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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunshine Award

What do you know, I received an award from my blogging buddy -Sharon at  Sharon's Paws Create. It's an honor, Sharon. Appreciate the thoughtful gesture. Thanks a bunch!

I also like to take this chance to thank Chin-Chin of Stay at Home Blessings for honoring me with this same award some time in February 2010. I was not able to post about it right away, but here I am now. Thank you so much for thinking of me Chin! Appreciate it a lot. *hugs*

The rules for receiving the award:- Thank the person who gave you the award.- Write a post about it.- Answer the questions below.- Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and send them a message to let them know.

01. My favorite color:  Purple

02. My favorite animal:  Bird

03. My favorite number:  28

04. My favorite non-alcoholic drink:  Coffee

05. Facebook or twitter: I joined facebook, but not twitter (This is Sharon's answer and mine too!)

06. My passion:  Gardening and Crafting

07. Getting or giving presents:  Both

08. My favorite food:  Pasta

09. My favorite day of the week: Saturday

10. My favorite flower:  Rose

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It is really difficult to chose only ten people out of the many friends I have made here in the blogosphere. I will use this award to honor the Top Ten Commentators listed in the lower right corner of my page. Thank you guys for tirelessly visiting my blog  and for leaving you marks on the pages of my life. Am loving the friendship! :)

1.  Carmen @ Carmen's Chronicles

2.  Betchai @ The Joy's of Simple Life

3.  Icy BC @ Wandering Thought

4.  SquirrelQueen (Judy) @ The Road to Here

5.  EG Wow @ East Gwillimbury WOW! (Daily Photo)

6.  Melissa @ Melissa's Homeschool Blog

7.  Snowwhite (Keiko)  @ One Time One Meeting

8.  Lena @  Life Ramblings

9.  Rainfield @ My Journey

10. George @ Photos by Senior Hiker

With Chin's version of the same award, am allowed to pass it on to 12 people, so am adding 2 more friends to the list!

11. Linda @ Linda's Photo Journal

12  Ruthi @ Depth of Fields and Words

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gladiolus @ Today's Flowers

Early in spring, I bought a bag of gladiolus @ Walmart for only $3/ 20 pieces. I planted them in pots for fear that I will forget where I planted them (hehe). Well, what do you know, they are now starting to bloom!

Young gladiolus photographed a month before the first bud appeared.

I'd like to thank the gracious hosts of Today's Flowers, Luiz, Denise, Pupo and Sandy

To see more wonderful blooms, click on the badge below.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fantails @ Camera Critters

Fantails are fun to watch. They are not shy creatures. In fact, they posses a certain celebrity complex. They love to swim in front of the tank when they see us around. They have a habit of nibbling on the pebbles -sometimes, this causes the plants to be uprooted. It is entertaining to have fantail at home.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Houston Museum of Fine Arts @ Alpha Thursday

M is for Museum
We took the girls to the Houston Museum of Fine arts (HMFA) and we saw this painting that intriguingly resembles one of my nieces, Catherine. 

Do you guys see the resemblance too?

Jenny Matlock hosts this cool meme! Thanks, Jenn!
Jenny Matlock

Friday, July 8, 2011


I have an abundance of marigold seeds and do not have any clean spot to plant it, so I created a hanging basket. I used hanging metal baskets that are available at the dollar store, plus a dollar husk and... voila, a floral basket.

 I also scattered some seeds around huge plants planted in spacious terra cotta pots

I would love to expand my yard to yours. If you're interested to plant some marigolds, email me and I'll send you some seeds.


Click the badge if you want to see more scenic views. Happy Scenic Sunday!

I'd like to thank the gracious hosts of Today's Flowers, LuizDenisePupo and Sandy
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Laundry Room @ Alphabe-Thursday

L is for Laundry Room

Welcome to our Laundry Room. I decorated it a bit to perk up the atmosphere while we work in the area.

Added this sign on top of the hook

It feels good to finally be able to organize the clutter in the laundry area

Now things are properly sorted and labeled.

Added this to the door

This sign makes me smile. It's like a battle cry when am feeling a bit too lazy to do things around here.

Here's something for my girlfriends who always invade the house -hahaha!

I installed a small white board for schedules, reminders and such -it's working out so well! *sigh* 

I brought down some gardening books that were upstairs. They come in handy in that small spot.

Added this to the bulletin board area

Ah, looking good. Now, it's easy to find things! How long this will last, I'll never know! Hahaha!

Time to load some! 

Don't you just love it whenever you get to check an item off the to-do list?

Jenny Matlock hosts this cool meme! Thanks, Jenn!
Jenny Matlock

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