Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Irony of It...

While the little one and I were having breakfast this morning she couldn't help herself and said that because of the 'grey hair' I have as well as the wrinkles and brown spots on my face, I almost look like a grandma already. Can you say OUCH? I could have said ouch but I didn't. I didn't get mad either or offended. I've long embraced my grey hair. I can easily go to a saloon and have it dyed but I choose not to...for now anyway. As for the wrinkles, they don't bother me at all. The brown spots...they've been there since forever so I'm used to them already.

So what was my 'comeback' to my very honest daughter? I just told her that those things don't really bother me. That I'm glad I'm getting old because the alternative to that is being dead. Ain't that the truth? It's kind of funny actually that she decided to tell me that this morning because lately I've been thinking a lot about getting old and all that came with it.  I stumbled upon this post on my friend's FB wall a few days ago and it says: Getting old is a privilege denied to many. Indeed. The thing is we try to survive for as long as we can so we CAN get old, right? Then what do others do when age starts showing? They try to look younger than their age. To me that's the irony of it all. Whether we like it or not our body will show signs of age. We just have to accept that that's the way it is. Of course we should also make sure that we take care of ourselves so we won't look older than we should. What I don't understand are those that go the extremes to 'freeze time' that their faces actually look just that...frozen. Oh well. I guess it's because they have the means to do it. I just don't see myself doing that even if I have the millions to do it.

I am hoping our little one won't grow thinking that physical beauty is all that matters. She's at that stage where she's very conscious of her physical appearance. We all go through that phase of course and we're hoping she'll pull through gracefully. I'm sure she will.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pets in the Future?

We don't have pets. But a few of our friends and family members do. The little one is always thrilled whenever we visit hubby's brother because they have 2 dogs that she really likes. They're no lap dogs though so I'm always on edge when she plays with them because they're much larger than her. I think one of them is almost twice her weight. Anyway, she's been asking when she can have a pet. The answer right now from us, especially Dad, is a no. But I can actually see us giving in sooner than later. This is why I keep track of sites like entirelypets.com just in case that day comes. I'm sure I will be visiting this site more often than not considering I'm an online shopper. The only question right now is when...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ATGIF....

It's almost here...yay!

I've been in and out of here trying to compose something but I've been unsuccessful. Hopefully I'll be able to finish this one. Things have a bit busy around here but we're surviving. Hubby's still very busy at work while I was also busy preparing some paper works for a job prospect as well as for passport renewal. The documents for the job were sent in late last week while we went to have the passport renewal/application yesterday. Something happened during the application yesterday which rubbed me the wrong. I'm still thinking if I should post about it or not. I actually wrote something about it earlier but decided to delete it. Maybe I'll write about one day.

Anyway, aside from job related stuff there was also some family-related happening. Hubby's older brother had a heart attack and he's only 50. It was something unexpected because he's an active person and doesn't have any excess weight. So what gives? His food choices and his smoking habit. A couple of years ago he was diagnosed with high cholesterol. He said that they're eating healthier now. Apparently not. It turns out that 2 of his arteries are 100% blocked. They were able to put a stent in one of them but not on the other one. He's okay now but it was a big wake up call to them. The husband and wife quit smoking cold turkey. Hopefully they'll be able to keep it up. We visited them last weekend and he looks great for someone who just had a heart attack days ago. You just never know what can happen to you in a blink of an eye.

Yay I finished a post. Boom!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Looking to Invest

After a few years of no communications I was finally able to get in touch with an older cousin who now lives comfortably somewhere in Europe. She actually first resided here in the US but married a European so she decided to move there. She's much older than me and she and her husband are close to retiring already. She learned that I live in the sunshine state so she tried to find a way to contact me because they want to find something to invest in here in my neck of the woods, well, sort of. She wants something down south actually. I am now about to her this site for miami condos to see if this is what she's looking for. She told me they want to something they can go to for vacations so I'm thinking that a condo will be perfect for them. I'm trying to convince her to get something closer to me but I can't really press it because we are also thinking of moving somewhere else in the future. When I say somewhere, I mean far, far away from here.

Friday, March 28, 2014

First [Full] Week of Spring

And guess what? It doesn't feel like it's spring on some of the days especially on Wednesday because the temperature went as low as the high 30s in some counties here. Yep, it was winter for a day again. The cold weather is then followed by rain and more rain. I heard that we have a 70% chance of rain tomorrow. Good thing we have no plans to go anywhere because the man of the house is busy. I will also be busy doing my usual weekend chores. My original plan for this weekend is to do some weeding on our front flower beds but because of the rain forecast I don't think that's going to be a good idea. Our little daisy gas started to have a few flowers and I want to clean around it so it doesn't look so pathetic surrounded with weeds.

Out back hubby discovered that the Iris that he planted a year ago has started to have flowers, too. The only problem is the flowers don't stay long enough for me to see them so I've been checking it daily and today I got lucky. There are two flowers in bloom. They're not as pretty as the gardenia or the hydrangea but after seeing nothing but weeds during the winter, any flower is a sight to behold doncha think? Anyway, I took a snap of it just for souvenir so I know when it blooms...more or less.


We're planning in overhauling the flower bed this spring...if my 'personal gardener' can find the time anyway. I'm hoping we can plant some new pretty flowers on it when it happens. In the meantime I'll just satisfy my longing for pretty flowers by looking for some random ones that grow in our yard. Good plan, yes?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring it ON!

Ka-Bloom!!!!!!!!!!!!

Those were only 2 of the things I saw on a show this morning. It looks like a lot of people are super excited to get rid of winter. Who wouldn't be when it's a particularly mean winter, eh? Technically though Spring does not happen until around 12:57 EST. Ha! Oh well. What's a few hours eh?

Spring has actually sprung in our neck of the wood days ago. The weather has been very nice except for a day when it rained a lot. In fairness the weather people around here had that rain the forecast so it was expected. But after that rainy day on Monday, it's back to gorgeous weather again. "Rainy Day on Monday"?? Hmm...doesn't that sound like the title of a Carpenter song? One of my all time fave song actually....Rainy Days and Mondays.

Anyhooo...here are some photos taken showing how early Spring came here....2 of them were taken during our weekend bike rides at the park.




 
This last picture was taken in front of our humble abode. It's our polonia tree sans its leaves and with only flowers on it. It's actually quite a beautiful sight.



Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Wash Out!

What a way to welcome the week....wet! It's also St. Patrick's Day so it's a bummer for those who are celebrating today. It's expected though because it's been in the news since last week that there's a great chance it's going to be a wash out today.

The weekend weather though is the exact opposite of today's weather. To describe it in one word...it was PERFECT on both days. The temperature stayed mostly in the mid 70s to the lower 80s. On Sunday we granted the little one's wish which was to go back to the park's bike trail and have a picnic in one of the tables along the trail. We left the house right around lunch time. We went around the bike trail one time then sat on one of the picnic benches to have our PB&J sandwiches. Yep, just PB&J and she's in heaven even if she eats that kind of a sandwich at least once during the week. After our 'sumptuous lunch I just sat around while she drew. Dad on the other hand decided to go for another ride on his bike. When he got back, the father/daughter tandem decided to go on a hike. I was left alone by the picnic area to man our beloved trikes.

After about 3 hours in the park, we decided to head home to drop off the bikes. We then headed out again to check a newly opened Sears outlet in the area. Nothing cam out of that visit because there was nothing in that store that we like so we just decided to walk around the strip. After that short walk we headed to dinner. After 'pigging' out we drove back home already. I was so stuffed from dinner that I had a hard time falling asleep. Shame. shame. shame. Oh well I guess I just have to keep on walking on the machine to get rid of all that calories I put in my body in that one sitting.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Biking in the Park

More than 2 years ago we got tricycles for each of us. The plan was for us to go biking around the neighborhood when the weather is good. Well, we've done that a grand total of....drum rolls please....once! It's mostly my fault because after that first [and only] time I decided I don't feel safe biking on the road even if it's on a rural area like ours. I kept looking over my shoulder thinking there's a car coming up behind me. It wasn't a very nice experience so to speak so I didn't want to do it like that again. And if I don't want to go, then they won't go...'they' meaning my 'assistants' here. Tee hee. I told the husband that I would rather bike on a bike trail even if we have to drive to get to it.

Anyway, in one of our unplanned escapades [aka driving to nowhere trips] we stumbled upon a nature park and went on a short hike in there. What do you know...there is a bike trail in that park. So we made plans to come back with our bike. I was up for it of course because it's a bike trail so there's no need for me to worry about cars coming up behind us. That plan finally materialized last weekend. The weather was perfect and we had nothing else planned...as usual. Ha! The trikes have been loaded on the trailer for weeks now so all that hubby had to do was hitch it to the car and off we went.

Just like the last time we were there, there were not a lot of people so it was perfect...no bike traffic on the trail...LOL. We only saw a couple of other bikers. One of them kept passing us by because we were going pretty slow. We were also stopping everytime we see a picture worthy moment. Toink! We went around the loop two times before the little one has had enough. Hubby said next time he'd leave us behind the trail so he can get the exercise he needs. I said...woo hoo! He was actually biking around us going 'beep-beep' everytime because we were like crawling on the trail. Oh well....it was all for fun to me and I had no intention of sweating it out because I exercise every single day anyway.

Here are a couple of pics of our bike adventure. Yep, we took a bunch of pictures alright.




This 'scene' is something that captured the little one's eye. She said that next time we go back there she will bring her drawing pad with her so she can draw it. Good idea, yes?

Oh and she wants to have a picnic in the park as well. Yep, we have to do that ASAP. Maybe as soon as this coming weekend.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Springing Forward....

How about 'slipping backwards? It will take a few days before I get used to it but this spring forward has always been a pain to me. I already had the first slip-up when I woke up late this morning. That of course resulted in me not being able to do my morning routine on the tread climber. But that's okay because we were to do a little bit of biking yesterday in the park. Anyway, I'm not sure if it's because of this time change also but I also wasn't able to sleep well last night. I was in and out of lala land and it sure didn't feel good. Ugh!

Needless to say, my Monday isn't turning out the best. One question....

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Birthday Card...

The man of the house had a birthday not too long ago. The staple gift is of course a card. I ordered the cards online and had them sent here instead of sending them at the birthday boy's place of work.  Why? Because the little one wanted to add her personal touch to her card for Dad. The result I must say made the Dad's birthday.

This is the front of the card...


 
 
...and this is the inside of the card...




This is her 'personal' touch to it...