We stopped back at the house so I could put the raspberries and blueberries in the refrigerator. Then we went to the dollar store near [borough]. P. stopped at a beauty supply store in the shopping center, too. I got a few things at the dollar store. P. got a pretty good amount of things. I dropped P. off after that.
I headed to another strip mall. I dropped my orthopedic shoes off at the cobbler's and asked for them to be stretched. He said he'd have them ready by Monday or Tuesday.
I went to the Indian grocery and got bhindi masala, a naan, mango juice and gulab jamun. I remembered the couple of eggplant dishes I'd gotten the last two times I'd been there as having names starting with "b," but I think bhindi must be okra, because I'm pretty sure that's what it was. It was a little spicy for me, but it was good. I like okra, but we never have it. I don't think it's all that widely available around here, and I don't believe Mom cares for it. It seems a bit much to get it and cook it just for myself. I make jasmine rice and basmati rice for myself, but that's very easy to do and Mom and Dad usually eat that, too. I just need to remember to cook the basmati rice before I go get chicken tikka masala, so it's ready.
There was a sign at the Indian grocery about fresh methi for sale. I think methi is fenugreek. I have recipes that call for dried fenugreek. If I remember correctly, Mom reacts to the smell of fenugreek about the same as she reacts to the smell of cilantro or curry. I need to find somewhere else I can cook. I would like to find someone else who also likes masalas to cook with.
Anyway, it was a good shopping trip, and I didn't go over budget. It was nice to spend time with P.
It was a nice day, and I went out to see the flowers when I was done shopping. I deadheaded 'Duchesse de Brabant'. 'Duchesse de Brabant' has a bud that's showing color. 'Marchioness of Londonderry' has a bud. The mystery pink rose has three flowers. I pruned the dead wood off that. I wish it had come with a label. Roses that are pink, fully double, fragrant and remontant are apparently pretty common. When I got it at [independent garden center] several years ago, they were selling 'Konigen von Danemark', and the garden associate said that maybe that was what it was. It couldn't be, though, because 'Konigen von Danemark' is a once-blooming rose. I have a plant of 'Konigen von Danemark' now, and it's notably different from the mystery pink rose.
Later: I talked with A. for about an hour and a half.