Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Countdown of ALL Countdowns

It's the final countdown! In few hours another chapter ends and a new one begins.  That signifies not only the New Year but that of "Yours Truly's" different countdown of sort (which hopefully will have another blog if "yours truly" will not be lazy).
This year is no doubt another good year just like the rest. With all the ups and downs I've been through I can say that I did passed year 2014 with flying colors. There were times that I almost doubted my power to overcome the obstacles that came my way but with God's grace and the unconditional love of my family and friends, I was able to survive the year with stronger faith in God and in myself.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Most Sought After Brownie

I turned gluten free this year. Long story. When I get the chance I'll write about it.

Anyway, yesterday I posted on Instagram and FB my first ever brownie I baked for myself after half a year of avoiding it. Though I bake brownies every now and then but they are just for my Sweetest. And yes, I wasn't tempted to try them even just once.

SPOILER ALERT: This is NOT my original recipe so I am not taking credit for it. (If you want the original recipe - click HERE) I found it in Pinterest and just want to share it here because a lot of my FB friends are asking for the recipe. So here you go... by popular demand - The Flourless Sweet (a.k.a. Kamote) Potato Brownie
You will need...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Very First Man I Fell in LOVE With

I can't remember the first time I fell in love with him. But there is only one thing I am sure - no one ever loved me the way he did.
And I have never loved a man the way I loved him. I still think about him every single day. I miss you so much. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Grateful Heart Thursday: My Miracle

I was crying like a baby... sobbing non stop... tears running down my cold cheeks... head spinning like crazy as I struggled holding my breath and my mobile phone all at the same time. I was trying to make sense of all that was going on right under my nose, but to no effect.

It was one of those rare phone calls that I hate to receive since I left home. I was talking to my friend and former colleague from home trying to grasp the essence of our conversation. Her voice was firm and full of conviction. Her tone was strong and filled with total resignation. Her breathing was deep yet consistent. She was cool, calm and collected.

"Be strong, Mare [a term we used to address each other because her first born is my Goddaughter]." She said in a matter-of-factly way.

If it is God’s will for me, then I have to accept it.” She sustained as I continued sobbing and said nothing but “Mare

"This is just one of the mysteries of life and we have no choice but to accept it with faith in our hearts" She continued saying and assuring me that… EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY.

But I am not OK! Neither is she!

She is not OK! SHE HAS LUNG CANCER!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun is Over! Back to Work!

This is a very quick post. I am just killing time. As of this writing, some of the teachers and ed techs are looking for a parking spot at the Middle School and the others are already having coffee in the cafeteria. Today is the start of our 3 days in-service training.
Igot the urge to post this to say the least that I did have a great summer and can't wait for the school to be over. hahaha. Though, I know it has not even officially started yet. Official start of school where I work is after Labor Day.
Anyway, I really did have a great summer. Hope you all had the same.

Friday, August 22, 2014

#Just Sayin'

Isn't it funny that the sun that rises and sets in any part of the world is one and the same? But the sunrise and the sunset in the place called home is the most breathtaking one. - Ruthi Gregoire

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AHA Moment: Feeling Creative

I'm a gifted artist. Well, it sounds good that is why I used that statement as introduction. But yes, I can proudly say that I was blessed with some creative ideas and I can easily express them in so many ways, bragging aside. WINK****

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spiritual Musings

Years ago, I found joy in reading Bible verses and writing my reflections about a particular verse that struck me. I found happiness in doing it because I was able to get in touch with my inner self. And I found peace in the process.
Years passed and a lot of things happened. Things that I have no control of. Things that somehow shook my faith and conviction. And things that one way or another messed up my personal belief and perspective in life.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Moody

Moody is "not" a word. You don't tell that to a woman who is approaching peri-menopausal stage. And don't even insist or argue. You will be in big trouble. LOL
My favorite Model - Maya. She was already having a fit when I took this photo. When I told her - just one last shot, she smiled. I clicked. Then gave me her biggest frown ever. [LOL] Love her to pieces!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Subject Matter: The Children

When I was a kid... the only thing I worried about was play. The only thing I look forward to was play with my brothers. And only thing in my mind was what were we going to play.
When I was a young... I worry not what to eat. I didn't care about the weather. And I only thought about school so I can play with my friends.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Comfort Food

Summer seems so short. There are lots of things I want to do and it seems I am running out of time. I have never been as busy as my regular 12 hours shift. But no matter how busy I am there is one thing I will not pass up - food!
I love to cook and when I cook it's always experimental. I'm the type of cook who doesn't stick to recipe. I always come up with something. Something made of anything available in my fridge, that is. So one day, the only thing I got was a left-over steak, an onion, frozen broccoli and some left-over noodles from the doggie bag my friend Medy sent me.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Busy as a Bee

Summer has been crazy since Spring. LOL. I know there is no such thing. But in my world it is a huge possibility.
You see I have huge plan before the school ends. I have tons of projects on my drawing board. And I set a goal for myself to finish them before Summer is over.



Friday, July 4, 2014

Sunlight

Blessings come in different ways. If you don't see the beauty of nature as blessings, you will not see yourself as one.
“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Benjamin Franklin 


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Selfie the Breeze and Hashtag it!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Finally, the season that I have been waiting for all year long is here.  School is over and I can finally take a break and spend good times with my BFFs bonding and taking lots of selfies and hashtagging every single one of them.

So what does an OCD like me have on my “summer to-do list”? Beach. Party. Cocktails. Repeat!
Yes, I know that I can do all those things all year-round even in winter time but I have an alibi. Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash doesn’t happen in winter time. “Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times” and that alone is one reason to wait for summer all year long. Yup, you heard it right. It starts June 23rd and ends August 3rd, so excuse me I have a time table here my friends.  LOL Well, I have the urgency to have the Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple which is the must have drink of the summer.  After all the hard work I’ve done all year-round, I need my reward. Right?

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Best Days with my Dad

My Dad wasn't really around when I was growing up. Well, he was pretty much around until I was 10 years old. But during the most critical stage of my growing up years where I was going crazy about my teenage life due to hormonal change... he was abroad working to give us a better future.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My First Teacher

I have fond memories of my first day in school as a kindergarten kid. I remember my teacher wore a very nice dress that looked like she came out of a fashion magazine. She wore her thick, black hair really long. In fact, I think it  was longer than the dress she was wearing. It was the 70s and the fashion trend that time was hip. It was the era where women either wore mini dresses or hot pants. They were either strutting in maxi dresses and platform shoes or micro-mini skirts and knee-high boots. They either matched their outfits with sunny attitude or a “peace-man” neck pieces or brooches. But other than that, I remember too that I had fun doodling, writing, singing, playing and making friends in kindergarten school. And of course, I also remember that I graduated with some honors.


Monday, May 5, 2014

The Big Move

WARNING: This is a re-post of a re-post from My Refuge Online that will go extinct. Yes. Ruthilicious is moving for the 2nd time and hopefully this is the last one. I am taking the "downsizing mode" seriously so this move is inevitable. I do hope that you my friends and followers will continue to follow Ruthilicious here in Ruthi's breathingSpace. Sorry for the inconvenience but this is for the better. Wink***

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ruthilicious at 49

It's hard to believe that I turned 49 yesterday. Or I was just dreaming?
Forty Nine years and it feels like nothing has changed. I am still the same crazy person I used to be. No more, no less. Errr.... maybe a little bit more. LOL


Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's Girls Scout Cookie Time!

I don't know about you but I love my Girl Scout cookies.

And when I get them... they don't stand a chance. They get eaten right away and without remorse. LOL


Monday, March 3, 2014

Baby Brother in the House!

My baby brother came to visit me here in Maine. It was a very short visit but it was one of the most memorable times I had with him.

For a span of 10 days we were able to bond and enjoy each others' company without interruption. It was a short visit but not short in happy memories that we created together for just 10 days.

Here are some of the photos we had together.
 @ Parsonsfield-Porter Covered Bridge

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A bag-full of sweet memories!

My brother's short visit in Maine is a huge deal. First of all because the last time I spent time with him was in 2012 when I had a short vacation in the Philippines. Now, it's payback time!
But a visit is not a visit without a catch. Yes, there is a catch. We are horrible family so we don't do favor just because! We do favor out of another favor! LOL I'm just kidding. Whose family isn't horrible anyway? Wink** So yes, after some threatening and blackmailing he finally brought me those Pinoy food that I was longing for so long.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

A bag-full of happy memories

Before my brother came here for a short vacation, we had a lot of emails and online chats exchange. It was a process that Pinoy (Filipino) travelers go through when they are going to visit a family member abroad. Let me explain this further. When a Pinoy is going to travel abroad it is expected to meet up with some Pinoy family and friends alike. And this calls for "pasalubong" (presents from home). So I emailed him a list of the things I want him to bring to me when he comes here. They are mostly Pinoy food that I miss so much and are not available in the stores here.
And he did just that. When he came, he did not only bring with him my most-requested food from home that I miss so much but a whole bag of happy memories from the past.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

I made a sale!

Remember the Happy Snowmen Fun Math Activties that I made for my TPT store? I finally made a sale! How wonderful is that?
It really felt good that someone really bought my product. Now, I am so fired up. I need more snow days to come up with new stuff. LOL


Saturday, January 11, 2014

It's just a click away for a Magical Prom Night

One of the most memorable if not the most awaited events in High School is the Prom. It's a phase that everyone has to go through unless you are home-schooled or out-of-school or a non-believer (wink*). Whatever the case maybe, Prom night is a magical night for most teenagers across the world.

Speaking of Prom... I didn't have one. Well, technically I did. But the Prom that I've been to was not the typical one. Don't asked me when it happened. We will be talking Math here and I'm not an expert. The only thing I remember is - the whole class was wearing our First Friday Gala Uniform. Yes, the special uniform we wore when we attend the mandatory Mass services. (I was enrolled in a Catholic School ran by over-conservative Nuns)