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It’s More Like It


Just when you think it could be any worse, it can but when  it gets better it does. Life could be like this,  at times you don’t really expect it.  It could bring you joy and at the same time pain  that you have to go through. It could be full of angst when  you least expect it.

The only good thing I can do during the past few days was to catch up on my reading   My arms sometimes gives me that feeling  of weakness and it slow me down when I am in front of my PC. I could not make comments on new blog posts yet, all  I do is to read them and maybe leave some comments in the future. Crazy, isn’t it?  Sometimes I bump into bed posts and table legs and it is quite painful.  It takes me a long time to type a paragraph,  I always hit the wrong key.

I am so glad though that despite all these, I still get a sizable 150 to 170 visits a days which gives me joy no end. I know this won’t matter much to all of us but when you are not posting regularly.  even  the nitty-gritty  of following a post sometimes  and  commenting. I earned new followers too (thank you) and have reached a little over 450,000  stats so far.  This is going great as far as I can see.

It’s during  times like this that I miss my old self, enjoy reading blog posts from friends and meeting new ones. And yes, posting  a little.

 

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It’s Been Days


It’s been a while and it’s nice to be back. Let me see, it’s been a week  since my  last post here.  I got sick for a while. I underwent a series of laboratory  tests which my doctor has yet to see by Tuesday. I had numbness in my extremities. found it hard to walk straight  and I had a gargantuan headache since last Saturday afternoon.  I think it is due to high bp. I am still on the mend but hopefully, it goes back to normal in a few days.  That’s what one gets sometimes for having a sedentary life. Enough if this though.

Not blogging for a week was long enough for me and not reading for a few days is quite insane. I am trying to catch up though it is quite hard to read back  posts done in a week. I didn’t want to tax my eyes longer than I  need to.  I could not even handle a proper grip on the keyboard. It’s hard to type without touching the wrong key.

Gardening has to take a back seat for a while. I started trimming the carabao grass last week until last Saturday morning.  Have yet to finish it soon.

Please bear with me for a while. I have to get back to regular  blogging soon.l

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wasted journey to the bank I must say.

I received two checks this morning representing my cash dividends from the bank where I worked before. Every start of the year, they declare dividends on outstanding shares of stock. I was so excited I didn’t notice the dates of the checks.They are both post-dated  January 20.  Only one was honored, another cash dividend from a different company which I received earlier.  When you overlook something like this, you are definitely getting old.  Or maybe I was just so excited to have it cleared so I could buy a single induction cook top. We use gas  stove and I use my portable electric oven when baking.  Hmm…still excited  though because that is an extra income for me, no need for extra cash out 🙂 if I may say.

I know, I am getting forgetful at times. Is that a sign of old age? Turning sixty somehow added to it.  I do have those moments when I am out to get something from the bedroom and I go out empty-handed, that “something” somehow forgotten but you’ve seen  another  “something” that you need to do and you do it first before remembering what you initially went there for.

Some people say that when you read a lot, your brain  is active so it keeps you away from being forgetful.  Reading  a lot keeps your mind  in good condition so to speak.  Reading improves concentration too. When you are multi-tasking, it is quite difficult to remember everything but when you concentrate on the pages of a book, the mind stays focused.   Do you agree? Eight books done so far, the phase is a little faster than before.

Do you laugh at yourself when you make a mistake and overlook something in the process? Do you just smile and say  “I’ll try harder the next time”.  I do sometimes 🙂 I am not always in a good mood though. This afternoon  after my trip to the bank, I had another opportunity to window shop and look at things that delight the senses.  So far, so good.

Tuesday Blues


It’s raining.  And it’s been raining since this morning. That kind of rain that never seems to stop, we call it “tigatik” in our language.  Brrr….it’s cold in here.

It’s a perfect time for that hot cup of coffee or  that pot of hot green tea.  Along with some other gifts last Christmas,  Nissa gave me tea biscuits and a box of organic green tea from Marks and Spencer.  I have lots of tea flavors actually but lately I was more addicted to morning coffee than afternoon tea. I can’t resist this though.

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That first sip warms my throat and it’s pretty good. It really makes you think of cold and rainy afternoons.

By the way I have just updated my  other blog (it’s not new, it’s been there for about a year now) at WordPress. I posted several photos taken with friends.  If you have time,  you may visit it too and maybe, just maybe click follow.  It is different from  Dreams and Escapes because it is mostly pictures  with a bit of writing and reflections on the side. I call  it Dreams Never End. Some of you are already following it. Eventually, that would have to replace this blog because I only got 28% more free space on my allowed limits that is why I don’t want to post more pictures here.

How was the start of your new year? More than a week is already gone. It seems like time is too fast.   I am done with 5% on my commitment to read 150 books on Goodreads.  Just finished seven books, four books ahead of schedule.  It’s a nice phase. Just love those books I’ve found.

It is a rainy Tuesday, I hope it is sunny on your side of the planet.

Fighting Your Way Through


I had another play with an app on Facebook.  Sometimes, they hit the nail on the head, sometimes it is just a play with words. Are they just looking in to a few shout outs I made there?

Here’s what it says:

Not everyone knows the fights you have had to fight in life. Not everyone sees your scars  and the things that you had to go through. What they see is a smile on your face  and assumes all’s well  but only you know how much you are hurting still.

It’s  partly true. One has to be strong to face all those early trials in one’s life. One has to have faith in what comes next. One has to believe.  Standing strong. Standing still.  These are words that  always stand out when I think of the past. These are words that make me hope  to be better, to dream more and just feel glad I am  alive.

The smile would always be there. I believe in greeting each morning with a big smile on my face. I believe  that everything would be okay the moment I wake up. I just believe. One could be sensitive and sentimental enough to reminisce a little of what has been, the good times would always be memories to cherish,   but sometimes one should be  bold enough to accept the truth that things happen (maybe for a reason), that they  are not  a part of one’s dream.  We should not be afraid to  see what is at the bend in  the road,  there is probably something more to discover  that  makes life more meaningful. When you have faced challenging circumstances in your life and you’re still standing, I call that courage. When you believe that eventually things fall into place, I call that faith.

I love this quote from Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.”  

Busy Days Are Here Again


I have a little good news. I went back to SSS yesterday and what do you know, my  pension is ready for credit.  Alleluia!  But two months of processing is quite long enough.

Got to trim our carabao grass again, replant some flowering plants and uproot some dead ones.   I planted  two more pineapple crowns  behind the house. Those I planted earlier are growing nicely, let me see, I have seven in all now. I hope the first one would produce a  flower soon.

The life of a gardener – plenty of time to enjoy the morning sun and the afternoon breeze. Sometimes  it is quite a bonus to listen to the visiting sparrows. A hot cup of coffee is always welcome at the break of dawn, when the world is still asleep  and the quiet could be felt.

I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee  and listening to the sparrows sing.

I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee and listening to the sparrows sing.

Despite the busy days  at the garden, I was able to finish four books at the start of the challenge. I am in the middle of reading my 5th book now. Peter  Mayle’s two books, A Year In Provence and Tojours  in Provence (the  sequel)  were such a joy to read. I learned so much about what life was like in Provence.  Now I am beginning to enjoy Italy, it is such a lovely place too.

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The wonder of seeing  a familiar writing

the beauty of the  “How are you?”

the lovely words caught  in the frame

breathtaking, inspirational, full of hope.

It reminds you of the happier days,

moments of togetherness

moments treasured

captured in a few words.