Thank you, everyone, for the New Year well wishes; they are much appreciated.
I went to bed at 4:00 a.m., this morning, and woke up when cousin R called me at 9:00 a.m. We had planned that I would go over to her house this evening to pick up my baking dish and some clothes she was giving us, but, she was calling to tell me that she had to go somewhere with her sister and wasn't sure if she'd be home before I got there. She asked if I could come by tomorrow, instead. But, I told her to leave the items outside and I will pick them up, this evening, as planned, because I wasn't sure what my daughter had planned for Friday evening. Picking up the items this way would also eliminate any awkwardness about us wearing our masks while we were there! So, cousin R said she will leave the bags outside with my name on them.
I had a quiet rest of the morning, responding to blog comments and doing one or two things around the house. I had some leftover fried rice for brunch and my daughter had leftover Thai seafood.
In the afternoon, I finally decided to put gas to the car! I was almost down to a quarter of a tank and I like to fill up the tank when it goes down to half. When I pulled out from the garage, however, I noticed that the low air pressure sign had come on. So, first, I drove to a tire shop and had someone check my tires; he said all four tires needed to have air put in them! He didn't charge me for checking the air pressure, but, accepted the tip I gave him.
Then, I drove to the gas station to fill the tank. Gas at that station (one of the cheapest stations in my neighborhood) was $5.45/gallon and it was quite busy! Gas at another station a few blocks away (selling the same brand of gas) was $5.79/gallon. But, at least, gas is available and, although the gas station was busy, there was no line of cars waiting for gas.
Afterwards, I came home and did a couple of things until my daughter finished her work for the day. Then, we drove to cousin R's house and picked up two bags of clothes! She had forgotten to leave out my baking pan, however! Oh, well, not a problem; I'll collect it another time.
We came home and daughter said she was hungry, so she warmed up some chicken curry while I warmed up some of the frozen parathas we had bought at the Sri Lankan store, both the green chili parathas and the plain ones. Then, we both had an early dinner!
Afterwards, daughter tried on all the new-to-her clothes cousin R had given. Two huge bags full! At least a couple of the garments still had their tags on! She selected a few of them to take with her - a couple of warm sweaters and long sleeved shirts (good thing she's taking the big suitcase!). She will keep the rest here to wear when she comes down next and, of course, I'm to try them on, too, and take any that I like. I really don't need any more clothes, so, I'll just leave them all for daughter to wear.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Cousin R's generosity
- The service technician at the tire shop for checking my tire air pressure for me
- The availability of gas for the car
- A safe drive to cousin R's and back
- Phone chats with family and friends
Today's joyful activity was admiring all the lovely clothes that cousin R has given!
Plans for tomorrow include doing some laundry and tending to the garden with M.
How was your Thursday? What are your plans for Friday?