A few days ago, I posted a blog at Gardens and Empty Spaces, some shots of my garden blooms. I was excited to see my Amazon Lily in all its white glory. Here it is finally :)
I seldom endorse a product,I am not even a lover of donuts (meaning, I don’t crave for it) but I can’t resist sharing this. They’re the best I’ve ever tasted, not too sweet but melt in the mouth goodness. Compared to other brands, J.Co donuts are just so good and they come in many flavors with such eye-catching names. Fancy this – Alcapone, Mr. Green Tea, Oreology, Berry Spears, Forest Glam, Tiramisu, Coco Loco to name a few. These bite-sized donuts come in a box of two dozen different flavors, they are soft and chewy because they are baked and not fried. They have 29 branches here in the Philippines (next to the 135 chain of stores in Indonesia).
Pair it with their unique flavor of Italian blends coffee and you’re good to go. I prefer my own Twinings’ Green Tea and Lemon or Celestial Seasonings’ Raspberry Zinger.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
That’s right, I am just borrowing the title from a book I have just read.
Have you ever chosen a book because the title and the book cover make you smile and make you remember something deep, memories that you treasure in your heart? I did just that, three days ago. In between re-reading inspirational and uplifting books for the season of Lent, I managed to find a lovely book by Kelly Moran. It is my first time to read a book from this author. Inspiring romance books are not really my cup of tea but I got curious that it received mostly five stars on Goodreads. An easy read, amazing and heartwarming tale of friendship, family relationships, and getting on with life despite all the setbacks, finding love and meaning in the end. I don’t normally post a book review when I blog about a certain book that I’ve enjoyed reading, it’s for you to find out.
A friend once told me that when a book makes you cry then it must really be good. I love the poetic style of the author, the play with words – I can almost imagine those intense moments, I can almost touch the pages of the family albums and commune with nature the way it was told in the story. It’s actually one of my best reads so far for my 2015 reading challenge. And as usual, I had my journal ready to write some quotes that I liked.
Don’t let the past get in the way of the now.
How many times has the past hindered us from making decisions in our life? How many times have we let the past rule our present life? Learning to let go and learning to move on might not be that easy but sometimes we just have to do it for our peace of mind.
Home is where they love you and care for you. Home is where you go back to when there’s nothing left and you want to find peace again.
What a difference a moment can make.
Speaking of the 50 books I wanted to read this year, with no particular author in mind and no particular book on my list, I have just finished 12. Next in line though are memoirs and the books I have of Mary Oliver. I want to reread Randy Pausch’ The Last Lecture, it inspired me when I was undergoing chemotherapy. I want to get reacquainted again with Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie. My former surgical oncologist saw a copy I read at the hospital when I underwent surgery more than five years ago and he said it was a good book so I gave him a copy. My cardiologist who was a very caring doctor too saw my pile and told me I had good choices of books to read. I gave him one too. They are both doctors so they could relate to what ALS is all about.
I just love books. The solitary hours are more meaningful when books take you to places you’ve never been, people you’ve never met and a world probably more interesting than your own.
When the leaves stop falling, you find love.
I guess my hands still smell of paint and varnish.
Ah, it was a long weekend but our scheduled painting job for the roof is finally finished. They were also able to paint our concrete fence the other day. I love the “gentle peach” look of the latter. The roof was done in Spanish red. Next weekend, when it’s my son’s days off again, we will retouch the steel grills attached to it. I repainted our grotto and the surrounding wall and had a grand time retouching our concrete garden chairs and table as well. Mom is amazed that I could also use a paint brush…haha. She hasn’t seen me before on my knees doing some hard job of repainting. She is always appreciative of everything saying “wow, ang ganda”. Josef retouched our two gates and made finishing touches on our dining set. I still have another DIY project to do. I have three rattan baskets that I need to clean. I am thinking of applying the same clear varnish to make it presentable. I do occasionally use them as fruit and bread baskets. These remind me of those times that we used to visit Dapitan Arcade and tried searching for some home decor which are locally made but are export overruns. When one is lucky enough, you can find cheap rattan accessories, table accent pieces and cute catch-all boxes which you could embellish with ribbons and such.
I have missed reading other blogs for the past four days, still trying to catch up and finish a book I have started a few days ago. It’s the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution today and they only declared no classes. Poor commuters and office workers are stuck in heavy traffic right now because of a few people joining a rally occupying the southbound lane of EDSA. They used to declare this day as a special non-working holiday, I wonder why it’s only classes which were suspended. The kids now don’t even know the meaning of the EDSA revolution. They could never duplicate what happened in February 1986, they could never replicate the millions of people who went to EDSA with one common goal – to oust a tyrant leader. It seems today, each has her/his own personal agenda. Gone are the times when commemorating such event was a happy affair.