lucky finds

Lucky find no. 1.
Twelve (12) years after it was planted in 2004 when we moved in to our new home, this flowering shrub is still thriving. It endured so many destructive typhoons, withstood the strongest rain and wind, endured the hottest weather during summer and yet it never fails to give me the sweetest and most white flowers season after season.

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Lucky find no. 2.
I found a whisker today. I’m sure that i’m not the only one who smiles finding this rare gem. I usually tape it on my planner on the date i found it. If you are a catmom, you just know as to whom the whisker belongs to. Ashton’s whisker (the one in the photo) is medium length, thick and with a dark gray root. Boots being a persian has whiskers that are longer with a slightly gray root. Star being an all white persian has long white and soft whiskers. Tiger a gingercat has long soft white whiskers with a bit of an orange-y root. Kuting, also a gingercat has medium length thick white whiskers. Puti a domestic short hair kitten has baby soft short white whiskers.

It is believed that finding a cat’s whisker is a sign of good luck. I consider them as sweet mementos, cute little treasures and fun things to collect.

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Do you collect cat whiskers like i do?

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: RESILIENT.

sleeping beauty

Finally, the orchids awakened from their deep slumber and bloomed. I remembered i was just talking to them (yes, i talk to my orchids hehe!) the week before and i was telling them that they are supposed to be flowering by now. And today… these beauties greeted me this morning. Thank you orchids. Hmm… did they really ABIDE by my request?

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I love the crinkled edges of the flower’s intermediate lobe and they really give it that distinct dainty characteristic. Oh, did you notice the insect inside? Surely, it was attracted by its mild sweet scent.

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And speaking of beauties… here’s a photo of my sleeping beauty.

Star loves to sleep on my pillow. I usually reserve a pillow just for her because when i hop in bed she would follow and lay beside me.

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Happy Sunday everyone!

 

hello again, it’s been a while

I took a moment of hiatus again… it is because of some personal reasons. I have been sharing how my family has been coping with regard to my father’s Alzheimer’s disease. We have been feeling so frustrated as we know that this disease can’t and won’t reverse over time… The QUEST for finding the right attitude in facing our difficulties and challenges as to how to deal with my father has been really exhausting. Two weeks ago, my father’s battle is over. He died peacefully in his sleep. He was tired.

These days, my parents’ house is undergoing some renovations after the cleaning up. All the stuff he had collected over the years that he valued so much (even if most of them are worthless) were finally cleared. It took about 30 minutes for the garbage men to haul all those stuff in the garbage truck.

My father was the kind of a man who really didn’t want someone to touch his things or the house if it needed some fixing. His attitude was further exaggerated because of his illness. My parents lived with light switches that don’t work, screens on windows that are torn, screen doors that don’t close fully as they were sagging, roofs that leaked, doors that don’t close because of broken frames.. stuff even those that are needed to be thrown out are piled up, etc… All of these made my parents house looked so lonely, dim, messy and dirty. My sister and i tried everything to get everything in order and to fix all those that needed fixing but to no avail. My father just don’t want other people in the house. If we called for a handy man, he will get angry and order him to get out. So, for the longest time all of us just do some of the fixing ourselves but most really needed professional help.

Clearing up the house made a big difference. The house is clean, everything is tidied up, all switches are now working, every light bulbs are replaced… it instantly looks like a happy house, bright and airy and the way it is supposed to be. How i wish my father had experienced this.

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my journey out of the storm

I have been feeling a little bit unpleasant these past few days. Well, not because of the gloomy weather but it is because of some bumps i encounter during my long JOURNEY out of the “STORM“. As i’ve shared in one of my previous blog posts, i am in the process of moving on. As far as my feelings are concerned, i am okay, i’ve moved on. Love is long gone and there is no way for it to come back. Trust and respect are major factors in a relationship and if they’re gone, love is gone too. But sometimes, my journey is not going smooth as i want it to be. How would you feel if someone wanted you to spit out all the “candies” you have eaten and count them one by one. They are just material things. All the material things i received and enjoyed during the course of the relationship are not enough to ease away all the pain and the emotional trauma i have experienced.

Anyway, enough of the drama.

These lovely pink roses surely help to brighten up my day…

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Note to self:
I am a strong person and that no amount of negativity could shatter my journey towards happiness.

dainty as a cotton candy

I have a new favorite flower… COTTON CANDY. That’s right. It is really called cotton candy, a popular air plant. Actually it’s name is Tillandsia and cotton candy is just one of its hybrids. I searched online and I’ve known that air plants are so easy to maintain. It doesn’t need soil to grow and would just need some misting depending upon how hot the climate is. If it is unbearably hot, the plant needs to be dunked in water for quite a while and drip dry before displaying it again.

The reason why it is called cotton candy is because of its dainty soft blush to bright pink flowers that look so deliciously soft and pretty to eat like a fairy floss.

I found this plant during one of my shopping trips. Since i am unsure of where to place it as it needs to be in a semi-shade to bright light places and most importantly where the cats couldn’t reach it, i just took some photos of its flower. I promise myself that i would visit the plant nursery shops near my village and look for cotton candy hoping that i would get it at a much lower price. The ones i saw at the mall cost P200.00 or about US 4.30 per plant.

In the meantime, i am sharing these photos for your eyes to feast on.

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For more good vibes, here’s a photo (grabbed from my son’s file) of my 2 rescued kitties Ashton and Kuting. Although both are puspins or domestic short hair native cats, they are exactly OPPOSITES in terms of manners. While Ashton, the gray tabby loves cuddle, Kuting the gingercat is still a bit hesitant for cuddles. Ashton is not at all impressed by the laser dot but Kuting loves to play with it non-stop. Kuting has a soft meow but he is the talkative one while Ashton rarely meows. But there’s this one SIMILARITY with the two of them that always make me smile… it’s the way they sit. So cute isn’t it?

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(Note: no worries about Kuting’s tail. It was shaved by the vet for his tail docking. I found Kuting’s lower tail already dried sort of mummified due to an injury probably because of a fight with other feral cats. The vet docked his tail as well as neutered him and he is fine ever since and became an indoor cat from then on. Read more about him here.)

It’s a rainy Sunday out here but i love it.  🙂

here comes the rain

Rainy season is officially here. The SKY is a bit generous the past days for giving out showers which is such a welcome relief from the summer heat. I am not the only one pleased with its arrival but the PLANTS as well.

My citrus tree is now teeming with flowers. Its fresh crispy scent permeates the air as it gives that uplifting vibes.

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As dried up flower petals fall to the ground, a tiny green citrus fruit reveals itself.

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What to do on a rainy day? Be lazy and take a nap… lots of nap like Tiger. He is such an adorable laptop buddy.

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weekly photo challenge: abstract

This week’s photo challenge is about taking a photo of something familiar and turn it into something else.

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With a little photo editing this is how it looked like. Although it still looks like something familiar but it may or may not look like what it really is depending upon our own interpretation.

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Abstract as a form of art refers to those that doesn’t have no trace of anything recognizable thus making the viewer interpret it in their own ways as to what it really means. It takes an imaginative mind to be able to translate something unreadable into something beautiful.

Love is good example of an abstract concept. It doesn’t have any physical existence but it exists in our thoughts. However, love exists if we believe it exists. Like a form of an abstract art, love could have a lot of interpretations and be differently understood.

 

weekly photo challenge: dreamy

My cattleya orchids are all in bloom. I am always drawn to them and could not resist taking photos.

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And then it started to drizzle … i love the rain droplets on petals … like crystal beads that roll gently as the wind blows.

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Serene and soothing… so dreamy.

Definitely one of my sweetpainteddreams

While i am writing this post, Star is off to dreamland …

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For more DREAMY photos, head over to The Daily Post.

 

a wildflower for you Ajay

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This post is dedicated to a good blogger friend Ajay (Ajaytao2010). He will always be remembered as somebody who enjoyed nature and who loved flowers. Don’t worry Ajay, in heaven there are lots and lots of beautiful flowers. You will surely be missed. Rest in peace Dear. He calls every blogger friends Dear and i know we will all miss that too especially his favorite lines “Thank you Dear”. And from all of us your blogger friends, thank you dear for sharing us your wonderful nature photos and inspirational quotes.

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I’ve blogged about this flower here but i wanted to share another photo as my take on the Dreamweek Three photo challenge by Snapshooter.

Thank you to Schelly as she’s been so kind enough to give me some ideas as to how to make a “dreamy” photo.

I’ve been so anxious to post my kind of “dreamy” photo so i made a little trick to produce one. What i did was choose one of photos that is somewhat blurred, edit it using the soft focus and matte effect and this is the result.

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I am satisfied with the outcome but i would love to hear more about your suggestions. A newbie like me still have so many things to learn.