M brought me a camellia flower from his garden, today! The above photo is my attempt at taking a close up! I could almost hear my phone saying, "What on earth is she trying to do now?" LOL.
Monday was a rainy day, but, Tuesday was sunny. I brought the trash cans in, cleaned the shelves on the fridge door and organized them a bit, and started on the freezer.
What I have is a side-by-side fridge/freezer and that is the only freezer I have. The last time I organized the freezer and took a proper freezer inventory was in July 2022. Since then, I've taken things out and put things in and tried to keep a record, but, I was not very consistent. So, yesterday, I took everything out, shelf by shelf, wiped down the shelves and put things back, trying to keep things organized. I've seen some freezers with pull out drawers, but, what I have are shelves that don't pull out and one bin at the bottom which does pull out!
I have it organized so that I have mostly dairy items (frozen milk, butter, a small container of ice cream) and some nuts on the top shelf; mostly cooked items (including two packets of chicken curry and several small packets of moringa curry) and some fruits (the last packet of frozen peaches and a bag of quartered lemons) on the second shelf; vegetables on the third shelf (I have a shoe box sized plastic storage container to hold the packets of frozen corn and peas, etc., in one place so they are easy to find); several packets of grated coconut and at least 8 bags of grated and chopped zucchini still left from the summer of zucchini on the fourth shelf (time to make another batch of chutney, I think!); some meat (small packets of ham and a few packets of turkey meat, plus a ham bone for soup) on the fifth shelf. The bin at the bottom also contains meat - 3 packages of sausages, a bag of chicken wings, half a packet of hamburger patties, some turkey bones for soup, a small package of bacon (4 slices); and half a package of hot dogs!
I also cleaned out the shelves on the freezer door although they were already fairly well organized. I actually have one empty door shelf!
Now, I have a better idea of what I have and what I don't have in the freezer and what items I might want to buy when they go on sale (chicken and ground meat or ground turkey). I am also thinking of eating mostly from the freezer in February. With that in mind, I made a turkey and vegetables soup for dinner, using some of the turkey bones and freezer vegetables (with leftovers for later).
I feel I ended January on a good note because doing a freezer inventory was on my to do list for at least a couple of weeks!
On Tuesday, I was grateful for:
- What I was able to accomplish in terms of cleaning the fridge and organizing the freezer
- The blessing of a well stocked freezer
- Working appliances
- Electricity and natural gas to run the appliances
- A sunny day
Tuesday's joyful activity was video chatting with my daughter.
|The Peach Tree on February 1|
Which brings us to today - Wednesday, February 1. My maternal grandmother's birthday. Also, the birthdays of two of my cousins! It was a sunny day, today, and I took a couple of photos of the peach tree. The bees have discovered the flowers!
|Bees in the Peach Flowers|
- M's help with the garden and being able to share
- Bees to pollinate the peach flowers
- Traditions and customs
- Memories of my grandmother