Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Overhauled!

That's what happened with this blog. It seems the host for the personalized blog template I used to have expired. I checked one day and voila...I couldn't read anything on it because it was plastered with this:


Since I am not very active with my blogging anymore I just let it stay that way for a few weeks. I was hoping that it will go back to normal when the new month starts. Well, it didn't. I asked a blogger friend who is very knowledgeable with blogging and is still actively blogging what to do and she advised that I could just change the template and use the free ones so I did. I chose one of the free ones here and that's it. The little I know about templates, HTML, etc is almost non-existent but I'm glad I was able to navigate through the settings and changed the template.

Another blogger friend posted something about this as well and it's only there that I found out that this 3rd party hosting is now charging a lot to use their service. It used to be free to use them. I believe they're now charging around 50 bucks a month to about 500 bucks a year. What???????? Ummm...I don't think so. Blogging used to be a good source of income but not anymore. Even during that time I didn't make that much money. I think the biggest amount I made in blogging in a year was about 500 bucks...and that was at the peak of the blogging craze. I had other jobs and blogging was just something extra for me. Oh well. I still pay for my domain but I'm not paying anymore than that to maintain this blog. If that fee for my domain reaches a certain amount I'm no longer willing to pay I will switch to a free hosting available.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Digging

Browsing is probably more like it.

My blogging has been so sporadic in the past 2, maybe 3, 4...5...years and digging through my old posts here makes me wish I blog more. I used to have multiple entries in a day. At the peak of it my blogging frenzy I had as many as 129 posts in a month. That's an average of about 4 posts a day. Ha? So what happened? Life happened I guess...and laziness got in the way as well. But just like anything, blogging somehow lost its appeal to me. I still blog but not nearly as much as I used to. But that's okay since I still come back here every now and then.

Anyway, life has been going okay around here. Nothing that exciting. I actually feel like we're due for a vacation. The little one and I were just talking about it a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned to her that I really want to go somewhere but have no idea where. Part of me wants to visit home but part of me only wants to stay here. I'm always torn like that. The excitement of seeing family and old friends is always there but that only lasts for so long. After a few days of catching up, I just want to come back here already. But since the travel time takes almost a day, it is such a waste to just stay there for a week or two...that and the costly fare considered. How I wish that we only live a couple of hours away then I or we can visit everytime the desire of seeing loved ones hit me...but such is not the case. I've learned to live with it but I'm only human so I can't help but feel the way I do.

Our weekends are pretty much spent at home now because of the hot weather...and it's not even summer yet. We had a very mild winter but I don't think summer will be mild as well. We still have comfortable temps in the early evening so we can still stay and unwind in the back porch. I'm sure those are about to stop now that it's starting to get hotter and a wee bit muggy. So then we wait for the fall season, eh?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Biking and Hiking

My family and I have really simple ways to bond and spend quality time together. We don't have to go out of town or go to expensive amusements parks to amuse us or have fun. We're happy biking either around the neighborhood or in a park near here. Another thing we like to do is hiking. We've only gone hiking a few times and the first time we did it, we weren't quite prepared. We were not wearing the correct clothes and we didn't do the necessary precautions like putting on insect repellant and such. As a result, we got bitten by a few insects while we were on what we thought was a harmless hike. Anyway, we learned our lesson after that experience. We now have all the repellants we need and we make sure to use them everytime we go somewhere we know have a lot of trees/plants and/or wild animals.

While looking for the repellants, we also looked for poison ivy treatment at www.buyrhustox.com because we never know if there are poison ivy lurking in those parks we go to as well. I think my husband pointed one to me in one of our walks but it was not along the path that hikers take. It was a few feet away but he saw it so he decided to show it to me. I don't know of anyone who got close to a poison ivy but my husband said that it can really get bad. That's enough for me to make me buy the treatment because like I said, we just never know when or where we might encounter this type of plant. It's better to safe than sorry, right?

Friday, May 5, 2017

In Full Bloom...






Simple joys.

This gardenia is a gift from a dear friend a couple of years ago. It had flowers last year but not this many. I didn't expect it to last for as long as it has because I have a black thumb...I think anyway. It came in a smaller pot so I had to transplant it. I was debating whether I should transplant it directly on to the ground or to a bigger pot. I chose the latter, obviously. I was scared to transplant it on the ground because our last gardenia perished after a couple of years after we moved it to the ground. I don't know why but plants on some part of our yard just don't survive. Anyway, the gardenia is thriving in its pot so I'm not moving it anywhere. It had a bunch of flowers that started to bloom at the end of April.  It's been a pleasure watching it have so many blooms in a span of 1 week. My little one and I took turns in taking pictures everyday. We get so excited everytime a new bud turns into a flower. The last picture was taken on the 3rd of May and it seems that that's the most flowers we'd see on it for this season. There are only a few buds left so I'm a little sad. I hope that it will have as many flowers next spring.

Yep, simple joys...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Used vs New

The place where our little is taking her piano lesson is also a music store. They have almost all of the musical instruments except for a piano. I think most of their instruments are also used because a lot of them look vintage. They're in good condition though. Last weekend I went around the store to see the different instruments and how much they cost. The first things I checked were the guitars. I saw a lot of different makers like Yamaha and Fender. I must say the prices are not very appealing to me because they're still a bit expensive considering they're used instruments. When I got home I decided to check online and saw that a brand new squier at musiciansfriend.com is cheaper than the used ones in that music store. I'm not sure if the store has a squier but I will definitely look when we got there this weekend.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Always Grateful

Our little one just celebrated a birthday. True to our nature we didn't have any big celebration. She just wanted to eat at her favorite restaurant and we did but on a different date because her birthday itself was on a weekday. We went the weekend before. Aside from that dinner there's only one other thing she wanted. Instead of a cake she wanted to bake brownies...so we did. We had fun baking her birthday brownie but we had a lot more fun when she decided that she wanted to form a pyramid using squares of brownies. The brownie was gooey inside so we had a hard time cutting it in perfect squares. We were cracking up as we were trying to form the pyramid using the uneven brownie squares. She really had a ball while we were trying to figure out how to go about building her pyramid but we did it. We put one candle on top of it so she had something to blow after her happy birthday song.

One of the things we did a couple of weeks before her birthday was enroll her to a piano class. It has nothing to do with her birthday though but there's a reason behind why we decided to do that. She has this keyboard sitting in her bedroom for about 6 years. She never really showed any interest in learning how to play it so we decided to just put it away and stash it in her closet. A couple of months ago she had a dream...a few of them actually. In her dream she could play the piano/keyboard quite well. She said the dreams felt really real that she'd wake up disappointed that she actually couldn't play the piano. So we asked her if she wants to learn and without hesitation she said yes. She's so happy with us enrolling her to piano lessons that she calls it her best birthday present ever. It wasn't really a birthday present but she's always been like that. Everything that we do for her, she considers it a gift. She always expresses how grateful she is for everything no matter how small or big it is...and for that I'm happy because it shows that she appreciates the things we do for her.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Perfect Gift

I've been racking my brain as to what to give our little one for her upcoming birthday. She's not much help because she really doesn't one anything but a brownie cake for her birthday....and to eat in her favorite restaurant. But I still feel like I want to get her something. Then I learned that Guitar Center has, zoom h2n at a great price! It's a recorder that she can use making her little movies in her little gadget. As it is right now she's only using the recorder on her gadget and the quality is really poor. With this little recorder I'm pretty sure her 'movies' will have better quality audio. I can't wait for her to get it and use it. She'll definitely love it.

Overhauled!

That's what happened with this blog. It seems the host for the personalized blog template I used to have expired. I checked one day and ...