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The Face Of A Monday Morning


Two days, only two days of not blogging and it seems like a week.

I saw these  porn links on my spam queue early this morning.   My gosh, they are so annoying. I always immediately put them on my spam folder when I see links and comments like these. It’s a good thing there is always Akismet which filters those ugly and hateful words. What do they get out of commenting on a well-thought of posts? Nobody in his right mind would open such links.

We attended mass last night here in our village chapel. It’s the only mass held during Sundays here since the attendees are homeowners of our subdivision. One can always hear mass at the town proper  every hour of the day during Sundays. We brought Oreo along. They always have these blessings after the mass and we laughed when the priest blessed Oreo first before us even commenting that he is a lovely dog.  Oreo is always behaved when he is outside the house. He had his regular walk at the village park right after.

Last Saturday, our neighbor trimmed the bamboo he planted near their gate. I asked for some sturdy branches and Josef made them into trellis yesterday at the back of the house. We have a permanent trellis made of wires but I need something that my ampalaya could climb on to  when they grow.

How did your weekend go? Was it a busy one? What is your typical day like?

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My Latest Blooms


So how was your Valentine celebrations?  I deliberately didn’t blog yesterday because I was so excited to finish a book I’ve found by Danielle Steel. I seldom read a Steel book now except when I like the subject and the synopsis of the story. It was set in Norfolk, England. It was my 29th read actually  (15 books ahead of schedule).

I have just updated my gardening blog Gardens and Empty Spaces.

You might want to visit it. I uploaded several high res shots that I took of my garden blooms late this afternoon.  I don’t want to reduce them so I posted them all there.

Many thanks for visiting the site.

Oreo’s Birthday Cake


Just sharing with you a photo of Oreo’s birthday cake which Jovy baked last night along with a tray of brownies for us humans.

The cake is made of rice flour, carrots, peanut butter, chicken, pork and honey. No sugar of course. Oreo and his furry friends would surely be happy.

Josef bought birthday hats and a Happy Birthday bunting banner for tonight. We’ll be having lumpiang shanghai, spaghetti, cheese sticks and brownies for dessert.  I took several shots of Oreo early this morning at the garden.

New Look


He’s turning one year old tomorrow  and he has three puppy friends that he regularly meet at the park early evenings.  Based on Josef’s stories, I am amazed that he could crawl up and down the slide on his own. He is also friendly with the three puppies which are of different breed. Jovy is planning to bake a doggie cake for him and his friends and tomorrow, we gonna cook a little something to celebrate his birthday.

Since it was Jovy’s day off, we went to SM East Ortigas mall to have Oreo groomed. He is sporting a bear cut now. I love the smell of newly groomed puppies –  fur trimmed, teeth brushed, newly shampooed and toe nails trimmed too.  I bought him a new shirt and a new toy as birthday gifts.

Jovy says Oreo is an alpha male.  He always wants to be the leader, be at the front of the line.  When he is at home, he is like a baby.

One good thing about having pets is that they are stress-relievers.  They can make you smile and they can make you laugh and their love if I might say is unconditional.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, & they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”​- John Grogan

 

Celebrating?


So much hype about Valentine’s Day.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not being cynical but I don’t envy those who seem frantic on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Malls are dressed up with red hearts and red balloons shaped like hearts.  You’d think they are celebrating another  Christmas. Chocolates packaged in heart-shaped containers, fake rose blooms in one corner and those real flowers cost sky-high.

I was watching a morning show today and one of their reporters showed a portion of Dangwa Flower Stalls full of different blooms (imported and locally produced). The price? You bet, it is twice as much from last week. If you’ll have it arranged, you’ll pay more. Those vendors make a killing during these times.  Flower arrangements come in boxes or in a bundle of  dozen roses or one long stem with a little bar of chocolate thrown in. Even eateries and restaurants are full during Valentine’s Day.

When I was still working at the bank many, many years ago and most of us girls were not yet married, we had a grand time teasing those office mates who got flowers.  There was even a time when a singing telegram was in vogue and we laughed while a guy with a guitar serenaded some of us, singing love songs.  Quite embarrassing for the girl to be serenaded in front of all her office mates in the middle of the day. But our boss was always all smiles to see love-a-blooming.

Once you get older, Valentine’s Day is just an ordinary day for you.  It doesn’t mean though that love comes flying out of the window. Sometimes you are just too busy to celebrate it. You can always tell your loved ones any day of the year that they are special and you care.

Do you still celebrate Valentine’s Day?


Ah, this is supposed to be a rest day after hearing the mass early this morning. I have to do to the laundry though. The laundry basket was bursting at the seams. Anyway the laundry is done after so many loads. At least I’ll be free tomorrow morning to tend to the garden and maybe plant ampalaya (bitter gourd). I saved the  matured seeds yesterday when I cooked some veggies for dinner.

I’d like to tell you about my reading journey, my 2019 Goodreads Challenge particularly. At the start of the year, I committed myself to read another 150 books. I am on my 27th read  and it is the first YA book for this year. I am trying to read different genre and find more new authors. If possible, I prefer first book publications because they are usually the best.  Publishing a book for the first time and writing about it must be pretty hard.  There are so many competitions out there.  There is this book entitled All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I had it for a couple of years now but it was only the other day that I started reading it. It’s Goodreads’ Choice 2015 for Young Adult Winner. As Goodreads says: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. And since I read both books  before, I was intrigued to read this one too. So far, so good. I smiled at the five-star and one-star reviews on Goodreads. I am not deterred by the one-star review since I feel  encouraged to read it  seeing that there are many five-star reviews too. It might be a little disturbing for some but we have to admit not all books  are about rainbows, some could be stars in the night that shine brightly above. Though I still prefer memoirs and historical fiction, occasionally, YA books are welcome.

I saw this particular photo from an album I posted at Facebook nine years ago. They have this “memories” app and you can visit it every day to remind you what life was years ago.

When this was taken, Lovell  was still a seminarian. He is now a Dominican priest – a son, a close friend and a confidante.  Caleruega is such a beautiful place and I miss it.

Thank God It’s Friday


Blog when you have something to say, never mind if you haven’t for a few days or even a few months. If you have a good content, people will read and follow your posts.

I always notice this that when some bloggers haven’t  posted  in one particular day or for a week, they apologize profusely to their followers. Do we need to?  It’s not as if we are that popular that they would miss reading our  posts for a day or two.

Speaking of those online friends that I follow here, I just don’t drop them when they suddenly disappear in cyberspace.  I wait for a few months anticipating what they will write about when they come back. I guess there is always one valid reason among others why one particular blog is not updated. They might have given up on blogging, they might have found other hobbies aside from blogging, they might be busy to write or perhaps they might have lost their muse.

Oh yes, blogging has become a lifestyle, a habit that is hard to break. And I always enjoy discovering other writers when they follow my blog.  Some don’t engage in liking nor commenting. Others follow your blog and they just want you to follow them back. Some are genuinely friendly  and I feel like they are my extended family. I often ask myself where these visitors come from. So proud of having 566,305 stats as of this writing.

Went out for a while to buy three-in-one coffee mix for mom at the village convenience store.  It is more convenient for her to use a singe mixed sachet than either having her coffee too sweet or too bitter for her taste. I met this neighbor (we live in the same street) who used to say a few words when she passes by the house and when I am at the garden. She told me that the plants and seedlings I gave her a few months back are thriving well.  She smiled and told me I have a pretty and well-maintained garden.  I told her to come back and I’ll give her dried pods of blue ternatea. It is an anti-oxidant and the flowers are used in making tea, juices, salads  and blue rice.  It is always nice to meet people who appreciate what you do.

A blessed weekend to all.