Skip to main content

Friday's fave five: Showers to the soul

View more FFF participants at Living to Tell the Story

It's been a lovely week. These are my faves:

1. A blossom and rainy afternoons. Everytime it rains and I'm alone in my room, I am reminded of home. My parents and I would gather in the living room to chat and play scrabble. Our audience are our cats and dogs. The one who loses in the game prepares the snack which usually consists of either popcorn or boiled banana with lemonade or hot chocolate. I don't have those now. But I still get rainy afternoons that bring me back cozy memories. On my way to work this week I found something that resembles the origin of those banana snacks long ago:

2. Hair Saloon. I haven't been to the saloon in a few weeks although it's part of my weekly routine. I love how light my hair feels on my head everytime I get my hair professionally shampooed and ironed.

3. Errands done in one go. Mozart, my 6-year old is spending indefinite vacation with grandma in the Philippines. Each month I send him his allowance. To do that I have to go to the bank. That and paying the phone and internet bills are something I don't get accomplished in one go and it's getting really tiresome. Recently I found a bank located along the same route as the ISP office and the mall where I pay my phone bill. That's quite a relief!

4. Three free days and I spent them all indoors despite earlier plans to peek at some malls. I am proud of chores done: toppled 50% of the perrenial laundry, disinfected the bathroom and scrubbed the porch. The Jackson memorial made me realize it was my first time to cry since 2005. Alfred Austin says tears are the summer showers to the soul. I think that was the biggest benefit of my staycation.

5. Lots of mushroom and cheese in my spaghetti. I made this while blogging. The best part is my son helped me eat it.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


hip chick said…
What a beautiful flower! I think it's nice to have such happy memories of your childhood.
Wow that spaghetti looks great! Sounds like you got A LOT done during your three free days! :)
Jacris said…
Hi again thank you for adding me in your blogroll list.I really do appreciate it I will add ur links also have a lovely weekend =)
Rebecca said…
A lovely week...nothing to complain about there!
Anya said…
I love the spaghetti,
I think i go make it now :)
Enjoy your free days ....
hugs to all
Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)
Susanne said…
I have to say I have never heard of boiled banana. Sounds interesting.

It's always great to have a few days off and accomplish what you wanted to get done. And yay for finding a bank closer so that you can get everything done together.
Karyn said…
happy memories from childhood are always a blessing. Salon visits are good for making you feel beautiful - always worthy of a blessing list - glad you got to go again.

Wow! first time you cried in 4 years?! That's amazing. Hope the tears you cried this week were cleansing.
Jerralea said…
I love going to the salon, too. I always think I need a new lipstick if I get my hair done!

I love days at home catching up on projects. Glad you got to enjoy three of them.
nikkipolani said…
Hmmm. Boiled banana -- with anything else? Your rainy afternoons sounded lovely. And isn't it wonderful to find an easy way to pay bills?
Chris said…
happy friday!

got an award for you at
Barbara H. said…
I love finding ways of consolidating tasks and days at home to get lots done. What a neat childhood memory!
Brenda said…
Nice to get your hair done and have some free days to get caught up on work. Your spagetti looks good!
Willow said…
Lovely childhood memory. Scrabble and rain.

I love consolidating errands and chores! I'm glad you found ways to do both.

Have a great weekend.
Lady Jen said…
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love the pictures!
Pamela said…
What a great list - it's interesting to see how different things are in our two parts of the world.

I hope Mozart enjoys his vacation!

Popular posts from this blog

Weekend Snapshot: The AIDS Temple (Lopburi I)

It is sometimes referred to as the AIDS Museum, I tend to call it AIDS Temple. Descriptively it is a buddhist hospice for AIDS patients, the largest one in Thailand. Three of us, a friend, my son and I paid Wat (temple) Phrabat Nampu in Lopburi a visit last weekend. As it is where people with AIDS go to to die, most of what we saw are not exactly the ones I'm in a hurry to show off. But if you are curious, you may want to click on a post I did days ago. Anyway, on with shots that I don't think will give anyone a coronary:

100 steps to the wat
After the climb this is where you arrive at

"View from the top" - those are bare cornfields visitors pass by on their way to the temple

Side view of the Life Museum which ironically displays mummies

A usual sight around Thai temples

Bone sculptures

The temple bell

Life is beautiful. Most of us would prefer that of course. AIDS is also real.


The Rumford is a much more efficient way to heat a room than earlier fireplaces....(Wikipedia on Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, designer of tall, shallow fireplaces which are now known as the Rumford, was an Anglo-American physicist known for his investigations of heat)Living in the tropics, I have been in close proximity with only three fireplaces in my life. There was an unused one in the home of my college professor in the Philippines. The other one from which I could feel the heat and see the fire dancing was in a hotel lobby in the Yorkshire Moors. Picture taking was quick. Two old ladies were having tea by it, but that was my first ever real fireplace experience, and I loved it. The latest I have touched is the one in Jane Austen's imaginary Northanger Abbey.
The fireplace, where she had expected the ample width and ponderous carvings of former times, was contracted to a Rumford, with slabs of plain though handsome marbles, and ornament over it of the prettiest English ch…

Honor, Awards and a Game

Tuesday Couch Potatoes: Made of Honor
Awards and a Game/Meme follow. Please scroll down a bit.

My pick for this week's TCP theme (wedding movie) is Made of Honor. I like the humor in it. We've all been to several weddings but how many of us can say I've been to one in which the maid of honor was a he? The scene which particularly cracked me up is when the priest mistook the maid of honor for a gay man =) If you're familiar with some of my likes, you'd know why I also love the Scotland location of the wedding. For more of the synopsis click here; and here's the trailer:
Head over to Just About Anything for more wedding movies.


My super duper bloggy friend Thom of Thom's Place for Well Whatever and fellow Mom Tetcha of Pensive Thoughts awarded me this Beautiful Blogger award. I have to list seven things about me so here they are:

1. I love wearing jeans more than skirts.
2. One of my favorite colors is purple.
3. I don't mind spending sunrise…