Blog Posts - Moving To Philippines



Waiting For Rain.........

........is like waiting for Godot.For the third day, dark clouds have gathered, coming in from the ocean and teasing us into believing it might rain.I did feel one rain drop while walking home from the market. But, no rain so far.The Accuweather fore...

My Haunted PC

Today is my 64th birthday, and to celebrate, my son and I went to the gym. In addition to our workout, I wanted photos.I brought along the Canon; J.P. took photos of me and I took photos of him. The store owner took two photos of J.P. and I together.

The Butternut Squash

Late yesterday afternoon, we took our butternut squash plants out to our property in Magatas where we had recently cleared alway some of the growth. I'm not at all certain that the plants will survive. We are currently experiencing a drought in Phi...

Before and After Shots

The top photo was originally posted on April, 07. The lower photo shows the results of a minor clean-up done on the 8th.Obviously, we have a long way to go, but I promised to post before and after pics.This spot is where the house will eventually be...

Summer Vacation

Due to changes being made in the Filipino school year, this past Wednesday was the start of J.P.'s summer vacation. He doesn't return to school until sometime in August. He deserves a long vacation. When we arrived here from the U.S., his year in the...

Seedlings Update.

These photos of my butternut squash plants were taken this morning. As one can see, the plants are nearly ready to be transplanted into the ground. We'll be going to our property today or tomorrow to clean out a place. One can compare these photos to...

Property Update

As mentioned in an earlier post, we'll be cleaning up the property in Magatas to make a place for a garden. We'll eventually put the house out there, but in the mean time setting aside a portion for a garden seems like a good idea.Before we start on...

Sure, I Can Adapt.

I prefer having a routine. I'd like to think that I'm not compulsive concerning any routine I follow, but I enjoy the feeling of having a certain amount of control in life. Spontaneity can be OK, but chaos can drive me up the wall.Having made this my...

Update on the Routine

I wrote in a post from yesterday that I'd be making changes in my workout routine this week, partly due to this week being Holy Week and the gym being closed on Good Friday.My son is out of school for the remainder of the week so there was no reason...

The Detour

In countries around the world where government officials are chosen through reasonably fair democratic elections, the politicians share one common attribute; they wish to be reelected and desperately try to convince the voters to put them back into o...

Seedlings

When we left the U.S. of A. for life in Philippines, I brought along several packets of a variety of vegetable seeds. These were sent inside a balikbayan box. I've chronicled my lack of success with these seeds when we first arrived.After we moved i...

Sanders wins Democrats Abroad Primary

On March 06, I learned, via Facebook, of the Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary . Rather than vote in the Primary, I left a comment on the Facebook page - "Vote Democrat?!?! You SOBs are why I left the country!!" - to which I received 6...

Early thoughts on "2015 in Review".

Before moving to Philippines, there were certain changes which I planned to make upon arriving here. These changes included a plan to get back into a daily exercise routine and a plan to write more often.Anyone looking at this blog can see how well t...

Game Seven.

About a week ago, I saw someone from the cable company, ladder up against the pole, doing some work on the cable.A day later, we noticed that additional channels had been added to our cable package; as a matter of fact, we were now getting all the ch...

Cantaloupe Update: Number Three - The Final Episode.

The cantaloupe plants are no more.Ten days ago, my cantaloupe seedlings were doing fine. All the seeds had sprouted and the seedlings were coming along so well that the plants on the two mounds needed to be thinned out. I removed four seedlings from...

Cantaloupe Update: Number Two.

As promised in last Saturday's post, I'm uploading a new photo, showing the progress of my cantaloupe seedlings.Thanks to an abundance of rain this past week, not only have the seedlings grown in size, but the total number of seeds that have sproute...

Cantaloupe Update: Number One

This past Tuesday, after having little success getting tomato seeds to sprout in their tray, I decided to plant cantaloupe seeds directly into the soil. I built up two little mounds in my garden plot and planted seven or eight seeds in each one.We've...

Bananas and Dreams of Cantaloupes

Back in the United States, during a limited time frame, I was able to go outside beside the house and pick from plums off one of the two plum trees I had planted there. One of the trees produced fruit in June; both trees blossomed every spring, but...

Life on Mars.

Finally, I have cable TV and high speed Internet. I'm not nearly as excited about the cable as I am the Internet connection. For the most part, I can let everyone else in the household watch whatever they choose on the TV. For myself, I'm glad that I...

Shoveling the B.S.

 No, this blog post is not about the political situation in the United States.I spent the first part of the morning shoveling "B.S"., or I guess, more correctly, "C.S".. "C" as in carabao rather than "B" as in bull. Most of my friends might tell...


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