Tuesday, July 29, 2014

~ A Day Out ~

On a Tuesday at that. How come? Let me tell you....ting a ling a ling a ling.....

The past few months were crazy busy at work for the man of the house. And as I always say here, I am not complaining about that. In fact I'm very thankful that he's busy because it means he has work which for some people is very hard to come by nowadays. Anyway, because of his very busy schedule I had to schedule some things around his free time. One of those things is a test I need to take for a prospective job. It would have been easier to schedule the test if I knew how long it would take for me to finish. But such is not the case. According to my contact at the testing center it will all depend on me. It can take me a couple of hours to at most 6 hours depending on my 'abilities'. So we have to set aside a full day for me to be able to take it...and today was that day.

We had to leave the house early...around 6:30 this morning because the drive to the venue is about 45 minutes, give or take a few minutes. We had to locate the place also since we've never been there so we wanted to make sure we had ample time to spare just for that. I made it to the venue with a few minutes to spare and I only waited for a few for the test officer to take me to the testing room. While he's preparing the paperwork I tried to 'extract' information from him as to how long the test can take...at least an estimate. His answer was the same as last time...it depends on your abilities. The last one that took it stayed from 8 AM till 3 PM. Yikes. Anyway, he set up the computer for me and I started the test at 8. I was ready to spend the next several hours there but it turned out that I didn't have to spend as much time as the last one that took it. I was able to finish it in less than 3 hours with breaks in-between because the computer automatically goes on a scheduled break after a number of questions. I couldn't just go back in the test also because the test officer has to input a code every after break. Without the breaks I could have finished it in about 2 hours. Anyway, I passed the test. The officer was kind of surprised that I finished that fast. Modesty aside, I wasn't. It's not that hard....haha.

So what happened to my 2 'bodyguards' while I was taking the test? They went exploring the neighborhood. We kind of planned around the idea that I will be taking the test until at least after lunch. The little one brought a lot of stuff to keep her busy while waiting for me...2 books, her Nintendo, drawing pad and pencils. She even has her 'medicine' cabinet as she calls it. She didn't really use a lot of those because they found a zoo close by the testing place. They were in the middle of the zoo tour when I called at around 11 so they had to get out of the zoo to pick me up. We then had lunch and back to the zoo we went. It's a good thing it's a bit cloudy and drizzly during that zoo walk or it would have been a very unpleasant walk because of the heat. The sun decided to show up right around the time we finished so we decided to call it a day and headed back home. The little one was very happy of our little day trip. She doesn't get a lot of those so every one we take is exciting for her.

Monday, July 21, 2014

M-U-L-C-H-E-D

Finally finished the project I started a couple of months ago...at least. Now I'm a happy [and a bit sore] camper. I finished putting the mulch this morning mainly because I don't want to give the weeds another chance to invade the flower beds again...at least for a few months anyway. I think I had to pull out weeds twice before to prepare them for the mulch. I thought hubby would have the chance to put it down but his work just wouldn't let him so I decided to do it myself a few weeks ago. So why did it take me weeks to finish 2 and a half flower beds? I was just taking my time I guess. There was no hurry so I took my time. Now that I'm done with that 'project' I'm off to continue another one that I started about 2 weeks ago...decluttering my home office.

The weather here is as unpredictable as...the weather? Last week it was raining almost everyday as predicted by the meteorologists around here. The time the rain would fall was the unpredictable part though. This week it's going to be the same story although the chances are lower...per the meteorologists report again. So far it hasn't rained today. Anyway, rain is good as long we don't get flooded of course...and as long as we don't have to be anywhere else but home.

As usual the weekend went by fast. For the first time in months, the man of the house was off for the weekend. As it's his first weekend off, all he wanted to do was stay home. Toink! The little one was hoping we could go for a bike ride in the park but it was too hot to be biking so we decided against it. She wasn't too happy about it but she understood. I asked her if she wanted to go anywhere else. Not really. She didn't even want to go shopping or go to the mall where it's cool. She just wanted to bike in the park. I think she's turning into me. Oh noooo!!!! Anyway, we stayed home on Saturday but we went out yesterday. We did a couple of trips to some stores then ate out. After eating out we headed to a relative's house and stayed there until night time. It was too hot again to be going out. How hot? When we came out of the restaurant, the car was showing a 102F temperature on the dashboard. It went down to about 95F I think while we were on the road  but that's still hot to be strolling. It was also quite humid so it's hotter than what the temp is showing. It will be this hot, even hotter, in the coming weeks so biking may have to wait until Fall. That won't make one little girl around here happy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch Him Sleep

The husband wants a certain procedure done sometime in the near future. But before it can be done the doctor wants me to 'watch' him when he sleeps. Huh? Actually he wants me to tell him if he stops breathing when he sleeps. How would I know that if I'm also asleep, right? The only way for me to find out is to stay awake and yes, watch him while he's in deep slumber. Not happening. I told him he should go in for a study for sleep apnea if he wants to find out. I don't think I'll be able to stay awake overnight while watching somebody sleeps. Not quite sure how and when he can have that study done but it has to happen if he wants to get that procedure done.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Little by Little

Weed by weed. Piece by piece. Slowly but surely.

That's been my mantra lately. That applies to almost everything I want accomplished around here anyway. A couple of weeks ago I started doing that by working on the flower beds in front. At this time, only one of the beds has fresh mulch on it. I was waiting for my former gardener [DH..ha!] to get more bags of mulch and he finally did over the weekend. This time he got 8 bags. I don't think that's enough. The 3 bags I put down on the first bed were not enough because we could still see soil and weeds growing. This morning I 'patched' those spots after pulling out the "wayward" weeds. Then I worked on a much smaller bed on the other side of the garage. That one is almost completely covered with weeds so it took me longer than anticipated to clean it. Instead of putting down mulch, I decided  clean around the lilies I have growing on the side of the house. Hubby told me a couple of weekends ago that one of them is no longer a 'lily' but a 'frank' because he accidentally shaved it with his weed-eater. Yep, he thought it's a weed so I decided to weed around them so that won't happen to the other lilies. Guess what? I accidentally pulled one out thinking it's a weed as well. Oops!

Anyway, tomorrow will probably be another weeding day for me. I am hoping that before the month's over all the flower beds have fresh mulch on them already. That's doable if I continue working on them at least 2, maybe 3 times a week. I can only work on them before 10 AM everyday because the sun's too hot for me to handle after that. Also, rain has been a daily thing here now. Thankfully it usually rains in the afternoon but boy does it make the weeds thrive. They multiply in size in a day because of the rain. Oh well. I guess that's better than having drought, eh?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Inspired

I was checking a friend's page last night when I came across a video with a very nice background music to it. I liked the song very much the first time I heard it a few months ago that I actually printed a copy of it with guitar chords so I can play on my guitar it when I get the chance. I had chances alright but never really got to playing it on my guitar so the music sheet sat on my nightstand for a while. After hearing it again last night I got inspired of giving it a try today. After finishing my morning chores I decided to use the music sheet I have and tried to play it on my guitar. Well it didn't go very well because my guitar has deep sound and the song requires a higher sound than what's coming out of my guitar. I could have used my capo but I couldn't find it. Bummer. But I'll look for it later on today so I can spend sometime tomorrow practicing. I'm hoping I'll be able to get the right pitch/sound on my guitar, at least close enough to make it sound a lot better than this morning. Goodluck to me...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Half-Done Flower Beds

It's Wednesday already? Wow! Days are definitely flying us by. It's also a long weekend so for most of us, it's going to be a short week. I say most of us because WE [meaning us] probably won't have a short week/long weekend here. Yep work is calling. Hubby hasn't had many weekends off the past couple of months because of deadlines. That's alright because I know it has to be done. He'd probably be home on the 4th itself but I'm quite certain he'll be working throughout the weekend.

Since he's been working on weekends, it means that some of his usual task around here are left unattended like some yard work. Unfortunately I can only do some of them. I really want to help him in some ways so I tried to do just that the past weekend. On Sunday I decided to work on the flower beds myself. I started off by pulling out all the weeds I could get my hands on. That took longer than anticipated because the sun caught up with me...that's because I started late...around 10 I think. But even if the sun was out in full force it wasn't that hot because it was windy. I think I finished weeding after about an hour.

I rested to catch my breath for a few then decided to put down the mulch that's been in the garage for weeks now. Now that's back breaking, to me anyway. I had to drag a bag from the garage to the flower bed and that in itself was a challenge. It was only a few yards but I was out of breath when I finally got it where I wanted it. In all I used about 3 bags of mulch to cover just one of the flower beds. Since we only had 3 bags I was only able to put mulch on one of the flower beds and a little bit under the hawthorne tree on the other flower bed. Hubby was pleased...and he better be....when he saw the mulch covered flower bed but he was surprised that I used up all 3 bags on only one bed. He said he used 3 for both when he did it last time. Hmm....I just don't see how that's possible but I didn't argue. I was too tired to do that...haha.

As a result I was again sore all over when Monday came. But that's fine because it felt like I did some new exercise routines anyway since that's how it feels whenever I try new routines. I'd probably ask the hubs to get more mulch this weekend so I can do the other side already. It not only makes the flower beds look neat, it also prevents the pesky weeds from popping up every week or so.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bird Watching

We see different kinds of birds around here.  Cardinals and blue jays are a couple of my favorites. We also see lovebirds, hawks and even falcons flying in our backyard almost daily. Sometimes a woodpecker would wake me up in the morning making me think someone's knocking on the door...at around 6:30. Aside from the little birds we also get to see ibises as well as crows hanging out in our backyard especially after the grass is cut. They like freshly cut grass because they're able to dig out for food since the grass is short.

A few weeks ago hubby had an encounter with a cardinal while he was watering the plants. The little red bird probably got hot so it decided to take a shower under the water hose that hubby was using to water the plants. It was for this reason that he decided to look for a bird bath. We were supposed to look for one together but didn't have the chance to do it on a weekend when he's free. So he decided to pick one on his way home from work one day. He placed it on the flower/plant bed by the back porch since we don't have any plants planted on it anyway. Everytime we eat now we get to witness it whenever a bird needs to drink or take a dip.

I kept my camera on the table for the first couple of weeks since we got the bird bath so I could take a snap if and when a bird takes a dip or even just hang out on it. Unfortunately that didn't happen. It's either I wasn't fast enough to take the photo op or I wasn't around when it happens. Then one afternoon while we were lounging in the back porch, it happened. A cardinal [which is the only kind that takes a dip on the bird bath] started bathing. It was a very quick dip but I was able to take a snap of it while it was drying up on the side of the bath. Here's the proof



That's the DH bird watching. It's actually fun just sitting around the back porch either watching these birds do their thing or just listening to them talk. There's probably at least half a dozen different species that we hear every afternoon and we have no idea which is which but it sure is fun to just listen to them...along with the crickets. One bird I really want to see one day in our backyard which I've only been hearing is an owl. We know they're there but we don't see them. Hopefully they'll show themselves one day even just for a brief moment.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Mosquito Invasion

Literally. Because when I say A mosquito invasion I mean just ONE mosquito creating havoc in our household. Dramatic, eh?

Weather has been generally nice around here. It can get a bit warm during the day but early evening is quite comfortable. This is the reason why the man of the house likes spending some time in our back porch sipping a cup of his favorite java after dinner. I usually join him there even if I don't drink coffee and so does the little one when she feels like it. It's a great way to spend some family time together...away from our gadgets that is.

I guess it was during one of those days when one sneaky mosquito got into the house. We weren't aware it's in the house until a couple of days ago. The husband first complained that something bit him. That same day the little one showed me a couple of bumps on her skin. Not long after that I saw a few on my legs and thighs as well. I freak out whenever the little one gets bitten by any insect. Her bites swell much bigger than you would expect. There was one time the bump looked like a golf ball on her leg. I of course freaked out thinking it was some monster bug that bit her. It subsided after a few days but I kept a close watch just in case it's more than just a bite. This time around she has one on her arm that got bigger than the size of a normal bite but it subsided after a day.

Anyway, I finally saw the culprit buzzing around me in our bedroom yesterday. The little one actually told me that it's been buzzing on her face for a couple of days already while she's walking on the Mobia. Unfortunately it's quite hard to catch it since it's so tiny. We decided to use some bug spray last night hoping it will just drop dead. It didn't. Earlier today I saw it flying low right here in my domain. So I took matters into my own hands and smacked the life out of it. Ha! Hopefully I'm right in my assumption that there's only one in the house. If not...then we're in a bigger trouble than I originally thought. Hmmm....

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Breakfast is Served!

The man of the house had to work on both days over the weekend. For whatever reason, the little one decided to make me breakfast on one of those days ~ Sunday to be specific. I was actually awake already when I heard the clanking of the pans in the kitchen but decided to let her do whatever it was she was doing. After a few minutes of just listening to the 'activities' in the kitchen I decided to peek out of my bedroom and saw her busy on the stove doing something ~still in her nightgown. I asked her what she's doing. Her reply: "I'm making you pancake for breakfast." Uhm, okey. I'm normally hesitant to let her use the stove but I let her this time since she already had a head start and she seemed to be in control. I went to wash up while she was doing the finishing touches to her 'pancake breakfast'...especially for moi!

When I got on the breakfast table, this is what she had waiting for me. I, of course, had to take a picture of it...for souvenir...and to show Daddy. Aha!




That's her first 'unsupervised pancake'...and she's kind of proud of it. Kind of because she knew it's a bit burnt on one side but I ate it nonetheless because she made it for me. While we were eating she was telling me about her foray in my domain...without me hovering. Apparently she miscalculated her batter because when she poured my pancake batter she noticed that it's a wee bit small. What did she do? She decided to whip up more batter and hurriedly poured it on top of the one cooking already. That's the 'fringe' that you see on my pancake. That's also the reason why there was still some 'uncooked' batter on it. Oh well. She has to learn sooner or later, right? At least now she knows how to make pancakes all on her own....sorta'.

 I'm not sure when she's making me my next breakfast but I can hardly wait...I think. Hopefully it will be as good as this one if not better. Maybe I'll tell her to make Daddy breakfast for Father's Day as her present for him. Hmm...now that's an idea.

Almost Summer

Technically anyway. Where we're at it already feels like summer a couple of springs ago. Anyway, my sister in law who loves summer barbecue is now all agog prepping for family get together. I forwarded her the link http://www.premiertablelinens.com because she's been looking for table linens forever. It seems to be the case every year so I decided to help out in my own little way. She's the type who likes to host functions not only for family but for the different organizations she's involved with and she's always in need of something especially when it comes to her table setting. Hopefully the website I forwarder her will help her in some way.