Just like that, the first quarter of this year is over and here we are in April! I ended March on a high note because I finished the first round of cleaning in the garage!
|Very Messy Peach-Mango Pie
To celebrate the garage cleaning, on Wednesday night (well, very early Thursday morning, as it was 2:45 a.m.) I decided to bake a pie! I used some peaches (from the tree) and mango (from the store) that I had cut up and frozen, The pie crust was made from leftover pie dough that I had in the freezer. I added a little flour to the fruit to thicken the juice from the fruit, but, as you can see, the juice spilled out and made a mess! Daughter and I enjoyed a slice each, while it was still warm from the oven and before I remembered to take a photo! LOL.
Thursday was a cool (by our standards; 61F was the high), cloudy day. I did laundry, ran the cleaning cycle on the washing machine for the first time, watched some news and a couple of TV programs, cleaned the litter box, remade my bed with the freshly laundered sheets, paid a couple of bills, and cooked a chicken stir-fry for dinner, which I served on ramen noodles:
|Chicken Stir-Fry over Ramen Noodles
Afterwards, I did the dishes and cleaned the stove.
On Friday, since it was the first of the month, I made milkrice for brunch, which my daughter and I had with the last serving of chicken curry and seeni sambol (onion relish). I also picked some roses and jasmines for the vases, harvested some peapods and broccoli side shoots, did the dishes, and, discussed garden plans with M when he arrived to tend to the garden. He has promised to bring me some sunflower seedlings and he asked me if I was planning to plant any zucchini this year. I said yes! But, we agreed that we won't plant 14 zucchini plants again! Maybe just two or three! LOL. I made waffles for a snack and fried potato slices for dinner as there was cooked chicken and vegetables in the fridge. I spoke with friend R, too, in the evening; we discussed the protests against the state of the economy in Sri Lanka, as R is concerned about the well being of her children who are all there. Friday was when my new shredder arrived, but, it arrived in the evening and I didn't open it then.
As I mentioned in my monthly goals post, I am planning to declutter 5-10 items a day in April. I am going to list what I decluttered, each day, and I am going to consider each file folder of papers I shred as one item (these file folders hold at least one year's worth of statements or correspondence per folder and some hold as many as 5 years worth).
- 2 items of clothing (jackets)
- 3 file folders full of statements, correspondence, etc.
Items coming in:
On Saturday, we had leftover chicken stir fry for brunch. In the afternoon, I made a fresh fruit salad for a snack:
|Fresh Fruit Salad
The last pear, the last nectarine, two kiwis, two oranges, a handful of cashews, and a little bit of the passionfruit juice blend that I had bought.
In the evening, I cooked what I am calling a "freezer meal" (because everything was from the freezer) for dinner:
|"Freezer Meal": Sausages with Tomato, Onions, Bell Pepper
Sausages, cooked with frozen sliced onions, frozen tomatoes (from last year's garden), and frozen bell pepper slices, which formed a sort of sauce for the sausages. It went very well with some pasta that I boiled while the sausages were cooking.
Afterwards, daughter baked some chocolate chip cookies for dessert:
|Chocolate Chip Cookies for Dessert
I had woken up, Saturday morning, feeling a bit light-headed, etc., but, I felt better after I rested and ate brunch, Later, I did a few things around the house, walked a bit in the garden, etc. I also called the Temple and spoke with the monks, to check on how they are and to ask them if they would like to have a Sinhala-English dictionary I am decluttering. They said they would like to have it, so, I will put it aside to drop it off at the Temple, one day.
These brass spoons are gifts/souvenirs we received from Sri Lanka over the years. I kept one of them and decluttered the other four.
4 brass spoons
Today, Sunday, daughter and I had a relaxed morning. Brunch was a frozen burrito. My half-sister called in the morning and we chatted for a bit, neighbor T called for our weekly chat, and later, neighbor S called to ask me about some plants; I took her a couple of the chocolate chip cookies daughter had made when I went over to check on the plants. Her aunt had given her some loquat seedlings growing together in a pot and she offered to share one with me when she plants them. I had grown a loquat plant from seed and it bore fruit for several years, but, then, it died. I will be glad to get another loquat plant from S.
In the afternoon, daughter and I took a few items over to friend R, including some chocolate chip cookies and oranges. We picked up some almond croissants for her on the way, too. It was another of our curb side visits and R gave me two packets of paprika she had bought for me at my request and some homegrown tangerines a friend of hers had given her.
After we came home, daughter's friend A (whose maid of honor she had been) texted her - A had just made a batch of cinnamon rolls, would we like some, she will deliver! LOL. So, of course, daughter said, yes, please, and invited her over for a visit; we welcome guests who bring us homemade cinnamon rolls, still warm from the oven:
|Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Daughter did a quick tidy of the living room and family room while I vacuumed the family room before A arrived.
We all wore masks; the two girls enjoyed chatting for almost two hours and just before A left, daughter gave her a bag of freshly picked oranges, lemons, curry leaves, and peapods.
We had leftovers sausages for dinner (I cooked a little more pasta and daughter made a salad). Then, she put away laundry while I shredded some files using the new shredder. I must admit it shreds everything very quickly! I shredded five years worth of my mother's statements! I'm glad I bought the shredder!
- 2 purses
- spare office supplies
- 2 file folders of papers
Today, I am grateful for:
- My new paper shredder
- Chats with family and friends
- Curbside visit with R
- The car started and a safe drive to R's and back
- Homemade cinnamon rolls
Today's joyful activity was socializing with friends and neighbors!
Plans for tomorrow include attending my friend A's mother's funeral. The viewing starts at 6:00 p.m. and the mass starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by refreshments, afterwards. A's daughter has asked my daughter if she can take some phone photos at the viewing, so we will go a bit early to be there when the viewing starts.
How was your weekend? What are your plans for Monday?