My little pleasures

After a little R&R we returned home last night—– and immediately forgot about the rest part of the R&R.

Perhaps I have an OCD problem. Just the regular run of the mill obsessive compulsive disorder! I know friends and relatives who go on vacation and return home, and do not open their suitcases until the next day if they are diligent, or for the next three days. When I ask them if they have sorted their clothes out and thrown them in the washer, they look at me as if I am daft.

I love coming home. Even after staying at a great resort or hotel, with incredible service by the staff, I love coming home to my own bed and pillows. My washer and dryer.

So last night after we got home around 9:15 or so, I opened my suitcase and took out all the clothes to be washed. The man looked at me and said, “I think you should do the wash tomorrow. We have traveled the entire day, and I know you are tired.”

I was not tired. I was charged. Like the Eveready Bunny, I just took two loads of my clothes and got them churning in the washer. Then I sat down and paid some bills on line. Woke up in the morning and the mail that had been held at the post office, came in a huge basket. I sorted that out, most of it was catalogues and junk mail and requests for donations.

After shower, went grocery shopping. While there, heard from my son who said, “Mom, it is only 10:30 now. I thought you would be home relaxing and just unwinding from your trip!” heh heh. How little he knows me. He was home waiting for me when I reached home.

Then I cooked. A LOT! To last us for the whole weekend or more.

These chores of mine, are my little pleasures. I enjoy doing them and feel so gratified when I am done.

We had a great time in LA. Got to talk to Janet (slmrt), too bad I couldn’t see her. But I did get to see a friend from my hometown in India. We went for lunch one day. And I got to see Carlos. Remember him from Xanga? We have kept in touch. We went to Malibu Beach and toured the Getty Villa per Janet’s recommendation. It was so grand and worth every minute I spent there. Carlos was with us, and on our way home, he stopped at a roadside mango stall and let me buy two humongous mangoes. What a friend!

Most of the photos I took are from my cell phone. I am not sure how I can post them to WP. Hah! I thought I had posted all the photos through my cell phone. I see that only one has made it here. I guess i have to do individual photos. What a chore. Please be patient with me.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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8 Responses to My little pleasures

  1. slmret says:

    I know what you mean about coming home — when I go to Santa Barbara, my suitcase gets opened and the laundry dumped into the washing machine before I even go indoors! I hope you are now again rested and relaxed and ready for your normal life!

    I’m so glad you got to Malibu, and to the Getty Villa — what a place! And topping the day off with mangoes was a real treat for you! Next time you come west, we’ll have to get together 🙂 !

    Your visit was perfectly timed — a surprise visit from your favorite President, and a surprise photographic fly-over by the Blue Angels to greet you! And I hope your great niece will have a great year at UCLA!

  2. Zakiah says:

    I have to thank you for guiding us to go to the Villa. Carlos was saying that he had lived there all his life, but never went there. He was extremely happy and said that he would take his daughters to see the magnificence of the place. And oh the mangoes. What can i say!!
    My favorite president?? Surely you jest!!
    I think Shagufta is handling the courses (all night classes) quite well. Got a box packed for her today with cake and homemade brownies, a couple of my paintings that she wanted, some small tools like screw driver, hammer etc. and a small bag with some perfume samples, and the Holy Quran. She should be happy to get everything on Wednesday.

    • slmret says:

      I’m so glad that Carlos enjoyed the Villa too — it’s an amazing collection, and even more amazing, it’s only half of the collection, which has another huge museum about 20 miles away!

      Yes — I really had to chuckle about the President’s visit, which was a surprise even for the news people, and perfectly timed to arrive shortly after you did, and to mess up traffic for the first day or two of your visit. I hope you weren’t too inconvenienced — I think he used the helicopter for some of his commute! Did you get to see the Blue Angels, or at least to hear them?

      That sounds like a wonderful CaRE package for Shagufta — that’s interesting that her classes are all at night — I hope she makes good use of the campus escort services!

  3. You’re just a whirlwind of energy! I usually just throw my laundry in the hamper. I don’t like to leave my dirty clothes in the suitcase. If I do have time and energy, I might do a load or two.

    • Zakiah says:

      That’s why I think I have a little problem with OCD. One time we returned from some trip and it was almost 1 a m , and I decided to do the laundry the next day. I went to bed, and couldn’t sleep. Tossed and turned for an hour or so, then got out of bed and put the clothes in the washer. Then slept like a baby. 🙂 🙂

  4. murisopsis says:

    I do the same thing! I have to have the laundry started and the bags stowed in the basement before I can rest!! Sounds like a wonderful trip filled with all the best kind of adventures~

    • Zakiah says:

      You are always so organized and so creative with your time. I wish I could be half as good. But when it comes to getting the clothes out of the bags and washing them is my first priority.
      Yes Val, we had a very good time. It was wonderful to be with the family.

  5. So glad you got some time away. I use to unpack as soon as I got home but now..I rarely go anywhere except to the farm to ‘give care’ so I’m too exhausted to unpack. 😉

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