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I make it a point to just relax every Sunday after attending the early mass at 6 am.

That means no gardening, no scheduled time with the washing machine, just reheating leftover meals  and yes a lot of reading in between. I am happy starting  Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield the other day.  I am challenged by the Wordscape  game Josef uploaded on my tab a few days ago. And in between reading, I tinker with Block Puzzle Jewel and Match 3 Jewel. I used to dislike playing online games before but as one grows older, you seek venues where you could spend relaxing time too. Since I seldom go out except attending weekly Sunday masses, twice a month trip to the market, grocery shopping almost every week, an occasional trip to visit my internist, another occasional lunch out with the family, you might think life is boring. I assure you, it is never dull. When you are given second chances at life, you always grasp every day and embrace it with hope for another tomorrow. Another chance to shine in your own little corner of the world. Never mind the bad news you always see on television (I don’t watch news anymore). Never mind the annoying happenings which your local politicians are wont to do (mind you, you’ll get stressed out just reading the news). Never mind the traffic even in your neighborhood.

Yes, our street is busy every day of the week. When our car leaves the garage, one has to wait for a few more minutes and let the other cars, e-bikes and motorcycles pass by first. It has become one of those alternative routes going to and from other towns in our province.

Oh what bliss just spending a little of your time waxing poetic about everyday lives, getting in touch with friends  through Messenger, being updated with news on their walls.

Happy Sunday all.

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Once again

I allowed myself to greet the morning sun.

Communing with God’s glory

At six o’clock am today.

The day is blessed with your presence Lord.

And the sun spreads its light

In the deep corners of the earth.

I  rejoice.

I am happy.

 

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Have you heard of this gadget? Nissa has one not exactly like in the picture because hers has metal band. It is a digital watch which also shows the number of steps or strides you have taken in one particular day.

When I was at the hospital, Nissa made me wear it every time I go out to visit the university campus or to buy food. The more you move and walk or run, it would register on your fitbit. Accordingly, “Your speed depends on the length of each stride and the rate at which you turn strides over. If you want to go faster, you have to increase either stride length or stride turnover.” 

Such a lovely and smart fitness tracker. It records the number of strides you have made within the day via Bluetooth on your cellphones. Nissa has to make 12,500 strides  a day to earn points which have equivalent gifts  converted monthly.

I enjoyed going up and down the stairs, sometimes not using the elevator to keep track of my strides. Nissa was billeted at the fourth floor so you can imagine the exercise just walking.

Today is Mama Mary’s birthday. I  have always made a short blog of it through the years. It is always a nice surprise that I get lots of views  every September 8.  Attended the early mass at 6am. It was a lovely homily from one of my favorite priests, Fr. Leo Luanzon. We sang the Salve Regina in her honor.

Ad Jesum per Mariam! To Jesus through Mary!

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Would you believe, I woke up earlier than usual at 3am. Could no longer sleep so I did the morning chores early. Imagine cooking breakfast at 4am and watering the plants at 4:30 in the morning.

Attended Sunday mass early and I was surprised to see one of my favorite priests presiding. He delivers the best homily every time I hear mass with him around. Lucky and blessed Sunday for me.

I was looking at the Memories  on FB earlier then I found this photo taken by Nissa four years ago.

I wonder what we were smiling at. Happy together, the nonna and the grandson.

HAPPY SUNDAY all.

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Did I just say that?

Yes I know, Sunday is for relaxing. For the first time in so many weeks, I attended an anticipated mass last night after doing the laundry late in the afternoon. So  Sunday is free, apart from the usual task of watering the plants (it’s still like summer here), doing a little cleaning here and there and preparing breakfast for Mom and me. Mom attends  mass on television because she can’t walk that far when the car isn’t here.

Yesterday was another family day for us. Nissa, Obet and Nate came over  to join us for lunch, late celebration of Josef’s birthday the other day.  We just had food delivered and I bought two kilos of ready to fry chicken mix at SM Ortigas City. I went earlier to Medical City to get the result of my lab for Vitamin D deficiency and to visit my doctor.  Thank God, everything is normal. Even my blood pressure is in the normal range. Still have to go back maybe in two weeks to have labs again, re: fasting blood sugar and urinalysis.

Nate got tired of his old toys here so he re-arranged his books and read some of them. I am pretty amazed, he could read now. He and his dad played frisbee together in the garden then later on picked calamansi for them to bring home. Nate was so happy they gathered more than a kilo of it.

Bonding time with family is priceless no matter how you spend it together. What is important is the presence of each other. It is nice to be updated on what is happening in their jobs, how hard it is sometimes to cope with so much work.

Oh, I remember, I’ll be going out in a few hours to redeem my  free  boxes of pizza and mojos from Shakey’s. A  P3,000+ spend in one purchase entitles you to one redemption certificate which you will just have to show at the food chain. It’s courtesy of Bank of PI. I am entitled to three redemption for the three purchases I made earlier  between March 22, 2019 and June 22, 2019. Hooray!

Have a blessed and fruitful  Sunday everyone. Happy week ahead.

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An old blog post which I wrote back in August 2009 resurfaced from my notes on Facebook. A former office mate and a friend again commented why she is not seeing new posts from me. I actually stopped re-posting them to Facebook because I  find the site so messy and noisy.

I’ve often said before that this blog came to existence  because of my journey as a cancer patient and survivor almost ten years ago. The years in between have been good and blogging has become a hodgepodge of daily happenings and adventures. Way to go, it’s a lovely journey.

For two consecutive Sundays now, Josef and I have attended  the 6 am masses at our parish, St. Francis of Assisi. It’s a ten-minute walk from our place. Mass schedules are a bit earlier than those at the town proper.  It’s a good thing we get to have Sunday morning exercise.  Compared to our subdivision, this part of the town still has plenty of vacant lots which used to be rice fields. Imagine listening to rooster crows and  chicken crossing the road to find their morning meals.  It’s like being in the province once again.

Sunday.

Time to relax, catch up on reading. Watch the world go buy and play with  Oreo in between.

Happy  Sunday all.

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Ah, this is supposed to be a rest day after hearing the mass early this morning. I have to do to the laundry though. The laundry basket was bursting at the seams. Anyway the laundry is done after so many loads. At least I’ll be free tomorrow morning to tend to the garden and maybe plant ampalaya (bitter gourd). I saved the  matured seeds yesterday when I cooked some veggies for dinner.

I’d like to tell you about my reading journey, my 2019 Goodreads Challenge particularly. At the start of the year, I committed myself to read another 150 books. I am on my 27th read  and it is the first YA book for this year. I am trying to read different genre and find more new authors. If possible, I prefer first book publications because they are usually the best.  Publishing a book for the first time and writing about it must be pretty hard.  There are so many competitions out there.  There is this book entitled All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I had it for a couple of years now but it was only the other day that I started reading it. It’s Goodreads’ Choice 2015 for Young Adult Winner. As Goodreads says: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. And since I read both books  before, I was intrigued to read this one too. So far, so good. I smiled at the five-star and one-star reviews on Goodreads. I am not deterred by the one-star review since I feel  encouraged to read it  seeing that there are many five-star reviews too. It might be a little disturbing for some but we have to admit not all books  are about rainbows, some could be stars in the night that shine brightly above. Though I still prefer memoirs and historical fiction, occasionally, YA books are welcome.

I saw this particular photo from an album I posted at Facebook nine years ago. They have this “memories” app and you can visit it every day to remind you what life was years ago.

When this was taken, Lovell  was still a seminarian. He is now a Dominican priest – a son, a close friend and a confidante.  Caleruega is such a beautiful place and I miss it.

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Today is the  Feast of Santo Niño. It is celebrated every third Sunday of January all over the Philippines. The Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is the most popular and the biggest one celebrated in  honor  of the Holy Image of Santo Niño.

Tondo where Nissa’s family live and our town in Pangasinan are also celebrating their own fiesta today. Until last year since Nissa got married, we used to celebrate with them braving the traffic of the place while a long parade of floats,  bands  and several images of the Child Jesus lined down the streets.  Imagine going home stuck in traffic for more than two hours in one place.

Early this morning Josef and I heard mass then we saw this lovely image of Santo Niño ready for procession  along the streets near the church.  Beautiful!

We dropped by the supermarket for a few minutes because I bought a small transistor radio which I could use outside when I am gardening. It has a three-way  power supply, AC-DC, battery operated and there is also a rechargeable battery inside which recharges during the AC playing.  It’s locally made but for its price, it’s great. I could now listen to my favorite FM station while trimming the grass and weeding. They play 60’s and 70’s music all day long during Sundays and those waltz tunes I seldom hear nowadays.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone 🙂

 

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There was this early morning drizzle which was good enough to wet the garden and my plants are happy. Saving on a few gallons of water because of the rain. On my way to the church to hear mass, the rain has finally stopped.

I have to drop by the supermarket later to buy a floor fan. Ours broke a few days ago and I think it needs a new capacitor  so we could use it again.  Sometimes though, it is not very practical to have it repaired and pay a high cost of repair. It is more convenient to buy a new one because you are rest assured that you could use it for years.

I am on my 130th read this year for the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I found this lovely book about three sisters celebrating Christmas. A mesmerizing book about the lives of adopted families and how they  keep the bond strong. Yes, I know, it might still be too early for some to think about the Christmas season  but I am now having my countdown,  it’s now only 65 days to go before the big event. Some of you won’t probably think of celebrating and don’t look forward to the event. I’ve always said in the past that no matter how commercialized the celebration of Christmas has become over the years, it is the best season to bond with families and friends and celebrate. It’s the joyous season, the festive atmosphere, the anticipation of celebrating Christ’s birth that makes it so beautiful. The spirit of giving makes it all the more wonderful to celebrate. The amount and the cost of gifts you give and receive don’t really matter that much but it is the thought behind the tradition of gift-giving. It comes when you feel just as excited as your five-year old grandson.

A few more days to go and I’ll be turning sixty-two. Ah, remembering those days of agony, remembering those days of being happy, reminiscing about the sunny side of life.  Sixty-two seems ancient to some but I guess it’s how you live your life that counts.

 

 

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Had an afternoon siesta but I’ve got a headache when I woke up. Then I remember this soothing balm that Jovy gave me the other  day.  The soothing light mint  blend of Eucalyptus oil and Bergamot essential oil.  It soothes and heal the natural way. Human Nature is a local company that makes use of locally grown ingredients in their products.  They have bath and skin care. And the price is affordable compared to other commercial products in the market.

I just love its cool effect on the skin  and yes, it is very effective for headaches too.

While I was with  Nate yesterday, I asked him if we could take his picture in front of Tom’s World.  It is an amusement and recreational center  with  redemption machines and kiddie rides. He gladly obliged.  We had a great fun looking at all those redemption machines but we didn’t buy tokens. They have stuffed toys of different designs and sizes.  I asked him  if he wanted the kiddie rides, he didn’t.  He was just happy with the small toy that I bought him earlier.

 

Then he said, “thank you Nonna for  my toy”.  Polite kid and he is so grateful with little favors.

 

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