Lest you think that I’m talking about the house we’re building..think again.
I’ve always wanted to fix up my father’s files from way back. When he passed away, I had the unwelcome task of going through voluminous piles of paper that were all about the company…and the companies that were non-existent already. I sifted through those piles armed with a dust mask, anti-allergy meds, and mefenamic acid.
Eventually, I was able to sort things out. I disposed all those files that were not needed. But the remaining files are still quite daunting.
Whenever I need something I still have to wade through a sea of files to find what I need. So I’ve been wondering whether it would be possible to make all these digital to make things easier.
However, given the amount I will most likely need cloud backup services to make sure that I don’t lose anything. I will likely crash any system because of the mountain of information that I will be working with. And since all these are pertinent info for the company, I cannot afford to lose anything.
When I was a teenager, I distinctly remember feeling grossed out about all those ointments my Lola used to apply for her aching joints. For one thing, in my mind they smelled like hell. Especially this one ointment that was given to her by the pseudo First Lady of the land after a trip to China. The ointment was supposed to be a miracle cure for arthritis. I don’t really know if it worked but my Lola religiously applied the damn ointment every night. I cannot begin to describe its odor. To put it bluntly, it was vomit inducing. I even threatened her caregiver that if she was given another tube of the vile ointment I would call the dailies and squeal that the pseudo First Lady was poisoning my Lola.
Fast forward to 20 years later….well, a little over that. FINE!!
My goddamn elbow has been aching for the last month or so. Good thing my BIL (an orthopedic doctor..thank God) was at home when we visited. I got a free consultation and voila….I had swollen ligaments that needed meds and…drum roll……OINTMENT!! But, my ointment doesn’t smell bad. So my kids won’t curse me for that. And I have to wrap it in a hot compress thrice a day.
I found a microwaveable gewgaw that works as a hot compress. I’m loving it soooooooo much!!! Plus my MIL handed me a tube of ointment that works wonders for aching joints. All the stuff that I made fun of in the past are now part of my daily repertoire of rituals. Darn! But hey, they don’t smell bad
Way before we started building the house, the hubby and I have been scouring antique shops in the city and in nearby provinces for pieces that would fit our design scheme.
Since the house is going to be a stylized Filipino Bahay na Bato, it is only apt that we use pieces that are of Filipino origins and crafted by local craftsmen.
First thing in the agenda, doors.
Since this is the first thing that you see upon entering the house..and any room for that matter…a beautiful and sturdy door for all entrances was what we looked for. We had a simple criteria in choosing, it had to be made of old wood. Better still if the door came from an old house.
This morning I made another calculated purchase on an online group buying site. I know I’ve told myself that I would try to stay away from buying online but I couldn’t help it.
Ok, time to fess up…I haven’t been staying away. I’ve been constantly checking for good deals. To be perfectly honest, I bought several deals this week…other than the shoe racks.
However, I always buy stuff and services that I will definitely use. As I’ve said in the past, I’ve purchased spa deals, hotel stays, resto vouchers…etc etc.
My latest purchase was for 3 Amazing Shoe Racks. I actually saw them before on one of my fave buying sites but before I could purchase, the deal closed. This week it was offered again on a different site and I didn’t let the chance pass this time.
I seriously think this is one of those AHA moments because…I love shoes. I can never manage to fix my shoe cabinet. Plus the fact that it is..a cabinet…I always have to put in those moisture absorbers otherwise my cabinet will smell like..never mind.
So a shoe rack that is out in the open is what I need. And guess what, each rack is good for 30 shoes!!! Gives me reason to fill it up. Hello Payless!! Hello MyLeather.com for wholesale shoes!! Hello Zappos!!
And no…I’m not using the racks as an excuse to buy more shoes..hehehehe!!
Its been almost 4 months since we started building the new house. To say that I’m excited is an understatement.
To date, we have finished with the foundations of the house, built the retaining wall of the basement, completed the first floor slab, and now we are working on putting the second floor in place.
Despite the stage we are in, the hubs and I have managed to amass a considerable amount of furnishings. We’ve got doors, cabinets, a/c’s, a couple of chairs. Our present house now looks like a bodega. And since all that stuff cannot fit here, I have asked my Mom to adopt some of our stuff in the meantime. I have cleverly arranged them in her house so they look like part of the furniture.
Barring any major setback, we should be moving in my November.