Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Catching a Cold...

..in SUMMER?

I guess it happens because it just happened to me last week. The only mystery is where I got it from. I haven't been out in public for about 2 weeks, weekends included so the only way for the cold virus to have gotten into my system is through the mail that I get from the mailbox or from a visitor that dropped by over the weekend. That's it. Nevertheless, I was able to put a halt on it by taking the ever dependable Alkazeltser. This medicine just does wonders for us in this household. The moment I feel like I'm about to come down with the cold I start taking it and voila....the cold just stops on its tracks. Even if I hate the taste of the concoction, I just take it because I don't want the cold and the possible cough that may come after it. Also, I don't want to spread it around which happens almost all the time in this household. Hopefully no one caught it from me.

It's been scorching hot in our neck of the weeds. That's basically the reason why we choose to stay indoors since the month started. There are a few rain showers here and there but it doesn't really do much good as far as the hot temperature is concerned. It's just the way it is around here. It may be raining but the temperature will still be in the 90s believe it or not. Well at least the plants/grass get a much needed hydration when it rains.

And because of this very hot weather, our lives have been, dare I say...boring? We choose to stay at home instead of braving the heat even on the weekends. We actually planned to go out last weekend but because I wasn't feeling well we decided to just order in. Hopefully we'll be able to out this coming weekend. Where to go is a big question right now.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Missed it...

Lately, I've been seeing my brother post a lot of videos of him playing his guitar. I've never actually seen him play the guitar in person because when he started getting serious about it I was already thousands of miles away from home. I would only see pictures of him and his band when they had some local gigs but that was about it. But a few weeks ago I finally heard him play on a video he posted on his FB account. I'm not sure if the guitar he's using is one of the jackson guitars woodwinds brasswinds but it definitely sounds like a professional guitar and my brother slayed it I must say. Because of all the videos he's been posting and because of a video I saw of a song I really like, I decided to take out my own guitar from its dusty case. I just thought I could try and learn how to play the song I've been wanting to learn for months [years, maybe?] now. But guess what? Because it's been months since I played my guitar it's out of tune. Ugh! So before I could play it, I had to tune it first....which is very hard for me to. Oh well. Hopefully I'll be able to do it this weekend...if I still have that urge to learn the song.

Still Going....


..dare I say...strong! We have the usual ups and downs but we managed to pull it through. We still have a long way to go but I'm definitely thankful that we're in it together...for the long[er] haul I must add.

I have not been blogging much but I just thought I'd somehow acknowledge the day since it's something I'm very proud about...considering the circumstances of how we met and how fast things happened after we 'met'. I'm now ready for our 'skeptics' to say they're wrong. C'mon, say it! Tee hee....Nah...it doesn't matter. What matters is we made it this far.

Monday, June 13, 2016

My Brother and his Music

Everytime I get the chance to talk with my brother it seems like we always end up talking about his love for music. He wasn't much into music when he was younger but as soon as he entered adulthood, it seems that's all he wanted to do. He even formed what we call a 'backyard' band. It's he and his friends jamming in the backyard for fun. Their band even played some gigs way back when but life got in the way, i.e. jobs and families, so they disbanded. But music runs through his veins so he still plays and sometimes composes. He even asked me to check on pro tools m-powered software that he plans in getting sometime in the near future. I guess that's how you do music now, using a software. I have yet to check it but I'm sure it's something he has researched a lot about because he was talking quite a bit about it. I'm glad he's into music and not in any other vices. At least I don't have to worry about him getting hooked into some unwanted elements.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Oh Colin...

We had the first TS this week. Not Taylor Swift...it's actually 'Colin'...and it's the first a 'thunderstorm' of the hurricane season of 2016. Fortunately there were no thunders or storms that came our way just s little bit of rain, off and on yesterday. Needless to say the over the top coverage of 'Colin' was, um, over the top. I guess we can't blame them for overdoing the coverage and warning. As the saying goes...it's better to be safe than sorry. Right now it's a little bit windy outside but it's all clear...blue sky and sunny. I haven't heard or read that Colin did any major damage. I don't think it did but I'm sure there are isolated cases like the one boathouse that sank in a marina somewhere. The owner said he lost everything but the clothes on his back. He and his mother had to be rescued from their boathouse though. Now, that's something I didn't quite get. Why didn't they evacuate their boathouse? I believe I would have moved somewhere safer if I was in the situation. Oh well it's a personal decision for them to stay so...

The warning for Colin started well before the weekend. The forecast in and around our area was 8 inches of rain. I don't think we got a quarter of an inch. Still hubby heeded the warning and cleaned the gutters. At least he doesn't have to worry about them the next time a TS drops by. Still he kept wondering where the rain was as the day progressed on Sunday and yesterday. Me? I'm just glad it wasn't as bad as predicted.

Because of Colin and the rain prediction, we weren't able to do much this past weekend. Normally we would make plans to at least visit the pine property and just hang around there. The husband likes going there because it gives him a chance to do some mental planning on what he wants to do with it. While he goes around the property planning, marking, measuring, etc,, the little one and I either play badminton, read, or just walk around the place with him. After an hour or two of that, we would usually eat somewhere before heading home. We also go biking on some weekends either around here in the neighborhood or at a park. That's usually how we usually spend our weekend. Simple and relaxing...and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Celebrating Mothers [and Fathers]

This past weekend was Mother's Day. In a few weeks, it will be Father's Day. Just like any other 'occasion' I wasn't expecting any kind of present at all on this day. Our little one is very thoughtful. She doesn't wait for any occasion to show how much she cares about us but she also makes a big deal [in her own way] out of any occasion...mother's day included. Every year she has something for me. This year she gave me 2 cards. One is store-bought which she handed me first. It's a very I think she got a kick out of it more than me...haha. The second card is a priceless one because it's her creation. She drew all of her original characters on it and I love it. But if there's one gift that I will always be thankful for on Mother's Day is her. She's the greatest blessing I have received in my life and as long as she's well, I will never want any other present for any occasion...and she knows that too.

Anyway, I get a bit sentimental, emotional, nostalgic whenever Mother's Day and Father's Day come rolling in. That's probably because I no longer have them with me. Sometimes I can't help but wish they're still around now. How life would be like for them now that we, their children, can now give them almost anything their hearts desire. But such is life. I'm just glad that I was able to do everything I could for them when they were still around.

Facebook was filled with tributes for mothers last Sunday. I'm sure the same will happen on Father's Day next month. I came across a lot of posts of praises for this wonderful person we call Mom. I just hope that it's not all empty-words [is there such a thing]. It's very easy to praise someone on his/her special day. To me what matters most is how you treat that person on a day to day basis. Yes it's good to acknowledge that person on his/her special day but it's more important to do that on regular days. Sadly that is not the case for a lot of people....and I know quite a few unfortunately. How I wish I can tell each one of them how I feel and ask them to show their appreciation not just in words but in action as well...not just on Mother's Day or Father's Day but everyday.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Surinam Cherry

Also called 'Brazilian cherry'. We got the bush about 4 [maybe 3] years ago. Hubby planted it on the corner of our property and it grew relatively fast. It doesn't need any kind of maintenance but the husband decided to trim once a year and it grows right back. Here it is now...


I think it started bearing some fruits a year after we planted it. Today, it's full of fruits. I think it has fruit year-round but it bears more during this time of the year. I eat some off of the tree itself but I'm the only one that do so. The little one is not a big fan and the husband says it hurts his teeth. Our neighbor likes them but she can only eat so many [like me] so most of them fall on the ground. These are the fruits up close...


They're very juicy. The taste ranges from sweet to tart to very tart. Sometimes there's a little bit of a bitter taste as well and that's because of the skin I think. I can only eat about 6 or 7 at a time especially if I get the tart ones. Today, I decided to sprinkle them with salt and it helped a little with the tartness. I just wish I can think of ways to use them so they don't go to waste.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tools

My husband knows a lot about tools. That's probably because he has every tool [well, almost] one can get. He was very surprised when we were in the Philippines upon learning that there was no screw driver just laying around. Ha! When I sent a box for my family after that trip, he made a point to put a big box of tools in it. Anyway, I said he has almost 'all' tools because there's one type of tools that he certainly doesn't have: music tools. I mean tools that involve musical instruments. I guess it's safe to say that my family has more when it comes to that. As a matter of fact I am currently checking out guitarcenter.com pro tools because my youngest nephew just requested me to look for something for his guitar. He just graduated from grade school and I told him it will be my gift for him. He just started playing not too long ago and his father, my brother, can't be any happier because he's been encouraging him to play for a couple of years now. It seems the guitar is the instrument of choice in my family. A lot of us can play the guitar. I just wish I can play it a lot better.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Favorite Destination



This has been our favorite destination for the past couple of months now. If before we didn't know where to go on the weekends we don't have any appointments, now we do...this place. It's about an hour drive from our place but it's a pleasant drive so we don't mind the trip at all. Sometimes we'd pack a picnic basket/cooler so we have something to munch on in case we get hungry before we could head out to restaurant.

As you can see there's really nothing much to see here but the pine trees. It would have been a bonus if there's water around but it's okay because we're perfectly happy just the way it is. We can actually sit here for hours just taking it all in. Yep, nature at its best. Now if only there's a bird bath here, it'll be perfection to us. Maybe one day.

Good Quality Headphones

Our little one goes through headphones rather fast. We got headphones at the same time last year. Mine are still working, hers had to be replaced a few weeks later. I think she's gone through 4 or 5 already since that time. Not quite sure what she's doing with them but they're not the pricey headphones so we don't really sweat it out whenever she breaks them. Maybe it's time we get her something like the bose quietcomfort 15 and see if they will last her longer. Her birthday is coming up and a pair of good quality headphones will be a good present for her. Ha! Now that's an idea.