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Monday, January 31, 2011

Red Rose


If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears.
Isaac Hayes 


A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true.
Ray Evans





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Spice Up Your Food With Tabasco Sauce

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Growing up in the orphanage, I learned to eat food with fresh hot peppers that picked straight from the pepper plant. For some reasons, the spicier the better the food tasted, and it seemed to go with everything from breakfast, lunch to dinner.

Now as an adult I can't handle those peppers anymore, but I still prefer my food to have that tangy taste. The TABASCO® Original Red is my favorite supplement. It enhanced every dishes, cut the plain taste, added a whole lots of flavors to the food, and "kick it up a notch" for me!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Gorgeous Pink and Orange Zinnia


Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.
~~Gerard De Nerval 


Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.
~~Gerard De Nerval  


Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.
~~John Harrigan  

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

P is For Pain

Pain comes in so many forms, physical, mental, and emotion! Each pain gives you a different whip. Physical pain you can forget, but mental and emotion pain take much longer to heal. This sort of pain can resurface at any time and can be continuously destroying one's being.

Long ago, I was naive in thinking that divorce would cut off many of the contributing factors of the pain that I was going through. It wasn't it! I might not face the pain everyday anymore, but that pain is still in existence every other weekend, and whenever it wants to stir.


Lucky for those who got out of that particular relationship without children! The endless turmoil stopped right there after the divorce! Life then can go on to a wonderful new direction and give you a chance to erase bad memories altogether. No longer can that relationship drag on or linger on to constantly reminded you of that terrible mistake.

Having children bring on a new set of problems after the divorce, and it will keep on escalating at times whether you like it or not. Not only you have to deal with the X, you might even have to deal with their play-mates, and so would your children! Life in a divorce family is always complicated and terribly confusing.


I don't regret my decision to have the divorce, but I feel bad when seeing my children going through the turmoil of pain every other weekend. From young to old, they dread the idea of having to deal with his presence, and lately with the added constant intrusion of his play-mate.

Why he couldn't see the pain from his own children, I don't know! In pursuit for acceptance, and approval, more pain has needlessly added for no good reason at all. Pain is inevitable in this life, but when it has no end to it, is unbearable to endure!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Yellow and Pink Zinnia Flowers


Ok, I'm continuing to pull these zinnia flowers out of my archive since my world is under a thick blanket of snow and ice. I can still sneak a few photos at the supermarket, but the lighting in the store wasn't that great to take pictures.


Since I just harvested the dried zinnia flowers' heads and put them in the same bag to store for winter, I have created many different colors, and types of zinnia flowers without knowing it! I just scattered the seeds in my garden pots, and they came up to surprise me!





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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

O Is For Optical

My older brother and I both had bad vision at a young age! I credited mine to nights of studying under the blanket using nothing but street light at the orphanage. I had no idea what happened to my brother's eyes since everyone else in the family were just fine with their vision.

Once my dad brought me home from the orphanage, I knew I needed glasses, but we couldn't afford to get a pair for me. Being older, my brother worked odd and end jobs; thereby he was able to acquire the glasses for himself. I used to sneak around and wore his whenever he left it lying around.


Wearing glasses were a signs of imperfection  and unhealthy in a sense, back then!  My brother didn't wear it in public, so when he was out and about, I wore his glasses at home. A whole new world was finally in clear focus for me.  Everything was much sharper and I could see. It was the best revelation ever!

I told my brother about my problem with vision, how I couldn't see the board, and how other classmates thought that I was too "stuck-up".  Yes, it was all because I couldn't see! Everything and everyone were blurry, and I couldn't tell which was which, or who was who! It all finally made sense why I failed at school.


My brother decided that we would share his glasses together. Since I had school during the day, I would wear the glasses, and he would wear it in the evening for his school. Despite the tradition myth of a "nerd", I wore my brother's glasses only when I was in class to see the blackboard, and squinted my eyes the rest of the time.

Being able to see what was written on the board was just amazing, and I didn't have to ask my friends to read the lessons to me anymore. Once the kids found out that I wore glasses, "four eyes" became my nickname, even though I had very limited uses of it. 

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Monday, January 17, 2011

On Growing Old

I am having a hard time getting back into the groove of things this year, after saying good-bye to my mother, 85, left to go back to her home, and lives alone. Seeing her physically deteriorating, I can't help but feel a pain stringing through my heart.

I need to start planning for my future, by putting down what I want concretely on paper.  You know, no resuscitation, burn me to ashes kind of things, so my kids will know what to do when the time arrives.


There were so many thoughts going through my mind about growing old, and my own future if I ever make it to my mother's age.  What will happen to me? What life do I have when I can't physically handle anything anymore? Will I depend on my children to take care of me? What will my emotional be?

I know for sure that my mother is deeply sadden, bitter, and lonely since none of her kids could live with her.  She has told me that many times she felt so ill and no one was around to even help her with a cup of water. However, she refuses to go into senior housing to be around others! She wants to live in her house.

This is a dilemma my family is facing at the moment, and as each year goes by; it's getting harder for us to find the best solution as my mother is only getting older.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Imperfection


I pulled this pink zinnia flower from my archive. The photos were taken some times in November as the flower deteriorating. Zinnia flowers bloomed for a long period of time, and were very easy to grow.


I just save the dried zinnia flowers' heads, and spread them in my pots in late May.  They don't need that much care or fertilizer, and thrive to grow on their own.


Though the flower was near the end of its stage, I found it amazing with characters, and still beautiful. If you don't have zinnia seeds on hands, you can pick up a bag and try to grow them. They will give you many days of happiness.


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

N is For Nuisance Notion

The East coast was hit with a snow storm last night, and I was busy shoveling to clear out a path for us to get out of the house. Alphabe-Thursday comes around this week, and I got Nothing, Nada, Nil!


Then the Allstate advertising on TV came to my attention.  Actor, Dennis Haysbert, who is also a spokesman for Allstate insurance agency, stated that if you don't have an accident in six months or so, you would get your deductible back.

That's a pot of white lie, and a pile of crap!  I have Allstate insurance for more than five years now, no accident (knock on wood), and I call in to see if I can get my deductibles. Nada, Nil, Nothing!


To be qualified for the deductible refund, you have to pay extra for this program!!!What? The spokesman didn't say that on TV.  In fact, he made it sounds like anyone who has no accident in six months, will be automatically qualified for the deductible refund.

No, it is the biggest Nuisance Notion that Allstate insurance agency throws out there to fool the public! Why would I want to pay extra to enroll in a program of pick pocketing? What if I have an accident? Allstate would profit that amount! More money for them, and less for me!


I thought there is a law that prohibiting this kind of lies, deceiving, and cheating information! Apparently, many commercials are still in practice of lie and deceiving! They all sound so good to be true!

What I don't like and annoyed was that as an actor, Dennis Haysbert uses his status as a Hollywood star to sell misinformed notion. It would be a decent thing to tell the American public the truth, and allow them to make the decision themselves without fault coaxing!

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pray For Peace and Healing

The whole nation is in shock due to the shooting yesterday. What have become of our world when innocent people were killed randomly, especially when an innocent nine years old girl were taken at such a young age?

Judie at Rogue Artists wrote a post describing her frustrations, sadness, and devastation on this recent shooting.  She raised so many questions that I found hard to answer, and thought provoking to contemplate on.


Many of my blogging friends live in Arizona, and around Tucson.  To those, my sincere prayer, and sharing this sadness as it is a terrible ordeal for all of us! Our safety is at risk everywhere we go.

How did we get to this stage where guns are so widely used to kill just because someone is in disagreement with others? What can be done so this senseless killing stop? As of this morning news, there were six dead, and 13 wounded.

Let's all pull together to say a prayer for peace and healing. May those that are hurting find comfort and love from everyone around them, and also from all of us far away.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Pretty Pink Flowers


Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
Groucho Marx
 

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.
Marie Beynon Ray
 

I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again.
Etienne de Grellet





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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

M is For Micracles

About five years ago, I threw in the towel of working as a manicurist.  This job came to me as my desperate attempt to survive the life of a single mom. After bouncing around from store to store every few months for three years, I had it!

I was miserable, physically and mentally, thus I walked out of my job on Christmas Eve when the owner stood in the middle of the shop yelling and accusing me for all sorts of things, even though I've helped her in whatever she needed such as translating, teaching her to knit, cleaning the store, etc.


Making money was great, and I was able to give my children a more comfortable life beside the child support of $130 for three kids a week from their father. However, emotional and mental abuses were as constant as my breathing. The money became unimportant and filthy in every sense since my brain was pleading for a rest.

After a month of cleansing my soul, I came to the church to register my youngest son for catechism, and found out that it would cost me $150 for him to complete the process.  Tears rolled out my eyes as I stood up to tell the director that I didn't have that kind of money to pay. She quickly took my hands, and worked out a comfortable payment plan that I could afford, just so my son could attend catechism.


As I walked by the altar of my church, I looked at the cross and murmured to my almighty God: "I did my part; I give you my life; now it's up to you!" After saying that, I felt completely at peace and went home to work on my budget.  As I was trying to figure out where to cut to come up with the money, my daughter came home from school and told me that her friends love my hand-knitted hats and scarves that I've made for her.

She introduced me to two of her friends that she brought home, and each of them purchased a pair of hat and scarf for themselves. Out of the blue, I made $80 bucks, more than enough to pay the catechism for three months!

The next day, I received a phone call from the Friend of the Court telling me that I would get a raise for Child Support after they had denied me for more than three years, and not just a little raise; it was a double raise, which brought my Child Support to $170 a week!

After I had time to put what happened into perspective, I couldn't help but tremble, and realized that these were the miracles from God that I've received.  What else could they be?

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Color My World


I couldn't think of anything better than these colorful curly ribbons to cheer me up! Or maybe my brain is still in the holidays relaxing mood!


I borrow the Cannon SX210 IS from a friend to test it out, and I like how clear and sharp the photos come out. The pictures above are straight out of the camera, and taken in a hurry.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday Blues

We are embarking on into a brand New Year, and with that, come our hopes, wishes, and dreams for a better one this time around. As each year end, we are all enthusiastic, and more positive than the last. Then whatever happens during the year, we deal with it the best we can, and march on. That's our human spirit, which sometimes we neglect or forget to recognize.

Another week has begun, and back to normal routine for many of us. The holidays left me exhausted; still there is the Christmas tree to take down, and put away in storage. I've spent these last two days napping on and off fighting the flu. It helped, but I also felt lazy in the process.


It is funny how lying around can also drains my energy, and makes me feel like doing nothing. I have blankets and bedding from my sick people to wash but for now, all I could do is to stare at them.  Strange, but I don't care in looking at the mess!

Oh well, I will just have to take time to recuperate for now, and when I am up to it, I will tackle the household chores with full of energy.

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