Posted in blog update, blogging, family life, journeys, life, Philippine fruits, reading, recipes, thoughts and ramblings, writing, tagged blogging, books, family life, journeys, life, reading, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on September 24, 2016 |
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September is almost at an end but the weather is so erratic sometimes which makes you think it is still summer. Either the sun goes up early in the morning, heavy rain takes over in the afternoon or the rain comes early when you are asleep and the sun shines a little late in the afternoon. Crazy.
I haven’t blogged for a week, that kind of post that needs at least five hundred words :) Remember that feeling that you wanted to write a post but you don’t know how to start? Remember that feeling when you have lots of thoughts in your head chasing each other to come out but you don’t know where to start? Remember that feeling that you would really love to update your blog but you don’t know when to start?
Maybe I am just feeling oh so lazy. Yes Virginia, that’ s the truth. I am on my 92nd book though, 8 more books to go and I’m done. I don’t always find good ones, some are just easy reads.
We left early to do our twice a month marketing this morning. I was delighted when I found fresh fiddlehead fern selling at P10 a bunch, got three for P25. You’re lucky if a vendor gives you a discount because you are the buena mano. It tastes so crunchy, just blanch it with hot water for a minute or two then add slices of tomatoes, ginger and onion. Instead of ground pork as toppings, I used a can of flaked solid white albacore fried to a crisp. Josef loves it. Then we saw a young stingray being sliced by our suki vendor so we bought a kilo. They clean it and remove the skin at your request. My son is an expert when it comes to flaking the fish, slicing and dicing ingredients. The best way to cook it is in coconut cream with lots of diced banana pepper, julienned ginger and thinly sliced red onion. I am surprised that Rambutan fruits are still in season, a steal at P60 a kilo. I love it when it is chilled. It’s fun to find fresh produce in the market.
We were supposed to celebrate my daughter’s birthday in advance today so I cooked Nate’s favorite sinigang, this time I used shrimp instead of pork ribs. Nate loves anything sour with all the veggies.They were on their way here this morning when Nissa told me that they were going back because her mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital. Nothing serious, she was not confined, thank God. Nate was actually looking forward to their monthly visit here. He said over the phone “see you later Nonna” but he must have meant “see you soon”. More weekends to look forward to.
Lately, I have explored a bit of WordPress, how to blacklist someone who makes those comments which are not really about the post or about the blog but which are not classified as spam by WordPress. They are meant to provoke. I have learned how to delete a follower who is not really into writing, when you click the site, you can’t even find it. Years ago, there was this site who made use of one particular post, changed some words and they made it appear its their own. I called the attention of WordPress to no avail so what I did was to blog about that site for everyone to see. I even learned how to use Copyscape to check everything here, I don’t know how effective it is but at least it is an option. I am glad there is Akismet. It has protected my site from 54,096 spam comments as of this writing. I am grateful to WordPress for that.
Any app you have uploaded to your blog to protect it? It would be nice to hear from you, thanks🙂
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Posted in blessings, family, family life, journeys, Nate, photography, tagged family life, journeys, life, Nate, on growing up, photography on September 12, 2016 |
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I love photos that tell a story. Sure you can just admire one particular shot but that is all there is to it. A garden fills the senses, a lovely bloom makes you admire nature, a lovely rainbow makes you wonder about the beauty of creation.
Two years ago, I blogged about Nissa’s photo of Nate and his dad which she posted on Instagram. He was a little more than a year old, just learned how to walk and balance himself while walking. Yesterday, Nissa took another shot of the two of them. What a difference two and a half years make!
Grow tall little man.
He greeted me a happy grandmother’s day yesterday. When he is being playful, he would say, “I love you Mommy, I love you Mama” repeating the words several times instead of saying Nonna. Our baby is now a big boy🙂
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Posted in blessings, family, family life, guilty pleasures, I love weekends, photography, writing, tagged family life, guilty pleasures, I love weekends, journal-writing, journals, photography on August 27, 2016 |
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I seldom post family pictures here but I can’t pass this up. Today is a lovely family day. We played blocks, I just wonder if the adults enjoyed it more than Nate. Mom was so amazed that Nate talks non-stop but when he is doing something like building blocks, he is so serious. There are shouts of laughter in between of course.
When you are blessed and lucky enough to have a loving and thoughtful daughter….your heart shouts with joy.
No special occasion but what a lovely surprise, a personalized journal with our photos on the cover. I love collecting journals and this one is so beautiful.Thank you so much Nissa. I love, love it.
Nonna and Nate at the garden. An afternoon of fun and laughter.
I remember this. Nate was thrilled blowing a spare candle on his birthday cake. I love the message too: ” Write until it becomes as natural as breathing”.
Haha :) Nate’s favorite during birthdays…making a wish The two of us.
Come again, wacky shots? I don’t know how. Family is forever.
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Posted in family, family life, journeys, life, photography, tagged family life, I love Sundays, journeys, life, life with mom, photography, thoughts on August 21, 2016 |
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For the past three weeks, Mom has been attending Sunday masses on TV. She finds it hard to walk when it is raining and the streets are slippery when wet. Sometimes, she drags her feet when she walks. This morning though, I asked her to go with us to attend the Sunday mass at the nearby parish , a five-minute tricycle ride from our place. The weather is just right, nary a sunshine in view but it is windy.
Sometimes she complains that she finds it hard to breathe so my brother has to accompany her to her internist for another check-up. She underwent an ECG and was prescribed a blood thinner which she has to take for a month on top of her other medications and maintenance. I explained to her not to focus too much on what she feels, that is so stressful. She always tells me that what she does here is “sleep and eat”. I told her to take a rest while she is here with us. I know, she sometimes forgets that when you are getting old, the aches and pains are more pronounced.
She used to avoid having her photo taken but that has changed in the last few days. I always tell her that I’ll send her pics to my youngest brother whom she hasn’t seen for so long because the family is based in Tulsa. She is amazed at the number of photos kept in my gallery mostly shots of flowers, food and Nate with the latter having the most of it.
Mom at 87….
The wrinkles and gray hair speak of life’s journey, the number of lessons learned along the way and wisdom’s highlights too. Some people always say that when you reach the age of 80, you are so blessed and beyond that, everything is a bonus. Maybe that is true in a way because life nowadays is so stressful. My mom is the youngest among four girls so you can just imagine, the eldest is now around 95 or older.
Sometimes I wonder, are we luckier than their generation because we are surrounded by gadgets and things that make life easier? Mom never learned to use a cellphone except to shout over the phone (she is hard of hearing so she has a tendency to make her voice louder) to us and say, “kumusta“? She never learned the use of computer but she knew how to use a typewriter, not the one-finger touch system but all fingers locked into their proper places on top of the keyboard. Sometimes, I wonder what she is thinking while deftly playing solitaire every afternoon before watching the three-o’clock news. She depends on the news tickers because she could not understand the newscast. Oh but she enjoys a good movie on CinemaOne and always waits for Maalaala Mo Kaya every Saturday night. She shouts with Luis Manzano’s audience on Minute to Win It every afternoon. Come to think of it, she is more updated with the news than I am.
She always asks why some people do not want to bury Marcos at Libingan followed by a question of why there are so many people dying on the streets. Let me see…it is hard to explain, can you?
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Posted in family life, Happiness, inspiring stories, memories, tagged family life, fishing, journeys, kalapiaw, life, life with mom, takoko, thoughts and ramblings on August 19, 2016 |
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I was thrilled to see my three pots of turmeric sprouting new leaves. The leaves are oblong compared to the narrow green leaves of ginger. I read somewhere that turmeric produces lovely flowers too. I can’t wait to see them bloom. Seeing earthworms in the garden reminds me of those days with mom.
During the last days of summer and the onset of the rainy season, I would sometimes go with mom to go fishing in the river. Yes, we use the old-fashioned hook, line and fishing rod made of thin bamboo pole and earthworm as baits. Back then, when the ground is soft because of the rain, it is easier to dig large and fat earthworms near our vegetable plot. We would place them on a fine plastic net or a tin can with holes and a small amount of soil on top of the can so they could breathe and would not die. We would bring boiled banana, sweet potato or rice cakes for snacks and a bottle of water.
Ah, we would normally catch biya, those small fresh-water fish and grill them in charcoal. Sauce from fresh green tamarind is the best partner for this and freshly cooked rice of course. There were times when crabs would cling to the line. Fishing with mom was such a wonderful memory that I would always cherish. Those were the days, I think I was in grade school back then.
I remember those head gears which the old folks used to protect themselves from the rain. Believe me, they were even better than your sturdy umbrella. The takoko which is made of dried palm leaves and woven into a wide umbrella-like thing was so popular then. It is not complete without the kalapiaw, a native raincoat made of the same material, with a cord tied at the neck. I tried them before but they were always too large for my small frame but believe me, they were the best things to wear when the rain was hard. They were so cozy and warm.
I catch myself smiling while editing this post. Maybe that’s what lovely memories do to you, they become more keenly felt and remembered as you grow older.
I had a similar experience fishing with dad in another blog post which you can find here.
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Posted in family, family life, guilty pleasures, I love weekends, journeys, Nate, tagged family life, I love weekends, life, Nate, Our baby Nate on July 23, 2016 |
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He asked, “are ghouls baby ghosts Nonna?” I answered “they’re not.” So he went back to his mommy and ninong and shouted, “ghouls are mother ghosts”. I think they didn’t hear him because they were busy talking.
I asked him how many stars he received in school. He pointed to his wrist and counted….eight, nine, ten. Then he laughed, a typical Nate laugh, what a joy to hear it 🙂
He saw our candy jar in a corner and asked if he could have one so I told him that’s a cherry menthol candy. He looked at me probably thinking about that “menthol” taste then he said, “I’ll give it to Mommy”. Wise kid.
It was another lovely day spent with Nate.
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