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I am having an intermittent headache. Been taking pain reliever for two days now. It has stopped a few minutes ago.

I was trying to read some of my earlier posts back in 2011 when I joined WordPress’ Post A Day Challenge. How I was able to blog every day back then was such a big puzzle to me. The endurance of thinking of what to write about every day without fail. I wonder where my badge got to, it was lost somewhere when I tried to change my blog format. Those were the times I got so many visitors although commenting and liking was unheard of. There were words of encouragement though from WordPress, inspiring words at the end of each entry and the total number of posts you have written since you started blogging. They got lost somewhere along the way. There are so many bloggers now. There are new ones who post a few entries and then suddenly stop writing. Some maybe disappointed by the slow rise of followers and readers.

No matter how good your contents are if your tags and categories are not, you can’t expect people to follow you right away. You build your blog slowly. It always takes a number of years before you can be recognized as a seasoned blogger. There are followers who never take time to even like your posts. Some are there who are bold enough to say that we should follow their blogs too. You don ‘t need to tell me that I should follow you back because if I like what you write about, I will follow it.

I wonder why I could no longer see my dashboard since I started using my tab. It always shows that I have to log in but when I do, it reverts back to the same log in option.

As I have always said, blogging has become a way of life.

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Yeay it’s cold here even in this early morning. The Siberian winds are bringing this cold weather and we call it Hanging Amihan.

Again, I got lazy blogging. Sometimes it is better to just listen to music and I have been busy making memes for our two groups that I also manage. They are mostly religious in nature since both are Catholic sites.

Here’s one I’d like to share with you. I haven’t published it yet anywhere else. The photo was taken by Nissa in one of their road trips.

I think this was taken in Baler, Aurora province. Last year was the only time they didn’t plan a trip so they bought a new car instead. They are planning to transfer to their new house this year.

I am in the middle of reading Birdsong by Sebastian Falks. Finally, I found a copy. It’s been on my wish list for so long.

Imagine, it is already February. They call it the love month. The first leaf in the calendar is gone. Happy new month to us all, may it be better than last month.

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Just had a meeting with our chief admin and another admin at our Catholic page. Fr. Louie laid out his plans for our page in the next days until Holy Week.

I am now beginning to earnestly appreciate Zoom, whereas two months ago, I didn’t know how to use the app. Being active in our Catholic page and another Catholic group which I am admin is a big help in my life. I am learning a lot, gaining new friends in the process.

There are more people you’ll meet along life’s road, some would teach you a lesson, you make beautiful memories with a few, you laugh with many. I met a new friend at Sambuhay Interaktib, a co-admin actually, who have the same taste of books as I do. She has also read most inspirational books that I have read before. It is always fun to reminisce and remember. She writes too. There is no dull moment when we get the chance to talk.

I have been more active reading (done fourteen books) than visiting this blog. Sorry if I am quite slow in responding to your posts.

It’s Friday again, some of us always look forward to weekends. Have a lovely and blessed one.

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I’m Lost


Gosh,my computer gave up on me, it suddenly shut down. I am not so good writing on this tab. I’veclearly forgotten how it’s done.

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I was looking for the maintenance crew of our subdivision if one  of them could help me with weeding outside our perimeter  fence but one of our neighbors said that the management of Midtown removed them.  I am willing to pay their daily wage. Sad, for the plight of those who really need help to make both ends meet.

So I started uprooting and weeding unwanted grass early this morning. It still needs a little improvement. I was able to  transfer some snake plants though. Snake plants are so costly here, around P250 to P300 per pot. Sometime last week,  a lady older than I am just uprooted some without  asking for permission.  I hate  it when people are so presumptuous, that is equivalent to stealing, right?  I was in the garden pruning some plants when she passed by. Years ago, we used to have climbing roses in that area but every time they bloom, some passersby even bring scissors to harvest the flowers. So annoying.

My news feed is full of  unwanted sites posting some titles of books listed this year as worth-reading.  Haven’t heard most of their recommendations. Even those which won at Goodreads are so unfamiliar to me. I have two books in mind though to cap  off the year 2020.

These have been on my TBR for more than a couple of years now. They’re next.  Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel which is considered as a classic of the Harlem Renaissance. A Wild Sheep Chase is my first book of Murakami.

Have a lovely and blessed weekend to all of you.

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Hopefully for good.

I didn’t have the heart to write the past days except to update you all on what happened here.

The hopelessness of seeing those affected by three consecutive typhoons which brought massive flooding, destroyed homes and crops, loss  of lives and so many homeless still struggling until now. I can’t forget the experience we had eleven years ago when we left the house with the flood waters up to my neck. You can only appreciate those little things in life that you used to ignore because they are there but at a blink of an eye suddenly gone. Needing a few pinch of salt to add to your cooking but you can’t find any.  Our ref was empty for days and we survived on canned goods  almost every day. I can’t imagine how the people in the north and in the Bicol region are doing at the moment with not even a house to come back to. So sad, so really, really sad.

Josef just washed and cleaned the carpet they were using in their room, Two more to go, one of which  I hadn’t used yet but they got wet when we were cleaning the floors. And the garden? Except for a few shoots, those that were close to the ground are still muddy until now. I’ve pruned the leaves and stems of some grown plants but we need to trim the carabao grass again.  It may take sometime before we could restore the whole thing to order. We’ll start tomorrow, hopefully.

I let myself relax for a while reading and finding materials (excerpts from my previous blog posts) to contribute to Sambuhay Interaktib, twice a week program of Sambuhay  TV mass. I found a small community of fellow Catholics there, befriended three of them.  The priest anchors are very supportive. Two stress-free nights twice a week 🙂

How are you all?  I’ll get back to reading your posts later, thanks!

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Got It


Yeay, it works. And I don’t need to choose classic editor. I just logged off then opened the new link posted by Pete, here I am back to the old one. It is really easier, right? Just change my name to your name, that simple.

Thank you so much Pete. This is indeed a big help.

https://arlene1956.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?classic-editor

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Some comments went to “pending” and when I approved of them, they got lost in cyberspace.  I couldn’t find  them.

What’s happening WordPress? Even some of those comments which I already answered are still in my  comment box without replies. Crazy!

I haven’t tried using that block editor yet. I feel comfortable with this old format.  Hopefully, I could use it for a long time yet.

I started reading  Ruth  Reichl’s  memoir last night entitled Tender At The Bone: Growing Up at the Table.  A delectable read,  full of simple recipes that you can experiment on.  A short read at 304 pages. I think this is my third book of hers. When you have a hopeless cook in the family (like her mother), you would try learning how.

Oh, September is about to end. I welcome October with gladness because it is my birth month.

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My daily streak according to WordPress:

With this accompanying message of course:

You’ve posted 10 days in a row on DREAMS AND ESCAPES! Keep up the good work.

I think this is one of those months that I have posted something every day. I hope it holds.

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I used to call it magic. A couple of years after I started blogging, I’ve got this amazing blog stats  about my particular post on Mama Mary in one day.  Most visitors are fellow Filipinos who just loved Mama Mary. We are a Marian country, we venerate her. I  looked at the yearly summary of blog stats on Mary Mary alone from the year 2012  up to September 8, 2020. The lowest was when I didn’t blog about her birth but just mentioned it in passing last year because I blogged about my stay at the UST Hospital during Nissa’s operation. I’ve got the recap on my stats on my yearly posts about Mama Mary alone.

2011 – 1,214

2012 – 3,777

2013 – 4,131

2014 – 2,826

2015 – 5,400

2016  – 2,959

2017 – 2,481

2018 –  1,235

2019 –    805

2020 – 2,144

These figures added up to my total blog stats of 625,997 as of today. I am glad that those who are not even regular subscribers visit my blog. In an ordinary day, the stats has dwindled of course between 100 and 150.   I don’t mind much how many subscribers I have because most of them are not even liking or commenting on my posts. Some have deleted their own blog sites but are still using WordPress to access the site.

It’s funny how when someone views and likes a blog post and he or she is quite new in your eyes, their blogs don’t exist anymore.   I follow about 135 bloggers to date and I try to engage with them although some are really not active.  Posting though once in a while is okay.  Lately, I got in touch with some of them and just said hello. Some said they have stopped blogging for a while.

Sometimes I spend my time on Facebook looking and reading at the poems and shoutouts of several authors I follow. I linked their sites here on WordPress.  There are two Irish photographers that I recently followed and and their photos about Ireland are simply amazing. They remind me of my dream of a place here in our country which is Batanes.

It might interest you to know that it is the only place in  our country which is Covid-free.  It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area.

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