Saturday, January 7, 2023

Busy Friday

Tree Decorations

On Friday, I undecorated the Christmas tree and later, M and my daughter dismantled the tree (it comes apart in three sections, plus the stand) and put it away in the garage until next Christmas.  I have not taken down the wreaths and the Winter Village, yet.  

Northern California is getting a lot of rain with a type of storm called a 'bomb cyclone' followed by an "atmospheric river" up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Berkeley, etc., with flooding, power outages, and high winds, with maybe even a tornado!  My daughter's office had sent emails instructing staff to work from home and not to come into the office in person unless absolutely necessary (daughter was on vacation this week, but, she worked from home on Thursday because there was a project deadline and she had to put a presentation together prior to that).  Her apartment management had also sent out an email notifying the residents of potential power failures and what to do if there is a tornado (move to a lower level, move away from windows and towards the interior of the building, take shelter in the bathroom, etc.)  My daughter, who hates to fly, anyway, decided that she didn't want to fly up to the Bay Area this Sunday, as scheduled, in such stormy weather conditions and then, have to make her way from the airport to her apartment (it requires a subway ride and taking two buses) with her luggage, especially if the roads are flooded.  Instead, she cancelled her flight and rebooked a flight later in the month.  She will work from home until then.  Needless to say, I am very happy with her decision to stay down here with me for a bit longer!  

Friday afternoon, I had my mammogram and a screening ultrasound done.  The results will be sent to my oncologist's office and I will find out the results when I have my appointment at the end of the month.

After I came home, I undecorated the Christmas tree and packed away all the ornaments.  After the tree was taken to be stored in the garage, I vacuumed the family room and daughter pushed the second sofa back to where the tree had been.  M also cleaned the blades of the family room ceiling fan for me.  Later, I swept my bathroom and cleaned the litter box.   

Bruch had been a bit of a "fend for yourself" today, with daughter having a frozen burrito and I having some of the leftover soup from the Italian restaurant after I came back from my mammogram and scan.  For dinner, I made coconut roti (flat bread)  and we had that with chicken curry from the freezer.  Dessert was love cake, which we made on Thursday evening, and tangerines.  

Of course, daughter and I watched the Speaker of the House selection procedure all evening, until a Speaker was elected and sworn in.  It was so very interesting to watch and I learned quite a bit about the process.  

Finally, I put in another grocery order to be picked up, tomorrow.

On Friday, I was grateful for:
- Access to health care and screening checks
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- Daughter extended her stay
- M's help with both the garden and other household jobs
- Being able to watch historical events as they take place

Friday's joyful activity was  knowing that daughter will extend her stay by at least another couple of weeks!

We had sunny weather on Friday and it is supposed to be sunny on Saturday, too.  Plans for Saturday include picking up the groceries and taking down the rest of the holiday decorations.

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for the weekend?


  1. I have been seeing on the news all of the bad weather CA has been having. I think it was a wise decision for your daughter to postpone her trip. And that has the added benefit of a little more time together. Yay!

    1. Thank you, June; I, too, think she made a wise decision to stay down here a bit longer. I'm always happy to spend a little extra time with her and I think she likes it, too. :)

  2. Well they say "it's an ill wind...." so at least the bomb cyclone and other weather problems have enabled your daughter to spend more time with you. Being able to work from home is a blessing in these situations as it likely would have been a perilous or inconvenient journey. I hope you will have healthy results from your tests.
    We woke up to sun and below freezing temperatures. I'll take the cold if it means we have sunshine! I'm going to go out and get some groceries this morning.

    1. You're right, Bushlady! They do say that! :D We are both glad that she can stay longer and work from home! Being able to work remotely is definitely a blessing!
      Thank you; I have to do a blood test in about a couple of weeks and then, the doctor's appointment the following week and I'll get all the results then.
      Sunshine always seems to make the cold a little more bearable, doesn't it? Hope you had a good grocery shopping trip. I picked up an order of groceries, today, myself. :)

  3. That's fantastic news that your daughter is staying home for a few more weeks. I'm sure you'll both make the most of your extra time together. I've been following the news about the weather in North California and it hadn't occurred to me that your daughter would be affected by it ... the thought of tornados is scary. I don't blame her for avoiding flying and staying with you for longer.
    I've had my first piano lesson with the new teacher today ... it went well and I'll write about it on Monday.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. We are both happy that she can stay a little longer and avoid the extreme weather up north.
      Glad to hear that the first piano lesson went well - not that I had any doubts that it wouldn't have. You were, after all, a music teacher, yourself! :) Looking forward to reading all about it!

  4. You’ve been very productive! That’s wonderful! Your daughter crossed my mind when I heard about the storms out in California. I’m so glad to hear that she is still with you and safe. Not many plans for this weekend…laundry mainly! 😁 Have a great one!

    1. Thank you, Mandy. I seem to get tired too easily so it's a bit hard to be as productive as I want to be, but, I am happy any time I can accomplish a few things. Thank you; it's good to have my daughter home for a bit longer and not have to worry about her having to make her way from the airport to her apartment and to the grocery stores and back, etc., with flooded roads, etc.
      Hope you are having a good weekend. Ah, laundry! There's always a load waiting to be done, isn't there? :)

  5. How nice that your daughter could extend her stay! The news has a lot of pictures of the flooding. It looks very bad and traveling during that would be stressful and difficult. Your daughter staying put for now was a smart move. You can enjoy your garden and meals together!

    1. Thank you, Celie. We are both very happy that she can stay and work remotely. I don't have to worry about her being stranded at the airport at the other end because she can't make her way to her apartment due to roads being flooded, etc. As for enjoying the garden and meals, today, I picked the first orange of the season from my tree and we shared it. :)

  6. So glad your daughter was able to stay put during all that uncertain and unusual weather. I love Christmas trees, but isn't is always very satisfying when you can put it away for another year, and vacuum up all the needles, even from the fake trees.

    1. Thank you, Susanne; I'm very happy that my daughter is able to stay home and work remotely for the next couple of weeks. :)
      I usually feel sad when I have to take the tree down, but, this year, for some reason, I felt more than ready! I had no idea that fake trees lose their needles, but, this tree sheds like crazy!

  7. I am glad your daughter is staying longer! And I agree, why should she go through all of the possibly risky effort to get home in absolutely terrible weather just to work from home (when she's already home:)
    I hope your weather stays ok for you in LA.
    You were busy Friday and really got your house back in order after Christmas. Good for you. And you ended up making your love cake. I remember your video and it's a lot of work!
    I've put all the Christmas things away except for the tree. We like the tree and normally take it down between the 8th and the 13th which was my Mother's birthday. So sometime this week or next weekend.
    My sister leaves her's up until the end of the month.
    You've reminded me I need to call the hospital appointment lady back. She called the other day to schedule my mammogram and I missed the call. I will do that when they open at 9.

    1. Thank you, Debra; today, my daughter received an email notification from her office saying that the entire building is closed due to a power outage! It's raining down here, too, but, it's a lighter rain and we have power, so, my daughter has been working steadily, without any problems.
      Taking down the decorations and packing them up for another year is hard work! This year, I didn't decorate quite as much as I sometimes do so it was easier to put everything away!
      Hope you were able to make the appointment for your mammogram and I hope the results will be normal. :)


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