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Can’t believe February is almost gone. It is the shortest month of the year. This month has been an uneventful one for me.  The quiet days were spent gardening –  replanting some bulbs, trimming the grass and buying vegetable seeds for germination.

One of the mulberry cuttings that our good neighbor gave me has sprouted new green leaves and the persimmon seeds I tried to plant in a pot are doing nicely. Such rewards despite the morning heat of the sun  and the windy afternoons once in a while.

Summer is fast approaching and  contrary to what some foreign visitors  think  that it is always summer here, we  Filipinos consider the months of April and May as summer months. They are the hottest months of the year. We only have two seasons, the dry and the wet. The dry season usually  starts in late November and ends in May the following year.  The rainy season starts in June and lasts till October, sometimes we still experience typhoons by early December.

Ah yes, books of course.

According to Goodreads,  I am done with 29% of the books I committed to read this year. I am still looking for those classic books. I have about three on my TBR list but discovering new books and authors always keeps me distracted. The allure of reading!

I bookmarked a particular blog here about reading books and authors all over the world.  How I wish I could do that too. She has a list of all the books she has read  arranged alphabetically by country.  She included Philippine authors too.  I recently finished a book about Guatemala and Mexico.

I don’t want to think about our political situation here but one can’t help seeing the news and the way our government is being run. It is sad that almost all of the appointees by the president belongs to his party and most of them don’t  even have enough experience and expertise to do their job.  It seems to be a case of “utang na loob” (a sense of obligation to return a favour owed). I am getting tired of all the jokes and the fake news. Trolls are everywhere. Imagine a president saying  that the Philippines could be a province of China. My goodness, even if he says it is a joke, it is in bad taste. The Philippines is an independent nation, why would he even think of something like this? He is beholden to China, like a lap dog that just follows. Imagine even allowing China to co-own the West Philippine seas.  What is happening to my country? This  is a big question for me.

I hope the month of March would be more productive and lovelier than February.

Still hoping for the best. Welcome March 🙂

 

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I spent my grade school years in our province then transferred later here in Manila to pursue high school studies.

We used to have this subject Home Economics (for girls) when I was in Grade V and Grade VI.  There was a small building separate from the classrooms with a porch, a small sala, dining room, a bedroom, toilet and a kitchen with installed wood stove.  That’s where I learned a lot of the practical tips on maintaining a clean house, table setting, the proper use of different plates and utensils and all the accoutrements  that goes with housekeeping. I  learned to cook rice when I was around seven years old, and I learned further during my grade school years.

We held lectures at the dining room sitting on the table and some chairs while listening to our teacher. she taught us how to do simple embroidery and my first project was a handkerchief, the design was traced on a tracing paper with small holes in it so the blue color of the design would appear at one end of the cloth.  Our teacher also taught us simple pattern for a night-gown and embroider the edges  of the gown once we finished sewing it.  Crocheting is another thing that I learned and we made center table pieces before the school year ended.

What I like best were the times we spent in the kitchen. I learned my first menu there.  You  might laugh, it was an omelette. Next came fruit preserving and simple task like frying meat and fish.

When I was in high school we also had  Home Economics, We were taught how to make bags, decor and other things. I made my first dress during my first year but a part of it was done by mom 🙂 By the way, I bought my first  sewing machine when I got married, a manual Singer but the casing was destroyed by the flood back in 2009 so I gave it to one of my cousins.  I mend clothes nowadays, those shirts  and shorts we use every day that need mending  but it’s by hand.

While I was working at Bank of the Phil. Islands, our big boss taught us how to do cross-stitching. I still have four frames hanging as wall decor and several Aida cloth and finished  unframed cross-stitch projects. I find it hard now to use Aida and thread a needle.  I’ve saved my  first Christmas project but the cloth has turned a bit yellowish.

I miss cross-stitching and doing embroidery and crochet but  I no longer have a 20/20 vision so I just concentrate on our small garden.

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I miss the flowers in my garden.

Ever since we had it landscaped  eight years ago, some  flowering plants  were replaced  by greens – Fukien tea, gold dust plant, Tagaytay cherries (Bonsai when they were planted but now they have grown). Our lone Gardenia died on us last year. I didn’t think  of propagating it when it was alive.

Crossandra blooms and shrimp plants though are flowering all over the garden and my Amazon Lily gives its occasional bloom twice or thrice a year. My Shamrocks (oxalis) produce  tiny white flowers non-stop.  I have them in green and purple.

A portion of my carabao grass is dying.  I don’t know why, maybe the soil is no longer that conducive for the grass.  I am thinking of having it replaced  bu then the Thai bamboo which we put on top of our concrete fence needs replacement too.  It is quite expensive to replace them.

I water them now twice a day since it is already just like summer. The sun is so hot during the day while it is still cold at night.  Yes, the summer wind is blowing our way.

I am waiting for my Vinca to start blooming soon. Vincas are perennial plants  and they love the sun.  All that is left of my Bromeliad are two pots. Gone are those lovely foliage that I had before.

Gardening is hard and maintaining one is even harder but I just love it.

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I am just happy seeing his face, how happy he is in the picture. The innocence of a child, the spontaneous smile that goes with it.  Precious  moment captured in a photograph.

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What’s nice about Sunday is you can relax to your heart’s desire.

I wake up early during Sundays so we could attend the 6:30 am mass at the town proper.  I prepare breakfast first before leaving the house.  When I am not in the mood to cook lunch or dinner, we just order from outside.  One thing I do like about Sundays is that I am not obliged to labor near the stove…haha!  After watering the plants and cleaning the house, I am free to read  or make an advance post here but making advance posts seldom happens nowadays. Oh, I get lazy too thinking of what to write about. Not all days are inspiring ones.

Our Lady of Light Parish is busy preparing for the Canonical Coronation of the Blessed  Virgin Mary. The Patroness of Cainta will be crowned on December 1, 2018 after  receiving the Papal Bull more than a month ago. We celebrate our town fiesta every December 1, the official feast Our Lady of  Light.  Looking forward to the event.

I am done with 28 books since January 1, 28% of my Goodreads reading challenge. I am presently on my 29th book entitled  In the Midst of  Winter by Isabel  Allende.  Allende is a Chilean-American writer. The book  speaks of life and growing old.  This is just my second book of her although I have another one on my TBR list called  The Japanese Lover which is set during  WWII.  Come  Holy Week, I would have to stop reading fictions and memoirs and concentrate instead on my inspirational books by St. Therese, Henri Nouwen, and Thomas Merton. They are my reading companions during Lent.  I am in charge of posting the daily Gospel readings on our web page, a very helpful task for my spiritual growth.

Our friendly neighbor  came by a while ago bringing  with him a pot of a red  Shanghai Beauty. It would be a lovely partner to my pink ones. They are good planted as borders. My  bottle gourds are  doing nicely. I planted them from seeds two weeks ago. Josef and I made  additional trellis on top of the existing one at the back of the house.  It is really nice to see  them all – the tomato seedlings, eggplant, Thai chilli, okra and water spinach. Even are jackfruit trees are bearing small fruits again. Looking forward to harvesting them in a few months. The fulfillment one gets from gardening, so priceless.

Dance in the rhythm of life.

Happy  Sunday everyone!

 

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Today’s Quote


P.S. Image from Google

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I found this lovely meme on my news feed at Facebook. It was shared by a friend.  We think of the years, the happy days gone by and what the future still holds for us. those times that we smiled, laughed and cried.

Come to think of it,  those in this list are all so true.


I haven’t reached that point yet where I talk  to myself but I talk to our three cats and our pet dog.  They know that “labas na” means they have to go out of the dining room and stay in the dirty kitchen or at the garage.

Sometimes yes, I am quick to anger, let’s just say, patience has gone a bit.  Number six is so true, right? Nowadays, one craves for those shuteye or a few minutes of noon rest.  When I have nothing to do, I just read or listen to music.

Wrinkle- free and three sizes smaller…haha! So one has gone three sizes bigger and the more older you get, you balloon into something you didn’t  ever expect.

Walking into a room and forgetting why you are there. You see something instead and do it. A few minutes later, you’ll remember why you were there but you’ve done something else.

Gosh, getting  older is a rich tapestry of events and happenings in your life.  Along with it comes wisdom that only grows with age.   Yes I know, life is not measured by the number of years you put into your age, it is more complicated than that. Life is  how we see and act, how we make our journey something  worthwhile and inspiring.

Someday, you’ll look back and just smile  🙂 🙂 🙂

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I was preparing breakfast when I heard a commotion outside our perimeter fence at the side of the house. Even Noki our dog was barking like crazy.

A couple riding a motorcycle was arguing. The man was  shouting  in such a really loud voice while the woman was crying. Fancy seeing something like this at an ungodly hour of 5 am.  Some cars passing by stopped for some moments then moved on.

Should I say,  “don’t wash your dirty linen in public”.  They were disturbing the peace of the morning. Why do some people have to argue and quarrel in public? Can’t they wait until it’s just the two of them in a more private place? Or they enjoy the attention they get from passersby? What a shame!

Nobody wins in an argument. Just as you hurt your partner, you are also hurting yourself. Oh, the emotions invested in such disagreements and squabbles. People’s attitude is based on how you treat them.

Did I hear it right?  Arguing is not a form of communication, it is just plain noise.

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Isidro Clan Grand Reunion


via Isidro Clan Grand Reunion

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It   used to be 15 books in 15 minutes.  I tell you, I could  remember  more than 20 books at a click of a finger but movies?  I have my favorites, some of  which  I used to watch  several times but I could not honestly recall 15 movies in a span of 15 minutes.   There are other movie titles though  that would always make me smile every time and wish I could watch them all over again.   Old favorites, love stories that I liked,  some feel-good movies that  would always linger.  Back in  high school, I was invited by a neighbor  to watch a movie presentation for their film review.  That’s where I encountered Sidney Poitier in  a classic movie called  To Sir With Love.

“A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60’s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Thackeray, an out of work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara(Lulu) who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a world where they must stand on their own.”

In  fact, I have a copy of a video CD which I bought years ago and I’ve watched it several times since then. I just love Sidney Poitier in this movie. Don’t you just feel nostalgic hearing this song again? A big thank you for all the teachers who have molded the youth and still continue doing it until now.

Another movie that left an impact in my young life is an all time favorite, The Sound of Music. I could not count the times  I have repeatedly watched this film and every time, it never fails to give me the thrill. Don’t you just love  Christopher Plummer singing Edelweiss  and Julie  Andrews  dancing and singing  her way in the hills of Austria?

The Promise was a book written by Danielle Steel which was made into a movie .  I remember Michael , a wealthy heir and Nancy, a poor and struggling artist and how they were separated by a tragic accident.   How they made a promise and kept it in the end despite all the odds.  Certainly a tear-jerker but I love the twists and turns of the story.  It’s the only  Danielle Steel book that  is so vivid in my mind after all these years.  More than the book, the song itself  is very touching.

I guess, I Am Sam is the best movie that I have seen so far.  Sean Penn was at his best here and so was Dakota Fanning.  Tears just flowed  and laughter was not far behind while I was watching this great movie about a fierce  love of a father to her daughter.

See? My knowledge of movies and my sense or recall on what I have watched are  quite nil.    So you think you can dance?   Give me a book anytime or some music videos to boot and I’ll sing along with you.

 

 

 

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