Well, another week has come, and gone, and it’s Friday night here in cold and rainy Michigan. I had just sat down in front of my trusty computer and was about to write my article for the week. So, before doing so, I figure I had better check and see what article was just released and read Aaron’s article about his new cell phone. Now, I have to tell you, that I was going to write an article about cell phones, and my search this week for information on various cell phone providers in the PI, the phones that were for sale on the internet both through private sales as well as companies, and what options I would have available to me. But, I don’t want to have too many articles about the same topic within a matter of days. After all, we must keep our readers entertained, and not harp on one topic too much within a weeks time. At least, that is my feeling. I have no information on Bob’s standing on this matter. I will say, that I will write one as informative as I can for you to be published soon.
So, this week, I will talk about memories, holidays, seasons, and good old fashioned reminiscing. I’ve added a few friends on FB (that’s FaceBook for all you non-users) that I have met through Live in the Philippines. We talk often about various topics, and usually relate our experiences from when they lived here in the states and grew up, and compared them to where they are now, which is in the PI. This is fun for me, as it has two sides for them, and it makes me think about how it will for me as well.
It’s late September here in Michigan, and that means one thing… apple picking season! Pumpkin pies! And pretty soon, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. Yes, all the holidays at this time of year tend to run together. Anyway, Paul was talking about bananas not being in season yet, and I found it kind of funny. Not funny haha, but funny different. It’s something we don’t grow here, and I know you do there, but I never really thought about the fruits and vegetable harvest times for your crops. I’ve grown up in the same area my entire life. I’ve been apple picking since I was a child, and it became a part of family tradition. The last few years we haven’t been picking apples at the orchards, but a friend of mine has a small orchard on his land. About ten trees, and it produces enough apples that he can’t even really use them all. But, we went there last weekend and I watched the crew of friends and kids pick apples, and then they turned it into apple cider. If you haven’t had apple cider, you’re really missing out! It tastes similar to apple juice, but it is SO MUCH BETTER! Anyway, I had fun watching the kids pick apples, making the cider, and since I’m not able to do much, I just sat in a chair and held the strainer so nothing got into the gallon jugs as they poured the gallons upon gallons of cider into the containers. It was fun. And I thought about it, and think that it is something that I am going to miss. Of course, the friendship is the one thing I will miss most, but there is also that life-long memory I have had of picking apples with my family.
Now, I don’t want you all to think I am thinking twice about moving, as I am excited about the move. But, I was thinking more on the lines of what kinds of fruit can we pick as a family there, that my children, nieces, and nephews can have memories like mine of doing that as a family. And, when are the harvest times for various crops? I know it is warm year round, and there can be as much as three harvests a year on various crops. Maybe more. Here, apples come just once a year! Because of that, I think it means more. Of course, I may be over thinking this.
So, let’s move on. It’s fall here. The leaves have yet to start to change colors to reds, oranges, yellows, and browns and fall to the ground, leaving the trees bare for the winter. But, the weather is changing. It is raining more, and the cold has come. Squash, and various other types of things are now readily available for sale at the market. When you see pumpkins and squash coming, you know it’s almost time for some snow. And with pumpkins, comes pumpkin pies! Delicious! Another thing I shouldn’t be eating, but you know what, it is good!
Let’s talk McDonald’s for a minute. Here, McDonalds has various types of pies available throughout the year. During the fall, it’s pumpkin pie, along with the usual apple and cherry pies. My wife really likes the pies, and I usually buy one for her if she wants one. So, when we stopped for a drink the other day, they had the pumpkin pies already!!!! I bought her one, and let me just say that when it was in the car, the smell took over the entire car! The aroma took me back to when I was a kid and Mom made pumpkin pies for the holidays!
And yet another friend of mine posted something about Christmas. I know you all start setting up your decorations already. Let me tell you… they have done so here too!! I walked through a local clothing store here where I live called Kohl’s, and they have an entire wall dedicated to Christmas too! I could hardly believe my eyes to see Christmas items for sale and it is only September! Here in the U.S. that is very rare!
To make a long story longer, I just wanted to say that the holidays are about family, memories, and being happy. And I am looking forward to starting some new memories with my new family and being happy in a warmer climate. The holidays will be different for me, but I plan on making the very best of them, and trying new things, and living life as much as I can while in the PI.
Until next week, paalam, ingat and God bless!