So, I had set up the old trash bin (bought 30+ years ago, when I first bought this house, because, at the time, there were no city issued trash bins), in the side yard the other day, to collect whatever rain water it could. When I checked it, yesterday (Monday), I noticed that it had a few inches of water in the bottom and felt quite pleased. Then, I dragged it from there to the cemented area under the patio overhang to fill it up with the water I had collected in the buckets. I dumped in the water that I had collected in the big blue and white vase with the chipped top, first. And then I noticed that there was water flowing down the cemented area. At first, I thought that maybe I spilled some water when I was pouring it in, and pulled the bin away a bit, but, no, the water was still dribbling out from the bottom of the trash can!
|Well, that didn't work, did it?
All together now:
"There's a hole in the
bucket trash bin, dear Liza Bless, dear Liza Bless
There's a hole in the
bucket trash bin, dear Liza Bless, a hole!"
I don't know if the hole was already there (if so, I didn't notice it) or if the bottom of the bin scraped against a stone or something when I dragged it over and that wore a hole in it. This morning, I looked inside and there's a fine layer of dried up sediment at the bottom of the bin and no visible hole. But, obviously, I can't use this bin to collect any rainwater!
I covered three of the buckets that were full and found another bucket I had stored in the garage and emptied out some water from each of the other buckets into it, so that they are all partially filled with water. This way, if it rains on Thursday according to the forecast, then, the partially filled buckets can get topped up with more rain water and I will cover them to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water. At least, that's the plan and we all know how plans go, don't we? LOL!
Yesterday was mostly dry (there was a little drizzle in the early morning, friend R told me, but, I guess I was still asleep when that happened) but very cloudy and grey. Around 4:00 p.m., however, the clouds parted and there was some sunshine.
My daughter had the day off from work, so I was able to vacuum the family room and my bedroom without worrying about disturbing her. Later in the evening, after dinner, I ran the dishwasher. That was all the housework I did, though.
We had leftovers for brunch (I had the last coconut roti and some pork curry; daughter had some of the leftover ham and pasta casserole). Dinner was chicken curry (from the freezer), leftover rice, cucumber salad, and peach chutney. Snacks included almonds (me), potato chips (me), cereal (daughter), apple (both of us).
Today (Tuesday), has been a sunny day! A bit windy and a high of 57F. I brought in the emptied trash cans, took the kitchen composting out to the yard, checked on the plants, emptied the dishwasher, dusted my bedroom, and handwashed one of my wool sweaters (it is now laid out flat on a towel near the heater to dry).
This week's cleaning area is the dining room, which, in my house, is an extension of the living room and leads to the family room. I usually dust and vacuum it when I do the living room, so, the only cleaning that needs to be done in this area this time around is the shelving unit where I store some of the table linen in the lower cupboard and some decorative items on the upper shelves, along with my cookbooks. More recently, I've been using the upper shelves to hold pantry items, which is fine, but I didn't remove the decorative items first, so everything is mixed together. I need to tidy it (and decide if I want to continue to store the pantry items mixed in with the decorative items or make it one or the other).
The box of file folders I ordered was delivered today, as well as a bag of Epsom salt for the garden and one of the boxes of kitty litter; the second box of kitty litter was damaged in shipment, apparently, and was returned to the manufacturer and the money will be refunded. I will need to reorder a second box of the litter, later. I think the boxes being damaged in shipping was one of the reasons we switched to the buckets!
For brunch, today, I ate a scrambled egg and a slice of toast. Much later, daughter ate bread sandwiched with the last of the pork curry and the rest of the cucumber salad. For dinner, I cooked dhal (lentils), green beans curry, and a fresh pot of rice, and we ate them with leftover chicken curry and peach chutney. Daughter was very happy and thanked me for "a home cooked yummy Sri Lankan meal"; she loves her rice and curries!
Today, I am grateful for:
- A sunny day
- Being able to order items online and having them delivered to the house
- Daughter being here to help with carrying in the heavy box of litter
- Dancer seems to have perked up, again
- Daughter truly enjoying the meal I prepared
Today's joyful activity was enjoying the garden on a sunny day.
Plans for tomorrow include tending to the garden with M in the morning.
Daughter has several back to back meetings, tomorrow, so I will do some quiet work - maybe tidy my desk!
How was your Tuesday? What are your plans for tomorrow?