Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Season of Giving

Yep, it's that time of the year again when we tend to give more than usual. Majority of the gifts have been given away already but there are still some that are still waiting to be handed out. I still have a couple of gifts to send to my family back home but there's no rush because it's a 2 in 1 gift for my brother and also for my sister. For my musically inclined brother, I might just send him a gift card for an online store so he can get all the hot licks products he wants and needs for his band gigs. Originally, I wanted to get him some hot licks guitar DVDs but I'm not sure which ones he wants so I decided to just send him some 'funds' so he can buy the ones he actually needs. For my sister, I still haven't made up my mind if I'll get her a gift or just give her the money so she can get whatever she wants as well. I have about a month still to make a decision so there's still time....I think.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Chill in the A-I-R....

...and guess what? I'm wearing a sweater! HA! I'm sure my husband would be laughing his head off if he sees me wearing a sweater now...but I care not.

Anyhoo...it's been a pleasant couple of days around here. I think Fall received the memo already that it should be here by now and to stop procrastinating. Per our weather people on TV, highest this week will be in the mid-80s while lowest is in the low 60s. I know somebody will be the happiest because of this...his name starts with 'hus' and ends with 'band'.

Incidentally, today is also Columbus Day on this side of the world. It's considered a national holiday which means federal offices are closed. With that being said, we don't normally observe regular holidays here in our household. We usually do our normal stuff on days like today. I work from home, husband has his own small business while the little one is homeschooled. We schedule our own holidays. That means we can take off anytime we want but we don't. We normally do it when husband's schedule is not that busy. I'm glad that we have this kind of set-up because we can dictate our own schedule. I'm just glad that we can do it this way and frankly speaking I would not have it any other way.

Anyway, the weekend went by fast...as usual. We stayed home for the most part. We only went out to go to the store then headed back home right after. That's us. We normally don't plan our weekends. If we do, it's usually last minute. Actually a lot of our plans are last minute. To us it's more fun that way. Spur of the moment. For one, I hate that feeling of disappointment when a plan we're working on just falls through so I would rather not plan to avoid that. I tend to overthink about it [a plan] as well so most of the time it takes the fun out of it. So yeah, I'd go with a spur of the moment trip over a planned one anytime. How about you?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Let There be Lights....

I think my husband has a fascination with lights. He keeps replacing the ones we have here at home. Well, he actually wants to replace every single one of them with LED. He said it will save us money in the long run so I just let him do his thing. It seems that he's not only doing it at home because I just saw him checking www.warehouselighting.com this morning. It seems he's also planning in replacing the lights in their shop. I've been to their shop several times and I know they have a lot of lights there so changing all of those regular lights into LEDs will save them a lot of dough I'm sure. Hopefully he'll find the ones he's looking for.

Hurricane Matthew

The last time I posted about a weather disturbance here was a few months ago when TS Colin swung by. What can I say...but the coverage for Colin's 'arrival' at that time was over the top. I don't know if that's the norm now when it comes to these kinds of things but I know it is...haha. It seems that when some kind of a weather disturbance is in the horizon the weather people just overdo it.

Now comes Matthew. Well, he already came a couple of days ago. It seems Matthew made worldwide news because even my friends I haven't heard from in months emailed asking how we are doing. Well appreciated of course but I just wish they didn't have to worry about nothing. I even read in the news that a well known TV anchor went as far as saying that people will die if they don't evacuate. What? I know that a hurricane can be devastating but to go on TV saying that can just create unnecessary stress and panic...and panic they did unfortunately. Some hotels raised their rates 3x more than the regular rate. I even saw in the news that a gas station was charging 9 dollars a gallon. That's just unacceptable. Yep, price gorging at its best. Bread and water ran out in a lot of stores.

Anyway, Matthew didn't wreak havoc in our neck of the woods. Maybe just a little.

Electric Guitar

My friend's son is into playing different instruments at the moment. I remember my friend kind of forcing him to learn to play the piano when he was still very young, That's her instrument of choice but that didn't go very far because he's more interested in other instruments like the drums and electric guitar. My friend already got him a set of drum when he was younger and he now plays it with his band. He's now asking for a custom prs s2 electric guitar for his upcoming birthday. His birthday is still a few months away so my friend is doing her research as to what kind of an electric guitar she should get him. I'm trying to help her by sending her the links of different electric guitar I find online as well as some recommendations from my musician brother who knows a thing or two when it comes to electric guitar because that his instrument of choice. I just wish that one day, I'll be able to actually hear her son play both the drums and guitar in person. Maybe one day.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall's a Fallin'?

It's technically Fall already...for about 2 weeks now actually. Technically only because it still feels like summer here right now. Temps are still very much in the 90s almost everyday but it's not as scorching. Thus we were able to go out a couple of weeks ago to visit a 'nature park' about an hour and a half from here.

The park was a great discovery for us. Hubby was not really looking at this particular park to visit. He was looking at another attraction around the area which was suggested by someone he met in court when he was called in for a jury duty a few weeks ago. The Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens caught his attention when he visited the site of the other attraction ~ a cave I think. Anyway, we decided to visit the garden instead of visiting the cave. We may still go and see the cave one day but I'm glad we went to the garden first.

This park was an abandoned quarry. A dentist bought it and slowly worked on it for the past 23 years [still ongoing actually] to build the park known as Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens now. We actually met him while we were strolling as he was working on a pathway in the Japanese Garden. Anyway, he donated the park to the county [or is it City?] but he still lives in the vicinity of the park. We even passed through his back porch to get to the other areas of the park. While walking around the park, we couldn't help but wish that we also live there.

It only opened to the public in 2014 so it's not that popular yet but by word of mouth, I'm sure it will be packed sooner or later. Hubby was probably the happiest because he took about a thousand pictures while we were there. We would have stayed longer if we only knew that we can have a picnic right there. As it is the park is so new that there's not a single vending machine there. We have to bring a picnic basket with us if we want to eat there. Oh well...maybe next time.

Here are a few pictures we took. These are the things that the owner/creator of the park sees when he looks out his window or from his porch.

Now....who wouldn't want to wake up to that everyday???

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bass Player

I've had several postings here in my blog about my brother who is in a band. With that being said, I didn't know that plays bass guitar. How did I found out? He posted a video of him playing bass. I must say he's got potential. I was trying to see if the guitar he's using is a prs bass guitar but the video is a bit grainy so I couldn't get a good look at it. Whatever brand it is, he's still slaying it. I have not seen him play in person but I'm hoping that I'll get the chance one day. He doesn't really play during family get-together so I would have to catch him with his band during one of their stints. I'm hoping that will be sooner than later.

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 to 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.