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Gosh, I am having an LSS and it goes like this.


“We’re not alone, we’ve got the world you know
And it won’t let us down
And we’ll grow old, but think how wise we’ll grow
There’s more you know,
It’s only New Year’s eve”.

Yes, since a friend greeted me once happy new year instead of happy birthday, I always consider the succeeding birthdays as new years in my life.

My goodness, this is another pandemic birthday. Tomorrow I will be turning 65. How did the year go? It was quiet, so quiet but I am not complaining because I was able to catch up on my gardening, reading (another favorite pastime), updating our Catholic page and two groups here on FB, updating my blogs (yes, I have several of them) and attending daily masses online despite the limitations of not being able to go out. I don’t experiment in the kitchen anymore because most of the time, I feel so lazy to cook so we order food online. Besides, I am afraid to go out because of the low immunity I have due to cancer eleven years ago. For the past years, face masks were always a part of my get-up every time I went out.

THANK YOU LORD for all the blessings, for this beautiful life You gave me. Grateful for another new year in my life.

Yes, tomorrow, I’m turning 65.

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Got so lazy again, just heard two online masses morning and afternoon, loaded the washing machine and cooked spaghetti for lunch. Haha, that’s how my day went. I didn’t even visit the garden. My plants are probably good for two more days without watering.

Aside from the surprise bouquet that Nissa sent me on my birthday,  she gave me additional gifts when they came over  last Saturday. Wow, two lovely sets of pajama and these two equally lovely washable face masks with eyelet designs but were provided with  inner pockets for  additional padding.

Nissa is so thoughtful when it comes to giving gifts.  Attached to the gifts is a homemade card from Nate. I was touched. He filled my Messenger with emoticons/emojis on my birthday – flowers, hearts, smileys, praying hand, a girl running. Maybe he does not know yet how to type his greetings hence, the more than twenty emojis on my wall.

I remember when Josef and Nissa were Nate’s age. They always had surprise letters and drawings when we got  home from work. They are still kept in my shoe box.

The joy of being remembered…priceless 🙂

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It’s Nissa’s 38th birthday today. We just satisfied ourselves  talking to each other over the phone this morning. First time in 38 years that we won’t see each other before or after her birthday. This pandemic surely changed all that.

I made her some sort of greetings with her favorite color….lavender.  She chose it when they got married years ago and some of her things left here are also color-coordinated.

I’ve written this on every birthday that she had:  the most important even on her birthday?  It’s the Feast Day of our first Filipino saint – San Lorenzo Ruiz.  He is a Filipino saint venerated in the Catholic church, the first canonized Filipino martyr.

Nissa told me that they just ordered food online  to celebrate her birthday. That’s one thing that  has changed too. The family used to celebrate together by having lunch-out. The first few years though, I have always prepared something for us every time we hold our birthdays. Josef let her choose her gift and he reimbursed it  afterwards. Obet gave her a Lacoste wristwatch while Kev sent her an electric oven. Her gift from me is still here. I don’t know when we’ll be able to see each other again. I know it is a quiet birthday since they are still working from home.

I can’t believe I have a 38 years old daughter. I am really getting old.

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Another year, another celebration. Yes, he has just turned 35 a few hours ago.

Persuaded the birthday boy to have his photo taken today…for prosperity. He was in a hurry to leave for work but I just have to take his picture, haha 🙂

I always feel nostalgic when it comes to my kids’ birthdays. I remember those days when they were still cuddly little kids who were sometimes so inquisitive. Now they have grown and I am getting old. The memories we have will always remain forever etched in my heart.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALVIN JOSEF. Love you to the moon and back.

 

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I was doing a little gardening this afternoon when I heard  the doorbell ring. A Cainta van was in front of our gate.  The two employees of the municipal hall asked me when my birthday is. One even sang a happy birthday. I was surprised.  They gave me this  bag of groceries and a big umbrella from the Mayor’s office.

One of our neighbors said months ago that they give birthday gifts to senior citizens every year.  This is my first time to receive one.  I truly appreciate this, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Have I told you that  recently our town  was given recognition of excellence, a well-managed town among all the towns in the Philippines?  It is the richest town among all towns outside Metro Manila.  I think  we received the awards for three straight years. Mayor Kit is the best, I must agree.  He has a Facebook page and he gives us updates every day.  You can even drop by his office and he will entertain you. I send messages to him sometimes when our garbage collector is  not on schedule and he immediately responds.

I’ll be turning 60  61 in two days  and this is a lovely gift for my birthday.

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