Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Morning This and That

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but
instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the tasks anew.

Francis de Sales

Good morning.  I am glad today is a holiday.  It's much too cold to do much of anything but hang out at home.  On Friday I went to the post office to mail out a package and then made a trip to the Chinese market.  I didn't care how cold it was.  I 'really' wanted some mandarins.  I tried to get some when I did my bi-weekly shopping, but Met Food didn't have any...although the produce guy tried to tell me they did.

When I asked him for the mandarins he pointed out the clementines.  I said "no, that's not what I want."  His response, 'They are the same thing."  Then he walks over and points out the tangerines.  I shook my head 'no'.  He started to argue that they were mandarins.  "Yes, they are a form of mandarin, but they taste totally different.  And I find that Clementines aren't as hardy as mandarins.  They spoil quicker. 

Ever since I called 311 with my complaint, the bus stop has been shoveled out so I have been able to catch the bus there.  So on Friday I am standing there waiting for the bus.  It's brutally cold and the wind is blowing.  I see the bus at the next station.  One of the dollar vans pulls to a stop at the corner.  That's okay.  I can still get out to the bus.  The stop before me is always busy so I patiently wait for the bus to move. Finally it does, but when it comes to the light, it turns red.  This is when the van driver decided to move up and block my way.  I knocked on his window but he kept his head turned, ignoring me.  I had to struggle over the ice to get there. I look at him, and he has the nerve to give me the finger.  I don't understand.  What makes some people so mean?  I was a complete stranger to him,

Made Chicken Cordon Bleu for Valentine's Day dinner.. I served it with mashed potatoes and broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower sauteed in garlic oil.

 I use this plate because it takes very little food to make it look full.  When I was a child I couldn't leave the table until my plate was empty.  That's stuck with me throughout my life so no matter how large the plate and how much food is piled on I'll finish it...even if I am not hungry.  I am aware that it's not healthy to eat like that, but I can't stop myself.  So, I eat with a smaller plate.  That means less food.

Well, that's about it for now.  Everything is closed for the holiday today so I'm just going to hang out about the house again.  I must get out tomorrow, though.  This could really become a habit.  Have a good one.


  1. Enjoy a cozy day at home with your rocking chair and a good book!

  2. That's terrible that he did that to you, it truly upsets me that he did that, but I do believe his bad karma will return to him.

    By the way, that dish you cooked up looks delicious!

  3. Sometimes the worst thing parents can do is to train their kids to eat every single thing on their plates. It's better to learn to stop eating when we're full.

  4. Wow! I only know you through your blog but that makes me feel terrible that the bus driver gave you the finger. I truly don't know what makes people so mean. And I agree, kharma will dole out his just reward :)

    Have a good day!

  5. Yeah.. sometimes those produce guys don't know what the heck they're talking about. Lol

    My grandparents, (though not my parents, thank goodness,) were like that as well. Clean your plate young lady! I didn't like it, and my Dad mentioned it to them, so they stopped.