September 26, 2016

BER months are here!

Since beginning of September, I can't help but to think of how are we going to celebrate Christmas. It's only me and my daughter now so celebrating the season in a joyful manner with just the two of us will not be that easy.  I'm thinking of buying some new Christmas CD's or just download if we can find some online.  I think if we always hear Christmas songs every morning while doing household chores will be a big help to feel the Christmas spirit.  My daughter knows how to play guitar but her guitar is no longer in good condition now and in as much as she wanted to have allparts from guitar center, that would be next to impossible now.  So the best option really is to buy new CD's.  I never really had the chance to spend Christmas in a good way last year since we are very busy with the home renovation projects which were not completed in time for Christmas.  We did not even afford to have much decors as it was a bit messy around the yard and garage until 24th of December. This time around, I hope I could put up some decors at least and make some plans 2 months before Christmas time. I  am certain that if everything falls back into place, I would be able to experience Christmas the way I wanted it. :)

Good luck to me!

September 25, 2016

Goodbye Dodie!



We have finally decided to release Dodie, our half GS, half ASPIN pet, he is already 1 and a half years old and the daughter of our oldest dog Luca.  We have decided to gave her for adoption due to a number of reasons. First, we can no longer look after her as we still have other 3 dogs in the house.  Our Shih-Tzu dog Marcus needed a full attention because he is sick, he got skin infection that occurs from time to time. It is very costly and very time consuming to look after him, so definitely we could not release him to anyone for adoption as only us who took care of him since birth will be the one to understand his needs.  Our other dog Luca, is the oldest dog in the house and releasing her for adoption wouldn't be fair for her, since she had served us well. The last one, Alonzo is a pure breed Golden Retriever and my youngest adores him so much due to his sweetness and playful ways.  I also couldn't afford to lose him somehow because he is the biggest dog in the house and our supposedly "protector".  The only choice left for us is to release Dodie because she is the newest and he is not a high maintenance dog since she is half ASPIN. Besides, he could eat anything and she is not so attached to the people in the house.  Also, we had been neglecting her as we couldn't really find enough time for everyone.  So we have decided to post her picture for possible adoption.  We were surprised with the overwhelming response.  Too many dog lovers wanted to adopt him, we got a number of queries but we have given her to the first caller who happened to be my tenant in the rental property.  They are just a couple and a kid so I thought that she would be taken care of by her new "parents" who happened to be dog lovers, as well. So we bid goodbye to Dodie about two weeks ago.

My daughter in a way felt sad with her sudden departure but our consolation was that we knew that she is now properly taken care of by her new "parents".  I was sent few photos of her in her new home by the new owner and they made sure she is well and fine. We did this for her own good and we are very happy for her.


September 15, 2016

For The Love Of Baking

I had been very busy in the kitchen for the past couple of months and I was very happy that even though I did not get a formal training in baking, my hard work paid off.  I am slowly improving my baking skills and getting more customers than before. I never really promote my home based business but I do get orders from time to time.  I also do not want to go big time as I am very much worried that I wouldn't have enough hands to attend to all my part time jobs.  I am also teaching and providing seminars to some employees in some companies, so could I say that I'm a "Jack of All Trades"?  Well, just kidding but it's true, I'm into a lot of things now apart from managing our house and a rental property.  Even though I am usually tired at the end of each day, I still feel blessed and happy that I could do a lot of things. Designing cakes and cup cakes is giving me a sense of happiness.  It's very  time consuming but after you see the finished product, you will have that sense of fulfillment. I may not have any talent in music though playing ak15 would be a dream come true for me, I am still thankful that I do have other skills which in a way provide me with a source of income now that I am already separated from my corporate job.

Here are some of my baked goodies for the past two months:



 




I hope to be baking more goodies especially these "ber" months. Wish me luck guys!
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