When it was cold, I wished for hot summer days almost everyday. But now that the days are getting hotter, I am hoping that the cool days are back. I guess it is human nature not to be content with what is available. Or maybe it is just me, lol. There are still cool days but the hot days are taking over and I am not liking the feeling. Also, the bugs are out and busy as can be. I think I would prefer to wear a Spyder Jacket than to strip almost naked then worry about bug bites, among other things. It is not all bad though because the garden can only flourish when it is warm. I may just have to take the good with the bad. As it is, I am already impatiently waiting for my vegetable plants to grow and produce goodies that I like.
June 4th, 2013
May 27th, 2013
The monsters at over two months. I cannot believe how fast the chickens have grown. We found out these monsters like scraps better than feeds we bought from the store so I started saving leftover food to feed them. The husband and I both like the way these beauties are growing. They keep themselves clean and they rarely fight with each other. They even share food which is good because the other kind we have peck on each other on feeding time. The only problem we have is that we do not know what this chicken are called. We are looking for specific names but we cannot really tell. Somebody said that the browns are Rhode Island Red but we are not very sure if it is true. The black and white and black and brown chicken we totally do not know the breed. I hope someone one of these days will be able to tell us. In the meantime, we are enjoying seeing the chickens grow. In a few months, the hens should start laying eggs. That is something we look forward to.
May 21st, 2013
When my cousin’s son had his very first electric guitar back in the nineties, we thought it was cool. In a poverty stricken town, a kid who gets to have things that only the rich kids can afford is elevated from the pack. We only later found out that the guitar was not very expensive nor was it the like of synyster gates guitar from musicians friend but the fact that he was only seven when he got the guitar and that he had one and it was electric was reason enough to be jealous. Not that any of us even knew how to play it. We were always in awe when somebody tried to play that electric guitar. It was blue and very loud specially when plugged in an amplifier system. I know that my cousin’s son kept his guitar but I don’t really know if he ever learned how to play it right. He was effeminate and wanted to play with dolls with the girls more so he let other boys play with his toys. That boy sure did have toys that a lot of kids at the time can only dream about.
May 16th, 2013
I have planted napa cabbage too early that most of the plants bolted. I did not know what bolting was until I saw most of the napa cabbage (bok choys included) start blooming. Apparently, it is a condition that affects this type of plants when it gets too cold, too hot, or the seedlings get “handled” too much (I am thinking about the word trauma while I was reading this information online). More like a built-in defense mechanism, the plant tries to bloom under unfavorable conditions. I had to uproot the greens and gave it to the chickens. I will try again after the ground dries up from the recent rain. Hopefully next time the plants will do better.
May 11th, 2013
When the husband and I talk about the things we would like to do should money is not an issue, his priority is to go to a resort “in the mountains” where there is a luxury spa so he can get all the pampering he needs. I asked why the mountains because he always has been a beach person and he said because it is mostly where a person can find such place. I do not have any idea so I just said that supposing we do have the money and he decides to go, the kids and I will tag along. He looked at me like I should not have thought otherwise. Well, I did not know if he wanted us with him, lol. Truth be told, I don’t think he can have peace and quite with the kids and I around but he said he likes that kind of un-peace (if the word even exists). He said the place we will be going should have amenities for the kids as well or he won’t be going there at all. I do not know if Wisconsin will qualify as “the mountains” but I remember that conversation when I chanced on the best wisconsin dells resort page while browsing online. It sure looks like there are fun things to do there and there is a water park (there could be more) and I have read about luxury spa which would make the husband drool when he knows it. It is not that far from where we live either. Now we have one definite place to check out, and possibly stay if we like it. We just need the money to do it.
May 8th, 2013
My late grandfather used to tell us that rain is a blessing. It is good for the plants and it is good for humans (and animals) as well, he said. He told us to never whine or complain about rain when it comes, be happy instead because that means we are being blessed. It was not easy to understand his logic when he was talking to several kids who were all under eight, whose game of hide seek was interrupted because of the rain. But as we grew older, my cousins and I have come to appreciate rain. Oh, there were times that we whine about not being able to go somewhere because it sometimes flood when it rains where we grew up, but that meant being able to go outside and play with other kids. There are games children can play when it is pouring rain outside, and my cousins and I did just that. We played in the rain as kids, and even when some people might think we were “too old” to do it. We had fun. We remember the old times. We remember our grandfather and his talks about blessings and being grateful. And as I look at my garden with the plants growing beautifully after it rains, I am thankful. And yes, it reminds me of my grandfather and my childhood. Thank You, for the rain.
April 16th, 2013
I have been wanting a swimming pool for the kids since it started getting warm during the days. I think that it will be good for them to swim the warm days away instead of just playing in the yard getting all hot and sweaty. The husband thinks we need to get a swing set. He said once the swing set is in place, it should not need any upkeep unlike a pool where it has to be cleaned daily then the we have to worry about parts wearing out and replacing them. He said he would rather sit and watch the kids play than worry about where to get an intellichlor salt cell, if ever. He is a bit ahead because he has not even said yes to a pool yet, lol. I do understand his concern because I do not know anything about pools but putting water on and getting in it. We can get something that is cheap and easy to maintain but I will have to look for that. I do not want a kiddie pool where the water only gets up to my knees because I want to be in the pool with the kids. I guess I better start looking because summer will be here before long, and hope that he will change his mind and say yes.
April 14th, 2013
Don’t they all look beautiful? This is the reason why I wanted colored chicken, because I want variety when I look at them. It has been four weeks when we bought the chicks and here they are all grown. It may take a while before the hens (if we have any) lay eggs but we can wait. I have been feeding them most days and keeping the coop clean. They look so precious and they remind me of my parents house in Leyte, only their chicken were left to wander outside and will only come home during mealtime and to perch on the trees around their house at night. I am happy we decided to try to raise chicken this year.