|Feijoa/Pineapple Guava Flower|
The feijoa/pineapple guava trees (I have two growing in the garden, currently; a third one died) are flowering. The flowers are edible, but, I am leaving them on the trees to set fruit! The birds like the flowers, too; hummingbirds enjoy the nectar and mockingbirds like to eat the petals.
Yesterday (Monday) was a bit of an odd day for me. Sunday night, I went to sleep around 2:30 a.m. (well, early Monday morning, I suppose), fully expecting to sleep till about 9:00 a.m., which is when my alarm would ring. Imagine my surprise when I woke up at 4:30 a.m., feeling wide awake! I had a drink of water and tried to go back to sleep, but, decided to get up at 5:00 a.m. It was still dark, outside. I turned off the porch lights, brushed my teeth, had a cup of tea, and said my morning devotions. Then, I replied to blog comments, read a few blogs, etc., and watched the sky lighten up. I am unable to view the sunrise from my house even though the family room window and sliding glass door faces east because there is a distant hill, a two-story house, and a huge pine tree that block my view. Eventually, I made myself a scrambled egg for breakfast and put away a load of laundry from the weekend.
Then, around 11:00 a.m., I went back to bed and slept for a couple of hours! After I woke up, I took the kitchen compost to the compost pile and spread two bags of shredded paper (including the bits I had cut by hand, previously) on one of the planting beds at the back, along the back wall. Last year, I spread a bag of shredded paper on one of the rose beds after I had weeded it and it made an excellent mulch/weed barrier! Then, I picked some oranges, broccoli side shoots, and peapods. I also took the trash cans to the curb for pick up on Tuesday morning, as I knew I would be too tired to do so after we return from the funeral in the evening.
Daughter had eaten some leftover pasta with the last sausage for her brunch. I took the rest of the leftover pasta, added some shredded cooked chicken, some of the peapods and broccoli side shoots, plus a few mizuna leaves and a handful of roasted peanuts and made chicken "chow mein" for my lunch! Daughter had some of it as a snack before we went to the funeral.
I drove us to the funeral and daughter drove us back. We got there about 5 minutes before the viewing started. Daughter was able to take plenty of photos and there was someone recording it, as well. Open casket viewing from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by the funeral Mass from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with refreshments served afterwards in an outdoor patio area. There were about 30 people at the church, some in masks, some with their masks being worn as a chin strap, others without masks! (Indoor mask mandates have been lifted.) My daughter and I wore N95 masks and kept our masks on all the time. Someone did open all the church windows, which could be tilted out about 5 inches, before the viewing began, so there was some ventilation.
Afterwards, when the refreshments were served (appetizers/hors d'oeuvres type of food - known as "short eats" in Sri Lanka - sandwiches, savory pastries, cake, cut up fresh fruit, etc., along with beverages), I served myself a plate and went to the car to eat as no one else was in the parking lot and it was safe to pull down my mask for a few minutes. Afterwards, I went back to the patio where the others were gathered and visited a bit with a few friends as I've not seen them since the first lockdown in March 2019 and checked on friend A, who was looking tired after the day's events. Her brothers will be here until Thursday, she said, and I said I'll call her after they leave to see if she needed anything.
We brought home a plate of food leftover from the event and had some of it for dinner, last night. Later, I called friend R and chatted with her. Eventually, I went to bed around 2:30 a.m., again.
3 sample sized shower gel bottles
1 tube sample sized body lotion
1 file folder of papers
On Monday, I was grateful for:
- N95 masks
- Being able to be there for friend A and family at her mother's funeral
- Mid-day naps
- Garden harvests
- A safe drive to and from the funeral
Monday's joyful activity was chatting with friends I haven't seen in a couple of years.
Today (Tuesday), I woke up around 9:00 a.m., as usual. It's a lovely, warm, but, windy day! I had a phone chat with neighbor T and brought the empty trash cans in. Daughter and I had leftovers from yesterday's reception for brunch and there are a couple of items left to enjoy with a cup of tea in the evening. I did two loads of laundry, cleaned Dancer's litter box and swept the bathroom.
Still to do: dust the family room and my bedroom, water the indoor plants, water the front garden, do the dishes/run the dishwasher, cook dinner (might cook salmon, rice, and vegetables, today), and declutter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The sunny, warm day
- Chats with family and friends
- Leftovers from yesterday's reception
- Working appliances
- Electricity to run the appliances
Today's joyful activity is having the windows open to let in the fresh breeze and warmth.
|Dancer and his Lovey|
He just loves that old knitted scarf to death! He drags it around the house and sits by it whenever he knows we are about to leave the house! This is him taking a nap, this afternoon, his lovey by his side (no, we didn't put it there)!
How was the start to your week? What are your plans for the rest of the week?