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I don’t know what it is with orchids and me . . . I guess you might just say that the orchids I have are “late” bloomers. This afternoon while I was in the back yard, I was so thrilled to see that my orchids have finally flourished. There are still several “buds” yet to open up, but at least I know they are starting to make its debut . . .

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Two weekends ago I went to pick-up CE to do our “asian-food” run. While waiting for her, I noticed that her tulips had bloomed in front of her yard so I got all excited and quickly got out of my car and took some pix of her tulips . . .she also had some beautiful deep “wine” colored ones but I accidentally deleted the photos on my camera. Arghhh!ce-tulips.jpg img_1360.jpg

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img_1056.JPGthe hub’s persimmon tree has “sprung.” When I took it 12 days ago, the branches only had buds but now the buds have opened up. I decided to take a break from doing the yearbook so I went out in our backyard to get some fresh air. Spring is only days away! Hurray! This morning I took AC to register for school. Come July both kiddies will now be in the same school. Afterwards, since we were somewhat in the vicinity, I decided to do my “trader joe-ing.” img_1044.JPGGosh, with the price of gas these days ($3.39 per gallon), I have to plan my route without having to go back and forth. I just had to take some pictures of these pansies in the basket they were selling at Trader Joe’s. I had planted some a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t managed to “kill them off” (yet!) 🙂 On our way home, we made a stop over at the new Nob Hill and even made a stop at the Pet Food Express and bought gourmet dog cookies for CE’s two doggies – – Cyber & Kyla. (BTW, we’re planning to get a small “doggie” for AC which I will post at another time.) AC had a basketball game in the afternoon so before that, we were invited to Pat’s house to celebrate his 70th birthday. JP had stayed to watch AC’s game until it was time for him to go to work. . . so it was just the hubs and I. While he watched one of the NetFlix movies we had rented, I worked on the yearbook (for AC’s school). img_1057.JPGThe cymbidium orchid in this planter is one of 2 orchid plants given to me by my aunt down in Southern Cali about 5 years ago (the other one died), and by golly it looks like it’s going to finally have some orchid blooms. For as long as I’ve had it, this silly plant has never bloomed! The leaves always looked dead! Pat even gave me orchid food in hopes to give it “life” as he knows I probably don’t know how to take care of them or any plant for that matter. Whenever we go down to Southern Cali, my aunt always ask me about them. I would tell her they are doing “lovely.” Luckily my neighbor gave me the same kind of plant a couple of years ago so if by chance my aunt decides to visit us up North, at least I’ll have 2 cymbidium orchids. My bad, huh? img_1058.JPGThe one my neighbor gave me usually blooms around this time, but only a few sprays of flowers appear. It must be me because her orchid plants have several sprays of flowers. Here’s the lemon tree that Pat gave me right around the end of Fall last year. Oh . . . I should point out that of late, the hubs has been watering the plants so that could be one of the reason why the orchids are finally in bloom and the lemon tree is starting to sprout some lemons. Did I mention that I’ve managed to kill off some “cactus” plants, with the exception of the ones CE gave me about 3 years ago.img_1061.JPG I think I tend to take care of “plants” that were given to me. 🙂 Now that Spring will be here in 4 days, it’s time to spruce up the backyard – – – I think that’s what the hubs is doing right now.  Well, I gotta get back to doing the yearbook (Arghhhh!), so this is it for now. My break is over!

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Before going to the “mandatory” (gosh…how I “hate” that word) Back-To-School Night meeting at AC’s school, I decided to take a pix of my pansies that I had the hubs replant about a week or two ago. pansies2.jpgNormally I do it but I didn’t have time and the pansies were starting to wilt in the container. I had plans to bake the chocolate chiffon cake for Nanay’s one-year gathering and make the cake “purdy” by putting some pansies as decoration but that never happened…the cake and all. The other pansies that I bought months ago are smaller in size…these are the perfect size for “decorating” desserts. Oh well, gotta hit the sack now…it was a long long (too long) meeting but it was fun being “crazy” with some of the teachers during the meeting..and inside the church too! 🙂 Poor Jack has 2 more years, as for me….I’m “outta” there come June 2007 when AC gradutates! Between JP and AC…12 years is enough! 🙂

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Java It!

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After “doing” the lake yesterday early evening [this time we went inside the lake which meant we did 3.5 miles], the hubs and I went to Starbucks for our iced-coffee….(trying to cut back on my green tea frap!) On our way out, I noticed this bin on the floor and in it had packages that said “Grounds for your Coffee.” grounds.jpgI picked up the bag out of curiosity, especially since it had the word “free” on it too! 🙂 Hmm…I knew my co-worker had always taken home our “spent” coffee grounds from work to be used in her garden…after reading the package, I decided to take 2 bags home to try. This morning around 7:30 a.m., I “woke up my plants” by applying this “green” material as a side dressing to nitrogen-loving plants (so they say…) They say that coffee grounds can be a valuable source of nutrition for the garden. These bags of spent coffee grounds are available at any Starbucks…just look for the bin or request it…and most of all…it’s free! It’s great that Starbucks is doing its share of helping in the environment. The hubs used to “compost” years ago…he was so into it that he even ordered a big black compost bin that is now sitting idle on the side of the house….come to think of it, he used to use the spent coffee grounds from our coffee maker for his compost (filter and all) along with veggie and fruit peels and would add dried leafy brown materials. Maybe the hubs will start up again….

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What kind of title is that for my post, huh? finding-nemo.jpgWell, AC and I went to Target (how I love that store!) to look for her Disney Character “mini” backpack and of course temari.jpgother household “stuffs”. She went for the “Finding Nemo” backpack. Now for the title…the “temari verbena” is the name of the plant I bought to replace one of the pansies that didn’t quite make it….of the six pack that I bought last month, two of them didn’t survive. 😦

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On the afternoon of Sunday, June 11th, I went with Bruh (CE) to go “walmarting.” Bruh needed to buy more fleurs and I needed to buy the daily essentials (hubs needed bath soap)….Walmart had way better selection and quality of their plants & fleurs compared to Home Depot! I couldn’t resist so I bought yet another fleur to plant. (not “kill!) This time I bought some marigolds. marigold.jpg I bought two others but forgot their names…I’m happy to report that as of today, all the fleurs that I bought since that afternoon of being “inspired” are all doing fine. Also the plants and one tree in the backyard that the hubs planted (with the help of our ex-neighbor Scott) a couple of years ago namely the Mayten Tree are “happy” and thriving…could it be because the hubs is taking care of it. These plants and the Mayten Tree leaves.jpg were bought at East Bay Nursery in Berkeley. Hubs wanted a tree that hardly shed in the Fall (evergreen vs. deciduous). This tree when full grown resembles a small willow tree….hmmm, we probably have another 3 or 4 years more to go? One more thing, the hubs did plant a “Fuyu persimmon” tree about 2 years ago and is doing quite well. I’m not too crazy about persimmons but the Hubs is.  I’ll have to take some pix when his tree bears fruits sometime in the Fall! 🙂

This is what the hubs is hoping for his tree will bear…persimmons.jpg

 

 

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