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This is really, really sad. We lost our guard dog Noki two days ago. He is a half Lab, half Spitz. A very gentle and lovable dog. I don’t know if he went out when Josef opened the garage to take the car out. But he always come back once we close the garage door. I was calling him yesterday so he could eat his lunch but he didn’t come out.

He normally stays in our garage under the car or at our dirty kitchen to play with our two kitties. Josef and Jovy went to the dog pound yesterday to inquire to no avail. I love that dog. He is my companion when I am gardening. Maybe someone picked him while he was outside.

Jovy cried when they reached home. Noki was her gift to Josef years ago. Last night I dreamt that he came back. He usually cries when he is left outside the gate.

No Noki and I feel sad.

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Yesterday, I took some shots of Cookie. She is now sporting a new look because she was newly trimmed.

She will be turning a year old come August 22 but she is twice larger than Oreo. Sobrang malikot. She is so playful that it is kind of hard to take photos of her now.

As for Oreo, we have a favorite place when he is out of the room. An automatic gesture for him because he loves a back rub.

I was able to take photos of Cookie by placing her atop our built-in cabinet.

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I recently updated my gardening blog at GARDENS AND EMPTY SPACES (arlene1027.wordpress.com). I posted some garden blooms and my new finds there. You may want to visit it. Thanks.

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Finally, I could relax. We were done trimming the carabao grass yesterday afternoon. Gardening is hard of course but it is a fulfilling job. So lovely to see a clean garden from weeds and unwanted growth of grass. Now I can concentrate on replanting and sowing some seeds I bought earlier.

It seems I’ll be able to finish my Goodreads’ reading challenge for this year afterall. I was not able to read when we had Covid last May. It was almost two months before I started again. I’ve said before that I committed myself to read a hundred books this year. I am on my 86th book now. I found this lovely book online entitled No Promises In The Wind by Irene Hunt.

Here’s a brief summary of the book culled from Goodreads:

It’s a tale of a brave young man’s struggle to find his own strength during the Clutch Plague. In 1932, American’s dreams were simple: a job, food to eat, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes. But for millions of people these simple needs were nothing more than dreams. When he was just fifteen years old, Josh had to make his own way through a country of angry and frightened people. This is the story of his struggle to find a life for himself during those turbulent times.

It is actually a short novel which you could probably finish in one day. I slept late last night just to finish half of it. I am beginning to discover some unknown authors whose works are equally absorbing.

Today is the Feast Day of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of Catholic priests. St. John Mary Vianney, pray for us as we continue to beg God for more priests who shine with holy and human virtues. HAPPY FEAST DAY👏🙏⛪

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Took this shot yesterday of my Ruellia plant. I have three colors in the garden.

My gosh, time flies as always and before we know it, the BER months are here.

July has been too quiet except the time I had my second dose of Pfizer vaccine middle of the month and two trips to the grocery store across our village gate.

How often do I hear these words, follow your road. Life has been a little too quiet the past one and a half year since this Covid pandemic began. I learned that appreciating silence is so much better than going around town to see every one. Aside from being afraid of this Covid (I should know, coping with it was hard enough), I got lazy the past days so I usually read. Almost done with my Goodreads’ 2021 reading challenge with thirteen more books to go.

Gardening is another thing that I am focusing on. Except for trimming the carabao grass, I’m done pruning and weeding too. I enjoy shopping online, looking at cheaper items that I could buy. Delivery fees are cheaper at Lazada than going out. Fares have doubled since March last year.

Yesterday, I bought these button flowers which are commonly called Globe Amarant, nice mix with my other purple flowers.

I hope I will be able to propagate the seeds when this plant matures.

Follow your road. It maybe hard with all these problems our country is facing at the moment. Sometimes, it is also hard to just stay at home being quiet. This is the life we hve right now.

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Hello friends and fellow bloggers. If you are into poems and reflections about life, I have a friend who is quite shy to show her posts. It was only today that I got hold of her WordPress blog. You may want to visit her site here. fishminz153.wordpress.com

She is my co-admin at our Catholic site on Facebook. Thank you so much.

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