Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Aches of Weeding

The past weekend was productive for me...sort of. I was able to do the weeding that I was talking about here on Friday. Hubby went to work bright and early so I pushed through with my weeding partay! I wanted to do it before it got too hot outside so instead of doing household chores first, I decided to head out in the backyard to start pulling about 9:30 AM. I have this weed puller which is a roller. I used it a lot a couple of years ago on the flower beds in front when they were still bare. It actually served as my morning exercise then because rolling that thing requires a lot of effort. I've forgotten how much exercise I can get out of it...until last Saturday. I was able to "conquer" the surrounding areas of the lilies on the back, one small plot where the gardenia and hydrangea as well as the gold mounds are planted, the line of box woods by the back porch and around one of the big trees. I was also able to pull out the weeds on the flower beds in front. I was outside for a good 2 to 3 hours doing what I used to do almost everyday a few years years ago...weeding! I remember when all I did back then was pick a spot in the yard and sat on my small stool and weed away...almost everyday. I just stopped because I started making these little bald spots around the yard. It was like a path of destruction. LOL! It looked worse having those bald spots on the yard than having weeds so I was ordered to stop...by our gardener. Ha! Our "gardener" got some 'sod plugs' and put them on some of the bald spots to fix some of the damage I did and I refrained from weeding the yard from then on.

Anyhooo...because of all the bending and rolling and everything else I did just to get rid of those pesky weeds crowding our plants, I woke up with sore, very sore legs, thighs and arms on Sunday. It wasn't that bad in the morning but as the day progressed it got worse. And just like any muscle ache/pain the more I stay still, the more painful and achy it got. Hubby wanted to visit a friend but I begged off....so he didn't go. Why? I have no clue. Well, I do actually, he wanted me to go with him. Oh well. I just didn't want to show up at friend's house wincing with every movement I make. Anyway, since being immobile wasn't helping, I decided to play badminton with the little one to stretch whatever hasn't been stretched yet. We played for about an hour before going back in. What do you know....I woke up Monday with more aches and pains. Ugh! I almost didn't go on the tread climber but forced myself anyway. The muscle pain/aches got better as the day went. I guess walking on the tread climber actually helped. I'm planning of doing the weeding on a regular basis, at least during the weekend. It's a great weekend exercise actually.

Friday, July 26, 2013

No Rain?

Well, it doesn't seem like it anyway. Maybe it will happen tonight just like yesterday.

TGIF! The little one got very excited earlier when she realized it's already Friday. She said that it felt like the week went by really fast. I guess it did. She likes the weekend a lot because she can 'usually' do the things she wants to do during these 2 days. We haven't been going anywhere much the past couple of weekends because our driver has to work. Yep, our chauffeur has a day job. Tee hee...

So what are you up to this weekend? I'm up to something....weeding, maybe? I have these lilies in the back of the house that I planted a couple of years ago. We were about to throw them away because they weren't thriving where we originally planted them but instead I decided to transplant them. Well now they're thriving. They hibernate during the cold months and come back in spring. Right now they're starting to have leaves. I have to weed around them before the 'gardener' [aka hubby] starts mowing them. He doesn't see them amidst all the weeds so he asked me to clean the surrounding areas so he doesn't have to mow around them. I may also pull out the weeds from around our big trees in the backyard. Again, the 'gardener' has been hinting that the weeds there are overtaking. I may just give in and weed...that is if he has to work this weekend. If not...then who knows what we'll be doing.

Have a great weekend everyone...

Reconnecting

I am always happy to hear from friends I haven't heard from in ages. This is why I was ecstatic when a high school friend called me out of the blue a few months ago. This girl was like my 'junior' in high school. What I did. She did. We connected so to speak. We even went to the same college so we got even closer. But we somehow lost contact when we started working because we went on different fields. I taught. She did mostly marketing and advertising. Well, now we've reconnected. She just got married to a guy in the West Coast and came here not too long ago. Her husband owns a lumber hardware store and she's doing what loved best which is advertising/marketing the store. When I spoke with her she was busy looking for a place that does wholesale brochure printing. Her husband never thought about doing brochures to promote his business. Well, my friend is well aware of the benefits of the different advertising techniques especially now. She's optimistic she can help her husband's business flourish. I can only agree of course.

Back to Normal

My page views is now back to normal. I posted about the sudden spike of page views in this blog in the past couple of months a few days ago. I had a feeling it's something temporary so I said I would update here as soon as I see any change. I've seen it change gradually in the last several days so I took a snap shot of the stats overview of the last seven days.


I still don't understand what the reason was for that spike and why it lasted for as long as it did. This is more like a personal blog for me so I don't really expect a lot of people reading it but that doesn't mean I don't check the stats. Do I care about the stats? Maybe not. It doesn't seem to help in any way so...

Guitar Enthusiast

That would be my youngest brother. Actually, I've only known about it about a year or two ago. He sent me a video of his band jamming. I didn't even know he plays the guitar until that time. Anyway, I am no his go to person everytime he or his band needs to research something related to their music, instruments, etc. I've been to a few local music stores around here looking for stuff for them, mostly researching and comparing prices so they know if they're getting the best deals. Aside from visiting local music stores, I also look online. It's during one of these searches that I saw this great prs p22 at musicians friend. I think I was looking for something else when I saw this but I told my brother about it. He of course got interested since guitar is his instrument of choice. He has a few guitars already but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind adding this to his collection. I wonder when that's going to happen.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rainy Mornings

It's pouring as I'm typing this. It was the same yesterday. Lights are on because it's quite dark right now. Our weather people already warned us that it's going to be this way probably for the rest of the week. At least the little one and I can still do our afternoon 30-minute badminton 'face-off'. Ha! Last week it was a different story because the rain came late in the afternoon...just in time for our 'game' so she wasn't a happy camper for a couple of days. I had to adjust the game time and played in the morning instead.

Speaking of our newfound hobby badminton, the man of the house is not very happy with the damage we're doing with his beloved grass, mostly weeds actually, as a result of our daily games. Tee hee. We've been staying on one spot when we play so the grass we've been stepping on is on life support at the moment. Oops. He already told us to move to a different spot so as not to further the damage. Yesterday, that's what we did. We were like 'nomads' while we were playing because we were going around in circles in the backyard so as not to make more bald spots on the husband's beloved lawn. And I thought we were doing him a favor by killing the weeds. Apparently not.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Backtracking

Or reviewing? Partly reminiscing?

Anyway, I like to check the most viewed/read pages/posts on this blog when I get the chance. Also on the live traffic feed, I sometimes click on the links [of my old posts] that visitors read. With more than 3,000 posts I certainly don't remember the contents of my posts, especially the ones from 5 years back. It's like reading a diary actually. Some of the posts make me chuckle and some make me smile. A few days ago I read a post I wrote titled: And She Sings... It was during the time when the little one was just starting to like Taylor Swift and her songs. She would sing Taylor's songs a lot but she wouldn't let me record/video her singing them. I so wanted to record her singing because I knew she won't be doing that forever. So I did the next best thing...I set up the video camera on the table and settled with just recording her voice without her knowing it of course. I was able to catch most of it on 'tape' and blogged about it. I dug it up a few days ago and let her listen to her voice when she was 6 years old [almost 7 actually]. She got a kick out of it ...and so did I and the Dad of course.

This is one of the reasons why I still blog even if I feel so lazy sometimes. It's like my personal diary...that I share with whoever wants to read it. Ha!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone....

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wake Me Up!

So so sleepy while I'm typing this. I had a very restless night. I just couldn't sleep...and I've got my reasons which I'd keep to myself na lang.

Anyway, we had a good weekend. Hubby worked on Saturday like a normal working day...left before the crack of dawn and worked until 5 PM. I did the usual weekend cleaning...and so did the little one. Her 'chores' on the weekend is to make sure to put all her books in order as well as whatever's out of place in her bedroom. She also has to do her own version of "big cleaning" in her bathroom. I still do the major stuff like mopping and deep cleaning. I just want her to do the tidying up, so to speak.

Sunday...lawn mowing for the man of the house. As soon as he finished doing that, the little one and I played our latest 'sport'....badminton in the backyard. Yep, I asked the hubby to get us a set last Friday so we can start playing. It's the little one's first time to play it and she had fun. She needs a lot of practice [and so do I of course] but it was a lot of fun. I told her we can play half an hour everyday as long as it's not raining [and too hot]. As a result of our first game, I'm sore all over...especially my back and my thighs. Obviously, the muscles being used to play it are different from the muscles I use when I use the tread climber or when I hula hoop. I kinda' expected the back and arm pain but not the pain on my legs and thighs. Oh well...I'll get used to it sooner or later.

After our little 'face off', we headed out to do some errands. We went to get some fro-yo [of course] then browsed at some stores. Since it was almost dinner time when we got done 'browsing' we also decided to eat in one of the restos close to home...just because I said so. I just didn't feel like cooking so....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Nights

Sounds like a title of a song, yes? But it's not...or maybe it is I'm just not aware of it.

Anyway, this post is actually "inspired" by a question posed by a very dear friend [hi Ate Beng!] a few days ago. She wanted to know if 8:30 PM here looks more like 5 PM in the Philippines. The answer is...pretty close. Although it may be a little bit darker. Maybe. But just to give you a glimpse of what 8:45 looks like here, I decided to take a picture of the sky last night. It was a spur of the moment decision...for fun just for you, yes you Ate Beng. Hahaha...

Here's that pic...that I took from our back porch.


As you can see in the picture, the road is still visible. There are no night lamps there so the light is all coming from mother nature.

When I visited my friend in California [a couple of years before I migrated here], I was kind of shocked to see how bright it was when we got out of the airport. Why? Because it was past 8 PM already. I expected to see lights from high rises but nothing like that because it was like daylight still at that time. So when I got here a few years later, it was no longer a surprise for me. Growing up, I remember that our 'curfew' from playing was between 5 and 6 PM. That's because back home it starts to get really dark at that time. If we're not in the house by 6, my Tatang would be looking for us already. It wasn't hard to find us because our playground back then was the church ground which is not that far from our house. My father could whistle and we'd hear it sometimes. That's actually how he'd call us back then....like herding little cows, eh? Haha.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Spike of Page Views

I used to get about 100 to 200 views on this blog daily. Half of those are probably my own page views. Ha! But in the past several weeks, maybe a month or so, the page views went up not just by a few hundreds but a few thousands. It's currently hitting the 5k mark, more or less and I have no idea where all the hits are coming from. I'm not complaining, just wondering. I don't post as much as I used to so I really have no idea what made page views increase. Maybe I did something on the settings that I'm not aware of but I don't really mess with that just because I'm afraid to mess up the whole blog. The thing is the increase in views didn't seem to help with the PR of the blog because it was right around that time when the PR of this blog went from PR2 to zero.

Anyway, I'll keep checking and see if this continues. The moment it goes back to normal [hundreds of views instead of thousands], I'll make sure to make a note of it and make a post about it. Tee hee...in the meantime, I'll just enjoy the sight of seeing '5 thousand visitors'...if only per the stat on the dashboard...

Sleepy Monday

That would me. I slept fine but I don't think it's enough That's probably because I went to bed a bit later than usual. We had a very lazy weekend. We didn't go anywhere. Stayed indoors most of the time and just lazed around the house. We had a couple of moments when we had that urge to go out just because....but we didn't do it. I guess the lack of activities [and maybe that short nap I had] made it hard for me to fall asleep right away.

It's all been quiet here in my blog for a full week. My last entry was last Monday. It was an uneventful week that passed even if it was Independence Day week. It was rainy for the most of last week, the 4th included. There were not a lot of fireworks because of the bad weather but it wasn't a complete 'wash out' because there was a short break from the rain at about 6 PM. That made our little one happy because she got the chance to light up the sparklers we got for her. A few minutes after she finished lighting the last one, rain came pouring down again. At least we're able to do our thing, eh? Our neighbor had to wait until Saturday evening to do their fireworks. They usually have more elaborate ones so they needed to wait for a better weather. The little one had fun watching from her bedroom window.

Anywhooo...


Monday, July 1, 2013

Second Half of 2013

It officially starts today, right? Again...how time flies!

This is going to be a short work week for those on this side of the globe because it's Independence Day on Thursday. It's going to be a 4-day weekend for most. Some are already on vacation actually...but not us. I don't think we have any plans for July 4th itself. I actually just realized yesterday while we were sitting on a restaurant that it's this week. Duh! What gave it away [to me] are the firework stalls/vendors all over the place. We don't really do anything special on that day so it kind of slipped my mind.

Anyhooo...weekend just passed. We were busy over the weekend around here doing our own little thing. We didn't really plan in going anywhere since the weather has been 'moody' lately. One minute it's sunny, then it's raining the next minute. But the little one kept asking since Saturday the same question over and over again: Are we going anywhere this weekend? She kept getting the usual response from me...I'm not sure. Her reason for asking? She wanted to wear one of the dresses we got her last weekend. We got her I think 5 different dresses that she could wear around the house. But of course she chose dresses that are normally worn outside. They're not fancy dresses...just not house clothes. Anyway, I told her to wear the dress on Sunday whether we're going out or not. They're 'supposed' to be house clothes anyway. She did. And so the questions kept coming. Are we going somewhere today? I finally said, maybe we can go out to dinner. She was ecstatic to say the least. So even if it was pouring, we headed out to the nearest restaurant at around 5 PM for dinner last night so she could wear her 'fancy dress' outside of the house. Like she said and I quote: I didn't dress up like this for nothing. And she's not even a teenager yet. Help?

Overhauled!

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