It is scorchingly hot in Manila the past days. I could not stay in this room where my PC is for long, as it is on the second floor and the heat gets unbearable in the afternoon. Hence, the excuse for my blog being silent recently.
My sister and her five children have also been staying with me for the past week or so. They are in the last stages of processing their US immigrant visas. So my kids and I are enjoying the company of my sister and kids while they are here. It will probably be many years from now before we see them again.
Picture with me the bottom of our stairs littered with piles of slippers (no slippers allowed upstairs)… Let’s see: there’s mine, my hubby’s, my 2 kids’, my sister’s, her 5 kids’… 10 pairs of tsinelas et.al. I shall not offer a visual but can you see it in your mind? Now let’s move on to the kitchen… Can you see the crazed cooking and washing and cleaning? LOL The kids are having so much fun since in their minds it must feel like an ongoing slumber/kiddie party everyday. So this is how it feels to have a huge household. Geez, I’m thankful hubby got a vasectomy already. 😛
My house-help situation has not been helpful at all too. My helper for many years, ateJ, left in March. Since then, it has been a frustrating cycle of searching-hiring-firing househelpers. I don’t know if I am too meticulous (I think not), but good help these days are a scarcity. I am hoping to find keepers by the time school starts in June. Just today, I fired the one I hired a week ago (she has a distinct smell that I do not think I could live with, plus she seems to be in perpetual slow-mo), and hired another. The new one I got today looks like a keeper to me. I’m hoping she is. Please pray with me!
[UPDATE: I seem to sound harsh on firing the helper this morning.Â But I believe the reason for the distinct smell has got to do with hygiene.Â And I’m not going to let her handle our food or clothes, much less my kids! any day longer… *shudders*]
Anyway, yes, the past weeks have been hectic, Ravioli! And much work looms ahead for me as yet another deadline for a major project bid we’ve been working so hard to win for months has been set by the owners. *sigh* No we have not won, but at least we’re still in the race.
So is my silence justified? I promise to be back, though, with photos and maybe even a short post on our family reunion. (Yes! for the first time since 2000, our family was completed.)