked out when you are not as young and spry as before. I remember in my 20s at my parent's house, having to climb in through the kitchen window when I locked myself out and they were away. It was funny because my cousin and her fiancé were with me and he was a policeman! He still married her even if she did have a family member who could break into houses!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Bushlady; I seem to get vertigo every now and then. I've seen the doctor about it, but, there doesn't seem to be any physical reason, just fluctuations in my blood pressure when changing positions too quickly, etc. Also, several of the medications I take mention dizziness as a side effect - keeping well hydrated seems to help.Delete
Too funny about you climbing in through the kitchen window! Your cousin's policeman fiance was probably quite impressed! :D
We had a key safe installed when Ced was ill so that in an emergency, neighbours could get into the house if they needed to when I was out. I now have the key safe on the rear wall of this home and a combination lock on the side gate so I know I can get indoors if I do forget my keys.ReplyDelete
Glad you've filed your tax return ... out of the way for another year.
That is a very good idea, Eileen - a key safe! I need to find a spot to hide a spare key! Getting the taxes done is a big relief! :DDelete
It's so unnerving being locked out. At least you have good neighbours and your daughter was there. Your garden is amazing and so productive.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lyssa. Yes, I have good neighbors who would have tried to help me if I had been alone and this time, at least, my daughter was home! The garden is coming along nicely - I picked another handful of peapods, this morning. Now that we are in the mid-80s, the pea vines are starting to die down.Delete
Oh no, good thing your daughter was home to let you in. Eventually. LOL We've all locked ourselves out of our homes or cars at least once. I locked my keys in my car at work one time and had to call a family member to bring me a key. That was 30 years ago and I've kept a spare key in my purse ever since. Just in case. LOL DeniseReplyDelete
Yes, I was very glad that my daughter was home to let me in. Otherwise, it would have been an even longer wait for M to swing by on his way home! I locked myself out of my car, one time, and had to call the Auto Club to send a locksmith out to open the car for me! These days, I lock and unlock the car with the key and carry a spare in my purse! Now, I need to train myself to have the gate and house keys with me before I get out of the car! :DDelete
So glad your daughter was there to let you in!ReplyDelete
It's nice that donations are picked up at the house. We're going to load up the car to do Jane's donations and some of my own. They usually have people helping to unload when you get to the shop. I'm hoping our contributions will make someone else happy
It was a blessing that she was home! If not, it would have been a long wait till M would have been able to open the gate with his spare key!Delete
I have always scheduled donations pick ups. I leave the bagged up items by the front door, they pick up and leave a receipt. I'm sure your contributions will be much appreciated, Sharon. :)
My goodness, you did have quite the day!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad your daughter was home even if there was a wait until she could let you in.
Your spring harvest is continuing and it looks good. That's great that M was able to pick up some needed items for your gardening efforts.
I'm glad you felt better after waiting a while after waking. Drink some more water!!!
Never a dull day at the Bless household! :DDelete
Yes, it's a struggle for me to stay well hydrated!