Sunday, June 26, 2022

Daughter Leaves on Sunday

 

Another View of the Front Garden

My daughter left, this afternoon.  In the morning, after a breakfast of leftover waffles and peach topping, she packed her suitcase with all the last minute items she needed to pack (her laptop and charging cord, etc.) and the food items I was giving her to take.  The frozen items, double bagged, will remain mostly frozen until she gets to her apartment; a few items might thaw, but, they will remain cold until she is able to put them in the refrigerator when she gets to her apartment.  In addition to the cooked food, I gave her a small sandwich bag of freshly picked broccoli (the very last of the broccoli, I think) and the zucchini I had picked earlier (which I didn't get around to cooking!)  All she will have to do this evening to make dinner is cook a pot of rice, steam the broccoli, and warm up one of the curries I sent.  

Her flight was scheduled to leave at 2:00 p.m., with boarding scheduled for 1:30 p.m., which meant she had to be at the airport at 12:30 p.m. (one hour before boarding time).  She flies out from the local airport, not the big Los Angeles International Airport; the local airport is quite close to my house.  Daughter checked to see if the flight was on time and it was (we've been hearing a lot about cancelled and delayed flights on the news); we left a little after 12:00 noon, to allow for plenty of time in case there was a lot of traffic to drop off/pick up passengers.  It was a bit crowded, but, not as crazy as it has been on some previous occasions.  I dropped her off and came home by 12:30 p.m.  She didn't get through the check in until nearly 1:00 p.m.!  She said the line for checking in was really long and extended well beyond the usual checking in area!  Her boarding gate number was changed, but, she boarded the flight without any difficulty.

The flight itself is just over one hour.  She arrived at the Oakland airport and called me at 3:20 p.m. to let me know that she had a safe flight (she knows I keep the altar light lit from the time she leaves the house until she gets to her apartment!).  She still hates to fly, so she's happy when she's off the plane.  She took the subway from the airport to Berkeley and then, walked from the subway station to her apartment.  She got to her apartment around 4:50 p.m. and called me to let me know and I turned the altar lights off.

My daughter's next visit home will probably be in November, when she plans to come down for Thanksgiving.   

This week of having my daughter home has been lovely and we both felt that the days passed too quickly!  She took a week off from work and I took the week off from doing housework (other than cleaning the litter box and keeping up with laundry, dishes, etc.)  Starting tomorrow, I will be getting back to my weekly cleaning routines, etc.  If anyone is interested, next week's focus will be the main bedroom and closet.  

It is 95F outside, this afternoon, but, only 80F inside the family room which is quite comfortable for me.  Even so, I cleaned one of the stand fans and set it up in the family room, in anticipation of warmer days to come.  

Today, I am grateful for:

- This week of spending time with my daughter
- Daughter had a safe flight and journey back to her apartment
- I was able to send plenty of food home with her
- A safe drive to the airport and back
- Electricity to run the fans!  

Today's joyful activity hugging my daughter before she left!

Monday's To Do List:
- Change bed sheets
- Load of laundry
- Dust living room & dining area
- Clean the fridge
- Take trash cans to the curb for Tuesday trash pick up
- Water the front garden with water I've collected in buckets
- Meal plan 

How was your Sunday?  What are your plans for Monday?


20 comments:

  1. Good to know your daughter had a good and safe journey home. Not long until you see her again in November, the days and weeks fly by. I often wonder where the time goes :)

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. Yes, it'll be November before we know it and we'll all be saying where did the time go? :D

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  2. I'm glad that your daughter got home safely.

    Your broccoli has done you well this year. You've had some really good meals. I hope you can eke it out a little longer.

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    1. Thank you, Lyssa. Yes, the broccoli has done well, this year. I can still harvest the leaves to make mallung (shredded leaves cooked with coconut and turmeric, etc.) :)

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  3. How lovely to have your daughter home for a visit ... it seems the two of you made the most of the visit with lots of crafting & just being together. In the blink of any eye November will be here.

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    1. It was wonderful to have her home for a visit. I know that November will be here before we know! I'll be another year older then! LOL. Time passes too quickly for me! :)

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  4. Glad to hear your daughter arrived home safe and sound, and complete with Mum's Special Takeout Meals! The time will soon pass until she's back with you again. Do you ever think about visiting and staying with her occasionally?

    I haven't done very much so far today (Monday). It's the start of the Wimbledon fortnight so I have been watching the TV coverage ... rain has stopped play at the moment, but hopefully it won't be too long before they can restart the matches.

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. :) I used to visit her in the past, but, haven't done so recently. She prefers to visit me these days and I am fine with that.
      Enjoy watching the tennis! I checked to see if it is being shown here, but, it's on a sports channel that I don't get in my cable package, so, I'll just have to read up on the highlights. :)

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  5. Glad your daughter got home safely with all of her food in tow. If COVID ever dies down, would you consider going to Berkley to visit her?

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    1. Thank you, June. Yes, I'd be happy to visit her, but, she lives in a tiny studio apartment and feels claustrophobic with another person there! Also, with Dancer being alone in the house, I don't feel comfortable being gone for more than 2 nights at most. There is no one I can ask to be with him and I wouldn't want to keep him in a cat motel.

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  6. I’m glad you enjoyed the time with your daughter. Regine
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    1. Thank you, Regine; it is always a joy to spend time with her. :)

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  7. Hugs to you for having to say goodbye again. The days do pass too quickly but you have both made more happy memories. Good that your daughter had a safe journey.
    Our weather is cool and breezy but I didn't need a jacket to hang out the sheets and we ate on the deck. It's good weather for gardening, so I may get back to pruning the out of control forsythia this afternoon.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Bushlady. I teared up a bit when I said a blessing over her before she left the house, but, I didn't cry! :D Yes, we made some more happy memories and, hopefully, there will be many more to come. :)
      That's good that the weather was warm enough for eating outside. And that breeze will dry your sheets in no time. I did laundry, too, and hung everything up inside the house to dry. It is 99F outside, but, a much more comfortable 84F inside. :)

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  8. I'm glad your daughter is home safe and sound and, yes, you are right about November being here before we know it. Time does fly by at times doesn't it?
    I've done some house work in the last few days, cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors. The outside work is slowing done so I need to get my house in order!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. Yes, the time until her next visit will pass quickly, but, I am hoping to accomplish a few things between now and then!
      Sounds like you are keeping busy, between the gardening and housework! I need to sort out a few projects and work on them, myself. :)

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  9. it is hard to take them to the airport knowing they are gone for a while, but was so worth the time together! I am glad you had it, and at the rate time is flying by, she will be home before you know it!

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    1. It's the knowledge that the time together is of short duration that makes it more precious, I think. We will still chat nightly, of course, and, hopefully, she'll be home again, before the end of the year. :)

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  10. It must have been lovely having your daughter to stay again so soon, and I'm glad she enjoyed a safe and relatively smooth journey home.
    November will be here in no time :)

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    1. Yes, it was wonderful to have her home again just 2 months after she left. It would be lovely if she can come down again between now and November, too, but, it doesn't seem too likely. Yes, with the way time seems to be speeding by, November will be here in no time. :)

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