Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardening, gardens, reading, tagged books, Close to Nature, gardening, guilty pleasures, home garden, journeys, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on January 6, 2017 |
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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.
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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Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, herbs and spices, life, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, garden scents, gardening, home garden, life, photography, planting turmeric on August 5, 2016 |
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I went back to gardening after letting my hands heal for a few days. Goodness, I have to trim the carabao grass again, they have grown quite wild in three weeks.
This morning I was at the garden at 5am, still dark for some but it was nice to see the world unfolding with a hot cup of coffee and the company of our dog Noki. Mimi went back to sleep besides mom as soon as I opened the door to our dirty kitchen. Have you ever spent an early morning smelling different garden scents? The sweet aroma and spicy scent of oregano, the spicy and sharp fragrance of ginger leaves that linger, the lemony smell of calamansi flowers and the intoxicating scent of gardenia flowers captivate the senses. You wish you could put each scent in a bottle and maybe use them to make scented candles.
Last week, I trimmed one of our calamansi trees. Time is a gentle and nice reminder that new life will always be something to look forward to. Look at those healthy leaves sprouting like crazy. It is always nice to see something growing in one’s garden.
The rhizomes of the turmeric I bought at the wet market have finally produced buds. I planted them in three pots and they are thriving nicely. It is my first time to try cultivating turmeric in my garden.
I only have one potted ginger and the roots are ready for harvest. I wonder if ginger produces flowers just like the turmeric. I can’t wait to see it blooms.
And these capped my early morning garden adventure, my bleeding heart blooms.
It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. ~James Douglas
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Posted in blog update, city gardening, gardening, journeys, life, month-ender blog, tagged blogging, gardening, home garden, journeys, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on August 1, 2016 |
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Welcome August dear, I hope you will be kind enough to limit typhoons that visit our country when you are around. Please, please, please, no more flash floods that wreak havoc to my peace of mind and stress to those people in a number of provinces regularly visited by storms and typhoons. We just had three typhoons since the start of the year and I am thankful that they are not that destructive.
July, you were some kind of lazy, you know that? Uneventful long afternoons of sunny skies and sudden thunderstorms but you were kind enough to inspire me to overhaul my garden. Maybe, overhaul is such a strong word, I was inspired to dig the earth and plant more, prune one of our calamansi trees and our lone Gardenia shrub. I got blisters on my hands and little cuts too but that’s part of a gardener’s life. I am glad that you gave me enough time to catch up on my reading and discover books that are a delight to read.
I stopped watching the news lately because all they ever show are body counts of dead people on the streets who the authorities say are drug pushers/users but what is sad is there are those innocent victims (students and young professionals) with a promise of a bright future. Mistaken identity or were they at the wrong place at the wrong time? I hate these extra-judicial killings, they violate human rights. Social media say that there is due process when the suspect belongs to the higher ladder of society but the ordinary man on the street is an easy target. One thing that I know, go to the root so the branches would die. Goodbye July, I hope this time next year, everything would be just as peaceful as before.
Looking forward to more days of reading and since Mom is here, I know August would be a happy month. Our dog Noki is happy too because Mom is around. Our cat Mimi has found a nice bed to take a nap while Mom watches her favorite programs.
I asked Nissa how I could post the video she took of Nate while he was dancing. The dance moves….priceless 🙂 They attended a birthday party last Saturday. He brought home a set of Robocar Poli because of his winning get-up, that of Iron Man!
Here’s my wish for you, may your August days be happy too!
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Posted in blogging, food, gardening, Goodreads, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, Philippine cuisine, photography, tagged blogging, flowers and blooms, food, gardening, home garden, journeys, life, photography on June 28, 2016 |
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Oh my, it seems like months since I last posted here. Thank you for those visits even if there is nothing new to read. No valid reason though except the same old one, been busy the past few days. Blogging took a back seat for a while.
Gardening has been a priority of course. It rains almost every day now so those unwanted weeds sprout like crazy too. Every two weeks, I need to trim our carabao grass, a tall order for aching backs and sore muscles. The reward though is more than enough to make me smile. All the Portulaca I planted three weeks ago are blooming now in different colors of yellow, white, orange and pink. They are the most easy to grow annual plants.
Saw this white rain lily in early bloom. Flowers only appear during rainy season but they are nice ground cover.
Yesterday, I attempted to cook my version of Bicol Express for our lunch. It’s that popular dish from the Bicol region where coconut seems to be the main ingredient in lots of their local dishes. And know what, the main ingredient here is not the pork but the sliced green Thai chili peppers that we have plenty of. The dish is really hot and it requires a lot of rice to go with it. I omitted the shrimp paste since Josef is allergic to shrimp, used ordinary rock salt instead. It was yummy.
Some of my friends are urging me to cook another dish in coconut cream which we call Ginataang Santol. I asked my favorite vendor yesterday if they have the Bangkok variety but she told me it is not yet in season. Would love to cook this again when I find those sweet Bangkok santol in the market.
I was able to transfer all the photos I took on my tab at Photobucket and to my hard drive. Better be safe than sorry. One more thing I need to do and it is a hard and dusty undertaking – to clean our book shelves and separate books, the favorites and most important ones from those we just bought on a whim. There are some authors that I have never known before but surprisingly delivers a good piece of a story.
Eight books in advance for my 2016 Reading Challenge in Goodreads. Hooray!
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Posted in home garden, journeys, life, thoughts, tagged blessings, Close to Nature, home garden, journeys, life, nature, thoughts on May 18, 2016 |
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The garden is bathed in soft light and glistening with raindrops while the sun is slowly showing its face.
I could smell the delicate scent of the Calamansi flowers (they seemed to have blossomed overnight) mingled with the aroma of basil and oregano. It’s one of those times when you want to linger with a hot cup of coffee on the side. It’s one of those times when nature seems to say, “it’s a beautiful day, enjoy it”. It’s a big YES.
We experienced a worse thunderstorm yesterday afternoon causing massive brownouts in our area. Just imagine four hours of fanning yourself like crazy and not even knowing what to do because even reading felt so uncomfortable. It was an agony alright. The whole street had lights on but each house had none. Mom repeatedly asked if it has different connection and I said yes.
I received a big surprise this morning when Josef gave me my Intellicare card from JP Morgan and Chase. It’s part of the benefits that they have as regular employees. I am glad since going to the doctor or to the hospital for check-up is now covered by this medical health care. Thank God for blessings.
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Posted in blog update, blogging, city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, home garden, nature, tagged a blogger's life, blogging, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, home garden on February 6, 2016 |
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Gosh, the sudden morning rain prevented me again from finishing my garden chores but I am glad I don’t have to water the plants. Everything looks so green and fresh. Gone are the dusts clinging to the leaves of the plants.
I’ve focused my time and efforts just updating this site that I forgot I have to visit and post a thing or two to my other blogs. I must admit it is quite hard to maintain several blogs. The thing is, years ago I have decided to separate my gardening blog, photos, my blog posts on Nate and lately a new platform which I could use when I fully consume my allowed limits here. Got 29% more to go before it ends. Hopefully, without posting so many photos, I could still use this in the next year or two.
This morning (finally) I updated my gardening blog called Gardens and Empty Spaces, I really hope you’ll find time to visit it too. My intro page is quite long but you can find it on the widget sidebar, an easier way to know the gardener behind the garden 🙂 I also included some excerpts on my latest blog posts at my other sites.
Hop in, you are welcome to visit my backyard garden.
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Posted in city gardening, family life, flowers and blooms, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, tagged family life, flowers and blooms, guilty pleasures, home garden, life, morning in the garden, music, The Beatles on August 26, 2015 |
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Ah yes, color me pink for the day.
I spent the early morning in the garden weeding a bit. I don’t know, our carabao grass needs trimming again, it seems to grow by leaps and bounds. The rainy days last week contributed to the rapid growth of everything. I had a lovely time picking some Calamansi (Philippine lime) from our two fruit trees in the yard. They are almost ripe, just perfect for a pitcher of fresh Calamansi juice. Our Bougainvillea planted at the corner outside our perimeter wall is blooming again, those lovely clustered pink flowers are a sight to behold. The shrub serves as a protection to our concrete corner wall where there is busy traffic every day. Even my pink rain lilies are showing flowers in every tip. My pink and yellow Portulaca are blooming too so are my pink angels. How lovely to see different shade of pink in the garden. I call it a pink Wednesday.
My son and I had a good laugh a while ago when I heard the Beatles playing on his tab while he was having a late breakfast. I asked him, “since when have you learned listening to that kind of music?” He said, “don’t you remember, we used to watch them when I was in grade school”. Oh, senior moments again. I laughed. Of course, I remember now, there was this new tv station (on test broadcast for a few days) and they played those old movies by the Beatles and some clips of their concerts worldwide. You bet, I am now listening to their music on YouTube while blogging 🙂 Those were the days and the good thing about the 60’s and 70’s music is that you always have the option to listen to them even just on YouTube.
Do you find pleasure in listening to old music, that kind that resonates with you, that kind of music that was a part of your growing up years? I do.
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