What a beautiful morning!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Gardening 101: What we've learned so far...

Here’s what we’ve learned so far from our attempt to grow our own veggies -

1) Put crawlers/climbers together. 
We planted the cucumber plants with the bell peppers and it choked one bell pepper plant, and stunted the others. The melon snared my lemon-verbena herb plant, so now some branches are down.

2) Trellis for #1 and train them to climb up. Be diligent in cutting out secondary and tertiary stems (?). If you don’t, they can get wild!

3) Know what you’re planting. 
Our tomato plants were gifted to us. The giver couldn’t remember what kind they were. The plant got bigger and we were not prepared when the fruits came out. We have cracked tomatoes, fallen/down branches, and half-eaten tomatoes on the vine. 

4) Herbs are better in pots than the ground. (See #1)

5) For best results, plan well to plant better.

Overall, it wasn't such a bad season for first timers like us. We were just really shocked that we didn't kill any of them from the beginning!

Thursday, July 02, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We (as in the husband actually) had been trying to grow a vegetable garden for a few years now. This summer, we finally did it! I don't know if we should credit it to the pandemic, but for whatever reason, the weeds are gone and we now have a vegetable garden.

Kudos to Jay. He worked hard from start to finish. He's been very diligent in watering and weeding as well. I was only there for moral support and photo ops!

Lavender, Italian Oregano and Lemon Thyme - Week 2
Tomatoes (2-3 weeks old) and Basil (week 2)
Melon, Chili, and Lemon Verbena (week 1)

Flower from my childhood - Gumamela (Hibiscus)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Music, Pandemic, and Me

A few weeks ago, as I was looking for an old post, I realized that it has been a long time since I've written on this blog. I have forgotten how therapeutic and fun writing can be. The problem is, as always, coming up with things to write about.

As we enter day blah (I don't even know how many) of the pandemic, I've found myself perusing Facebook more. I have even found myself jumping in to one of those "post a photo of..." trend.  The one that I really wanted to do, but unfortunately didn't get asked to participate, had something to do with music. The task was to post a photo of the ten albums that greatly influenced their taste in music. One album per day, for 10 days. Just a photo, no explanation.

Well, since I didn't get to do it on Facebook, I'm doing it here instead and I am posting all 10 at one time! So here are the ten albums that influenced my taste in music.

It took me a few days to come up with a list. It was harder since I had to exclude the greatest hits albums, which in my own opinion is the best way to get into new music. I just thought it's more fun to come up with the actual album and not just a compilation.

What's on your list?

Friday, June 28, 2013


Last April, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Stamford, U.K. for work.
(That's United Kingdom, by the way....)
Stamford made me feel like I was back in Jane Austen's time.
Walking down the cobbled streets going to the town center.
Browsing little curious shops and tea rooms.

Not only was imagination was satisfied.
My tummy was also very happy with Stamford.
Below are just some of the excellent meals that I ate while I was there.

French Pressed Coffee - EVERYDAY
I had this for breakfast everyday. Minus the fried bread. 

My First Meal in Stamford
Lunch at the Burghley House - braised pork belly!
Dinner Option #1

Dinner Option # 2
This Doner was so good, I had it 2x that week.
Lunch at a French restaurant near the office.

Cannot leave England without having a Pimm's.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sad and Maddening

As I was trying to put a little bit of order in the kid's room just now, MiL started telling me about our next door neighbor who is finally moving to a nursing home. Just a bit of background about this woman next door - she's probably in her 70s, can barely walk or see, and a widow with no children. She's been getting by with the help of my MiL and other good hearted neighbors, and her niece who lives outside LexKy. She's really coming to that stage where living alone is no longer advisable, that's why she has to leave and move to a nursing home.

From that conversation, came a question from my MiL.
She asked, "if I have to go to a nursing home, do I have to sell the house?"
MiL pointed out that she'd rather not do that and wants to leave the house to her son.
We went back and forth on the reasons why moving to a nursing home and/or selling her home is not necessary.
What made me feel sad and upset was what certain people have told her.

When she mentioned to her friends that she wants to transfer the house to Jay now, these old women's advice was a resounding "NO". Their reasoning?
Transfering the house to her son's name, means she is giving up her rights to live in the house.
Which means, her son can throw her out of her home whenever he wants to.

Hearing that, I feel sorry for those paranoid bitches (yes, I called them BITCHES!) who told my MiL that. Obviously, in their family they dont have the sense of security that someone will care and love them at their advance age. It's so sad that they know that their own family will discard them like dirty old rags, therefore they would rather sell their properties, move to a nursing home, and just be done with their so-called-family.

I do understand that caring for the elderly or the sick (or both) is an energy and time zapper.
Yes, it is very big inconvenience to all involved, but the family that I grew up in, we just try to do our best. Despite how frustrated you sometimes feel about that person, or how old they are, you do not turn your back to family.
You respect that elderly person.
You care for them, the way they cared for you when you were growing up.
You do not throw them out or have someone else care for them.

So screw those paranoid bitches my MiL calls her friends.
I pity their sorry state of mind, but not sorry enough to not want to reach over and slap them so hard their head will concave!

Okay, rant over.