Hi friends and fellow bloggers,
I hope all of you are doing well. I've been seeing that many countries have experienced huge snowfalls over the past week. Where I live we were also expecting snow but it never arrived in my neighbourhood.
Sky this Week
The sky this week has been heavy with rain. I was actually hoping for some snow for a change of pace but it looks like rain in the forecast for the next few days at least.
|The sky on Tuesday, January 25, 2021|
|I got this little surprise on Monday, January 18, 2021. These pansy blooms popped up in a long neglected pot.|
|The sky on Monday, January 24, 2021|
Cooking is a daily need for most of us. Here are a few of the things that have been on the menu this past week.
|Cabbage and navy bean soup in tomato broth|
|Shrimp and vegetable stir fry over steamed rice|
|Spaghettini and Parmesan cheese with Kielbasa sausage and vegetables|
|Ham and pea soup with freshly baked bread rolls|
|I baked some bread and gave a loaf to my nephew.|
She always sends wonderful packages of interesting things.
I haven't really gotten into reading yet. But these books are currently in my 'to read' pile.
I borrowed, The New Bohemians Handbook thinking I would get to see a lot of lovely decorating photos. I was disappointed that the photos are so small.
Before Christmas I mentioned that I will be making a few home improvements mainly to help things function better for daily living and to assess what might be needed or detracted from my home as I continue with the decluttering. Some of it is minor maintenance.
The first improvement was painting one wall in the entry way and moving a small Asian chest/armoire from the living room to the freshly painted wall. I also touched up the door to my bedroom and master bathroom (more to come in those areas later). The second improvement was to install a new range hood. I've gone without one for so long and I could not keep up to the accumulating grime on various surfaces. I was very happy when my brother bought me a new range hood and installed it for me as my Christmas gift. Before he did that I cleaned behind the kitchen stove and painted. I laughed when I saw the upside down bow he placed on the range hood after installation. He wanted to make sure it looked like a Christmas present, lol.
The third item was to order some shelving for the kitchen to address the lack of a pantry. I have been wanting to order one of these shelving units for the longest time and have been checking them out both on line and in the retail outlets. I wanted a particular specs and I finally found one on Amazon which I ordered and received just after Christmas. I tried once shortly thereafter to set it up and it fell apart. I never tried again until last night and I'm pleased it went much more smoothly and seems sturdy. I am very pleased with it and think I should have got one a lot sooner.
|This is a work in progress. I am still rearranging and deciding what goes on these shelves.|
But so far I'm loving it! It's a huge improvement ton having food on the floor and a small cart where everything was forever overflowing (as in the below photo).
Over the past week we managed to get a new smart phone for Pastor Jonah. It will soon be time to send monthly medical, food, nutrition support and seeds and fertilizer to a few families. If you can help at all, please send your donation via Pay Pal to kerichojoy[at]gmail]com (taking out square brackets). Otherwise we would appreciate if you could continue praying for the needs of the villagers. Thanks so much!
Over the next while I'm continuing to work on my digital project. I don't expect to be back to regular blogging until it's finished but I pop in to read blogs here and there. I hope all of you continue to stay as safe as you can while we all await vaccinations. I don't expect to get mine until at least the middle of summer, possibly a bit later depending on how the roll out of vaccinations goes and whether our country gets the vaccinations that have been ordered for us.
Note: I had trouble uploading tonight and the fonts kept going awry. I tried to fix it.