Posted in Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on October 16, 2014 |
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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.
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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 |
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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.
Pachystachys Lutea. Common names are Yellow shrimp plant, Golden candle and lollipop plant.
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.
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Posted in family, family life, inspiration, photography, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, attitude, family life, life, photography on October 11, 2014 |
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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!
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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 |
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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.
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Posted in blogging, family life, journeys, life, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, blogging blues, family life, journeys, life on September 28, 2014 |
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Sometimes it is hard to get back one’s muse. I’ve put aside blogging for the past week because I don’t know where to start again. Blame it on the erratic weather we have here and the things I need to do a week after the monsoon rains left us – a garden that needs attention although it is not that immediate, plants that need trimming, a pond that needs to be brushed of dirt and needs repainting.
I have this blasted cold for almost a week now and for the past three nights I find it hard to sleep because of bouts of coughing. It’s that time of year again that almost every one you meet on the streets has colds. September is about to end and we are experiencing hot and sunny weather early mornings and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Son says to set aside today for rest, he specifically told me to just relax and not touch anything in the garden. The only relaxing thing I could think of is to catch up on my reading but I get sleepy most of the time, probably the effect of the cough syrup I am taking. I seldom watch TV or DVD for that matter, I have no patience with watching telenovelas but I listen to the news every day.
I got a nice surprise early this morning while watching the dogs having fun in the garden. I saw two Gardenia blooms, the flowers wide open and the sweet scent made my morning. For the past several years, the only time I get to see gardenia flowers in our garden are during the months of May and June. What a nice surprise. And I remember this touching story I read and I blogged about a few years ago, about a girl who receives a gardenia every time she celebrates her birthday. When her mom died, it stopped coming and that’s when she knew that it was her mom who gave her all those blooms. Today, my daughter turned 32 but her family was not around to celebrate with us. They attended a 7th birthday celebration of one of Nate’s cousins. My brother who lives in Tulsa opened a family group chat on Viber and it is always a joy to exchange a word or two (longer if we have time) and talk about anything under the sun. That’s the kind of bonding we do have nowadays because it’s been years since we last saw each other. You would see spur-of-the-moment postings on what-do-you-have-for-breakfast-today. Crazy you might say but it’s fun and the joyful moments are priceless. He craves for Filipino food, rice specially, I am contented with left-overs the night before and Nissa has her own breakfast regimen at the office. We hear the laughter ringing through our phones sometimes and it feels great being with the family. It’s nice to know that they are always there when you need them most – to laugh with, to cry with, to reminisce upon the happy times when we were staying in an apartment when the kids were small.
We are celebrating the Feast Day of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila today, our first Filipino saint.
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Posted in books, family life, guilty pleasures, journeys, more books, tagged a bit of myself, books, family life, guilty pleasures, literature and Fiction, thoughts and ramblings on August 16, 2014 |
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He said, “we must come back here”.
Oh yes, why not? Fancy my son being so supportive of my hobbies. Although he is not into fiction books like I am, he loves accompanying me to bookstores and letting me find more books to explore and read. Yesterday was one such lovely day that we got to spend together after a lightning trip to the supermarket to buy groceries. Grocery-shopping, reading labels and nutrition facts, finding something new, making list of items that we need to buy – purely routine for some but it’s a joy for me to do.
Last week when he saw what I bought at Books for Less, he promised to go with me to buy more. Who would not be thrilled with that? I thought he would be put off by the gargantuan and riotously arranged books on display there but he found out something to his interest, a hard-bound book on games (cards, magic tricks etc.) and he was hooked. He was even surprised that all books on sale are at P10 pesos each.
And more books.
When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness. ~Jules Renard
I found two more books on Christmas, one is a collection of short Christmas stories by Rosamunde Pilcher and a novel by Debbie Macomber. I found a copy of Taylor Caldwell’s Captains and the Kings. I watched the tv series decades ago. That was mid-seventies, I think when television programs were something to look forward to, not the sort of teleseryes (soap operas) that they have now that I never bother to watch. I remember watching it with Mom and Dad along with the television sitcom John and Marsha, the longest running comedy series that made us all laugh. I love history even if they are just written through fiction books. It is now hard to find mass-produced copies of novels written by great writers from way back except maybe in second-hand bookstores and I was lucky to find Captains and the Kings. It has mostly five-star ratings on Goodreads . I am also excited to read Los Alamos, a first novel by Joseph Canon. I have just finished reading the second book of Ken Follett on WWII and this would be a nice follow-up since its setting was at the end of WWII. How lucky could one get, right?
Yes, of course.
Yesterday, when Josef said that we have to come back and add some more to my loot, I readily answered, “Yes, of course” with a smile on my face that says, what a lovely day!
What books are you reading at the moment?
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