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The best way to relax on a gloomy afternoon!

 

 

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I was inspired by Wilma’s photo on giraffes and I thought of the cross stitch I did years ago on the same subject. Back in the nineties, one of the Asst. Vice-Presidents (my boss) of the bank taught some of us to do cross stitching. I was hooked making so many projects some of which I gifted to my close friends. I even joined exhibits before. My eyesight is no longer that good for those small stitches. Here’ s a frame of my own giraffe Wilma. It’s still has pride of place in one corner of our wall.

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We were at the garden this afternoon including Oreo. He has now learned to bark or whine when he wants to go out and pee. Dogs are intelligent, aren’t they?  When we are outside and are busy, we make him sit on the ledge of the front window. He couldn’t jump because it is high. Good thing he is friendly with our other dog Noki but when he is inside the car and Noki shows his face near it, he barks. Quite territorial. He goes with Josef and Jovy  when they visit the latter’s  grandma every week.

I took a photo of him earlier. I think he needs another trim, I could barely see his eyes.

 

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Saw this early this morning while I was watering our Arius tree. I thought at first it was deformed leaves eaten by some insects. Look at that monochromatic shade of its wings. I wonder if this is a butterfly. It didn’t move while I was taking some shots. If this is a butterfly, I guess it would have flown when I touched it but it didn’t.

Could you help me identify it? This is bigger than a moth.

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My brothers and I grew up in the company of my maternal grandmother and a spinster aunt when we were in grade school. (BTW, my auntie  is now 98, the only living sister of mom).  During summer, dad would take his vacation from school works and  he is usually with mom when he comes back to the province. Mom stays with him part of the year  but they always come back during Christmas and school break.

Back then, we were the only one in our barrio who had deep well but we got water manually from it.  Our place is high up the mountain so water supply was scarce during the summer months. Good thing the whole place have an electric pump now and we converted our deep well into a water pump.  Those days, my mom and my aunt would wash our clothes in the river which lies about two kilometers from our place. We would go with them, bringing towels and change of clothing.  What I loved was that we would also bring something for snacks –  biscuits, boiled peanuts or sweet potato and  some lunch of  fried fish or scrambled egg with rice. There used to be a set of mess kit and tin can  from the US army which my grandmother had kept all those years.  It was so practical using them for the “labada” adventures.

There was this shed made of  dried coconut leaves and bamboo as trunks. The water was only knee-deep. It was  nice taking a bath lying in the middle of the river. My oldest brother would sometimes bring goggles so he could stay long in the water. Despite all those summer days of bathing in the river, I never learned how to swim although mom was a good swimmer. Dad taught me how to float in the deeper end of the river but I was always afraid if my toes didn’t touch the ground.   I never took a swim even in our road trips to beaches years ago. I just dip myself and let my hair wet. I’d rather find sea glass or shells  along the beach.

Last night, I dreamed of our old house again and those river visits. There are  those times when you wish you were a child again.

The view from our house.

The river is calm, you can take a morning dip anytime.

Those summer days…..precious!

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“How does one become a butterfly? They have to want to learn to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
― Trina Paulus, Hope for the Flowers

Posted this photo before. Nate’s visit at the Butterfly Garden in one of their trips in Baguio. He can’t even go out of the house now but he is happy being with his Mom everyday.

 

Caught it while we were about to leave for Manila  years and years ago. Taken in our garden in Pangasinan.

 

 

One of those lucky days in the garden.

 

Look, it was inside the house.

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I just finished  trimming the carabao grass early this morning. I’m happy my plants are well. Just updated my garden blog.

I posted some pics at my FB site and one of my friends who loves gardening too identified a plant  that I could not remember its name.

So this is called Scarlet Bush or Don Manuel. It is an easy to maintain plant. Just planted a sapling over a year ago. And it blooms non-stop.

I love this photo. Touched by the sun. That little orange Bougainvillea flower in front of our grotto was lighted by the rising sun.  I am propagating this, cut two stems a week ago and they are thriving well in two pots.

My Adenium bore seeds again and I planted them in small pots until they are old enough to be transferred.

Gardening is such a joy, don’t you think?

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Took these shots a while ago. We had an early dinner, some sort of late lunch too. Another birthday to remember. I just wished that Nissa’s family was here with us.

the birthday boy at 36

Of course, Oreo wouldn’t be left behind.

Siomai

KFC fried chicken sent by Nissa via Grab.

A tray of Lumpiang Shanghai, Lechon Kawali and Embutido

Pancit Malabon

Pusit Sisig

We have a dessert of Carrot cake

and Tiramisu

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This photo popped up on  Facebook’s Memories  this morning and I am reminded  of the time I took shot of it more than nine years ago when I was just starting taking macro shots with my camera.

This picture is actually green moss clinging to our perimeter wall behind the house and that mountain-like structure you see is our concrete fence. I’ve always love experimenting on water droplets, capturing those tiny jewels on cam before they reach the ground. A minute here, a few seconds there. It’s divine!

One of my friends who is a professional photographer said he liked the composition because it was beyond ordinary and those water droplets turned out like tiny flowers. It just happened. I remember blogging about this when likes and comments at WordPress were not yet that so common.

It’s one of my favorite shots. When one is lucky enough to find a nice subject 🙂

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Time flies! And June has ingrained itself without us being that aware of the months and dates passing  by. Oh yes, I used to have those month-ender blogs, some are summaries of events the past month or so. I also used to look forward to things happening during a new month.  Gone are those days when  I anticipated those moments that Nate and I will see each other again. Gosh, it’s been more than three months since they came over last.  The other day, I had a nice video chat with him. He made faces in front of the camera and he lost another front tooth….haha!

Many parents are apprehensive in the opening of classes which was set by the Department of Education come August 24. I wonder how prepared they are to shift to another tool of learning. They say that there won’t be face to face encounter with fellow students and teachers. You can always use online modules and home schooling. What about those who are studying in public  schools and don’t have the means to access the internet? Will they be left behind?

As I see it right now, the riding public/commuters are having problems with going back to work. What use was the  almost three months lockdown without  preparation from our Dept. of Transportation? We are back to square one.  Do we expect the same thing with the Dept. of Education when classes open? Will they be prepared for it?  Will the students benefit with this kind of learning?

Last night, we celebrated Jovy’s birthday. They went out to buy food and had some cakes delivered. We laughed at Oreo struggling with the bone of the Crispy pata. He was like a small kid given an unknown toy to play with. We took some photos of course for prosperity and Jovy lighted some candles for her birthday wish.

 

The other day, Josef and I trimmed our garden plants. I transferred my only Kamuning plant from a pot direct to the soil. The flowers have a heady scent like Gardenia.

When it grows taller, I will trim its branches and plant more.

Welcome June!

 

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