|Aloe Vera Flower Stalk|
The aloe vera plant is flowering for the first time. Aloe vera is the type of aloe with the gel that can be applied to the skin to soothe burns or added to drinks. The other aloe plants that I have growing in the front garden are not edible and I would not apply the juice from their leaves to my skin. They are grown purely because they are drought tolerant and the hummingbirds enjoy their nectar.
Last night (or should I say very early this morning?) just before I went to bed, I put the gas heater on for about 15 minutes or so and I put the heating pad on my bed to warm up the bed while I said my nightly prayers. Then, I switched the heater and the heating pad off and went to bed feeling nice and warm.
When I woke up this morning, however, it was around 51F inside the house and 45F outside and raining! Even though I was bundled up, I was still feeling chilled, so, I put the gas heater on, with the thermostat set at 65F. It took over four hours for the house to warm up to that temperature and the heater to turn itself off! After which, I switched it off and haven't switched it back on, yet.
The forecast called for a high of 52F, but, we only went up to 50F for a very brief period of time, around 3:00 p.m. It was 45F when I checked at 1:40 p.m. and it is 47F at 5:20 p.m. when I am typing this. I have just switched on the small electric heater and set it up right next to me. But, I think I'll put the gas heater on a bit later this evening.
It rained most of the morning; not a heavy rain, but enough to give the plants a drink and I managed to collect about two inches of rain in my buckets! The sediments might be from the bags of mulch up on the patio roof!
|Rain Water Collection|
The rain ceased in the afternoon and we had a bit of sunshine. I started the car (it started without any problem) and walked around the garden, checking on things. The mail carrier was training a new person, showing him how things are done, and he greeted me, but, said I had no mail, today.
I made a pot of turkey and vegetable soup, in the afternoon. There was a little bit of ham languishing in the fridge and I chopped that up and added it to the soup, along with onions, celery, bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, and potato. All the vegetables, other than the carrots and potatoes, were from the freezer, with the bell peppers, zucchini, and broccoli being what I grew. A fairly frugal soup, I think, since the stock was made from part of the Thanksgiving turkey carcass and vegetables I had on hand. I wanted to add some tomato, too, but, I only have a small package of tomatoes in the freezer and I want to keep that for a mackerel curry, next week. That package is the last of the bumper crop of tomatoes I harvested in 2021. Last year, I was able to pick only five tomatoes from the garden. I hope I will have another good crop, this year. I called neighbor S to ask if she'd like a bowl of soup, but, she declined saying that her daughter N had made chicken soup. I guess with the cold temperatures we are having, everyone is thinking of warming bowls of soup!
Brunch had been two banana nut muffins; dinner was a bowl of soup. It was an early dinner for me (before 7:00 p.m.); most probably, I'll be looking for something else a bit later in the evening. There are several more servings of the soup left and I will offer some to M if he tends to the garden, tomorrow (all depends on the weather; more rain is in the forecast for tomorrow and if it rains, M will not be tending to the garden).
Today, I am grateful for:
- Rain for the garden
- The car started
- A working heater
- Sunshine in the afternoon
- Warm clothes
Today's joyful activities included walking around the garden and chatting with my daughter.
Plans for tomorrow include doing a load of laundry and cleaning the kitchen.
How was your Thursday? What are your plans for Friday? Hope the weather is good where you are and you are keeping warm and safe, especially if there are winter storms and snow.