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It took me a week to see an ophthalmologist. Finally though yesterday, I was able to see one. The doctor suggested I go to the hospital so she could do the necessary tests for my myopic eyes and  matured cataract. It is my left eye which is affected and may need an operation later. She said it is an outpatient procedure and will only take an hour.  It is  quite expensive of course but I am praying my health insurance would cover it all.  I asked her if reading so often did that but she said we will all have cataract one way or another when we grow old.  Being hypertensive and diabetic may have contributed to it though. One thing that most of us openly ignore is our vision.  I don’t normally go to an optometrist or an eye specialist except when I change lenses for my eye-glass. I wear two pairs, one for long distance and one for reading. the ophthalmologist advised me not to have new lenses.

Last Sunday, I noticed some new shoots of the Vinca and Lantana that I planted from seeds last January. Even the eggplants are showing off and my bell peppers are now flowering.  The bottle gourds  have almost reached  the trellis.

Pink Vinca

A deep pink Vinca. It’s almost purple.

My orange Zinnia., a mini Zinnia actually.

The beauty of gardening – when you see flowers bloom and your veggies are all thriving.  I  picked  an unripe  green jackfruit today to be used as veggies. It is a yummy recipe either cooked in coconut cream or sautéed in ground pork and shrimps.

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Finally, finally I’m done with my monthly ritual of trimming the carabao grass.  It’s a good thing that for the past two days,  the afternoons were breezy.  Just right for gardening.

The rocks behind and in front of  this very small Mayana stem used to be a design  of a long  rectangular flat  pot   for my Bonsai Juniper but after only about three years, it died on me.  I don’t know how to take care of Bonsai plants. Even the Bonsai Tamarind which the landscape gardener  put in a corner of the garden died too after one or two fruiting season.  Maybe they really need special care that I don’t know about.

Our compost pit is now ready for use. The lower part is just right to use for planting, the leaves and veggie peelings have turned into a rich soil.  Since I don’t   have extra pots for my remaining  eggplant seedlings, I  made use of two 5 gallon mineral water bottles.

Oh and our two jackfruit trees are bearing fruits again. I counted them, 15 in all in various sizes. Two more months and some would be ready for harvest.

Two days ago, I was surprised for a sudden increase in my stats. The usual 120 to 180 visits turned into 569 in one day. When I took a look at my dashboard, the numbers came mostly from the US. Whoever you are, thank you for visiting my blog and reading my older posts.

May you find moments that make you laugh and sing and dance and smile today. Have a lovely and blessed Wednesday.

 

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It’s the third day that the weather is quite erratic. We experienced the first rain in March two days ago.  Yesterday afternoon, there was a short downpour but enough to water the plants and clean the streets of  dust. We went back to a cold morning today with a drizzle. And here I thought it is already summer because the past days have been a little  humid and sultry.  Lucky me, I don’t have to water the plants at  least for two days or more if this weather holds.

I went out for a while to take a few shots of my garden blooms. As it is not yet summer, there are only  a few of them. I planted bleeding hearts yesterday and my amazon lily is  in bloom again.

My Pandakaki. I just trimmed some of them.

We call this kangkong.

I was quite surprised when I saw these lovely flowers in one of the pots where I planted  the water spinach. It is also called swamp cabbage in southeast Asia and kangkong in the vernacular.

Wandering Jew

Easy to propagate.  they  are called  wandering jew (Tradescantia pallid).   They need bright  but indirect light.

Adenium Obesum

The only pot I have of this. It is flowering again. Locally we call it dwarf kalachuci.

Shrimp plant

Shrimp plants are also easy to propagate. This variety though is more delicate than its sister, the golden shrimp plant in yellow blooms. Those  light pink to rusty-red bracts  hold tiny white flowers at the tip.

The garden always looks lovely after the rain.

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It’s been a busy week!

I haven’t posted for quite a while but I had time to finish gardening, trimming the carabao grass, shaping our Eugenia and  gold dust plants and replanting some white  grass which were  uprooted by our three playful kitties.

My back and arms ached a little so I have to take a rest almost the whole day just catching up on reading and visiting  some new blog posts here.  I actually read two e-books in three days. Not my normal kind of authors and books  but I enjoyed reading both.  Sometimes when you haven’t read love stories for so long, it’s lovely to discover that they are as engrossing and as interesting as those memoirs and historical fictions that you normally read.  Good life and happy endings.

According to xmasclock.com, it’s 38 days, 5 hours and 7 minutes before Christmas. Hooray! I am  really looking forward to the happy days ahead.

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What’s it about Monday that makes one lazy sometimes or bold enough to tackle another difficult job?

I am half-way through trimming our carabao grass again. I bought a new grass cutter several days ago so it is easier to do the job now.  The weather is just fine for gardening with a gentle morning breeze to enjoy.

Gosh, the noise of the vehicles passing by our street. The main road in Ortigas Avenue Ext. is being repaired so some commuters pass through  our subdivision to avoid the heavy traffic. I hate it  when some use their car horns inside the subdivision. They are not supposed to do that since the subdivision only allows  a lower speed limit compared to the main roads. It is annoying. Yesterday afternoon, two cars bumped into each other right in front of the house causing a traffic jam for a while. Those drivers get so impatient.

I harvested about a kilo of kalamansi  after gardening and made some into juice. The fresh, delicious taste of freshly picked kalamansi…heaven.

 

There are plenty more where they come from.  It’s time Nate visits us again so he could bring some home.  Speaking of  food, yesterday I  cooked  pancit bihon for lunch. It is a Filipino noodle stir fry so popular for everyday meals and on special occasions too.  Since it is a complete meal in itself one does not need to add rice to the dish.  You would need about a half kilo of pork, 500 grams of vermicelli noodles, carrots, chayote, Baguio beans and two stalks of celery.

 

There is still a little left inside the ref with two pieces of longganisa to boot. Perfect for another meal later.  Left-over meals for  Monday…haha!

Have a nice week ahead friends!

 

 

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Trite  at it may sound, I am  greeting you again with this old familiar greeting, “hello August, welcome”.

I really can’t believe July is gone and August is here again. Happy new month everyone. I used to blog about month endings and beginnings but for so long now, I haven’t done it. Sometimes I forget when I am busy.

Apart from some friends  who visited me early in July and  the monthly visit from my daughter’s family, July has been a little too uneventful. The quiet days spent in the garden, moments of reflection and the endless tasks of  everyday things at home that make life a little comfortable. I had a lot of time to read though, some from e-books that I have on my tab and older copies of books I bought a few years ago.  My Goodreads book challenge for 2017  is almost done. From the 150 books I committed myself to read this year, I have finished reading  a total of  139 books, a mix of memoirs, fiction, psychology and YA books. I have found several classic books in between like The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Zafon,  Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco  and The Godfather by Mario Puzo to name  a few. I also discovered several authors, new ones who are really good at their craft. Nadia Hashimi comes close to one of my fave authors Khaled Hosseini when it comes to Asian literature.  They wrote about life in Afghanistan and I was mesmerized by  their words. Imagine life in a war-torn country with all the problems it entails.

My garden is doing just fine but maybe in a week’s time, I have to trim the carabao grass again. They have grown in the last two weeks since I did the trimming. I am thinking of replanting some bulbs while the sun is shining.

Hello  August, be kind!

 

 

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Oh gosh, my carabao grass needs trimming again.

This is what happens when it rains almost every day  and the grass grows like crazy. Maybe I have to postpone trimming it for a week more until after I’m done visiting my doctor for another monthly check-up. I am scheduled for lab tests on the 20th of this month. Growing older, getting old, every which way you look at it, time is inching its way too fast.

Didn’t I say I am excited to see my friends tomorrow?  It’s been a while since we have seen each other last.  I just cooked  a kilo of chicken pork adobo today  which we’ll have tomorrow for lunch along with fresh veggies from the garden.  Adobo tastes so much better a day or two after when the sauce has seeped through.  It’s a Pilipino recipe that is so easy to prepare but tastes so good. I like dry adobo.  We sometimes serve it with quail eggs.

Presently listening to some old songs on YouTube. Pete’s blog post  triggered it actually.

It’s nice to go back sometimes to the 60’s music  and dream of those days when life was simple and you were younger.  Procol Harum is good in A Whiter Shade of Pale. Just finished watching some of the greatest golden hits of the 60’s. I love the Motown sounds too. There was a time when I was still working when I would bring a small cassette player with an ear phone  and listen to some music on cassette. Music One was a favorite place  to go to during lunch break.  Back home, the CD player  was of constant use.  I have compiled those sounds during the British Invasion. Nowadays though, I just rely on my small radio which I take outside when I am gardening. I could listen to the latest news and some music in between.  Music soothes the soul.  It also makes me smile.

I found these four books (they’re actually in a series) by Nora  Roberts. It’s a story of four brothers who were adopted in their younger  years. I’m in book 3  and enjoying it.  I am done with 85% of my reading challenge at Goodreads.

How was your day?

 

 

 

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