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I just thought this is a lovely way to greet you today. The picture is not mine though, it was just sent by a friend.

Happy weekend too. Friday is still overcast. And I don’t have to water the plants. Yehey!  I harvested my first eggplant this morning and there are more showing their tiny faces to the world. I hope I would enjoy harvesting  just like with my bottle gourds. They are still fruiting until now. I am waiting for my jackfruits to ripen.

Done with another lovely book by Kristin Hannah. I started reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz last night, a book by Heather Morris, based on a true story of two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz.

I wonder why I am always drawn to historical books, fiction or otherwise particularly in that time of history which is the Second World War.  I love those heart-wrenching stories of survival, the hope and faith of each person to live a normal life again.

Have a lovely and blessed weekend everyone!

If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day”. – Heather Morris

 

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Happy Sunday all!

Caught the earliest mass schedule at 5 am. There is a certain advantage in attending an early morning mass.  For one, the church is not full, you can choose a seat. Another thing, you can watch the sunrise filter through the stained glass windows of the church.  By the time the mass is finished, the  early morning sun is full on your face. And the little morning breeze is just right, not too cold, not yet hot. Along the way, I bought a big box of hopia from my favorite vendor.

The ternatea I planted from seeds have shown at least three inches of stem with leaves. Wonderful. The flowers could be used as tea or decorations in a  dish. Looking forward to those blue lovely flowers. Ternatea is also called butterfly pea. It might be a good climbing shrubs for my newly stalled steel matting fence.

I am propagating my double-petaled pink Bougainvillea. Hoping it is a success.

Have you noticed? Why does WordPress no longer have that  Reblog buttons. I wonder why.

Here’s a lovely quote from Alfred Austin:

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

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Good morning everyone!

For the past four days, I really didn’t feel like blogging. Still lazy to blog, from time to time though I make comments on my favorite blogs and like my friends’ posts.  I don’t know why really, blogging  has taken a backseat for a while.

Yesterday, the family was complete  with Mom, Nissa’s family, Josef and Jovy. It was a lovely family day for us.  Enjoyed playing with Nate when Nissa and Obet went to our family dentist for a while after lunch. Since he has few toys here at home, we always play  with some blocks and his tiny dinosaurs. He seemed contented though even with those, so few to choose from. They don’t always bring some of his toys when they come to visit us.  Bath time is usually playtime too for both of us. Nissa said  Nate is happy when they are here because he could take a bath at least twice before they go home.   We both picked kalamansi for them to bring home. When he saw my mini-watering can for my hanging plants, he filled it with water and watered my shamrocks and shrimp plants.  He even asked his mom to buy him one too so he could use it at home.

I took some shots while he was busy playing.

The other week,  they went to Baler,  the capital of Aurora province which is located 231 kilometers north-east of Manila.  Nate told me about visiting  waterfalls, swimming, eating and eating. There was a place there where Nissa said is more of a zigzag than the roads going to Baguio City.

Sunrise at Baler

The hotel where they stayed  faces this lovely beach where you could watch the sunrise from your window or go out and submerge you feet in the sand.  She brought me so many “pasalubongs”, gifts from Baler including some key chains  that I collect and refrigerator magnet.  We had a lovely time viewing all the photos they took of the place.

Yesterday, she also brought her Mother’s Day gift for me, a lovely SAKURA Longchamp bag. I  used to collect bags, I don’t always get the chance to use them all but this one I like.  It is for everyday use and so convenient for those items which normally won’t fit a small bag. She knows I always bring an umbrella, my cellphone and tab when I go out.

Today is Holy Trinity Sunday. Attended the early morning mass alone. Mom attends the Sunday TV mass.

Have a nice week ahead.

 

 

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Yes, I do believe there is forever. Forever in the sense that a married couple is still together when they reach fifty golden years.

This morning, we attended the 5oth  Wedding Anniversary of  Nissa’s parents-in law at the  Malolos Cathedral (Minor Basilica of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) in Malolos City, Bulacan.

Malolos Cathedral (before the start of the wedding).

It is quite far from our place but we enjoyed the camaraderie and the solemnity of the occasion. Nissa, Obet and Nate are included in the entourage. There was a portion of the program after the wedding when their four kids and the grandchildren were allowed to speak before the bride and the groom and I was touched when Obet, my son-in-law said: “Yes, the goal is to reach fifty years too with  Nissa”. Wow!  I was touched. The official photos are not in yet but we enjoyed a few moments trying the photo booth. Nate was the last to speak and he just said, “We love you both” then shyly gave back the microphone to the emcee.

Nate said while holding the crowns before the photo shoot: ” Mommy wear this.  you are the queen and I am the prince” and Nissa obliged.  Haha, smart kid.

Fifty years together.  My balae  now uses a cane  when he walks. He is quite frail but his wife is still so beautiful  in her mid-seventies. Fifty years of togetherness. It is seldom to see couples nowadays reaching that long married life. Either one is gone or   they are separated or living apart from each other.

Maintaining a relationship is not a walk in the park. Even if you are both matured enough to face each trial and celebrate happy times together, there is always something that sets you apart. When trust, respect and loyalty are gone, love slowly dies too.  Love does not walk away but people do.

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Another family day.

What a lovely Saturday it turned out to be. Nate and I played together. Just  hearing  his unrestrained and loud laughter, seeing the happy smile on his face, listening to  some of his stories about school – priceless moments.

We create  memories.

When he saw the bedroom with new curtains and  freshly changed sheets, he said “Wow“. but that was followed by these words.  “Our bedroom is lovelier”.  Nissa and I just laughed.

While mom, my son-in-law and  Nissa  took an afternoon nap, Nate and I busied ourselves with his  assorted toys.  He brought along his newly bought scooter  and asked me if we could go out.  The sun was hot so we didn’t.

 

There is really no dull moment when I am with Nate.  The day is complete even if we only spent  a few hours playing together.

Nissa brought me several issues of Metro Home magazines which she bought at a book sale two weeks ago.  She bought a pair of each seven editions for both of us. Lovely.

Before they went home, Nate visited the garden.  He loves picking kalamansi,  unfortunately the fruits are still so small.

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I can’t tell you how nice and lovely it is to see my daughter, son-in-law and Nate after almost a month of not seeing each other. We were laughing at Nate while eating lunch, he surely had a big appetite.  There is really no need to feed him like most kids his age. He can hold a fork and spoon so well.

All our attention seemed to be  focused on him always. After lunch, we had a great time letting him read  three-letter words provided by Nissa. Yes, he is starting to read and he is in junior Kindergarten.  I think his teachers teach them phonetics. He has to sound each letter first before saying the right word.  Bravo, I’m impressed. I can’t wait for the day he will start reading a whole sentence or a paragraph even.

Back in my time when I started studying in the province, we didn’t have Nursery or Kindergarten. One has to start directly from Grade 1. Imagine, you only learn to write each letter of the alphabet in the first grade.  I  had a hard time adjusting to high school life when Dad enrolled me in UST.  Having spent my grade school days back home, I could not help but compare the way they taught us in the province. They were more advanced here in the city.

We played ball, made figures out of  the  plastic blocks we have here and  the Lego set he brought  along with him. My goodness, he is more creative than I am when it comes to all those tiny  bricks.  I can’t match the dexterity of his hands. I didn’t grow up with Lego bricks. My cousins and I spent our spare time playing outside, sometimes in the heat of the sun or after dinner.

A little later he joined Mom while the latter was playing solitaire with her old playing cards. Nate said, ” I know how to play cards”. “Really?” I asked. He just smiled.

 

 

Haha, he acted like he really knew the game. But it was just arranging the sequence of the numbers with the same  designs.

We ended up having  two  large boxes of pizza for snacks. Would you believe? Nate finished three slices.

Family day is always the best for me. Hugging  Nate close  and opening his window to say goodbye.  And as always, hearing his “See you later”. 

 

 

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Happy Sunday everyone!

Today is the last week  in the liturgical calendar.  It is the  Solemnity of  Christ the King which we call Cristo Rey.   Next Sunday is the beginning of the Advent season. Advent is  four weeks of preparation for  Christmas.

We will be celebrating our town fiesta come December 1. Yesterday morning, they have this fun run for the youth of Cainta and some streets were blocked.   Walking was the only option for commuters because of the traffic. It was a small sacrifice though, it only happens once a year. Watching the youth run for a cause was such fun and you wished you had the energy to join but having those aches and pains of old age  hinder you from doing it.  Really looking forward to the celebration. I am pretty sure they’ll have this yearly showing off of the products of Cainta.  Cainta is known as the bibingka capital of the Philippines. Various sweets and delicacies abound. The town is busy at the moment.

For the past three days, I’ve read a trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe. I love those small-town stories about life, family, friendship and love. I love those beach scenes watching the world go by –  the sunrises, the sunsets, turtle hatchlings, dolphins, beach houses  and windsurfing.  I am still reading another Monroe book ,  my 7th read of this particular author. Everything is set in South Carolina.   These books remind me of those days when I was in college and finished Gone With The Wind in less than a week.  When you discover a new place , a lovely story by a new author, you  are inspired to read them all.  I have lots of books about Christmas  and how it is celebrated around the world.  It is always a joy to read such.

Maybe I’ve grown out of reading YA books. To think I was a little excited about John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down but I even couldn’t get to the middle of the story. Most readers have rated it 5 stars on Goodreads. Compared to The Fault In Our Stars, I don’t find this an engrossing read.

What have you read lately? Any recommendation?

 

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