A Day Punctuated with Bits of Excitement

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Retama Village, in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Quite hot and sunny.  High 104

Unless it is super hot, we enjoy sitting on our driveway sipping morning coffee.  Something usually happens and/or we get a chance to say hello to other residents walking their dogs or doing their morning exercise regime.  Some are behind masks, others not.

This morning, during this coffee ritual, 2 big black dogs came running down the street.  When they saw us out, they came bounding up to us, probably in search of food.  They had been dumped in our neighborhood.  Sadly, this happens a lot.  We tried calling Animal Rescue.  Hope they find a new home. 

After morning exercise, water aerobics, and lunch, we headed out to the supermarket.  Quite exciting, as we haven’t been there for about 6 weeks!  We have, however, gone to a small fruit/veg market in the interim.  We encountered well-stocked shelves, everyone in masks, and no limits on purchases, except meat.  We stocked up, spending $300 – hopefully this will see us through another 3-4 weeks.  I bought extra canned goods, with the hope that they will be used on a road-trip soon.

As we left the store, I experienced a bit of trauma……The parking lot was unbearably hot (104) with the hot sun and heat reflecting from the blacktop.  I was about to keel over with the heat made worse with the face mask on.  With one hand steering the grocery cart, I tried to undo the face mask with my other hand, and accidentally caught my glasses.  They went flying in the parking lot.  I retrieved the glasses, but one lens had fallen out, and had flown away somewhere.  I started searching the area for it.  The Latino people are the kindest in the world, I think.  Immediately two Latinos approached me and asked me if I was okay.  (I must have looked pretty frazzled by then.) After I explained the situation, they started helping me look for the glass piece.  One stopped traffic and the other was on his hands and knees helping me. Cars were backed up, but no one got angry waiting or honked or anything – again, the kindness of Latinos.  George had gone ahead and was oblivious that all of this was going on.  Finally –   Hurray!  One person found it.  Later, George was able to get it back into the frame, only a bit scratched.  Whew!

I just love having a lot of fruit and veg after shopping….

George cut some flowers from our bushes.  Looks like spring on our dining room table…

More excitement….Some workers started marking off the dimensions of the new house that will be built soon behind us. They staked off the corners.  It will be fun to watch the house go up.  I talked with the realtor who told me that it will be a deluxe coach house, like ours.  It will be used as a “Stay and Play” house – a place where prospective buyers can stay for a few days free.  It will also be for sale.  Once it sells, they will build another Stay and Play house next to it, and so on.

The day culminated with a Zoom call with some friends from Rochester, MN.  It was great catching up with them.

DINNER:  Newly-purchased pork chops on the grill, cabbage, and tater tots.  (I limited myself to 3 tots as I am trying to lose weight).  The cabbage was really good – a new recipe.  I sliced a green cabbage into slivers and sauteed it in a wee bit of olive oil.  At the end, I stirred in about 1 Tablespoon cumin seeds (not the powder) and 2 teaspoons of turmeric.  The spices took it up a notch! 

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