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.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Summer Forward

The only time I'm reminded that it's Spring already is because of the so-called 'spring forward'. For those not familiar with 'spring forward', it's when we adjust our clocks an hour ahead thus resulting in a lost hour so to speak. It's part of the daylight savings time that I really don't understand, well I do, I just don't get why it has to be done. Anyway, that happened about a month ago. I'm now adjusted to it but where did Spring go? It's still spring technically but the temps we have are very much summer like temps now. It seems Spring sprung too much that it skipped us altogether. Oh well.

Since Spring skipped us, we may not be able to bike around the neighborhood because it's too hot to do that now. We can still do that but we may have to do it in the park instead. We have no summer plans in place but it doesn't mean anything. We like to do spur of the moment trips/stuff. One time we just decided to drive for 8 hours to visit a place and stayed there for the weekend. Who knows we might do that again. I'm not really big on trips but I'm fine with it if our not so little one wants to do it. Usually we just drive and see where it takes us. The husband likes doing that and it's fun since we get to discover some things close by that we can visit in the future. It is in one of our 'driving around' that we stumbled upon a very nice park that we really love. We haven't been back yet but we may just go back soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Unused Keyboard

When the little one was about 8 she asked 'Santa' for a keyboard for Christmas. It was one of the many items in her list and she knew that not all in her list will be fulfilled. Still, we, I mean Santa brought her a keyboard. Since I'm usually the one in-charge of looking for the items in her list, I started by checking out http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ since they have anything and everything music related. I'm not sure where we got the keyboard from but she was ecstatic and was excited to play it for a good couple of days. Fast forward to present time, the keyboard is still practically brand new. It's stashed in the corner of her closet for the last 6 years. But it seems it's not forgotten yet because she just brought it up in one of our conversations over the weekend. So who knows? Maybe she's dust it off and start learning on how to play it. I hope....

Monday, January 30, 2017

Winter's Here?

It feels like it anyway.

Our weather down here is so bipolar. Last week we were in the 80s, this week it's going to be in the lower 60s most days then we'll have 70s by the weekend. I think it's confused, eh? I'm used to it already...I think. Although this year it's been quite mild. Our polonia tree in front hasn't lost all its leaves yet. If I remember it correctly it should have been bald by now but I may be mistaken since my memory is no longer that reliable. Anyway I'm hoping that when March rolls in, it should look like this...


I really like this sight since everything else around here will be brown right around that time. Right now all I can see are the seed pods and some leaves that are still hanging on to dear life. As far as the our other plants/trees, they're hideous at the moment. Our flower beds are so unkempt that I barely look at them these days. Oh well. I'm hoping I'll be able to work on them in the coming weeks, at least rid them of all the dried leaves and some stubborn weeds so they're not an eyesore...but we'll see.

Anyway, the first month of the new year is almost up. Yep, it seems to have gone so fast...again. The next month will be shorter so I'm guessing it will even be faster. That's alright as long as we're having fun, eh?






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.