|Gifts from Cousin M
Monday was Memorial Day, a day to honor and remember those who died while serving in the United States Armed Services. It is also the unofficial beginning of summer.
I had been invited to lunch by cousins V and M and I was told that cousin R (V's younger sister) will also be there. I pushed aside any misgivings I might have had about socializing and accepted the invitation because cousin M was visiting from Australia. It was good to see her, again (her last visit had been three years ago). M brought me chocolates, cookies, and Australian cheese as gifts; I gave each cousin a jar of my peach topping! M's sister B had asked me if I could send a jar of the peach topping to her through M and I had said yes, but, M said that she had called her sister and explained that she had limited space in her suitcase and would not be able to take the jar. So, I didn't give her the two additional jars of peach topping I had taken with me to give to her two sisters.
I spent a lovely afternoon, chatting with my cousins and enjoying the Thai food that M had picked up for our lunch, as well as some dishes that V had cooked. They had also invited a close family friend who had brought dessert to share.
I came home around 4:30 p.m. Then, relaxed. The only item I did from my usual Monday tasks was take the trash cans to the curb for pick up in the morning.
I wasn't very hungry for dinner, so I had scrambled eggs on toast and half a mango. Much later, I had some crackers with peanut butter.
My daughter had done her weekly meal prep in the evening:
|Daughter's Weekly Meal Prep
She had made Japanese food, this week: chicken and vegetable soup with a sea urchin and soy milk soup base, shio koji karaage (fried chicken), bok choy ohitashi, simmered beef with onion and bok choy to be served on top of rice for gyuudon, cucumber pickle, green bean gomaae, and rice. She said that normally, the simmered beef for the gyuudon would not include bok choy, but, she added it because she wanted to include more vegetables in that dish.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to visit with my cousins
- Cousin M bringing me some treats
- Being able to share some of the peach topping with my cousins
- Phone chats with aunt C, friend R, and video chats with daughter
- A safe drive to and from cousin V's
Today's joyful activity was visiting with my cousins.
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Tidy the family room
- Water the indoor plants
How was your Monday? What are your plans for Tuesday?