Archive for the ‘silence speaks’ Category
Mornings are definitely getting colder. Officially, we’re now at the start of the Amihan season, dominated by trade winds which means cooler temperature. Hopefully, gone are the days of flash flood, thunderstorms and endless rain showers. On second thoughts, it is during the months of November and December that the Philippines experiences stronger typhoons when the southwest monsoon meets the northeast winds. I like this lovely season best of all, a clear sign that Christmas is near. Oh, I am not counting, I’m just excited about it all :)
Imagine yourself going to bed at an ungodly hour of 7pm and waking up at an even crazier time of 3am. I like it though, when you feel the palpable quiet all around, no motorcycles and motor cars to disturb the peace, just those silent moments of introspection and soul-searching. It’s an additional bonus to write a blog with an uninterrupted and faster internet connection.
Gosh, I’ll be turning 58 in ten days, a certified and indulgent “lola”. Life is good and I am grateful. When I think of the times I went through in the past I could not help but wonder how I was able to stay standing still. Those are my favorite words nowadays, standing still. Standing still amidst the vicissitudes of life, standing still amidst the trying times that you have no control of, standing still despite and in spite of every bend on the road that you encounter. I am grateful though for the endless blessings that God bestows on me and my family. Believe me, the trying times make one stronger and braver because they make you realize that you possess that inner strength and courage to face it all. I remember what Nissa told me yesterday about what Nate recently learned. I smile at the thought that my almost two-year old grandson is learning positive attitude at such a tender age. When you say “God is good“, he would answer in a clear voice with two hands raised, “all the time”.
A friend once told me that as you get older, you tend to reminisce about the good old days and the times that made you really, really smile. Isn’t that what life is all about? The past carries with it lessons that would help us in our present journey. I do remember. We ought to be growing wiser with age and welcoming getting older with grace.
Joy is shaped by simple pleasures.
Posted in flowers and blooms, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on October 15, 2014 | 10 Comments »
It’s a sluggish journey to kingdom come, my internet connection, that is. For the past several days, it was a struggle to write a blog post here. I hate that whole-screen commercial ad that suddenly pops up on my screen when I am searching the net. It is sponsored by our internet provider so I guess, short of blocking it out which I don’t even know how, I have to bear with it not with a smile but through gritted teeth. Even my old PC conks out on me just when I am a bit inspired to write. They’re partners in crime probably.
The truth is I was not feeling well the past two days. I think I had too much of gardening, weeding and digging the soil, taking advantage of the sunny days. I even planned to repot some of my sansevieria plants and trim my Fukien tea plants. And it’s been like ages since I captured a bloom in the garden. It’s almost all green now except for the white flowers of my two dwarf calamansi.
Did you know that the actual flowers are the white ones on the tip of the yellow bracts ? These are so easy to grow from cuttings. When I have time, I’ll propagate more of this.
After so many years having this in the garden, I finally learned its name just the other day. It’s called Zebrina pendula more commonly known as Wandering Jew. It’s quite invasive so it needs heavy pruning. It easily thrives through cuttings and are best hung in a corner.
A friend just reminded me of my upcoming birthday. Some close friends and I have already celebrated it in advance a week ago at Vikings – Megamall. One of them came home for a short vacation and she treated us to lunch. I will share some pictures I took of the event when my internet connection is good. Birthdays are reminders that we are not only getting older but should be growing wiser with age too.
Color me yellow at least for today. Yellow is the lightest hue of the spectrum. The color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. I need all these right now.
This made my day, a show of life’s beauty and grace, simple smiles from two precious people in my life. It’s a new day!
You watch -
as the grey dawn turns into gold
as the silver rain droplets stubbornly cling
to the taro leaves creating jewel-like dots
as the colony of ants meet and kiss
storing food for the rainy day.
Then a little sparrow perched on top
of the dried trunk of your avocado tree.
To your surprise, it started singing
and it made your day.
You can’t help the smile on your face.
to make that hot cup of coffee.
Posted in birthdays, blessings, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on October 2, 2014 | 6 Comments »
I actually thought of posting a blog yesterday but things got in the way as usual, it was a busy, busy day. Finally, Josef and I were able to finish cleaning the garden and trimming the carabao grass. It looks more like a garden now, thank God.
How I wish the thunderstorms we’re having every afternoon would let up a bit and let me enjoy the sun all day long. The heavy downpour yesterday made going home an agony for most commuters. My daughter and son-in-law got stuck in traffic for around two hours when on normal days, travel time is only about thirty to forty-five minutes. I told them to always have something to munch on inside the car for such eventualities. I left the corporate world fourteen years ago, but sometimes I miss the daily commute, the camaraderie we had with fellow commuters and office mates. Back in those days, we had carpooling , sharing a ride with friends who lived in the same area so travel time was more enjoyable than the options public commuters have now, jostling with a big crowd, waiting in line on MRT trains that frequently break down, smelling the exhaust fumes of motor vehicles, buses and jeepneys in all corners of Metro Manila. These are those times that I am grateful to be in the comfort of our home sans the traffic and everything that goes with it.
I am glad October is finally here. It’s my birth month so I am excited. Time flies! I don’t mind growing old really, I am just grateful and thankful for all the blessings in my life. At times though, unseen problems show their ugly faces but what is life without challenges? Wear age with grace – never mind the grey hair that show regularly like a proud crown on your head, never mind the aching joints that make you sometime sleepless, never mind the wrinkles that crop up before you can even say, “gosh, I am getting old”. Two years from now, I will be able to line up at the senior lane in supermarkets. Two years from now, I will be able to buy medicines at a discount. Two years from now, I won’t have to pay Philhealth contributions so I could enjoy the benefits attached to it. Two years from now, when Nate turns four, I will be able to teach him to read by himself and appreciate nature through the camera lens. You see, happiness is how you make it. Getting another year older won’t be a hindrance though, it somehow makes life something to cherish even more.