Thursday, March 6, 2014

anniversary present

The husband did not give me anything for our anniversary. He asked what I wanted days before the event but I told him I did not have a clue what I wanted. He does not surprise me with presents anymore because most of the time I prefer something else from what he gave me. So, we agreed that he asks or that I would just go on ahead and get what I want. It is not very romantic but it is better than being both disappointed because I did not like his present. It has been almost two months since our anniversary and I still have not figured out what I really want. Oh, it is not for lack of trying on my part. Believe me, I have looked everywhere and have asked myself several times but nothing comes up. I have browsed jewelry from this website and that, looked at designer purses, electronics, even food. Somebody is happy because he said at the rate I am going, it will be our anniversary again when I decide what I want then he will only have to pay for one item for two, lol. If nothing else, I can just ask for cash and spend it on clothes. But that will be a last resort. Who knows how hard it could get to actually think of a present for yourself?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

looking forward to warm, sunny days

We had a setback with the cold weather this past week. School was off two days because of a winter storm that caused power outage in the area where the little man's school was located. Ice was everywhere. Our fence got a bit of damage because of a limb that fell off the tree from the neighbor's yard. There were icicles on most everything outside. It was scary just to even think about going outside so we stayed in and prayed that the storm will stop and the roads will clear. It finally happened Thursday evening. We are looking at warm days next week and I am seriously hoping it will stay warm for a long time. I am so ready to get in the backyard and start a garden. I have had enough of being cooped up inside the house.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

warm day, at last!

Today is going to be a warm day. You will not believe how we have been waiting for this day to happen. We are so ready to get outside and enjoy the sun for a change. The last couple of weeks had been horrible. It is so beautiful outside right now that we can actually see (and hope) that Spring is coming. We plan on getting some yard work done today. There are wood (from last Fall) that I need to stack in the backyard to make room for a little garden that I am planning to tend. It will also be the perfect time to let the kids outside to play. They have been cooped up inside the house with us for days because of that winter storm that hit our city. If I feel like it, I might even go to the store to look for a patio table and chairs and some outdoor cushions to go with it. I am so happy to be able to go outside without bundling up or being worried about inhaling cold air. I hope it will stay like this until Spring.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ready for a garden

I am planning to have a garden this year. It will be small, way smaller than what I had last year, but it will have almost the same plants. Beans will be in it. I will not be able to harvest as much beans as pictured below but I am hoping I will have enough for my own consumption.

It will be different, perhaps easier, to tend to a smaller garden. I already have extra pots just in case I will need them for more plants. I know the husband will want certain vegetables in the garden so we will have to compromise. I pray for a good planting season this year so we will have plenty of produce in our kitchen.

Friday, January 24, 2014

warm days, where are you?

The last week had been very cold for us on the east coast. The husband said he has not experienced anything like it in the years he lived in the city we are living right now. It is awfully cold that we stayed in unless we really have something important to do. It does not help that we all are sick with the cold and have been barking like dogs because of these pesky cough that will not go away. The only thing we can do is stay home to keep warm and hope to get better. Anyway, since there is basically nothing else to do at home, I have been on the computer more than I am used to. That is, when the little girl is happy with whatever cartoons she is watching on Netflix. Surprisingly though, I have not browsed through store websites for clothes or anything of the like. I am in fact browsing musical instruments, of all things. I was looking at this cp50 for sale at guitar center and I thought how the little man would like to have this. His portable piano player looks like a toy compared to this one. The price is way too much to buy for a boy his age though so I scratched that idea off my head. Maybe someday he will buy it for himself if he still likes to play the piano. I think pianos are better than drums any day anyway. Other than browsing online for stuff that I do not have any plan on buying, I have been baking as well. This weather might just cause me to go crazy if it will not straighten up because it makes me do things I do not normally do. I cannot wait for the warm days of Spring so we can spend hours at the beach again.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

a little lesson

The little man has been bugging us to buy him more games for his 3DS. Then he said he needs more games for his Wii. I said no while his father said he will think about it. And if that is not enough, he also told us he would be very happy if we buy him a headphone, a monster beats by dre, no less! I do not know where he got the idea that he can just keep on asking for material things and expect his parents to provide for whatever he demands from us. I have had talks with him and every time we did, he seemed to understand but then he watches a commercial on television and he does it again. I guess I will just have to keep on reminding him so it will get through to his head and the idea stays there. Of course, it does not help when daddy is so easy to be swayed to his way of thinking. Even with the odds against me, I will try to persevere. I do not want my kids to get spoiled. I want them to value things as they get them so if I have to, I will make them work for things they want. I just hope that the lesson will not get lost on them.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

my favorite canned goods

These are my expensive vices. I say it is a vice because when the notion hit me, I have to have these right away regardless of how much it costs or who gets aggravated having to find these stuff for me. Especially the Fiesta beef loaf which is only marketed in the Visayas and southern Philippine regions. When I get my hands on these goodies I make them last as long as I could to compensate for the expense and trouble my family has to go to so I can have what I want. The husband said I am a spoiled brat and I guess I am, lol. I normally fry the beef loaf but only after slicing, then dipping the slices in beaten eggs. The result is so delicious. At least to me. The husband will not even attempt to eat it. As for the corned beef, it is easy to fix this one. I just dump the contents in a pot, wait for it to simmer then turn the heat off. It should be ready to eat with rice. There are elaborate ways to fix these canned goods but I prefer them simple because that is how I remember them fixed while I was growing up.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

guitars and sound holes

Guitar playing is both a past time and a profession to many. Family gathering are made more fun with family members singing together, accompanied by an acoustic guitar, filling the home with music and memories. Some people also enjoy spending time reminiscing songs of old using acoustic guitars. Songs like the 60’s and 70’s. But do you know that with no sound hole, the electric or acoustic guitar is unable to self-amplify the sound produced by the vibration of the strings? This is why guitars have sound holes. Other than the sound hole there are things they call pickups, like the lr baggs m80 at guitar center , which some musicians find helpful to capture their instruments' character. I can only imagine the sound a guitar makes using a pickup. I bet it is awesome. I am one of many people who does not know how to, yet wanted to learn, to play the guitar when I was younger. I have given up on that hope a long time ago but it does not mean I do not look at an acoustic guitar with longing when I see one. It is just that some things are not meant to be.