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Happy Sunday people and friends!

My gosh, I already reached 76% of my allowed free space for this blog. 24% more to go. I wonder how long will that be. Considering I have limited posting photos here and avoided posting them in high resolution unlike before, maybe it might take a while. I have another blog entitled Dreams Never End which you might like to visit too. The last time I updated it though was December 2019.

Yesterday was another lovely family day for us. Nissa’s family was here. Our good friend Fr. Aly spent lunch with us. We had a good chat about those earlier days. He has been our friend since our house was blessed in October 1995. He was only about two years into the priesthood then. He also officiated Nissa’s wedding more than eight years ago. It is really nice to bond with old friends, it’s like there is no gap in between.

I laughed at Nate for sneaking out some of his toys here. He was so proud when they were about to go and he was holding them in his hands. I told him, he has so few toys here compared to what he has accumulated at home. He wouldn’t leave them behind. He brought a Captain Marvel notebook and some colored pens which Nissa gave him. He divided the pages into Things Done, Drawings. Good, Bad etc. I laughed at his entries under Good. He watered the plants, he swept the floor ( he spelled the floor with just a single 0), he was behaved and he read books. On the Bad space he wrote: Daddy got mad at me because I was noisy. Under Drawings, he has several. He even drew a tree complete with roots and fruits showing 🙂 I taught him to draw a box and he imitated it and told me there was something inside it. Nate could be creative and expressive. I asked him what was inside, he told me he kept his toys there….clever idea! He is quite tall for his age and we have now the same size of footwear, haha.

Come to think of it,this is the only picture I took yesterday. We were more focused on sharing laughter and creating memories.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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Oreo at two….

Getting ready for another outing on the beach, we tried his new doggie goggles yesterday. Aba sosyal siya, he has a floater too….but he is a good swimmer.

HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY OREO. You’ve been with us for almost two years now. In dog years,  you’re getting old. I wonder how old you are exactly now, because in dog years it depends on the breed. Some say one  human year is equivalent to seven  dog years. So you are still teenager….haha 🙂

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It rained yesterday until last night. It’s the first rain we experienced this year. It is still cloudy outside and a bit cold. It’s that kind of drizzle that makes streets slippery. We have to bring two umbrellas in going to the  wet market for our twice-a-month marketing. Surprisingly, vegetables from upland Baguio are cheaper than some veggies that come from nearby provinces here. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, French beans and lettuce are so fresh.  I bought a head of broccoli, gonna mix it with penne pasta, bits of ham and cream of mushroom as sauce.  Try it, it is pretty yummy 🙂

Remember this? It’s the one I made from our left-over Christmas ham more than a year ago.

One thing good about February is the cold weather  here.  We call it hanging amihan ( Northeast monsoon or trade winds). No storms, no low pressure area, just cold weather usually at night and early in the morning. The perfect time to stay in bed a little late.  And sipping a hot cup of coffee or tea makes the morning perfect too. Add that to our famous pandesal. Pandesal is the quintessential bread roll of the Philippines. You can use any kind of spread – peanut butter, cheese, sauteed corned beef, scrambled eggs, margarine, liver spread or even sardines.  Am I making you hungry? 

Josef and I dropped by Jollibee before going home from the market. We had the usual breakfast meals, half cup of fried rice, hotdog, poached egg and hot  choco for him while I ordered my favorite  longganisa  with poached egg and a steaming cup of coffee.  We brought home some breakfast too for Mom and Jovy.

Longganisa breakfast meal at Jollibee.

I love Saturdays. I love weekends. Next Saturday Nissa’s family and our good friend Fr. Aly are coming over for lunch. Looking forward to seeing them again. Thinking of what to cook. I already bought something for adobo, laing and pancit canton. Nissa usually brings roasted chicken or pork barbeque. Gonna buy more veggies on Friday for vegetable salad.

Don’t you just love weekends?

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For gardeners out there, have you tried this? I have this old post which I wrote in May 11, 2009 and posted it at my blog Gardens and Empty Spaces. Back then “like” was not yet introduced by WordPress I think but you can comment on the post. This has earned a lot of comments.  Someone commented just yesterday. I am reposting it here.

In our trip to Zambales  a few days ago, I learned some interesting facts about growing things in one’s backyard, very common of which is the papaya plant. Papaya is a soft-wooded perennial plant that has an average lifespan of 5 years and would grow about 4 meters high. The flowering stage is from five to eight months after planting and harvesting comes around five to six months after that.

My sister-in-law is a certified farmer, she underwent a complete 6-months seminar given by the Dept. of Agriculture.  She shared with us what she learned and gave us some seeds of different vegetables which are quite easy to grow, given a small space ,even just in pots.

I was not even aware that you would be able to know whether that papaya tree in your own backyard will bear fruit or not. Most of us just wait for papaya to produce flowers before we will be able to detect whether it is a male or a female.  Papaya flowers are just like jasmine blossoms. The flowers of female papayas are close to the stems while that of the male ones produce long flowers. But we really don’t have to wait for six months before we’ll be able to know if they are worth cultivating or not.  That’s a waste of time and space, according to my sister-in-law. We know for a fact that only female papayas produce those sweet and delicious fruits. One sure way of knowing is this, papaya male plants have one straight root while those of the females are branched-out, producing two or more roots, they’re the only ones that you have to transfer and plant.  Interesting!

Tomatoes are capable of self-pollination so they grow fruits on their own. Same goes true with squash. We have planted some squash  and tomatoes in our small backyard and  they’re growing  by leaps and bounds everyday.  We also planted pechay (Pak Choi) in small pots. Eggplant seedlings are sprouting like crazy. I can’t wait, I am quite excited waiting for everything to grow.

I tried planting chayote two days ago at the back garden. We have a permanent trellis there where it could climb on. It is also known as mirliton squash,  an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae.  When cooked, chayote is usually handled like summer squash; it is generally lightly cooked to retain the crispy consistency. Let us see how it grows in the next few days.

Our back garden and that’s Noki looking at some of our cats.

Planted some sweet potato vines a couple of months ago. We use the young leaves (found at the tip of each branch) to mix with our sinigang.

 

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Yesterday while we were eating lunch and Oreo was seated near, he saw this fresh ampalaya (bitter gourd) that I planned of cooking for dinner sauteed in eggs and paired with fried fish.

We were all surprised when he started munching on the vegetable and seemed to enjoy it so we took a video. I tried uploading it here but a fellow blogger said she can’t open the link so I just erased it. This is the first time I’ve seen a dog eat fresh ampalaya, I am pretty sure he won’t touch it when it is cooked. We googled the benefits of eating fresh ampalaya by those other breed of doggies and it has several.

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I was quietly reading when he came barking his heart out. Then he noticed our glass sliding doors and he saw two dogs, he stopped for a while and faced me. He went out of the room and  got his small doggie toy.

“A peace offering”? I asked.

He then positioned himself at the edge of the bed and looked at me.

“Oh, you’re sorry you are barking out loud”, I said. Look at his eyes, he seems sorry enough. I have to cuddle him and he licked my arms.

We’re friends again.

That’s Oreo….bow!

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Today, the four of us Josef, Jovy, Mom and I attended the christening of my nephew’s baby. It was a simple but a lovely celebration. Ton’s wife will be leaving for UK this coming Thursday and Ton and Emman will follow in a few months. It’s nice seeing family members again.

This afternoon, Josef tried to sweep the ashes on our rooftop but he isn’t done yet. It’s too big a task for one.  If we won’t remove it, it will harden when it rains and becomes lahar. It might destroy our gutter and downspouts.

I am trying to finish a book called Godpretty In The Tobacco Field by Kim Michele Richardson, a new author on my list. It’s a coming of age story that takes place in a fictional rural Appalachian town called Nameless, Kentucky. It’s a home of tobacco farms, crimes and poverty. I love historical stories like this.  I get so much joy in knowing a place even if it is fictional but the characters seem real. I’m about done, my 10th read this year. It may be a bit predictable but still a good read.

Do you participate in reading challenges? What books could you recommend for me to read? I love memoirs, fiction, sometimes YA books, a bit of fantasy and a little of classics. Any author I should discover too?

 

 

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