|Almost 75F! Woo Hoo!|
With apologies to Ms. Etta James...
My warm days have come along
My cold, cold days are gone
And life is like a song...
|Pink Lotions and Potions|
|Pink Sheets, Knitted Blankets, and Cushions|
|Pink Fabric in the Stash|
|Pinking the Fabric|
|Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness|
|Dancer: "I'm in the Pink of Health"|
It's me, Dancer. It's been a long time since I last wrote a blog post. But, I have not been feeling too well, recently, and I'm sure Mummy has told you about it.
Today, I had another appointment at the vet clinic. I had to go in the carrier and you know that I don't like being in that carrier! I don't like being locked up in that cage and I protested about it, quite loudly. I got so upset that I started panting and Mummy said I was hyperventilating (I had to ask her what that meant and she explained it to me). Well, it was because I was put into this carrier and then, taken in the car, and taken to this place where there were strangers and other cats and dogs.
We waited in the waiting area for a short time and then, one of the technicians said that a person was bringing a rather fierce dog and we were all asked to move off to a side to clear a path for the fierce dog to go through! All the people in the waiting area had to move to a side hallway while the fierce dog was taken to the examination room! The technician took my carrier from Mummy and put it up on a high counter, where the dog wouldn't see me. I was very glad when they said that we could go back to wait in the waiting room!
Later, another technician came and took me to one of the back rooms where they weighed me (I've gained a little over one pound in the last month!), drew some blood from me to run some tests, and gave me an injection for my arthritis. Ooh, that hurt! Mummy said the bill for the visit hurt her!
The vet will call Mummy when the blood test results come in. Until then, Mummy will continue to give me the ear ointment. I don't mind that, too much. I didn't like the ointment she put in my eye, but, my eye is much better, now, and she has stopped putting the eye ointment.
Then, we drove home and I meowed all the way home, mostly because I was anxious to get home where I knew I'd be safe from fierce dogs!
After we came home, Mummy gave me some tuna as I am not liking the canned cat food that much after I threw up the other day. Mummy ate some of her muffins for brunch.
Later, our gardener M arrived and Mummy gave him some muffins, too, and a tomato from the garden. I like M and once he brought me a toy mousie to play with. I found a safe spot for the mousie to hide under the china cabinet and now, we can't get him to come out to play!
I had more tuna for dinner and Mummy had chicken, rice, green peas, and peach chutney.
Mummy says that she is grateful for:
- Having the vet check me and give me medicines
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- M taking care of the garden for us
- I've gained a little weight
- Me being a good, brave kitty
Mummy says her joyful activity for the day was admiring the flowers in the garden.
I am grateful for:
- Not being in the carrier
- The fierce dog didn't attack me!
My joyful activity for the day was eating tuna!
What was your joyful activity on Wednesday, blog friends? Do you like tuna? I hope you have a good day, tomorrow.
|Halapa (Sri Lankan Sweet Treat)|
|Zucchini Muffins (with raisins and cashews)|
|More Tents on Sunday|
(Photo taken through my side window)
The days are going by faster than I can record them!
Last week Thursday, I handed over the care package to my late friend A's daughter C, to be taken up to my daughter. C and her sister A drove up to Berkeley on Friday and reached there, safely, shortly after my daughter finished work for the day. My daughter had cooked rice and curries for their dinner, but, C had wanted to go out to eat, so they did. They went to a Thai restaurant near my daughter's apartment and afterwards, they did an escape room.
I took it easy on Friday, mostly to rest my foot as my toe was still a little painful. Gardener M tended to the garden in the evening and he planted more green beans for me.
On Saturday, my daughter and her friends visited the California Science Academy during the day and went out to dinner to celebrate C's birthday.
I spent another fairly relaxed day on Saturday. I did a load of laundry, cleaned the bathroom and mopped the floor, and spent the afternoon repairing the quilt (I had put it aside while I was busy with the peaches).
On Sunday, my daughter and her friends went on an early morning hike and afterwards, her friends left to drive back to Los Angeles. They had offered a ride home to my daughter ("You can surprise your mom!"), and my daughter said she was tempted, but, she would prefer to quarantine for at least a week before she comes home in order to protect me because I am still staying home for the most time. The girls reached home safely and I called and texted C to thank her for taking the care package up.
On Sunday, I heard the sound of metal poles being dropped and when I looked out my side window, I noticed that the neighbors had put up three tents in their drive way and this bus was parked in front of my house:
|Bus Parked in Front of My House|
(Photo taken through the front window)
|Video Game Bus|
(Apologies for the glare from the camera)
On Sunday, I did a little cleaning, ran the dishwasher, sewed on the quilt for a bit, chatted on the phone with former neighbor T, video chatted with my daughter, and watched some videos online.
On Monday, I watered the back garden in the late morning. Then, I called and spoke with cousin P's daughter to check on her and on cousin P. Later in the evening, I took the trash cans to the end of the driveway. Former neighbor T's daughter K was at the house (she was taking out their trash cans) and we chatted for a bit. She said that the realtor took pictures of the house over the weekend; I suppose it will go on the market, soon. I told her, half jokingly, but, also, half seriously, to make sure that the realtor doesn't show the house on a weekend when there is a full blown party going on, next door! I'm hoping that it won't be bought by people who like to have noisy parties!
Weekend meals were mostly leftovers (pasta with ground turkey sauce, rice and shrimp curry with garbanzo beans and sauteed green beans), scrambled egg on toast, an individual cheese pizza from the freezer, teriyaki chicken drumsticks (from the freezer) with homemade fries, etc. On Monday, I had the last frozen burrito for brunch, teriyaki chicken drumsticks with leftover sauteed green beans and freshly cooked rice (cooked the rice in some of the stock from the turkey and vegetable soup I made, last week).
I haven't meal planned for a couple of weeks, now, but, here's my tentative meal plan for the last week in June:
Brunches: Frozen burrito (Monday); scrambled egg and hashbrowns; tuna salad on crackers; pancakes or waffles; muffins (if I bake some)
Dinners: Teriyaki chicken drumsticks, rice, sauteed green beans (Monday); Baked chicken thighs with leftover rice or baked (or mashed) potato, green beans and/or snow peas and carrots; smoked sausage stir fry with vegetables over rice; leftovers.
I am grateful for:
- My daughter's friends had a safe drive to Berkeley and back
- Daughter and friends had a lovely weekend
- Neighbors' latest party was not too loud and ended at a reasonable hour
- Green beans from the garden
- Sunny and warmer days
Joyful activities have included harvesting green beans from the garden, watching videos, and chatting/exchanging emails with friends.
Plans for Tuesday include some tidying up and maybe baking muffins.
What are your plans for Tuesday?
|Unidentified Plant Flower|
|The First Tomatoes|
|The Red Aloe (and Flower Stalk) in May|
|Blueberries are Coming to an End|
|The Front Garden in June, 2023|
|The Succulents Border|
This patch of aeoniums has spread well beyond the edge of the planting bed! I love the way things look when they spill out of their planting beds, but, it might be time to cut them back and plant the cuttings somewhere else! It's hard to tell from this photo, but, I've planted succulents all along that side wall, as well.
Do you remember the refrain from the song, Scarborough Fair? "Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme".*
|White Sage Flowers (and a Bit of Rosemary)|
Most of the lantana bushes are not flowering, right now, but, this bush is in full bloom!
|Red Climbing Rose|
|Asparagus Fern Border|
|Peruvian Lily/Parrot Lily|
|2023 Plum Harvest|
My smashed toe is very colorful, today, and still a bit painful (there is more bruising on the underside than on top!). So, I've been limping around, which seems to be triggering cramps! I am glad I got the chutney and jam making done before I hurt my toe!
I did a load of laundry, today, and I reorganized my freezer and updated my freezer inventory. I had organized and inventoried my freezer not that long ago, but, that was before I began to pick snow pea pods and blueberries from the garden on a daily basis. I just bagged those up and stuck them in the freezer, wherever there was some room and the freezer soon became a mess. So, today, I reorganized it again, and tried to put things together. I also took out some cake and cookies I had frozen (some of what neighbor S gave me) to send to my daughter. As a result, I now have enough room for the celery I plan to freeze.
While I was still reorganizing the freezer, my late friend A's older daughter C arrived to collect the items I am sending to my daughter. C and her sister are planning to go up to the Bay Area to spend C's birthday weekend with my daughter. It's her first birthday after her mother's death and I know from personal experience that those firsts are difficult to say the least. C and her sister will drive up on Friday morning, stay with my daughter until Sunday morning, and drive back on Sunday afternoon. They have planned a series of fun activities including doing an escape room, visiting a science museum which has a rainforest exhibit, a hike and a picnic (weather permitting) or going to the botanical gardens, and a special dinner to celebrate C's birthday. My daughter spent last weekend deep cleaning her apartment and she's preparing rice and curries for Friday night's dinner.
I gave C a bag with a jar of jam and a jar of chutney for herself, her sister, and their father. I also offered her the individual pots of overnight oats that my neighbor S gave me and she was happy to have them. Then, I gave her the two bags of items I am sending to my daughter. One bag is all fresh fruits and vegetables (peaches, blueberries, plums, the green beans I picked the other day, some green chilies) and the cake and cookies I had taken out from the freezer. The other bag contained the jars of jam, canned peaches, and chutney for my daughter, along with a box of beads (my mother's bead collection) and a book on bead jewelry since my daughter has discovered the joys of making bead jewelry. I also sent her several small containers to organize the beads.
Lunch was rice, shrimp curry (from the freezer), and garbanzo beans curry (from the freezer). Dinner was mostly snacking (popcorn, peanuts, fruit) as lunch had been eaten quite late.
On Thursday, I was grateful for:
- C picking up the packages I was sending to my daughter
- Cousin N sending me a surprise package
- Phone calls and emails from friends
- Working appliances
- What I was able to accomplish
Today's joyful activity was sending a care package to my daughter through her friend.
Plans for Friday include tidying the kitchen and tending to the garden with M.
How was your Thursday? What are your plans for Friday?
|First Green Beans Harvest|
Wednesday was Summer Solstice! I celebrated by harvesting the first green beans! Flat Italian bush beans and round French bush beans.
M and I picked the last of the peaches, today. There weren't many and the birds had got to most of them! But, there were a few good ones and I gave a few to M and I'm hoping to send the rest to my daughter. Two of her friends (my late friend A's two daughters) are planning to drive up to spend the weekend with her and celebrate one girl's birthday. They have offered to take a few things up to my daughter and I am sending a care package - the peaches, a small container of blueberries, a couple of jars of peach jam, a couple of jars of peach chutney, and a couple of jars of canned peaches. I have a jar of jam and a jar of chutney set aside to give to the girls, too.
Later, I cut up a few more peaches and canned them, too.
In the evening, neighbor S called and asked if I'd like to have a few fruits and vegetables that she has in her refrigerator as she and her daughters are off on a nearly month long trip to Europe and she didn't want the food to go to waste. I said I'll take them. She and her daughter N brought me a bag filled with apples, carrots, onions, a bell pepper, celery, some individual containers of ready to eat overnight oats, a lemon, a small carton of milk, and one egg that they hadn't been able to use up!
|Groceries from S|
On Tuesday, I took the car in for a service. It took about 2 1/2 hours, but, the waiting area was comfortable and I had taken my prayer book and another book to read while I waited.
Afterwards, I drove home and made myself some tuna salad for brunch. Then, relaxed for a bit, before canning the peaches I had picked. I had given the better quality fruit to my friends and kept the ones that had some bruising, so, I had to cut off much of the bruised bits, which meant I didn't have that much left to can. But, I am happy with the jars of cinnamon spiced peaches that I canned.
Later in the evening, I watered the back garden. I was going to wait until M arrived on Wednesday to water, but, the tomato plants were wilting, so, I thought it would be good to give them, and some of the fruit trees, a drink of water!
Dinner was leftovers from last night's dinner. I haven't made a meal plan for this week, but, I still have leftover soup and leftover pasta sauce, so there will be soup and pasta during the week.
On Tuesday, I was grateful for:
- Getting the car serviced without any major issues
- A safe drive to the service center and back
- The peach harvest
- Water for the garden
- Phone calls and emails from friends
Today's joyful activity was canning and preserving more of the peaches.
Plans for Wednesday include tending to the garden with M and getting some housework done.
How was your Tuesday? What are your plans for Wednesday?
|Odds and Ends Socks|
The 19th of June is known as Juneteenth and marks the day, June 19, 1865, when the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were officially proclaimed free, two and a half years after President Lincoln had issued the emancipation proclamation. It is a federal holiday in the United States.
Monday started out cloudy and overcast, but, there was sunshine in the afternoon.
In the morning, I changed the dust sheets on the family room sofas, did a load of laundry, tidied the kitchen a bit, watered some of the plants in the front garden, and scheduled a regular car maintenance service for Tuesday.
Then, I picked peaches. The majority of them are still not ripe enough for canning, but, the longer I leave them on the tree, the more are being pecked at by the birds! My plan is to pick them and leave them to ripen in the house for a couple of days.
Some of the peaches I picked had some bruised areas. I cut off the bruised parts, sliced the good portions and stewed them with some lemon juice and sugar.
In the meantime, I called a couple of friends and offered to bring them some fresh peaches. Friend N told me I didn't have to bring them to her, she could pick them up on her way home from an appointment on Wednesday afternoon. I said that was fine. Then, she called me back almost immediately. She had mentioned my offer of peaches to her husband and he didn't want to wait until Wednesday! LOL! They drove over right away (they don't live that far from me) and I gave them about a dozen peaches and some fresh blueberries.
Friend S was working late and said she'll ask her husband if he could drive over, later, to collect the peaches. I said I could bring them over and leave them on her doorstep. She said her daughter was home to accept them. I picked a bag of curry leaves, too, to take to her and drove over. Friend S's daughter was waiting for me by the curbside; I handed her the bag of peaches and she handed me a covered foil container with dinner! Rice and curries my friend had cooked before she went to work! How wonderful! What a blessing! After I came home, I called friend S to thank her for the dinner. She brushed it off saying it was just something she had cooked for the family, that if she had known in advance that I was coming, she would have prepared something more!
It was past 6:00 p.m. when I got home and instead of having my usual evening cup of tea, I had an early dinner! There was rice, fish curry, Thai eggplant curry, and sauteed water spinach. It was all so delicious! Friend S is a good cook and her curries are truly a taste of home. There's more leftover for tomorrow. Then, I had some of the stewed peaches with yogurt for dessert.
After dinner, I cleaned the litter box and took the trash cans to the curb for pick up in the morning. And I finished knitting another pair of socks with leftover wool from previous knitting projects (the blue wool from the last sweater and the multicolored yarn from an earlier pair of socks).
The neighbors took down their tents, today.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Peaches to share with friends
- Friend S sending dinner home with me!
- A new pair of socks
- A safe drive to friend S's and back
- Phone calls with family and friends; emails from friends
Today's joyful activity was sharing the bounty from my garden with friends.
The big plan for tomorrow is taking the car for a service. Everything else depends on how long that takes!
How was your Monday? What are your plans for Tuesday?
I had a relaxed morning. Then, in the afternoon, I picked some peaches, blueberries, and a few sprigs of curry leaves and took them, along with a jar of peach jam and a jar of peach chutney, to give to friend R. It was a curbside drop off, as usual. But, it was nice to see her, however briefly.
On the way home, I picked up some fried rice from a favorite Thai food place in the neighborhood. After I came home, I had some of the fried rice for brunch, followed by a peach. Later, I had more of the fried rice for dinner and there's a portion leftover for tomorrow's brunch or dinner.
I spent the evening knitting and watching some videos. I had planned to can some peaches, but, I was having a slight headache and decided that canning peaches could wait until tomorrow.
Later, I video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to take some peaches, jam, and chutney to friend R
- Fried rice from a favorite restaurant
- A safe drive to R's and the restaurant and back
- A sunny and warm day
- Internet services
Today's joyful activity was taking some peaches and other goodies to friend R.
Plans for Monday include canning peaches and some housework.
How was your Sunday? What are your plans for Monday?