Trail to Go Biking

Aside from a quiet location of our property, we are also pleased to know that there is a trail located just right in front of our property stretching as 20 miles East and West. That is a lot of land to go riding a bicycle in any direction you want to go.

I have done 4.5 miles bike ride so far and plan on going longer rides as days to come. I ride my bike in the mornings while the temperatures are cool but cool enough to make me comfortable at the same time basking in the sun to make sweat.

It is with great pleasure using this public trail, I love it. It enables me to enjoy the outdoors at the same time getting my leg exercise. Such a great way to admire the wooded and shaded part of this little town too. Just let yourself loose on foot or on the bike and be thankful for God’s wonderful gift of life.

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Our New Home

We are one of those that are so blessed and are able to purchase a house we all like. It is a log house that was built in 2007. We are the third owner of this house. We think it’s beautiful, all natural wood inside and brown painted/treated logs on the outside, it is a 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths two-storey house with wrap-around porch.

Right now, we are still in the process of moving and arranging our stuff to make this house cozy and homey. It is situated on a 4+-acre farm on a major US highway in East Texas. We love it out here, it is quiet and you can see the beautiful green trees and in the backyard, you can look as far as your eyes can see!

The closest neighbor we have are the previous owners and their sons which their house is sitting adjacent to our property.

Anyway, one of my favorite parts of the house is the front porch. It is where I can get to hear the traffic ( makes me feel I am not too far from the civilization), the neighbors’ roosters. And it is the front porch where I can watch the kids play, Calico hunting for lizards and admire my plants in pots and hanging baskets. So relaxing! I would like to think that I am beginning to experience a beautiful country life. Thanks to my husband for his ability to buy a property with no problems giving us a life with no worries.

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Our log home at night
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Our dining room is slowly coming together. It is all orangey/fall looking right now due to upcoming season, Fall and Halloween. I am planning of changing decors as we move through the Holiday seasons. Top of the refrigerator needs a knick knack or two and would love to have a galvanized “friends and family gather here” décor over the doors.

Keep coming as I will update some parts of our home as I am working on putting up stuff slowly.

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Antique Shops in New Boston, Texas

Antique shops is one of my favorite stores to hang out and see stuff nowadays. I have not had any interests with flea markets or antique shops before until we moved to the country, why? Because of the log house we bought and I would think antiques or anything rustic/Western fit best with the house.

I was excited to know that there are actually antique shops that I can go visit in New Boston, Texas which is 12 miles away from us. There are three antique shops located in the same complex so with that said, it just makes me wanna drag my feet there comes trade days. I can’t wait for it. It happens every third Saturday of the month, this month it falls on the 17th of September.

I don’t think I am done with buying home decorations yet, so going to trade days and see what they’ll have makes me want to drag the days to go by fast and indulge myself with the antiques and unique gifts I can find that other people are selling.

Here’s a couple pictures of the shops I took when we visited New Boston last week.

 

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Hasn’t Gone Out in Five Days

It is our second week here in our country home and so far so good. The kids are pretty much doing well in school. They said, kids and teachers here are nice and friendly. Not much of a difference than city schools.

While I, on the other hand having a little of trouble adjusting to our new living environment. It kinda scares me the thought that we only have a few neighbors, it gets pitch dark at night, so many insects, spiders and bugs we are battling with, and the fact that I have not gone out in five days is kinda taking me back to my old boring days here in America when I feel stuck and nowhere else to go.

Can you imagine  I have only seen two different people this week? One that came over this morning, Karl is his name to help me get in the house ‘coz I got locked out you know and one that I see everyday is our kids’ school bus driver.

I can drive, right? But I don’t see the need to go anywhere else. There are no stores close by that I like to see or none of my favorite shopping stores are anywhere near me so I better stay at home. Anyway, I think I can do this. Just need a little adjustment and getting a hang to it is what I should do in order for me to fully enjoy and appreciate this peaceful country lifestyle we now have.

Training Babies to Sleep, the Ferber Way

There are a lot of things for new parents to decide on. How to setup their nursery, what stroller to choose and how they will deal with the inevitable sleepless nights ahead. Today’s post is going to focus on a sleep method that gets your baby to sleep through the night; it’s called the Ferber Method. Mothers who have successfully employed this method with their kids swear this method has made their lives a whole lot easier.

The internet is rife with countless tips and methods of getting a baby to sleep through the night but for some reason, the Ferber method seems to rank above all the other techniques for getting babies to sleep at night. Although this technique has garnered a large following, a few parents remain skeptical about trying it.

The reason this is, may not be unconnected to the fact that the Ferber method advocates baby-training; this simply means training babies to self-soothe by allowing them to cry for a pre-determined amount of time and then offering external comfort at a scheduled time. As harsh as this sounds, a lot of parents have found that it worked for them.

Of course, there are also a bunch of steps and rules one has to follow during the baby-training phase and so the next question would be – would this work for all babies? Probably not. A baby’s inability to sleep may be connected to some neurological or general health issues so it’s advisable you speak with a doctor before trying out the Ferber method.

Below is an infographic from that sheds more light on how exactly the Ferber method works.

 

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Updates Why It Has Been 2 Months I Haven’t Posted Anything

I am shocked to see that my last posting on this blog was in my birthday. This isn’t so me. For those who are on my Facebook, they know full well what is going on with our lives these days. We move in the country and are still hauling our stuff from the city to our current place.

We are 3 hours away drive from DFW metroplex and we are using a small trailer. We are depending on our family friend to do the hauling for us since we don’t have a pick up truck. All in all, we have only been moving pretty slow!

95% of my husband’s stuff are still in the city, I am almost done with mine. Only a few more big plants left in there and I am good. Right now, our house is a complete mess. Wherever you look, no matter what corner it is, upstairs and downstairs… it’s like there’s a tornado that just hit in our area. I did not know it is so stressful. The last time we moved 8 years ago, I don’t remember it to be this overwhelming.

Guess, it is going to be several weeks before I can post something personal on here. Unless, it is something very important that is when I am gonna open my laptop again. Got a gazillion things to do around here and I need to put them behind me. Later folks!

My 34th Birthday

I turned 34 yesterday. It was just a simple celebration but I still feel blessed with another year of my life, not having an illness or anything health-related issues. I feel good generally. I am thankful to God for blessing me with so many things I wished for in life, I couldn’t ask for more!

My day started by with a good two hours workout, a nice brunch with my husband and children, they handed me a birthday card with their writings in it. Then hours later, I brought my girls to splash pad we then joined by a Filipina friend and her kids later. She bought a roasted chicken and we shared it all for our dinner.

That was it! So simple really, nothing special. Nothing fancy. We stayed over two hours and when we came home, my husband baked some steaks, tasted a bit and it was good. That is how I spent my birthday. Looking forward to living many many more years so I can witness my children grow!

Oh wait! Before I close this entry, I would like to state fact that I am now showing signs of aging… white/gray hair are slowly growing. Just weeks before I could turn 34, I spotted at least 3 gray hair in my head and fine lines under my eyes are visible. Oh well, why should I worry so much about that? It is pretty much normal to turn gray as our age increases.

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My Vegetable Garden

I am thankful for my green thumb for it allows me to make my own garden and plant veggies that I like free of pesticides. The big advantage of having our own vegetable garden in our backyard is that, it does not only give us fresh harvests but saves us a few dollars as well.

How nice it would be to just go out there and pick the vegetable for certain dishes like fish soup. I can very well add eggplants, spring onions, pepper leaves and lemon grass to my soup!

Below are a few of my plants we have. They give me such joy every time I look at them! Those who love gardening can relate with me for sure.

My garden this year isn’t big. Hopefully when we are in the country, I can expand it and plant some napa cabbage, corn and other veggies that I can possibly sell to country folks!


…. these are Asian spinach, Chinese eggplant and moringa oleifera
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… green onions… fat after being rained on last few days.
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… long yard beans, I did not expect it to give me this much. Again… thanks for the rain we had.
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What I Will Really Miss Living in the Country

… is the ability to grab the deals and freebies anytime I want to go to the mall! We are 11 minutes away from the mall here in Fort Worth compare that to the closest mall where we are gonna be moving soon, 45 minutes drive to there and this is not even a big mall to say. Shopping online is different than grabbing those freebies that are offered only in-store.

Aside from the mall, I will also miss going to the Asian market where I buy most of my Filipino goodies, seafood and vegetables. There is no way I can get all that in the country. There is a small Asian grocery store probably not far from the mall but then I have a feeling this will just be dry goods and a few frozen products kind of store.

So what I do while we are still in the city, I stock up! We just went to Hongkong Market yesterday and spent $260 in groceries. That includes, dry/canned goods, seafood, vegetables and tropical fruits! Hopefully it will last us for three months and I will bug my husband again to go to the market!

I am feeling good for now knowing that I have everything to fill my stomach with goodies.


…. myself at Disney store yesterday while watching my girls in the store…
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… yummy in my tummy tropical fruits.
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… some items that I am gonna be packing to bring in our country home…
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The Girl Who Wore a Blue Lipstick

I am not a risk taker but when I do, I am not afraid to try it and be brave to face the consequences. One of the biggest risk I have ever done in my life is to come here in America not knowing what awaits for me ahead. Fast forward 10 years later, here I am, still alive and built a marriage/family that I dreamed when I was growing up.

Another risk I have taken is to wear a thick blue lipstick at work. I have worn this color twice, the first time when I barely started and my manager told me to wipe it off and not wear it again because it is a bit too wild and crazy.

The second time I wore it was on my last day I decided to show up at work May 17,2017. My manager approached me again telling me to wipe it off but I asked her nicely saying, ” my days are nearing, please just let me be because I want those patients to remember me as the girl who wore a blue lipstick” which she agreed on. So here, look at me and remember me with blue lipstick for the rest of your life!


… a selfie of me in our locker wearing my black vest and white long sleeves uniform and my signature Trolls MAC lipstick on the very last day I went to work at Texas Health Resources – Clearfork….
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