One of the new roles I started to have this ECQ (sorry, I wrote this post around April and it got stuck in my drafts!), aside from being a master chef and a baker like most of you, is a plant momma!
It actually started the week of Feb 14 when Pao gave me a fiddle leaf bambino for Valentine’s (we don’t usually celebrate, pero tatanggi ba ako sa regalo niya?).
I had plants before, and either they die or, at the brink of death, I bring them to the PICU—Plants Intensive Care Unit, my mom’s garden. ?
This bottom-watering planter from Moko Plants gave me hope. I thought self-watering kasi. Iba pala yun. LOL! But anyway I managed to keep the bambino alive though not sprouting new leaves up to now. I started reading up on indoor plants and came across articles about NASA’s study on air purifying plants. I wanted air in our room purified!
Then community quarantine happened. I rushed to buy these air purifiers. Grateful for Shopleaf PH‘s online shop and quick processing. They got delivered right before ECQ started!
Then I remembered purchasing a pot from Spruce Plant Shop in Power Plant Mall for an aloe vera we got from Pao’s tita. We were supposed to pick it up but the quarantine happened. So I messaged them… And they delivered my pot… Along with new plants. Haha!
Aside from my Peace Lily that suffered from either over watering or drastic temperature changes (hot and dry in the day, air-conditioned at night), the plants seem to be doing well. Because looking at plants on Instagram is my new destresser, I came across herbs. I know how maalagain herbs are but why not? Would be nice to grow food inside the house if I can.
Cityplants PH. Found them when I was looking for rubber trees and they had the cheapest available. The rubber tree came with two other plants. LOL! And when they posted potted herbs, I got from them. They’re so fast to respond to DMs!
Sadly, my basil has not been doing so well. I thought it was just not getting enough sun, but when I transferred it to a sunnier area this morning, to my horror, there were tiny, moving dark brown spots under the leaves and something like webs on some areas! Googled. I think they’re spider mites and they’re sucking the life out of my basil. I found a few on my tarragon too, which was my basil’s seatmate. Googled again. DIYed a spray. I don’t know what tomorrow will be for my herbs.
What a tiny, itsy bitsy spider mite can do to a plant! And here I am scrambling and hoping I can save my basil. ??
And this got me writing this post. What a tiny, itsy bitsy virus can do! But unlike me who’s scrambling and merely hoping my basil will come out of this stronger and healthier, I am so glad and relieved that God is not scrambling and not unknowing if tomorrow will be better.
Why is He allowing all this to happen? I don’t have an answer. But what I do know is that when He allows things like this to happen, His purpose and how He turns things around is so way beyond what I can imagine at the time. #kapitlang
While we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, today we can take time to connect with God and strengthen ourselves in Him, knowing full well He’s got us.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.
When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself.
Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer.
Don’t as questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble.
Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.
Why? Because the Master won’t even walk out and fail to return.
Lamentations 3:25-31 MSG