Friday, August 30, 2019

August: National Peach Month

The PEACH and the color peach (of which there are variations) are on my list of Life's favorite things. 

Before the month of August ends, here are some pics of PEACHES  and my go-to bag this month:  Bottega Veneta Sloane bag in peachy-pink color.

BTW, my fave peaches to eat are the white peach variety as they are more sweet. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Triggered by Typhoon Pictures in Laoag, Ilocos Norte PI

Severe tropical storm, InengPeople killed, crops gone, many farm animals dead -- yet it's the one picture below that truly stopped me in my tracks. 
At the height of the typhoon on Saturday, Ilocos Norte residents particularly in Laoag, Bacarra, Pasuquin, Burgos and Vintar experienced one of the worst flooding caused by torrential rains of around 50 millimeters volume of water for 16 hours.--

I am prompted to remember: 

Me as a young passenger in a motorized tricycle being driven to my private grade school.  We pass a man & woman on the dusty road (this is how I immediately surmised how poor they were). The lady had to try hard to keep up with her husband who with his ramrod-straight back was focused straight ahead towards their destination. He is carrying their young daughter in his arms similar to the man above. She is also fully wrapped in a white hospital sheet, and her exposed feet bounced as he walked. She is obviously dead. Not from a severe flooding, but very likely from a short illness that our rural hospital could not cure. Her Parents were taking her back home, on foot, for a simple wake; and then a burial in a pauper's grave. I weep inside.

For the next 3 days, every donation to the @pacquiaofoundation will go to feeding and providing shelter for thousands of people in Laoag City. Click LINK IN BIO to help!

My heart breaks for the people affected by the tropical storm and flooding but together, we can make a huge impact! Imagine if everyone gave just $5. Thank you for helping others!  
-- Senator Manny Pacquiao, Instagram

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, 
saith your God.
-Isaiah 40:1


Saturday, August 24, 2019


 Members of ANTIFA groups need to be required by law to wear no masks nor hide their identity by any other means.

Every time you wade into a crowd or don a concealing garment, you risk deindividuation, and it often brings out the worst in you. When you step back and see yourself as the perpetrator, you act as though your reputation and position in society is at stake. 
When you have no identity, when you are nameless, faceless and free from retribution, the chains of inhibition fall from your brain. 

-David McRaney 

Read about masks and deindividuation H E R E


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why Visit Marylebone, London England?

Marylebone Floor Mat, Mackenzie-Childs
I had never heard of  this  chic London neighborhood -- until I purchased a Mackenzie-Childs floor mat (Marylebone Floor Mat). 

I am intrigued; though my primary purpose for ever visiting Marylebone (how is it pronounced?) would probably be to see the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

The pictures on IG aren't bad.  If the rest of the neighborhood is just as nice, I am impressed. Look at those windows!!

Marylebone is a chic residential area with a village feel, centred on the independent boutiques and smart restaurants of Marylebone High Street. Tourists queue for the Madame Tussauds waxwork museum and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, the latter in the fictional sleuth’s home at 221b Baker Street. The Georgian mansion that houses the Wallace Collection of art and period furnishings typifies the area's elegant architecture. - google

Baker Street pillow, MacKenzie Childs

Marylebone travel umbrella, MacKenzie Childs
High Street accent chair, MacKenzie Childs
pc: MacKenzie-Childs

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  (Psalm 8 )


Sunday, August 18, 2019

MacKenzie-Childs: MC Farmhouse Kitchen in Honeymoon

The MC farmhouse is used as a 3-story showcase of MacKenzie-Childs' past and current products -- some of which are priceless one-of-a-kind items or items discontinued long ago. 

  The kitchen remains in working order (used by MC employees in the past); and incredibly well-decorated... chock-full of their gorgeous stuff. Style is mostly in pink checks which indicates  their HONEYMOON pattern; or Rose Petal as in their drawer knobs. Courtly Check, Parchment Check, Fish, and their other patterns are also present.  The room is large, bright, and mostly in my favorite color combo of pink (wooohoooo!!) and white. The high-end appliances are by VIKING

We toured on our own, so some questions remain unanswered. Daughter went through the house tour twice -- willingly!  Son matched the kitchen with his pink shorts.  No complaints from him neither. Strong central a/c helped a lot, me thinks. 

drawer-pull detail of Honeymoon Rose Petal pattern


Friday, August 16, 2019

Bathroom Renovation: Double Vanities

I am very thankful for our own double sink/vanity. It was especially useful while all of our kids were still residing at home.   Disappointed that the MacKenzie-Childs  Farmhouse had single sinks in all of their bathrooms; though each bathroom did have double shower-heads and their use of tile was awe inspiring.

MC Farmhouse bathroom sink

MC bathroom double shower heads
Our renovated Bathroom #1