|The Garden Plants are Loving the Rain|
(Those tiny plants are osteospermum seedlings)
Monday was a mostly sunny day and "warm" with a high of 65F. I must be getting used to the cooler temperatures we've been having because I didn't need to switch the heater on until quite late at night. Of course, I was wearing a pair of leggings under my jeans and three sweaters plus a scarf, so, I was well insulated! LOL. But, it's only 55F, today (Tuesday), and rainy; I'm wearing the same number of layers, plus a knitted poncho and a scarf AND my fingerless mitts, but, I had to switch the heater on as I felt cold (thermostat was set at 65F, but I was still cold and I've since raised it to 70F). Now we know why I have so many clothes in the closet! I wear multiples of them in the winter to keep warm! LOL!
On Monday, I paid my gas bill of $337.74 (for the billing period 1/20/23 - 2/17/23). I had used fewer therms of gas (104) than during the same billing period in 2022 (136), but, the cost of gas and associated fees and taxes have gone up, so, the amount of the bill ($337.74) had increased, too (last year's bill was $277.46). I used 32 fewer therms and paid $60 more! Sigh. The next meter reading will take place 3/20/23; the current estimate of that bill is $263.22.
I also cleaned the litter box, took the trash cans to the end of the driveway, took the kitchen scraps to the compost pile, and checked on the garden, a bit. The blueberry bushes are in planters set under the cover of the patio overhang and they don't get much of the rain, so I watered them. The rest of the garden is getting rained on, today, and there's more rain in the forecast for tomorrow, as well!
In the evening, I cooked one of the trays of chicken thighs I had bought on Sunday. There were 10 thighs in the tray. I sauteed them with some onions and two of the Roma tomatoes I had bought, earlier in the month. There was a tiny bit of teriyaki sauce that my daughter had made when she was here and kept in the fridge for me, so I added that to the chicken, too, along with some salt and pepper. Once they were cooked, I decided to have one for my dinner (although that was not in my meal plan!) with the leftover rice I had in the fridge, and I stir fried some carrots and broccoli to go with it.
|Monday Night's Dinner|
I froze some of the cooked chicken in meal sized portions and kept the remaining couple of pieces in the fridge, along with the leftover stir fried vegetables, for later in the week. I will cook the remaining tray of chicken thighs, tonight, and freeze them, too. Having cooked chicken in the freezer helps; they are easy to thaw and reheat in the microwave.
- Weekly trash collection services
- Working appliances
- M's roof repairs seem to be holding up
- Delivery services - I ordered some kitty litter and one box was delivered yesterday and the other is expected to be delivered today.