Saturday, November 18, 2023

Sunny on Friday

It was sunny and mild on Friday.  A bit cool in the morning, but, the afternoon high was 70F.  

I went for my blood test at noon and on the way home, stopped at the library to pick up the other book on decluttering that I had requested.  

After I came home, I called aunt C (she had called and left a message), and after I got off the phone with her, I prepared some sauteed garbanzo beans for brunch (I had to be fasting for my blood tests, today).

Then, I ordered some groceries in anticipation of my daughter coming home this weekend.  I put in my order at 3:00 p.m. and the earliest pick up slot was between 5:00-5:30 p.m., which was fine with me.

M came to tend to the garden around 4:00 p.m. and he did some pruning and tidying.  He left at 5:00 p.m. and I went to pick up the groceries.  Ricky brought the groceries to the car and assured me that everything was there, although they substituted four smaller boxes of breaded shrimp for the larger , 32 oz. bag, but, he assured me that the four boxes added up to 32 ounces.  I didn't mind that, and I thought it would help with portion control!  

When I came home and unpacked the groceries, I discovered that there had been a couple of other substitutions, as well - a 10 oz. bag of name brand frozen corn instead of the 12 oz. bag of store brand frozen corn (I suppose they were out of the store brand frozen corn) and a larger (18 oz.) packet of ground coffee instead of the 12 oz. packet (at the same price of the smaller packet!).  I will do a separate post on the grocery shopping, but, my total came to $57.42.

Today, I boxed up several years worth of tax files that I had been keeping in my desk drawer and moved them to the garage.  I now have an empty desk drawer!  Most probably it won't stay empty for long!  But, for now, it is empty!

I spent a quiet rest of the evening, watching news, and chatting on the phone with friend R.  My daughter called too - the friend who is giving her and another friend a ride home for Thanksgiving is feeling a bit under the weather; so far, all Covid tests have been negative, but, my daughter was not sure if they will drive down tomorrow or on Sunday, in order to give her friend another day to rest and recover.  She will call me as soon as she finds out.  As my mother used to say, "There's many a slip between cup and lip".  I am hoping that my daughter will be able to come home for Thanksgiving, after all.

Today, I am grateful for:

- Access to medical care, having health insurance, etc.
- Being able to order groceries online and pick up just a couple of hours later
- Libraries 
- M's help with the garden
- Phone calls with family and friends

Today's joyful activity was reading.

Plans for tomorrow include vacuuming, remaking daughter's bed (once I know she's coming down), and maybe a load of laundry.  There's rain in the forecast for tomorrow (we already had some rain, tonight).  

How was your Friday?  What are your plans for the weekend?


  1. I had never heard your mother's saying and it took me a bit to figure out what it meant. I hope the cup makes it to the lips successfully and your daughter is able to visit. I know both of you have been looking forward to it.

    1. I think my mother's saying is another version of not counting your chickens before the eggs have hatched! It might be a British saying (we were still a British colony when my mother was born; she was 27 when we gained independence). Thank you; as of this morning, the visit is still on, and they well leave sometime this afternoon. :)

    2. I can confirm this is a British saying. At least, I'm very familiar with it.
      Safe journey to your daughter. Have a nice dinner together tonight! The fun starts here!

    3. Thank you for the confirmation, Ella. :)
      Thank you for the wishes for a safe journey for my daughter! Tonight's dinner will be some of the salmon I cooked and froze, earlier, garlic sauteed green beans (her request), and rice. There's baklava for dessert. :)

  2. You did well with the coffee substitution and that's very quick from placing your order to pick up.
    i do hope your daughter's friend feels better soon and your daughter will be able to travel down as planned.

    1. Yes, the coffee substitution worked out well in my favor, didn't it? The store has been giving pick up slots two hours after the placement of the order, which is very convenient.
      Thank you, Eileen; apparently, my daughter's friend has told her he will pick her up early this afternoon, so, the trip home is still on! It's a 6-7 hour drive, depending on traffic and the weather (it's rainy, today). I'm looking forward to her visit, as you can imagine. :)

  3. Good to read that your daughter is on her way there! I'm sure you'll be relieved when she arrives. If the decluttering book you got now is the earlier book by the same author,(I'm forgetting her name !) id like to know what you thought. My library has it but it's checked out but they'll let me know it's back. I hope all goes well with your daughter's visit!

    1. Thank you, Celie; yes, she left Berkeley a little after 4:00 p.m., so she's on her way home! I will be very thankful when she reaches home, safely!
      Yes, the decluttering book is Tracy McCubbin's earlier book. I will definitely review it when I've read it. I also found some of her videos online (but, only watched one interview).

  4. I'm sure you liked that coffee substitution. It's nice when things like that happen. Was that for your daughter's coffee or the coffee you drink on a regular basis?
    That's a quick turnaround from order to pickup.
    I just entered a pickup for later today for a few things still needed (wanted) for this holiday week.
    I see the latest blog post is titled "she's home" so things have worked out with your daughter's ride. Very happy about that :)

    1. The coffee substitution worked really well in my favor, didn't it? The coffee is for my daughter. I rarely drink coffee, these days.
      I did another grocery shopping pick up, today, with turkey and the other items I want for Thanksgiving dinner. :)
      Yes, she's home! Thank you!


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