It started raining around midnight, last night and it drizzled practically all day. In the evening, however, around 5:00 p.m., it started raining in earnest, with lightning and thunder! I was watching the evening news and it was interrupted with a flood watch alert. Fortunately, not in my area, although I am expecting some rain to get into the garage, as the side door has got warped from the rain and will not close properly!
Daughter's office sent out an email notification to all saying that the office building is closed for the day due to a power outage. Her apartment building still has power, though, which is good because she has food in her fridge and freezer. But, of course, she was working remotely, from home, down here and we had power,
Yesterday, I had dusted most of the living room after I took down the Christmas decorations. Today, I dusted the one piece of living room furniture I didn't dust yesterday, the bookcase. Then, I dusted the windowsills and washed the windows from the inside. The rain was washing them from the outside! I also washed the inside of the front door. Then I polished two brass wall decorations. Finally, I vacuumed the living room, dining area, kitchen, and the hallway. I also did a load of laundry (bathroom rugs, kitchen rug, Dancer's rug, etc.). The living room cleaning is mostly completed; I just have to polish one more brass decorative item and then put them all back in place.
Later, I emptied all the waste baskets inside the house and took the trash can to the end of the driveway for pick up in the morning.
Brunch had been the last croissant, sandwiched with a slice of ham and lettuce (me) and a toasted bagel with butter (daughter). Dinner was rice, leftover salmon, freshly made cucumber salad, and peach chutney. Cut up fresh mango for dessert, followed by a piece of love cake.
After dinner, I chatted with friend R and neighbor T and swept the bathroom. It was a productive day and I'm happy with what I was able to accomplish today.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter is able to work from home
- Rain for the garden
- Raincoats (mine's rather old, bought back in late 1990s, but, it's still effective)
- A good roof that keeps the rain out
- A productive day
Today's joyful activity was cleaning the living room - it really brought me joy to be able to get the room dusted and vacuumed and the windows and door washed.
Tentative meal plan for this week's dinners:
Monday: Leftover salmon with freshly cooked rice, cucumber salad, and peach chutney; mango and love cake for dessert
Tuesday: Teriyaki chicken drumsticks with rice, snow peas and carrots stir fry; mandarins for dessert
Wednesday: Rice with curried chick peas/garbanzo beans, spicy sauteed potatoes, and green beans; cucumber salad; mango and love cake for dessert
Thursday: Leftovers (if any); boxed mac & cheese with tuna, if not; mandarins for dessert (there will probably be cake, too).
Friday: Pot stickers/gyoza; maybe ramen noodles; fruit salad for dessert
Saturday: Ham or turkey tetrazzini with green peas; home canned peaches for dessert
Sunday: Beef stew or beef pot pies if I feel ambitious enough to make pastry; or maybe top with mashed potatoes, instead. Ice cream for dessert.
Whether I follow the plan will depend on how energetic I feel when it comes to cooking. But, the chicken drumsticks have been taken out to thaw, so tomorrow's dinner will probably go according to the plan! LOL.
How was your Monday? What's on your meal plan for the week?