November 20th, 2013
I am happy to report that the calamondin (kalamansi in Filipino) plant that I have been taking care of is blooming. Yes, it is happening. I could not believe it myself when I saw the white buds because I was told the plant is not going to do anything until it reaches its third year of life which will be in two years. It happened in a cold month too so I am not very sure if it will turn into fruits. I did some research and it said that most citrus plants are self pollinating so I should not have problems with that. I am up against the weather. I could not bring the plant inside the house because I know the little girl will tear it up (she will uproot it if she can, as per experience) so I have to let it sit in the garage. There is no heat in there but at least it is not directly exposed to the element. I have not checked on my baby for a couple of days now but I will try to do it tomorrow. I sure hope it is still alive.
On to the bad news, the lone banana plant in my backyard got frosted. The beautiful green leaves turned into brown mush one day when I checked on it. The husband assured me that the trunk is still green and that it will come back in the spring. I hope he is right. He paid good money on that plant, it will be a shame if it just dies without even been used for anything. I will keep an eye out for banana plants for sale though, just in case the one we have does not make it. The funny thing is that the neighbors’ banana plants are not frosted. It seems like the frost targeted my puny banana. Oh, well. I am sure I will let you all know one way or another whether or not my banana plant makes it next spring.
November 17th, 2013
I am not big on wearing jewelry. I love to look at them and I would like to own a bunch of jewelries but I know whatever I buy (if I can even afford to buy a lot) will only end up in a box, hidden somewhere inside the closet. Just like what I do with the shoes and purses I bought, the jewelries will be taken out of the box every once in a while to be looked at. It does not make somebody here happy but it does me. So, if by chance a jewelry wholesaler happens to offer me a very good deal to buy jewelries, I would have to decline. The husband said I already have enough junk in the closet that I do not need to add more to it. He is right, of course. Lately, I have bought only the things that my family need. The wants will remain wants for a while until I can actually afford them without feeling guilty afterwards.
October 19th, 2013
I bought this banana plant from a fellow Filipina at the flea market today. I haggled at the price even if I knew it was futile. I had to try, right? Lol. The banana as you can see in the picture is already planted on the ground. I have seen neighbors with tons of banana trees in their yard and I was so close to
begging asking for a tree but the husband told me to wait. We were fortunate enough to find one so quick. I hope this tiny plant will multiply soon enough.
October 16th, 2013
A few weeks ago, I went to the mall with the purpose of buying school clothes for the little man. Guess what? I ended up shopping for myself as well. I bought shorts and swimsuits for next summer. There were a bunch of nice swimsuit pieces at very affordable price so I made sure to get a couple pairs. I was lucky to have decided to go to the store that day because it appeared that it was the same day clearance on summer clothes started. I was one of the first few people to rummage through the clearance racks. While I was busy looking and trying to decide on swimsuits, the husband asked if I was going to get a pair for my mother. He knows full well my mother will not wear a swimsuit even if her life depended on it. He said I could get her a plus size swim dress so it will not be too obvious but I still did not do it. She is liable to disown me if I give her a swimsuit, and that is not a joke. She was raised by conservative parents in a town full of conservative people where showing skin will be frowned upon. So, no, I did not get her a pair of swimsuit. I will, however, buy her a watch when I can find a good deal on it. She has been hinting she needs a watch and I think it is time to make her happy.
October 14th, 2013
When I think about the abundant garden that we left behind, I get sick to my stomach. Rows and rows of plants that I toiled over every day, chosen by me with the hopes of harvesting enough to eat and maybe give away. I did not even get to harvest much of it, save for some green tomatoes and onions. We left too soon. We do like it better here at our new home but the husband and I miss the garden. If there was only a way to bring all the plants, we would have done it. Sadly, there was no way. The husband told me that the best we can do is move on and start over. Our yard is not as big as what we used to have but it offers plenty of space for a little garden just for the husband and I’s consumption. I have started some seeds on pots a few days ago. If the seeds will sprout I will transplant those to the ground. I am going to plant some cool weather greens and see if it will work. I am so ready to tend to another garden, no matter how tiring it gets sometimes. There is nothing better than raising your own produce.
October 5th, 2013
For about two months, I was a frequent visitor at the mall. I am talking about going to the mall almost on a daily basis. Not to shop, mind you, but to walk and browse and pass the time. There was nothing else to do, see? And the mall is a much better place to go to than the beach at the heat of the summer in a place that was littered with tourists. I enjoyed those months even if it was accompanied with worries over some other important things. I was able to shop every now and then though. Mostly clothes for the kids. It was nice to be back at the mall, I used to do that when I was single. Going to the mall was a pastime for me. Even if it means just reading signs that says buy wigs here or read markdowns on items that I do not even use. It was fun. But it had to end. The trade off was better but I surely miss the malls. I have not been back in weeks! We had been super busy with a lot of things that there was no time to do anything else but sleep and eat. It is starting to get better though and so I am hoping I will have time to roam the mall albeit for just a couple hours again. I am so looking forward to that.
September 5th, 2013
Or we are on the process of moving. The husband decided he would rather spend our days on the beach instead of tending a garden so here we are on the east coast. We have talked about it for years though there was no concrete plan. We knew we wanted to go back ever since we left the beach three years ago. We just did not know when it was going to happen and how. Well, opportunity came and so we grabbed it. And, here we are, still facing uncertainties and worries but we will hang tight. We have prayed for this to happen, we hope our prayers will be granted.
August 6th, 2013
I have done nothing productive in the last few weeks. There is no routine to maintain because of the predicament we are in. There is nothing to do but wait for news each day, hoping that it will be good so we can finally move forward with our plans. It is killing me, this inactivity. I miss my own kitchen. I miss my big television which is junk now since the little girl broke the screen. I miss getting out in my yard and talking to the plants in my garden. I have given it all up because the husband and I thought that we will be better off living near the beach. I agreed with him and so here we are, homeless and there is nothing we can do about it. Not yet, anyway. It is awful. So what does a homeless person do when she is bored? She stays online, as long as she is able. I have been online a lot but I rarely update my blogs. I am just not in the mood. I do online window shopping as is the norm when I do not know what to do. I have collected a lot of items on my cart from various stores, only to be deleted when I realize there is no address to send the packages to. Well, we technically have an address but it is not ours, if you get my drift. I have seen supposed best price guitars at guitar center while I “shopped”. I have thought about buying cup noodles from Japan (this the husband actually stopped me from doing, lol). I wanted to buy swimsuits but then changed my mind thinking I might not like the item when I get it. But I broke down one night and ordered canned goods online. It got delivered two business days later which was pretty good and actually made me realize this just might work. But nah, I think I will continue to lurk online planning and plotting what to buy but not really buying at all. Until we get to our own place, then I can do whatever I want to do. Hopefully, there will be money left to spend.