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 before the test officer led 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


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.

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


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.


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