It’s not an easy task, gardening I mean. Finally, we’re done trimming the carabao grass which briefly hid the concrete footpath. The grass seems to grow by leaps and bounds now that the rainy season is here. We have to trim it at least every three weeks. Even a tiny garden such as ours needs a lot of care and maintenance.
These bamboo cuttings were recycled from our trellis posts at the back of the house.
Our front garden is all green now except for a few blooms of my Shanghai Beauty plant.
I also trimmed my gardenia shrub because it was leaning sideways. I hope it won’t be completely uprooted in the next two are three months.
I have plenty of these pink lilies but they are mostly in pots scattered around the garden.
I guess it is time to tackle another area outside our perimeter wall. Who knows, one of these days I’ll be able to plant some leafy greens to use in the kitchen.
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There is nothing much to do in this rainy Wednesday morning. Sometimes, you just get bored with so much time in your hands. Waking up early really has its advantage because you get to finish daily household chores early too. This morning, I decided to tackle the contents of Nissa’s cabinet which was left as it was since she got married November of 2011. We have floor-to-ceiling cabinets in our bedrooms so you can just imagine the amount of things left there most of which are old clothes which she didn’t bring with her, personal effects, stationeries, arts and crafts kits, and various toiletries some of which were not opened yet. I disposed all of the facial creams, lotions, shampoo bottles and some used make-up which she left behind. Despite all these junks I found some treasures though while cleaning.
One is a cellphone holder still in its original box in purple color. I always call Nissa a purple girl since it is her favorite color. When she got married, all her accessories were done in three shades of purple. Now I have a nice holder for my cellphones. I am sure she would just smile when she sees this. She is a hoarder of sentimental things like I am. Would you believe that I still have two shoe boxes of letters from friends from way back? I am digressing again. To make the story short, I found another item that I’ve been looking for since typhoon Ondoy and that was four years ago. It’s a candle thermometer which my brother sent me when I was into candle-making.
This candle book is a gift from Josef and I learned so much from it.
When I left the bank (I availed of an early optional retirement) fourteen years ago, I was in a quandary on what to do. I had so much time in my hands so I enrolled in some arts and crafts course including candle-making. I sourced raw materials from as far as Divisoria market and bought lots of shut glasses for my jelly candle. Back in those days, you can make candles in any scent you want. I was thrilled to try chocolate, bubblegum, vanilla and peppermint scents to name a few. I ended up giving them as gifts to friends and relatives. Nissa’s art kit consists of several crimping scissors, paper-cutter, stamp pads for designing stationeries, beads in different colors (for making bracelets, earrings, rosaries etc.), cutters, beading wires, pens in different colors, and ribbons. She said she misses doing crafts and she has no time now.
I remember those cross-stitches I did before but was not able to have them framed. I am into rosary-making now and give them as gifts to friends. Maybe one of these days, I will try candle-making again. It would be nice to prime wicks, find lovely molders and wax fragrance and wax dyes too. Maybe when I’m done with my fascination for baking cookies, bars and simple cakes, when I am done reading all those books on my TBR list, I will try other crafts.
How’s your morning? Is it also rainy in your area?
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Despite the cold weather here, I woke up at an ungodly hour of 3:18am. It’s nice to just enjoy the early morning in peace and quiet but the steady patter of raindrops brings that fear again of flash flood. PAGASA said tropical storm Henry (yes, it is a he this time) won’t make a landfall but it would intensify habagat (southwest monsoon) to the rest of the country. The storm is northbound this time.
Josef brought home two large loaves of Gardenia bread from their team building the other night and I told him, we should consume it first instead of cooking breakfast and since it is his rest day, it’s a go. Mind you, I even googled a bit on the many ways to cook eggs. We usually have them scrambled, soft-boiled, sunny side-up and omelet. But what’s perfect for slices of warm toasted bread? He likes it cooked with lots of white onions and fresh tomatoes so instead of mixing them together, I cooked the tomatoes in a little butter, granulated garlic and black pepper.
It turned out so yummy, he had four slices of panini pressed bread. We usually have fried rice for breakfast with longganisa(native sausage) or dried fish or a week-old adobo flakes. Speaking of adobo, the longer you keep them in the ref, the tastier and more yummy it gets. It is a Filipino dish that never goes wrong with any meal, be it an ordinary breakfast fare or something special mixed with coconut cream.
I miss messing around in my garden and this rain makes it hard for us to trim the grass and our Fukien tea plants. I miss taking shots of my garden blooms but all I have now are my Hoya, some new buds of Mokara orchids and my ever patient Crossandra flowers. Maybe when the rain stops, I’ll take photos of the water droplets clinging to the leaves of the taro plants. Maybe in a while, the sun will show its face and I’ll be able to go out and explore. I guess this is also a perfect time to finish that book of Ken Follett.
Go away Henry and let me see the sun.
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A pair of bright orange shoes protruding from the rubble
Red, brown and yellow toy teddy bears abandoned by their owners
Luggage thrown in midair
Blackened remains turned back to dust
Remnants of a life probably at its prime,
Treasured messages before take off
Anticipation of a reunion gone kaput
It hurts to see them all.
I was watching CNN early this morning (our time) and I could not bear to look at the remains of the MH-17 plane burned to the ground. Three of those passengers are fellow Filipinos and the whole family was wiped out including the husband who used to work at Malaysia Airlines and an Indonesian. I watched the members of the family back home being interviewed on TV. They were looking forward to a yearly family reunion this coming Saturday. Their sister was the breadwinner of the family, making her siblings’ life easier than an average Filipino family, sending her nieces and nephews to school.
Life snapped in a moment, in a heartbeat. I offered a prayer that you’ll have peace in your souls and the loved ones left behind would be able to bear your loss. Life is precious, every minute, every hour.
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