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rack.jpgYesterday I decided to do some “Spring” cleaning so I tackled the kitchen. We have this baker’s rack that somehow accumulates all sorts of non-food items, i.e. rubik’s cube, the hubs’ tiger balm cream, etc. That was my biggest chore in the kitchen was to “declutter” that area. Anyhoo, we stayed home all day yesterday . . . felt “yucky” with the cleaning that I did so I ended up taking a shower at 8:00 p.m. It would have taken me maybe an hour or so to declutter but I’m so good at dilly-dallying that it took me longer. Well, it felt good after getting rid of things that didn’t belong on the baker’s rack and also cleaned out the cabinet where we keep the cereal, cookies, etc. Since I was home all day yesterday I did some baking (blueberry coffee cake) and in the afternoon, I made some mango pudding. Moving forward to today . . . the hubs and I got up early so we decided to attend the 9:00 a.m. mass. JP had to go to work and AC was still asleep. AC would have gone but we would have been late if we were to wait for me-ac.jpgher to get ready. Today was Palm Sunday so they held the opening prayers outside until it was time to go in. Although the sun was out, the air was nippy. After eating lunch at home, the hubs, AC and I took Toby to this dog park at Point Isabel in Richmond. This was our first time at this dog park. This area is not fenced in but there’s trails to walk your dog either off the leash. We kept Toby on the leash because we were unsure as to how Toby would be “off-leash.” While I walked Toby to mingle with other dogs, the hubs and AC played catch (baseball). AC is on the varsity soft-ball at school so she likes to practice when she has a chance. After the dog park, we quickly made a detour to Target. I later went to Safeway and Farmer Joe’s for our weekly groceries. . . . tomorrow I’ll probably do Trader Joe’s. So . . . . that was that. Hope ya’ll had a great weekend. There too darn short!! 😉

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I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year’s and here’s wishing all of you a healthy and prosperous 2008! I dread going back to work tomorrow after being off since December 24th (actually December 21st at 3:00 p.m. to be exact). We didn’t go anywhere with the kiddies although I would have loved to have gone up to the snow. I guess there’s still time. The kiddies haven’t snowboarded in ages. It was nice being off from work and doing basically “nothing”. Monday late morning (New Year’s Eve) was spent with my MIL while the hubs stayed and visited with his father. My MIL and I went to Moraga to do a little bit of shopping and took Shepard Canyon/Pinehurst Road over and through the mountains to get where we wanted to go. Although it’s a very narrow and windy road, I just love going through that area because of all the redwood trees. It was nice spending time with my MIL too! In the evening, we all stayed home except for JP who went to SF with his friends. I was in my cooking mode until 10:00 p.m. Earlier that evening, I brought over the pancit and bibingka that I made to RS and CE. This morning I attended the 9:00 New Year’s Day mass. I actually WALKED to church and WALKED back home too! Afterwards, JP went with me to visit Ate L. Even though she only lives about 3 exits away from me, I didn’t see her at all in 2007. I will make it a point to visit her more often. It was nice seeing her and chatting with her. Unfortunately, Jen wasn’t there. I told Ate L now that I know how to make pancit, the next visit I’ll bring some. 😉 In the afternoon, the four of us including Toby went walking around Broadway Plaza. CostPlus had their Christmas stuffs at 75% off so I bought a few ornaments and garland for next year. I just had to take a picture of JP holding Toby on the leash while we were at Broadway Plaza. And so, that wraps up how my last couple of days was spent before going back to WORK. Arrghh!   Note:  The “You-Tube” video is from “sphinctank’s” video.

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Well, I decided to get a tree instead of a table top tree so off we went Saturday morning. Even though for the christmas-tree-004b.jpgpast years we’ve been going to Santa’s Tree Farm in Half Moon Bay, the hubs suggested that we first take a look at one of the tree lots near our house. Since it had rained a couple of days ago, he said the soil at the tree farm will still be saturated. He knows that I don’t like stepping or walking on wet dirt/mud (whatever) and that I’d probably just complain about it. . . after thinking about it, the hubs was right. While at the lot, it only took us less than 15 minutes to find thee “tree” whereas at the tree farm, it would have taken us at least an hour. We usually get the Grand Fir but the grand firs they had were not as tall as christmas-tree-022b.jpgI had wanted so we ended up with the good ol’ Douglas Fir. I like “bushy” trees as oppose to the noble fir . . . it’s a “me” thing. In a way, I would have liked to have gone to Half Moon Bay only because JP was with us since he didn’t have to go to work. Now that they are in their “teens,” I still look forward to spending time with them when we can . . . family time, especially on the weekends. I’m glad that we were all together that morning (yes, including Toby). After unloading the tree, we all went to Bay Street to have lunch and walked/shopped around. Speaking of “shopping,” I bought the “garland” (pictured above) from Pottery Barn. It was from the “fall” collection but I added the frosted berries/fruits. This year’s Christmas tree was accented in gold instead of silver. For more pix, click here . . .  Note:  Hopefully Toby won’t get into the “tree” while we’re not at home, but I did make sure there wouldn’t be anything that he might want to chew off the tree so I hung some of the ornaments away from his reach.  Also, the container for the water (for the tree) is hard for him to get to because of the way the container is designed. . .  besides, it’s covered with a tree skirt.  We’ll see when we get home tomorrow . . . if there’s any damage control that needs to be addressed .  . . especially for Toby’s sake. 

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bros-visit1a.jpgThis past Wednesday, Bro and his familia were here from Texas to visit.  We got together with my bro and his two sons, Dan & Matt that afternoon.  JP had to work so we all went to “visit” him . . . we waited for JP to get off work then we all went out to dinner.  They came back to our house where we continued to catch up with whatever happenings in our lives since it has been a while we’ve last seen one another . . . except for the hubs who was able to visit with them in Texas last December.  It was nice seeing them . . . I would have loved to see my sis-in-law but I know because of their short stay, she wanted to spend the time with her family.

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fishing.gifmy dad passed away.  At first, I used to have a hard time “celebrating” Halloween especially following the years right after my dad’s death but “time” always has a way . . . not about forgetting someone that has died because for me, my dad will always be close to my heart, but time has a way of “healing” one’s pain.  When I  come to think about it, my dad has been gone a little bit more than twice the number of years that we were together.  I didn’t really see my dad until the age of 4 so my dad and I were only together for a good 13 years.   Well, just letting my dad know that I’ve thought about him and will forever be a part of me.  I love you daddy and I miss you too!  One of many reminders of my dad . . . the love of fishing.  It was because of him that I first learned about (and of course ate)  striped bass,  cat fish, rock cod, mackerel and of course my favorite fish, thee salmon.  The fried talapias were introduced to me my Kel . . . . several and many moons later.  🙂

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The familia (and Toby) were supposed to drive down to Southern Cali last Thursday afternoon so that JP can visit a few colleges, namely California State University Long Beach but because of the devastating fire that happened last week in the 7 Southern California counties we decided it wasn’t a good time to go. Besides, Toby was still on the mend and I was having my own “stomach” problems (ulcer?) so I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Both JP and AC didn’t have school last Friday so we were going to stay for 3 days/2 nights. This week JP will be applying to various colleges. Wow! Can’t believe that this is JP’s last year in high-school. How time really does fly in high-school.  My nephew (DP) in Texas will be graduating this year too from high-school and the hubs’ niece (Gab) started college this Fall.  In no time, it’ll be AC’s turn. 🙂

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img_4183b.jpgAfter mass this morning, we went back home to get Toby. We didn’t really know where we were going to go but one thing we did know was that we wanted to just go somewhere for a couple of hours despite the gloomy weather we were having. It definitely did not feel like summer in July as it was over-cast with a little bit of drizzle. We headed on 880 South and I thought about Santana Row. . . and so that is where we ended up. It’s been about a year or two since we last visited that outside mall. By the time we got to San Jose, the weather was surprisingly in the low 80’s. . . the weather was perfect for the stroll! Today being Sunday, img_4199b.jpgthey had their Farmer’s Market which was held in the middle strip of Santana Row. There were of course fruits, veggies, kettle corn, orchids and just about everything else one can expect to find at a Farmer’s Market. We ran into our good friend, Gina D. While strolling up and down the “row” there were sooo many “small” dogs everywhere . . . on leashes of course. Santana Row is different from the other outdoor malls that we’ve gone to . . . for one thing, they have plenty of outdoor dining available not to mention the variety of different restaurants, which means “dogs” were allowed. Come lunch, we decided to try Consuelo Mexican Bistro. img_4189b.jpgThe hubs noticed them making fresh guacamole at the table side. (I think that’s what drew the hubs to try this place.) So aside from our meal that we had ordered, we did have their fresh guacamole and watched the “guy” prepare it to our liking with just the right amount of onions, tomatoes, serrano chiles and a squeeze of lime . We walked off what we ate and Toby met other “dogs” along the way and even played with them for a minute or two. By 3’ish, we headed back home. When we got closer to home, the weather was still the same as when we left but this time, it was sprinkling. I checked the temperature and it was 69 degrees! I’m glad we ended up at Santana Row because the weather was very nice and it felt like we were on “vacation.” It gave a feeling of when we were down at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica last year. Well, it’s now going on 9:30 p.m. I’ve already done 2 loads of laundry and made beef stew for dinner. I’m waiting for one more load to dry then off to sleep I go . . . hope ya’ll had a nice weekend! For more pix, please click here . . .

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