The lower flowers on the stalks are opening up:
|Aloe Flowers Opening Up|
Hummingbirds love these flowers.
Tuesday was a sunny day, with an afternoon high of 67F. My daughter called me early in the morning to say she was at the airport, waiting to board her plane; her friend's husband dropped her off early before he needed to leave for work. She had a safe flight back, a bit turbulent, she said, but, smoother than the flight out. My doctor's office called and moved my appointment forward by one day, which was fine. I made American style pancakes for brunch, but, ate them with chicken curry gravy.
|Temple: Seated Buddha Under the Bodhi Tree|
Tuesday afternoon, I went to the Temple; I gave a donation in memory of my mother and the head monk chanted blessings. Afterwards, I went to the cemetery to visit my mother's grave. I took her the single red rose that was blooming in the garden and several aloe flower stalks. I said a prayer for her and sang Whispering Hope, which was her song. There were several funerals going on in other parts of the cemetery and a lot of people, but, there was no one in the area where my mother's grave is located. I had the whole area to myself and although I had a mask with me, I didn't need to put it on.
Afterwards, I came home and sewed a few more patches on the quilt I'm repairing. Then, it was time to watch the State of the Union speech. Later, I called friend R and video chatted with my daughter.
I made another hamburger for dinner and later, ate one of the leftover pancakes with syrup for a snack!
On Tuesday, I was grateful for:
- Being able to go to the Temple, once again, although I don't go when there's a crowd
- Being able to make a donation in my mother's memory and offer merit to her
- The monk chanting blessings
- Being able to visit my mother's gravesite
- Daughter had a safe flight and journey back to her apartment
Tuesday's joyful activity was being able to honor my mother's memory.
Today, Wednesday, has been another sunny day with an afternoon high of 71F. I didn't have the heater on in the night and when I woke up in the morning, it was warmer outside than inside, so, I opened the windows to try and warm up the house. Then, I scheduled my lab tests for the end of next week. I had leftover pancakes with seeni sambol (from a jar, not my homemade sambol, which was over) for brunch.
Afterwards, I took the laptop and sat outside in the sunshine, because it was so much nicer outside than inside! I was still outside when M arrived to tend to the garden, later in the morning. He watered the back yard, pruned the moringa tree, and repotted some seedlings for me. I think they are passionfruit seedlings from some seeds I tossed into a planter, but, I am not sure. M thinks they are papaya seedlings because I also tossed some papaya seeds in various places! Whatever they are, they were growing in a clump and being overshadowed by some gazania seedlings that are also growing in that same planter! So, I had M dig up the clump and we separated the seedlings and potted them up in individual small pots. There are a total of 26 seedlings! I know that not all will grow and survive, but, even if only a handful do, then, it would be lovely to have passionfruit vines going up trellises in the garden! Or, if they turn out to be papaya seedlings, then, I'll have a papaya orchard! LOL.
After M left, I watered the front garden.
I spent the afternoon repairing the quilt top. Later, I watched news and paid that nearly $700 gas bill. I tried to pay the water and electric bill, but, their website was down for maintenance, so, that goes back on the to do list for tomorrow. There was a notification in today's mail, from one of the medical clinics saying that their computers were hacked into in early December; they will provide one year of complimentary credit monitoring if we register with the company they have contracted with, so that's something else my daughter and I have to do.
For dinner, I thawed a packet of chicken curry and had some with leftover rice and leftover green beans and peach chutney. Chicken is on sale for $.99/lb, this week and I plan to buy some and stock up the freezer - I had been waiting for it to go on sale for that price.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Sunny, warm afternoons
- Being able to manage without putting on the heater all day (I put the electric space heater in the evening)
- M helping with the garden
- Water for the garden
- Being able to pay my bills
Today's joyful activities included gardening and video chatting with my daughter.
Tomorrow, I have to take the car for an oil change/service. My appointment is at 8:00 a.m.! Guess who'll have to wake up early in the morning? LOL. Not sure how long it might take or if they'll find other things that need doing (I'm hoping not!), so I am not planning anything else for tomorrow. If I am able to come back home before lunch time, then, I'll do some cleaning in the afternoon and sewing, plus paying the water/electric bill. I'm also planning to order groceries to be picked up on Friday.
How is your week coming along?