Another year is added to my existence here on earth. I am beyond blessed to be living and reach this age because there are a few of my batch mates in school who unfortunately did not make it to my age.
As usual, we celebrated our birthday by dining out at Red Lobster exclusively with family. Nothing fancy, nothing special except that I feel special because my husband took a day off today. He gave me flowers and a balloon yesterday. That alone make me feel pretty, haha.
I am thankful to the Lord above for giving me this opportunity to celebrate my 33rd birthday with people I love the most. I am healthy at this age and most of all, I have peace of mind. That’s a gift because not everyone in this world have that and having peace of mind is something that cannot be bought.
Anyway, I ordered the biggest plate of Red Lobsters’ “Lobster and Shrimp Summer Fest” menu. It’s my birthday so it’s a treat and I believe, I deserve it. Who does not? The food is scrumptious and yes, it’s huge that I couldn’t eat it all. Bringing home the leftover just give me another meal to enjoy my birthday food.
I saw the summer fest advertised on Facebook last night and I knew right then what I am gonna order today, so I did. We had some appetizer, main dish and a dessert which is a strawberry cheesecake. We all enjoyed the dinner and I feel blessed.
…. a reminder how I look at 33
… a treat for myself on my birthday. I love everything that’s in the plate. My kind of food to be exact.
…. cheesecake with strawberry, the only dessert that was ordered because everybody was too full for more food, except Jadyn…
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I am into gardening as you may have noticed in my previous entries. Too bad I don’t have my gardening blog anymore, you could have followed me through these years boasting about my plants.
Anyway, here are snaps of what we have in the backyard right now. So lush green are the leaves and they are thriving pretty well with all the sunlight and heavy rainfall we’ve been getting lately. It brings joy to my heart seeing my plants grow and eventually harvest some and serve them at the table for my family to enjoy.
In these pots are; carrots, eggplants, okra, Asian spinach or alugbate in our native dialect, Asian long string beans or sitaw in Tagalog and batong in Bisaya, sweet potatoes, lemongrass, cucumber, moringa oleifera or kamunggay, asparagus and some water spinach in separate pots.
I have harvested the potato tops yesterday and made a salad out of it. Both of my girls love the salad, the first born compared the taste to a popping seaweed (lato) that can only be found in the Philippines.
I don’t have anything to brag around here except my beautiful gardens and that we are eating organic around this time of year.
How about you people? Do you have a garden too? What kind of plants do you prefer to have in the garden?
The picture of Asiatic lily below in a vase is elegant and you can’t argue with that. Would you believe me if I planted them? That they came from my very own flower garden? That they would have cost me $50 if I bought them?
The flower petals are crisps, vibrant, healthy and big! I put these flowers in the bathroom where the entire family frequents to put a smile on our faces whenever we go there and do our business. They just light up the entire room, I tell you.
The secret to these flowers are full sun, fertilizer (I put cow dung) in early spring and of course, bountiful rain too. When it rains, it makes me happy because it serves as the natural fertilizer for my plants both the flowers and vegetables.
See first photo below, I cut them when they were about to bloom. So there are not so many there compared to the second photo.
… below was taken this morning, as you can see, they are bigger and more beautiful even if they have been sitting in the bathroom one week since I cut them from the garden. This is what I like about gardening, I give beautiful blooms in return.
One of my stress relievers is gardening, whether it be vegetable or flowers! I do both every year. I start sowing vegetable seeds in late March and then by mid Summer, I start harvesting whatever I have planted. Meanwhile, in the front yard, I have two big flower beds that are oozing with different colors and varieties of flower blooms every Spring.
I started these beds six years ago when we first moved in this house. My dream back then, when we have our own house that has a yard large enough for a garden, I’d love to have my own flower garden. Dream came true as I now have two large round flower beds. Each year, I would plant perennial bulbs in the Fall and other varieties when there is a sale for plants at home improvement stores until I filled up the two beds. I did not buy anything this year yet I am getting blooms.
I have done such a great job stabilizing my gardens and truly filled it with colorful flowers year after year. There is something with flowers that fill my soul with calmness and joy every time I go out to the front yard and see them especially in the morning when I need some fresh air and something to cheer me up. My flowers are like my babies smiling back at me, waving at me and saying, “mommy, here we are!”.
Sometimes my girls hear me talk to my plants and they find it weird, they’d ask me why I am talking to my flowers? ‘Coz, I am connecting with them and they say, plants love being talked at. The more you talk to them, the more they give you produce/flowers back.
See photo below? You would think they are store bought, right? But no, as pretty as they are, I am proud to say that I cut them yesterday from my very own garden. They just look so beautiful and the big hybrid tea rose smells sweet.
The base of flowers is now sitting in our bathroom and each time I go there, I feel happy seeing my flowers so beautiful.
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When there is an occasion, we try to celebrate it simply and exclusively for our family. On Mother’s Day, as a tradition in our household, my husband took us out to a 45-minute drive away from home for dinner and for the children to enjoy bungee jump at the mall.
Rain Forest Cafe in Grapevine Mills Mall was the destination where I had my seafood combo, salmon and rice for the husband and chicken/shrimp nuggets for the girls. We do not require grand celebration in our household as long as the husband remembers me on days that pertain to appreciating the hard work I do for our family, that’s what matters to me. And I am happy with it.
What’s important is, we got to go out, everybody had fun and we bonded together as a whole family.
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The group of Filipinas in South side of Fort Worth including myself had our 2nd annual Spring Picnic in French Lake Drive in March 26, 2016. The weather that days was 77 degrees so perfect for our picnic. We had plenty of food for each of us had to bring 2-3 different type of meals, combined altogether equals a sumptuous lunch plus take home dishes!
I love this group of Filipinas because they are people I can hangout to laugh with, talk with, eat with and most of all be silly with. I am thankful I found them, two of whom are my neighbors because being with them somehow eases my homesickness.
I need that sense of being home by hanging out with these ladies not just for me but for our kids to play and have fun together once in a while. We all need that quick escape from house chores and work and chill a bit once in a while, you know?
As usual, I had a blast spending at least 6 hours of so much fun in the sun while also watching our kids play in the playground, run around, burning their energy and socializing with other friends’ kids. The group plan to continue this annual picnic in the next coming years as well as organize other outdoor activities pretty soon like camping out and or summer road trip down to Waco.
We shall see if these will push through…
…. a full table of food brought by the ladies and more desserts on the other table… people who passed by our table would look and amazed how much food we had….
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