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Planted some cuttings of Bougainvillea early this morning. I really hope they would grow healthy. Sometimes it is hard to grow plants from cuttings.

Had some time with Oreo and our other pet Noki.  Love these lazy moments playing with the dogs while drinking a hot cup of coffee. 

Camera shy Oreo. I could not see your eyes. A few more days to go and you’ll have a puppy cut.

 

Noki loves posing for the camera.

 

Enjoying some moments at the garden.

 

 

Oreo is curious while Noki is not even looking.

 

According to the vet, Oreo is overweight….haha!

It is hard to take a photo of Oreo, he is so playful.  He couldn’t stay quiet for a while except when he is asleep.

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It seems like I have to reorganize my garden after they’re done removing the Thai bamboo,  installing the steel matting on our fence and  repainting the fence and the steel matting that they will install.

My potted plants are lined up along the wall so everything has to be moved.  Others have rooted in the ground so re-potting is a must too. Busy, busy summer!

Had a general cleaning in my bedroom and changed the sheets and curtains. My gosh, it is so hot but this is that perfect time to clean and re-organize. My garden would probably look “brand new” after this  🙂

Summer is usually a busy month for carpenters  and construction workers. Lot owners choose summer months to have their houses built taking advantage of the days when there is no rain. I had a hard time finding one. His rate is sky-high and  he doesn’t accept payment on a daily basis but chose instead “the pakyawan” where you have to pay a certain amount  until he finishes the scope of work at hand.  “Pakyawan” is more costly than paying the worker on a daily basis but you are assured that they will finish the job.  One thing though, you’ll provide all the materials needed.

I think that when you begin some renovations in the house, there is always a chance that you would have to think of other things that they could do after and it involves more funding…haha!

 

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I am a member of Gardeners’ Tambayan on Facebook.  Tambayan is a Tagalog word  which means a place where you hang out.  I am quite elated to find this group since I am learning a lot about propagating plants, knowing what and when to plant in a small space like mine, learning the names of ornamental and some fruit-bearing trees  which are new to my eyes.

Gardening is a fun thing to do. Although it is quite hard to maintain a garden, it is always a thrill to see new shoots, new blooms and flowers and fruits. Lately, I’ve added more  water spinach in pots.

We went to the market yesterday  and I was surprised how costly a kilo of eggplant is. I thought of planting it too in pots. There are so many gardeners who grow  robust eggplant in pots.  I searched for seeds at Handyman hardware store in one of the malls near our place and I was lucky to find them  there. I bought two packets (just to be sure of replacement later) and a packet of brilliant pink Vinca seeds.  I have Vinca here but they are light pink. They are sun-loving plants so it would be easy to take care of them. Ramgo Int’l. Corp. which provides  them is a local company with so many varieties of seeds in the market, from vegetables to flowering plants.

I can’t wait to see seedlings of my eggplants.

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It’s been raining since last night but the sun showed its face for a while this morning then it got dark again.  I had time to go out  and inspect the blooms in my garden.

Ruellia in white.

I only used to have the purple flowers then some pink ones just sprouted and now these.

They look like Petunia flowers,  white dainty flowers scattered all over the garden.

It’s market day again and I bought  sweet potato for snacks. Camote as we locally call it is high in vitamin B6, a good source of vitamin C and D.  It contain iron a support a healthy immune system and is also a good  source of magnesium,  a relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Sometimes I just boil it or make it into fritters.

I only heard  of this from Nissa.  What, a bulletproof coffee?   She tells  me it tastes so good without the sugar of course but laced with butter.  She’s right now into bulletproof diet.  I could not imagine my coffee with butter.  She uses instant variety though then put it into a blender.

Have a blessed weekend.

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Honestly, I didn’t know there is such a thing as this. a special day celebrated for book lovers. All these years I was not aware of it until a friend on Facebook forwarded this lovely  photo from Chicken Soup for the Soul. It was celebrated yesterday. Today, in our country, it’s already August 10.

How nice to celebrate a special day for books and readers alike. I love this photo. it shows the beauty of having books around with maybe a hot cup of coffee or tea on a rainy day.

Cicero surely was thinking of me  🙂  when he said these words.  Garden and books, two things I both love.  How I wish I really have a small room for a library but all I have are several shelves for our accumulated books over the years. My daughter is a book nerd, she used to buy series of publications when she was here. I remember a complete set of the Harry Potter series, all hardbound copies which she reserved  at National Book Store when they were out in the market. I remember watching the movie adaptations with my kids.  Remember  Hunger Games, a trilogy of young adult dystopian novels written by the novelist Suzanne Collins? She also has hard-bound copies of  Stephanie Meyer’s books  Twilight. I haven’t read them, I am not fond of vampire stories and werewolves.

By the way, I am done with 145 books for my Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge.  Five more books to go,  yahoo 🙂 I lately finished another memoir by Frances Mayes, author of the lovely book Under the Tuscan Sun . Under Magnolia is all about her coming of age, her growing up years in  Fitzgerald, Georgia. I love the photos inside the book.  It made me think of how she looked like when she was younger.

Though it’s late, I want to wish you all Happy Book Lovers Day.

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For the past several days, I  was not inspired enough to blog and share my thoughts.  I don’t know why. These are those times when I prefer finishing the books I have started on my e-reader, just quiet moments listening to the noise of the day, the usual hustle and bustle  of  city life.

Finally, we’re done trimming the carabao grass (as usual) over the weekend. I love the nice clean look of our small garden. I counted the fruits of our langka (jackfruit trees)  in all stages of growth. There were more than twenty of them and small shoots are still sprouting like crazy. Our  two calamansi trees are in their flowering stage too. I just love the lemony scents of their flowers.  They  delight the senses in such a big way.

Have you ever experienced starting on a new book and a new author and  having that big smile on your face because you found it? That feeling of bliss and well-being because you were inspired by the story? That feeling that everything is okay and you wish the story would go on?  But such is the sad part, a story always has an ending. It may not be something  you expected, it may not be something that you ever thought of, it may not be something that the story calls for, but precisely the ending sometimes leaves you breathless with that silly smile on your face because of such a moving encounter with a good read.

Some books I prefer reading slowly like Upstream  by Mary Oliver. Taking those words in small doses so to speak.  I  always look at the dust jacket of the book and I  smile because I have  a copy. It’s actually my third book of Mary Oliver.  Lately, I started reading Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser, a sort of self-help book.  There was a time during my college years when I got engrossed reading Psychology and  Philosophy books. That waned  over the years until lately. The latter speaks of writing down your goals and achieving them not in the spur of the moment perhaps but through the  blessed days of your life. We speak of miracles, we speak of coincidences but I guess it’s  God’s way of telling us to go on  because He will never abandon us.  Have faith in all you do.

Oh, I can’t believe  it, I am on my 89th book  in my Goodreads 2017 reading challenge.  It’s about  59%  and  36 books ahead of schedule. So glad of this.

Good morning everyone!

 

 

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I have a little good news. I went back to SSS yesterday and what do you know, my  pension is ready for credit.  Alleluia!  But two months of processing is quite long enough.

Got to trim our carabao grass again, replant some flowering plants and uproot some dead ones.   I planted  two more pineapple crowns  behind the house. Those I planted earlier are growing nicely, let me see, I have seven in all now. I hope the first one would produce a  flower soon.

The life of a gardener – plenty of time to enjoy the morning sun and the afternoon breeze. Sometimes  it is quite a bonus to listen to the visiting sparrows. A hot cup of coffee is always welcome at the break of dawn, when the world is still asleep  and the quiet could be felt.

I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee  and listening to the sparrows sing.

I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee and listening to the sparrows sing.

Despite the busy days  at the garden, I was able to finish four books at the start of the challenge. I am in the middle of reading my 5th book now. Peter  Mayle’s two books, A Year In Provence and Tojours  in Provence (the  sequel)  were such a joy to read. I learned so much about what life was like in Provence.  Now I am beginning to enjoy Italy, it is such a lovely place too.

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