A Week in the Life

And this is the week that was.
It was another beautiful day in a string of beautiful days. I didn’t lie in the sun but I did get out in it. It was perfect for drying clothes so I did a couple of loads without having to festoon the house. When I came in, it was obvious a part of my body got exposed that usually isn’t. My shoulders were pink. Not burned. Just pink.

While I was hanging out the clothes, sheets and towels, I visited with DD. They’ve been having some good weather, too, and it’s very tempting for them to plant their garden. I hope their efforts are successful.

As far as my garden is concerned, you can read about that here. I also spent a lot of time making and photographing the Marinated Brussels Sprouts.

It was a very busy day. It was also borderline HOT! I did manage to get out in the sun for 15 minutes.

Since Patient Access Week was history, I took the banner down, folded it and put it in the drawer where it lives for 51 weeks out of the year.

Even warmer than yesterday, I got another 15 minutes in the sun. The produce man was in town so I stole away and bought some little cucumbers (they are SOOOOO good!) and another cantaloupe. I got some tomatoes, too. They still don’t have that good summertime flavor and texture but they are getting better.

When I got home from work, I decided it was time to slay the Harry and David papaya. I was hoping, from the description, that it would change my mind about papayas in general. Sorry, I’m more of a durian person than a papaya person.

Harry and David Papaya Description

Their writer certainly has an imagination. I could have almost been convinced if my taste buds hadn’t told me otherwise. I was able to get down 1/4 of the papaya before I had to give up.

I was notified my notary certificate was ready to be picked up so I’m official again until 2013. That sounds strange.

Today was my grocery shopping day and I was happy to see my broad hints about the mango display at Wally World had paid off. There was still a full bin at the top but so was the next one down. I didn’t have to strain myself to get them. They may be back at the top when I go next time but I’d like to think they’ll be where I can reach them easily. Campari tomatoes were $2.50 a carton! I got enough to have and to share.

It was another hot day and there was a little rain. I managed to get home and get unloaded before it came down harder.

I ate another 1/4 of the papaya. Still not bowled over.

Not quite so warm but still nice. It was overcast a lot of the day.

I’ve been hearing about a resale shop close to the hospital so today I went and found several tops for $1 each and a shorts and top set for $1.50. I got another Hawaiian shirt (the nicest by far of any of them) but I let one of the girls in the office have it.

I left work a little early and got my hair cut. Last time, I had her leave 2″ on top. It was still a tad long so we went for 1 3/4″. We’ll see how that works out.

It rained off and on all day. I’d sneaked off to town to get some produce but the man had run out of so much stuff he was going home to get more. I told them I’d be back after work. The only reason I’d gone then was so things wouldn’t be so picked over. When I did get back, I had gotten delayed a few minutes at work and I prayed the whole two minutes it took me to get there that they wouldn’t have already left. They were packing up but the man bagged up around 10 of the cucumbers for me and I got a couple of cups of tomatoes. A storm was threatening so I paid, took my bounty and left.

My fuel gauge was showing I was a little low so I stopped to get gas. I could see it had been raining out here on the mountain, too. Sometimes it will rain in the valley but never make it any farther. It had slacked off but started in again as soon as I pulled in the driveway. I grabbed everything and made a beeline for the house.

Happy Sabbath, everyone!

Saturday night
It stormed off and on all night last night. Plus I had a hard time getting my body bathed this morning without benefit of thunder and lightning. The lights blinked once but came right back on.

The service was very good today. The school principal spoke and it was both interesting and inspiring.

One of the men got to talking to me about computers after church and I think his wife got a little perturbed because he hadn’t come to help her with their food. He asked if I were going to stay and eat but I excused myself and came on home.

I ate the rest of the papaya. Figured I might as well get it over and done with.

During the course of the afternoon, I slaughtered the Harry and David mango. Here’s the description of it:

Harry and David Mango Description

Well, in their book it may be a Tropical Sunset Mango, but in mine it’s more like a Tommy Atkins. It does have a good flavor but it is stringy as all get-out.

Here’s my mango photo essay:

Harry and David Mango

Harry and David Mango, Peeled

Harry and David Mango, Cubed with the Seed Scraped

Harry and David Hairy Mango Seed

I gnawed the seed and flossed my teeth at the same time. Half of the fruit is in the fridge waiting for tomorrow. I could have easily eaten it today but I controlled myself.

There are hundreds of male mosquitoes around. Makes me apprehensive about the mosquito season to come. I went around dumping all the standing water I could find and ended up behind my neighbors’ garage with my camera:

Lily of the Valley

Ah! They smell so good! I picked one and brought it in but Twinkle wrinkled her nose and backed away.

I need to go rebound and get to bed. It’s already ‘way past the hour I wanted to be there. Good night!

2 Responses to A Week in the Life

  1. mary q contrarie June 27, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    I love the first days that I can move my clothes drying racks from inside out to the unfiltered sunshine. Like you said it is great to not have laundry festooning the house.

    • Tommie June 28, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

      I hung mine out today!

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