There is nothing really interesting about this post today. It’s just that I feel the need to chronicle it simply because it is part of my endeavor here in America. I’ve been applying jobs online and in person for over a month, as you all know, we live in a small town so jobs around here are scarce.
After a month I applied in a nursing home, finally I got a job from there that isn’t really what I’m looking for but it is good for now while awaiting for our flight to the Philippines. It is better than not having anything at all.
So, I had started on Valentine’s Day in my scrubs. I now work in housekeeping/laundry department. I have done my 3 days training and will do another three days in laundry. From there, I shall wait for them to report for work since this position is PRN ( pro re nata) or as needed or as the situation arises. In short, when somebody calls in, they’ll call me to work.
While it is good to be PRN for now, I think it shouldn’t be hard on them to grant me a month-long vacation off when the right time comes. Hope so.
Myself in selfie on my first day of work wearing a scrub suit. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Isn’t this what we Filipinos in every part of the globe need? I mean, I myself longs for a Filipino camaraderie no matter how busy I get at times. There is something about Filipino bonding that seems therapeutic to me. I have been here in America of over ten years yet I still suffer what we call, “homesickness”.
With the help of Filipinas around, I feel better. The longing to speak with my own language around them, the Filipino food they serve and we share are just awesome! I wonder how am I gonna survive when we totally move in to our country house this summer when it is 3 hours away from DFW metroplex where most of my Filipinas friends live. The closest Filipina I know so far lives an hour away from where we’re gonna move!
Anyway, after 7 months of not being able to hangout with these ladies pictured below, I finally was able got invited and attended with their small ordinary feast two days ago. We spent 5 long hours at Jasmine’s house located just 4 blocks away from us. We ate, talked, took a mile-short hike after eating, they danced and sung karaoke. It was an evening well-spent with fun Filipinas around.
I am thankful for their company and the food so readily available for us to eat!
… I was surprised to come to their house and so much food served at the table. I did not expect it to be this much!
… my plate and some of the foods on the table. I especially loved the soup, tamban dried fish and the ginataan not pictured.
“No man is an island” as the saying goes. I believe this to be so true especially here in America where the world can be so cruel at times. I am more than thankful I met this three ladies at work shown in the picture below because, I can be myself and relate with them when it comes to Filipino foods, life’s frustrations and most of all, they are the ones I can vent out my disappointments with when it comes to work. They are there to listen and most of all laugh with.
At my job, there are only 4 of us. Two in the kitchen and two in the cafeteria. We are outnumbered by other races, most people working there are blacks. So, knowing I have 3 friends of my own race is pretty comforting, that I am not alone when the going gets tough for I know they will help me morally.
In this picture, we had lunch together and shared my monggo bean and rice one time. We all loved it because it was for a change from eating bland American hospital food. For us, Filipino foods are the best, don’t argue with that.
One of my favorite things to do while being on Mike’s ranch last Spring break was the early morning dirt road hike/walk. Mike would walk his dog for two miles and I realized that I should join too which I did, actually my kids went with us too!
After having warm beverage, we head out to the small road for as long as we could walk. We walked 2 miles each morning and it seemed like I did not even do any walking for it was effortlessly enjoyable. I did not mind the chilly wind kissing our skin because there was plenty of beautiful things to see around like on the other side of the road are herds of cattle, twitting birds, vultures in the blue sky, rabbits crossing the road ahead of us, looking at deer tracks, waving at neighbors who passed by us, talking anything with Mike, watching sissy the dog hunting and running here and there… just things you wouldn’t normally enjoy in the city.
I am more convinced now that living in the country is much nicer than in the city. You got all kinds of activities you can’t do in the city and all the birds, wild animals and the vast land you can own for you to enjoy your quiet mornings to sit on the porch!
I love the country, there is no doubt about that. If my husband decides to move in the country someday, I would wholeheartedly come with him with no complain.
March 23 in Avery, Texas was somewhat significant to me because it was the very day I caught my very first fish. I caught a small crappie at a small creek on a family friend’s ranch.
I grew up surrounded by water but I have never gone fishing all my life until we visited Avery during our child’s Spring break. Two days of trying to fish and thought that I would not give up fishing until I caught one, which I did and it made me feel proud and victorious. Everybody around me were applauding and cheered on me that day, haha.
Fishing is a good way to test your patience, I tell you. Waiting for the fish to eat your bait takes forever, but, if you have patience, you are willing to wait for it. Or worse, you’ll never get any fish at all. Then you will have to try again the next day if you have time. That’s what I did, I did not give up and yes, as you can see photo below. I caught me a crappie!
The feeling was awesome and I was right, I will not give up until I get one!
… my very first experience in fishing and my very first fish!