|My Daughter's Painting: Apple Blossoms
My daughter decided to take an on-line painting class, today (Tuesday), after work, as a fun activity.
Daughter received an email from someone she supervises, this morning, saying that she had been exposed to Covid at the office on Thursday (I suppose she received a notification from the office contact tracing people) and had woken up this morning feeling ill. She had said she was going to get herself tested, today. Their cubicles are diagonally across from each other's and they had both been in the office on Thursday! Fortunately, my daughter keeps her mask on in the office, all day. Daughter said she is feeling fine, but, she will be testing herself tomorrow morning, as required, prior to going into the office. I am, of course, hoping that daughter will be fine and her rest will be negative.
I have had a couple of productive days, so far.
Yesterday (Monday), I did my usual Monday weekly cleaning tasks and dusted the living room and dining area, did a load of laundry, emptied all the waste baskets in the various rooms, cleaned the litter box, cleaned the fridge, and took the big trash bins to the curb for pick up on Tuesday morning. Then, I continued with my pantry inventory and reorganized some of the kitchen cabinet shelves that act as my pantry shelves.
Cousin P called while I was in the middle of doing my pantry inventory and we chatted for a good hour or so. Then, I made myself a cup of tea and turned on the news to catch up on what was going on in Sri Lanka. I checked with the daughter of one of my cousins in Sri Lanka and she hastened to assure me that they were all OK. Later I spoke with friend R and she said she had been in contact with her daughters and they were OK, too, but, of course, she was concerned about them.
I made a pot of soup, yesterday, with a ham bone that I had kept in the freezer for the purpose and dried green split peas that I had put to soak in the morning. I added carrots, tomatoes, broccoli stems, onions, garlic, etc., to the soup and let it simmer for several hours while I did other stuff. But, I finished some leftovers for my dinner, yesterday, and kept the soup for today.
Today (Tuesday), I brought the trash cans in after they had been emptied by the City's solid waste collection trucks, watered the front garden, and picked fresh flowers for the altars and mantelpiece.
Then, I finished the pantry inventory, going through and organizing the last shelf where I keep pantry items. Some people have a pantry room or a dedicated pantry cabinet. I don't. I keep various pantry items in various places, some in the kitchen, some in the spare bedroom, some in this kitchen cabinet and some in that cabinet, etc. So, my pantry inventory not only lists the items, quantities, and expiration dates of some of the items (although I am of the opinion that most canned items are good for several years after their best by/expiration dates), they are also listed by where I store them! My old lists were all hand written lists; this time, I typed them into the computer, to make it easier to update and maintain. That took a little extra time. But, it is all done, now, and I added one or two items to the running list of items needed that I keep posted on the fridge door to order.
After that, I took a look at this week's grocery ads, online. I usually receive the paper ads with the mail on a Tuesday, but, didn't receive them, today. Well, I was very unimpressed by this week's grocery offers. I am very glad that I did a grocery order, last week, instead.
After tea, and a phone chat with my daughter, I dealt with the stack of papers I had wanted to sort through. It took me almost one hour to do that, but, everything has now been filed. That is not the end of the paperwork (there's another stack on my desk), but, this particular stack has been dealt with. Of the original "brain dump" list of 10 items I posted on Saturday, I have now checked off 8 items, started on the 9th item (the second baby blanket) and have only one item left to do (sew on new borders to a quilt). I am very pleased with what I have been able to accomplish since Saturday.
I changed my mind about having a salad for brunch and had a slice of toast, instead, half of it with a slice of cheese, and the other half with ginger marmalade! Dinner was a bowl of the ham and split pea soup and I made a batch of American-style drop biscuits to go with it, adding some fresh rosemary leaves to the dough to flavor them:
|Rosemary Drop Biscuits
They were very tasty, if I say so myself! And rather addictive!
|Soup and Biscuits
- My daughter is feeling well
- My family in Sri Lanka seem to be safe and OK
- What I have been able to accomplish these past couple of days
- Water for the garden
- Working appliances
To find it filled with these little foam pieces:
|Hope they're recyclable!
- Start on the quilt borders
- Dust my bedroom
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