It was partly cloudy this morning, but, there was some sunshine, when I woke up. M texted me the weather forecast which said 50% chance of rain and asked if I had anything I needed done inside. I said I didn't have anything that needed doing inside, but, it was sunny at the moment, and left it up to him to decide. Afterwards, I opened the windows to air the house and went outside to walk for 15 minutes.
I was just finishing up my walk when M arrived and with him, the rain! LOL! It was mostly a light drizzle, but, it would pick up, occasionally. He decided it wasn't too bad and I joined him in the garden, picking another handful of snow peas and checking on the plants. Today, M pruned some of the Euphorbia tirucalli plants I have growing in the side yard (I had planted them opposite the windows to provide a bit of privacy. but, I didn't want the branches going over the wall into the neighbor's side), planted one of the two loquat seedlings that neighbor S had given me last year, and did a bit of weeding. I also had him empty the buckets of rainwater I had collected into the blue recycling bin for storage (the plan is to collect more rainwater in the emptied buckets during the next rain storm, due next week) and we found out that we can't fill the bin above a certain level because there is a metal handle like thing on the outside of the bin, about one third of the way up the bin. and the water leaks from the two ends where that handle has been inserted into the bin. The excess water drained out but, that's OK. I now have a few gallons of water stored in the blue recycling bin!
Then, it began to rain in earnest and I told him to go home and I went inside. The rain ceased, eventually, and we are supposed to have mostly sunny weather until next Tuesday when the next rain storm is expected to arrive.
I didn't realize until later in the evening, when I was watching news, that we had a small tornado touch down, this morning, in a nearby city, close to downtown Los Angeles!
Oh, and by the way, M's repairs to the garage roof didn't hold up under this week's rain and winds. Some of the shingles had blown off and I found them on the driveway, this morning!
After M left, I had my brunch. I wanted something warming after being outside, so made myself a packet of ramen noodles.
Ramen noodles were on my mind, partly because I had commented on another blog, yesterday, and mentioned ramen noodles. Pensive Pensioner at Small Treasures had asked if one can eat on 50 (British) pence for one day (she had seen the challenge on another blog). She had been able to buy a 200g can of baked beans for 21p, a loose baking potato (70p for a kilo) for 14p, and a small banana for 12p; those three items came to 47p. According to the rate of exchange, yesterday, one British pound was equal to US $1.22, so 50p would be the equivalent of $0.61.
I checked the prices online at the grocery store I have been using for my groceries since the pandemic first started, and I found out that $0.61 didn't go far! The smallest can of baked beans at my store was 8.3 oz. (235g) for $1.99! Loose baking potatoes are $.99/lb. (and they tend to be rather large), and bananas are $.65/lb. Ramen noodles and instant cup noodles were $.50 each and I might have been able to find a tiny carrot ($.99/lb.) for the remaining $.11 to grate into the soup. Or, I could have bought a single bread roll for $.33 and perhaps found a small banana for the remaining $.28. I thought I would have got most food for the money with the ramen noodles and I'd have to have half for brunch and half for dinner! That would have been a most frugal meal! As I mentioned to her, I guess our food prices here are higher than UK food prices (or, at least, the food prices at the store from which I order my groceries are higher; the ethnic store might have had lower prices, but, I don't shop there, anymore, because they don't offer pick up services).
But, as you can see, I had ramen noodles on my mind! LOL.
After brunch, I made a birthday card and mailed it. Then, I watched a couple of videos while I continued to repair the quilt. I also mended one of my knitted wool socks - I had previously darned the heel but, this time, it was the area just below the toes!
In the evening, neighbor S called me to ask if I'd like to have some burek (made with phyllo dough, spinach, and cheese), some of the brown Armenian bread that I had liked earlier, and some candy! Of course, I said I'd love to have some! A few minutes later, she brought me some delicious food (and chocolates!):
|Dinner and Dessert Compliments of Neighbor S
I ate a slice of the bread with a little butter while I warmed up the spinach and cheese burek which was very tasty. Afterwards, I ate one or two of the chocolates!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Neighbor S sharing her delicious food with me
- M's help with the garden
- A working heater (yes, I switched it on this evening)
- I don't have to manage on $.61 for meals a day
- There were no tornados in my area
Today's joyful activity was planting one of the loquat seedlings. It replaced the loquat tree which died a few years ago. My little orchard continues to grow!
Thursday is supposed to be a mostly dry day. I don't have any specific plans for the day, other than more quilt repairs and maybe some housekeeping.
How was your Wednesday? What are your plans for Thursday? Could you manage a day's meals with 50 British pence or US$.61?