|Indian Treats: Jalebi, Samosas and Sauces, and Mango Lassi|
We have had a lovely, sunny weekend, with day time highs in the mid 60s (F).
On Saturday, daughter went on a hike with two of her friends (my late friend A's daughters). On the way back from the hike, they had stopped at an Indian restaurant to pick up some items to go. Daughter bought some samosas with the dipping sauces that come with it, a cup of mango lassi, and a container of jalebi (a type of sweet) because she knows I love it. We shared the samosas and the mango lassi; the jalebi is all mine because my daughter finds it to be too sweet!
I was in the garden, taking some photos on Saturday afternoon, after daughter had left to go on her hike, when the phone rang. It was neighbor T's daughter calling from next door! She and T were at the house to pick up a few things and would I like to come over to say hi to T; they'd love to see me! Of course I said yes! I put on my mask, took a few mandarins from the fridge and put them into a blue and white china bowl that I had set aside to give away, and went over to visit. T was seated at the dining table and it was lovely to see her again. She looked quite well but her daughter explained that they had decided that T will live at the assisted living center for the foreseeable future as she was unable to live on her own without assistance. They had stopped by the house to pick up a few more items to take back to T's room at the assisted living center.
They are not sure yet what they will do with the house, whether to rent it or sell it. They are also not sure what they will do with the contents of the house - T has lived there for nearly 50 years and while she probably has fewer items than I do, there's still nearly 50 years worth of belongings to sort through. Her daughter said they will probably store the contents of the house in a storage unit while they decide what to do. She said T will not have enough space in her room at the Center for everything (and probably will have no need for things like china, etc.) and there's no room in her own apartment for anything. She also doubted if her brother, who lives in a different state, will want much, either.
They did, however, admire the blue and white bowl I put the mandarins in and asked me if I wanted the bowl back. I said I didn't want to add to their possessions they were having to dispose of, but, I really didn't want it back; they were welcome to keep it or pass it along. They remarked on the fact that the bowl matched the vase I had given T with some flowers, earlier, and I explained how I used to collect blue and white china and how I was now trying to declutter some of my stuff, myself. T's daughter said they would love to keep the bowl, that they could always find a use for a bowl, but, if they ever have a yard sale to dispose of some of T's household items, I was welcome to bring some of my items and participate! I thanked her. My cousin P (who used to live across the street from me, who has since moved to Florida) and I used to hold joint yard sales many years ago; we never made much money, but, we had fun!
I didn't stay long, visiting T and her daughter, but, I promised to visit T at the assisted living center, one day. I felt a little sad to think that T will no longer be able to live in her own home. I hope if they rent or sell the house, whoever moves in will be good neighbors!
Afterwards, I finished sorting out the shelving unit in the dining area. I had posted about these shelves earlier, too, back in February 2020. Gradually, these shelves became easily accessible space to store items and this is how it looked earlier in the week:
I found room for most of the food items in the pantry cabinets. But the middle shelf still has jars of peach jam/sauce and a big Tupperware container holding a 5 lb. bag of lentils! I will have to reorganize several kitchen cabinets to find room for them. The other two containers stacked on top of the Tupperware container will go back with my daughter. I sorted through the table linen and kitchen towels, etc., too, but, didn't declutter anything.
Daughter and I spent a relaxed evening. Daughter and I had leftover hamburgers for brunch; I didn't cook the meal I had planned to make for dinner and we had samosas and leftovers, instead.
On Sunday, I changed the dust sheets on the family room sofas and did a load of laundry. Much later in the evening, I ran the dishwasher. I had a ham sandwich for breakfast and later, daughter and I had some soup for a late lunch. Dinner was leftovers, again - rice, keema curry, cucumber salad, and peach chutney. It was a low energy day for me so I took it easy. The oncologist's office called to confirm the appointment for later in the week (it's an automated call and you press numbers to confirm you are able to keep the appointment or not).
This weekend, I was grateful for:
- Daughter was able to enjoy a hike with friends
- Indian treats to share
- An unexpected visit with neighbor T and her daughter
- Working appliances
- Phone calls and emails from friends
This weekend's joyful activities included visiting with neighbor T and her daughter.
Monday's To Do List:
- Dust the living room and dining room
- Change the bed sheets
- Load of laundry
- Clean the fridge
- Take the trash cans to the end of the driveway
- Maybe water the front garden?
How was your weekend? What are your plans for Monday?