|Blueberries Are Starting to Ripen
Yesterday (Thursday) was visiting day! I woke up a little later than planned and, by the time I had finished saying my morning prayers, showered, looked up driving directions from my cousin's house to friend A's house just in case cousin wanted me to drive, picked lemons, and packed up all the things I was taking with me (mallung, lemons, and two food containers to be returned to A; banana muffins, lemons, and a glass that had held some plant cuttings to be returned to V) I was feeling a bit rushed! I had told cousin V that I'll be there around 1:30 p.m. At 1:15 p.m., I was still closing up the house and getting ready to leave! Then, V texted to say that lunch was ready! I texted that I was running a bit late and just leaving the house! I got to her house a little before 2:00 p.m.
V had prepared a very nice lunch - ghee rice and various curries - chicken, shrimp, salted dried fish (karola), dhal, spicy sauteed potatoes (ala thel dala), and eggplant pahi (the eggplant is first fried and then, cooked into a dry curry). Yogurt and treacle for dessert, although I was so full after lunch, that I postponed having dessert until later. I enjoyed the lunch (V is a good cook) and afterwards, V handed me a container and told me to pack myself some food to take home with me, which I did! Then, we sat and chatted for a bit, until it was time to visit A.
V's husband drove us to A's, so I need not have bothered with looking up driving directions! We had a nice visit with A, too. She seemed a lot better than when I last visited her. I put the mallung in her fridge so she could have it, later. We spent about an hour, visiting with her. Before we left, A gave me the bowl in which I had taken some pudding to her on my last visit.
After the visit, we went back to V's. She offered me tea, but, I declined and had the yogurt and treacle I hadn't eaten after lunch, instead.
I didn't wear a mask when I visited V (it felt strange to be without a mask), but, I wore one when I visited A.
After I came home, I had a cup of tea and spoke on the phone with cousin P (who had moved to Florida).
Then, my daughter called and we had a long chat. She always gives me a very detailed account of her day and, yesterday, one of the papers that she helped to write was published (she does research about food and nutrition programs). This is the third paper that has been published with her listed as the first author and counts towards her professional development. She said she wore a different outfit to work, yesterday, than she had planned and said, "Don't worry, I took a picture for your blog post." LOL!
The dress is one that cousin P had given her. The beige-pink long cardigan is something daughter purchased, pre-Covid, with a gift card she received. After work, she took another acrobatics class.
Dinner was more of the leftover pasta and sausage stir-fry, leftover from the night before!
Yesterday, I was grateful for:
- Visits with family and friends
- A safe drive there and back
- V preparing a lovely lunch and giving me a portion to bring home, too
- Friend A seems to be recovering well
- Daughter had a good day and another paper published
Yesterday's joyful activity was visiting family and friends. It was nice to be able to do so, without worrying about it too much. But, our new Covid cases daily count is back over 2,500, again, and I doubt I'll go visiting again for some time!
|The First Blueberries
Today, Friday, I had a relaxed morning. I picked the first ripe blueberries and some broccoli side shoots:
- A relaxed day
- Today's garden harvest
- The first blueberries