finally, fruits!

July 19th, 2014

This is the calamondin tree that I have been nursing for about two years. It finally is bearing fruits, much to my delight. I am excited to see if it really is what I expect it to be. The husband and I transferred the plant to a bigger pot because he will not quit telling me that that roots needed breathing room. He even picked the pot to make sure I cannot say no. It looks so beautiful right now, fully grown (I hope) and with fruits everywhere! I am giving it another month for the fruits to mature and I should be enjoying kalamansi lemonade. Thank You for the blessing!

entertaining a seven year old

June 23rd, 2014

School was out the first week of June. Although I am happy that the little man is actually finished with first grade, I am apprehensive about the time he will spend at home without anything specific to do everyday. I know he gets bored really quick and that he would rather get online all day long if we allow him to. The thing is, I do not want him to be online for more than two hours at a time and that even includes tv time. The husband is a little more lenient but we both know from experience that the little man is a different person when we allow him more time with electronics so we have to find ways to get him entertained. We thought about buying him a swing set after we saw swing sets at backyardplayground.net but the backyard is not that big because we decided to dig it up for a vegetable garden. There is however enough space for a little pool so we decided to buy him a portable pool which he has been using almost daily. He has also been going with us to the beach to spend hours either swimming, playing, or walking. I bought several activity books he can answer when it is too hot to get outside. He has been doing good so far. There are days he wants to get online really early then stay longer when is but we are firm with his schedule. He said he does not like it because there is so much he can do online but he is learning to follow rules if he wants to get incentives. So far, summer has been less stressful, thank goodness!

planting season

April 9th, 2014

The east coast has been warming up lately. I am one happy person because it means gardening and planting seeds and anticipating how much produce the family will have in a couple of months. It took a long time to get warm that it was starting to annoy me. I have actually started sowing seeds on the ground and in pots since early March. It got frozen and frosted and so I had to replace the seeds about a week ago. When I got outside to check I am happy to report that most seeds sprouted and are looking healthy. Yay! We are working on different kind of soil so we are still unsure on how the plants will grow but I am optimistic. So far I have moringas, purple spinach, zucchini, Philippine lime (kalamansi), tomatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, lemon grass, and yardlong beans (sitaw). The sweet potatoes are still dormant and I am afraid it will not do any good at all this year. I may have to look for replacements if this variety (which we have had for 6 years now) does not work. I will try to take pictures next time to post here.

expired

March 16th, 2014

I did not know what got over me, but I forgot to renew this blog the day it was supposed to be renewed. It was only this morning while I was checking my email that I realized this particular blog had been neglected. I made the necessary payment to have it renewed and panicked a lot when I could not see any of my posts after I did the renewal. I am happy now that it is up and running again. Special thanks to my hosting company for giving me a discount code for renewal so I did not pay a lot of money when I did. And thanks too because my blog is still intact even if it had been days since it expired. This reminds me to read all emails and notifications to make sure that something like this does not happen again.

a nice present

March 1st, 2014

When my cousin’s son received an electric guitar for his birthday, every kid that saw it was amazed. There might have been a bit of envy and disappointment among some of us because it was something that happened only to people with money. His father had money. Ours didn’t. We did get to see his present which came with a box that we later figured out was an amplifier. It was really cool. My cousin’s husband made sure everybody heard that he took his time to decide among the classic bogner amplifiers on display at the store before he made his purchase. It was like watching somebody else open your Christmas present. Or dream Christmas present anyway. The kid was thrilled with his present but we could tell he would have been happier if he was given a different present. He rarely played with the guitar, an older neighbor used it more for the adults’ entertainment. I guess that’s what happens when you do not ask your child what they want, presents end up not being used regardless of how much it costs.

cooking chicken wings

February 25th, 2014

Chicken wings in tomato sauce. This is one recipe I learned to cook at a very young age, mostly from watching my grandmother cook for the whole family on special occasions. Normally, this recipe calls for more vegetables but since I am not normal (lol) you can only see the meat and a few carrots to go with it. I did saute garlic and onion before I put in the meat and carrots. The picture may look so plain without the necessary color and garnish but I can assure you, this is one recipe that is good with rice and fried dried fish on the side. It makes the whole house smell heavenly too. The husband who is ever worried about my waistline asked me if I can eat it all which I replied on the affirmative. I did reassure him I will make it last a few days at least so he will not get horrified at how much his wife can eat. As if he doesn’t know, lol.

he wants to be a musician

February 17th, 2014

I was informed by the little man that he is no longer going to be a full time artist when he grows up. He said he will be a musician too. He does not know yet whether to go full time on being a musician and give up the artist thing so he said he will take his sweet time. Right now he is discovering features in his portable piano that he did not know existed. He spends long hours locked in his room to “make” music. His father is excited while I am taking it like it is, a seven year old’s whim. I am not complaining either because this wanting to be a musician gets him out of my hair in a good way for both of us. I told him he better get another job to support his craft because daddy and I will only help him so much then he will have to make it on his own. It means that he will have to shell out money to buy affordable chromaharp strings in the future, if he ever needs it. It makes him think, this kind of discussion. I am not sure if I should be bothering his mind about things about expenses and spending his own money yet but I must admit I get a kick out of his answers. Lol. We fully support his fascination with music and musical instruments. We are, in fact, proud of our little boy for the things he does.

banyan tree

February 3rd, 2014

This is called a Banyan tree. I saw this at a park in Florida on one of our trips last year. The husband was fascinated with it the firs time he saw it. I also thought it was beautiful albeit a bit creepy. This tree, according to my research, is what we Filipinos call Balete. It is called Dakit in my native Leyte. According to folklore, in this tree resides otherwordly creatures. I had to take a picture although I was afraid of what I will find when I look at it. Fortunately for me, there is nothing in the picture but a beautiful tree that is so full of life.