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Saturday, 2 January 2021

Year End Blessings (Year 2020)

I woke up on the 2nd last day of year 2020 feeling tired because I wasn't sleeping well the whole night. As usual, I went for the morning walk, had a light breakfast, walked home, watered my garden and fed my guppies. Then I sat in front of the computer to prepare the day's blog post. Just as I was shutting down my computer, a friend called. Halfway through the conversation, someone was at my front gate ringing the bell. I ended the call and went to check on the visitor. It was an old friend whom I have not seen for a long time and with her mask on, I almost couldn't recognize her.

She came bringing me the above gift.
She knew I love smoked duck and she brought me a packet of frozen boneless smoked duck. We sat down to exchange updates and halfway through, someone called me on the hand phone. It was a friend wanting to drop by to pass something to me.
A few minutes later, she brought over the above cassava roots grown from the cuttings I gave her. So nice of her to remember and blessed me with some of the produce from her garden. After she left, I continued chatting with my friend and later, we went out for lunch. Just as we were finishing lunch, another friend called to inform that she will be sending over the items I have ordered through her.
My friend helped me buy the above fresh seafood from a fishing village. 2 tubs of fresh prawns, 2 packets of mantis prawns (lai lui har in Cantonese) and 2 tubs of vegetable acar. What I thought to be a boring day turned out to be a busy day.
Later in the afternoon, my neighbour returned from a day trip to Cameron Highlands and gifted us with the above - corns, sweet potatoes and strawberries.
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Year end dinner at Jimm's Cafe, a treat from our friend.
Our friend ordered this spaghetti pork chop @ RM15.90
The 3 of us ordered the above chicken chop set which includes a scoop of ice cream @ RM13.90.
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The following photos are credited to AshleyJ/Nyappy.
Insect found on the okra plant.
Google Lens identified this insect or pest as Dysdercus cingulatus, commonly known as red cotton stainer. It is a serious pest of cotton crops, which feed on the emerging bolls and the cotton seeds, transmitting cotton-staining fungi as it does so.
These pests were found mating in the photographer's backyard.
The adult females lay eggs in chambers they dug in the soil. The eggs will hatch after about 5 days and will take about 30 or more days to mature into adults.
 Thanks to my friend who gifted me the smoked duck for sharing the above photos with me.


Do you remember what the Scriptures say about this?
"He that gathered much had nothing left over,
and he that gathered little had enough."
So you also should share with those in need.
(2 Corinthians 8:15, The Living Bible-TLB)

46 comments:

  1. You have the sweetest and most generous friends and neighbours, Nancy. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Yes, I am thankful for them. Have a happy week.

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  2. Hello,Nancy!
    You have wonderful friends and neighbors, all bring you food. The insects are colorful, I hope they do not harm the plant. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, stay safe! Have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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    1. Thank you, Eileen for hosting. Have a great week.

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    1. Wishing you and yours the best for the New Year.

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  4. Sure sounds like a nice but busy day! I would run away screaming if I saw those red cotton stainers!

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  5. It sounds like a wonderful day to me...seeing an old friend is always special.

    Those bugs are creepy...

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  6. ...duck isn't as popular here!

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  7. Happy New Year Nancy! :) Oh the food...and how nice that you have friends to bring you delicious gifts! I've only had duck twice, never smoked, but can imagine how yummy it is!

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    1. Thank you, Rain. Happy New Year to you too.

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  8. It is so nice to have friends who care. Blessings!

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  9. Blessings Nancy. I'm praying each day that God will show us a new way to go in this still Covid life but I'm hoping that we all will improve. I'm hungry everytime I'm in your blog. Yum, yum. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Thank you, Paul. We are all looking forward to be free from this Covid thing.

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  10. How wonderful to have such caring friends. It sure makes life sweeter! Happy new year!

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    1. We share our blessings. Thank you and Happy New Year.

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  11. You are blessed with wonderful friends and neighbours.

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  12. It's great to have friends like that. Delicious food and conversation makes you feel better. Good year 2021 :)

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  13. Your day sounds so busy with so many people dropping by to hand you things. Wow, your friend is like you, always taking photos of insects and our environment. Good to do that as it increases our knowledge of insects. Have you seen this red insert in your garden before?

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    1. I think I have seen it once but that was a long time ago.

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  14. I have never heard of this bug. I guess some would say it is pretty. Pretty frightening!

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  15. That's a lot to have happen in one day. Those bugs look like pests!

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    1. A boring day turned into a busy day. Yes, those are pests.

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  16. That was kind of your friend to come visit you and bring you a gift and talk with you awhile. Then get more things from friends. The pests you showed were very interesting in color and what they do. I'd for sure watch and figure out where eggs were laid. Happy and blessed 2021!🎆🎈🎉🌹💜 Becky L!!
    http://grandmabeckyl.blogspot.com.

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    1. Thank you, Grandma Beckyl. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

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  17. The food looks great and what interesting insects. Happy New Year and keep safe, cheers Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Have a happy and healthy new year.

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  18. Tienes muy buenos amigos. Besos.

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  19. How nice to have so many gifts from friends and so many calls and visits from them too! :)

    Hope 2021 is off to a good start for you so far :)

    Away From Blue

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  20. Fresh prawns! Fresh strawberries!! Delicious!!

    Have a great 2021!!

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Have a great new year too.

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  21. So nice and coincident! Friends and neighbours blessed you with gifts and food on the same day.

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