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This is one of those days when you can’t do anything except wait for the latest news about the typhoon which has a very wide ring band and talk to Nissa over the phone. Lazy, lazy morning. I cooked lunch early since it is so windy outside, there might me a power outage.

It is a good thing the rain is not too strong, I am wary of heavy rains because of flood. Hopefully in two days, the typhoon would have left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It is most felt in the Bicol region where it has landed.

Nissa sent me two more photos of her breakfast and lunch provided by the hospital, she is eating more fruits though as advised by her doctor.  She is alone in her room, I told her to watch the news or sleep to have that much needed rest.

Breakfast that includes some sweets, champorado, slices of hot dog and milk.

Maybe that is Pork nilaga or sinigang and fish fillet for lunch.

She brought this along, sour fruits for the taking.

Pomelo and Oranges

It is still dark outside but the wind has somehow slowed down.

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Thanks!


I am so touched by all your prayers and well-wishes for Nissa to get well soon, thank you so very much.  I am glad to have friends all over who show their concern and kindness to our family.

 

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I was suddenly  reminded of the song with lyrics like this: and now the end is near…..

It’s not really all about facing the final curtain which is a certainty for all of us but it is more on changing another leaf in the calendar.

And here comes December….finally!

Photo culled from the net.

Looking forward to the cool December days although the start of the month it is marred by a tropical storm coming in anytime next week. Good thing Metro Manila will  not be  directly affected but it will surely bring more  rain.  Weather disturbances this late in the year are usually strong.  It’s the 20th tropical cyclone for 2019.

Falling in line for quite a while and when it was my turn to transact at the ATM machine located at the mall, it suddenly went unavailable because it ran out of cash inside. Since I didn’t want to use my credit card (cause I already paid the December dues in full), I have to wait for another day or go to a nearby branch of the bank to  withdraw some cash. Mall ATMs are so convenient though, it’s like killing two birds with one stone. And there are those ever present mall sales but I don’t usually buy because of foot traffic and sometimes you end up buying something you really don’t need just because it’s on sale. It’s better to be practical nowadays.

I am trying to catch up on my reading, trying romance books this time. I found a seven-novel-box set from seven different authors, done with two, so far so good. According to some reviews, Romance Through the Ages is an excellent read. They are light reading, some are funny, one is a  bit historical. Just enjoying the days waiting for Christmas, doing some general cleaning. We’re done decorating a week ago.

 

 

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What a busy, busy weekend.

Yes, you heard it right. I ironed several panels of curtains, changed the sheets, replaced the curtains with thicker ones. Oh my, several loads in the washing machine. I’m dead beat. Good thing, the sun is shining. They would dry under the heat of the sun.

We’ re baking again. There are so many orders but not enough time to do everything.  Just helping Jovy and Josef to fill them up.  My goodness, I could not even take a taste test because I am avoiding sweets.

I was able to catch up on my reading though. I usually read at night. It’s been a while since I read thrillers and courtroom scenes that I really love. This love affair started when I read QB VII by Leon Uris several years ago. I am reading some romantic stories now for a change, and some are all about Christmas.

By the way, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my friends residing in the US. May you all be blessed  🙂 There is always something we are grateful for.

 

 

 

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Today is the Feast of Christ the King, conclusion of the liturgical year in the Catholic calendar.

“Feast of Christ the King, also called Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus ChristKing of the Universe, is a  festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church in honour of Jesus Christ as lord over all creation. Essentially a magnification of the Feast of the Ascension, it was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925″.

Next Sunday is the beginning of another liturgical year in which we start with the season of Advent.  It is a time we look forward to as preparation of Christmas, four weeks of Advent Sundays before Christmas.  The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “arrival” or “coming” from the word advenire (ad- “to” venire “come”).

Advent 2019 begins on December 1 and ends on December 24. The themes that correspond to each week are the following:

Week 1: Hope (or promise)
Week 2: Preparation (or waiting or prophecy)
Week 3: Joy (or peace)
Week 4: Love (or adoration)

It was so nice to meet our good friend Fr. Aly again who is now the Parish Priest and Rector of the the Shrine of Our Lady of Light here in our town. For eight years, I’ve missed listening to his lovely and meaningful homilies. He was the one who officiated on Nissa’s wedding eight years ago. Meeting old friends, what a wonderful treasure.

By the way, Cristo Rey are Spanish words for Christ the King. Have a blessed  Sunday everyone.

 

 

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This is actually a repost. I had it published last October 5, 2012 when most of you (those who are regular visitors here haven’t seen it yet).  It’s like a series because I have other posts like this throughout the years. This is the first one though, the title is borrowed from one of Mary Oliver’s books.

Gosh, just looking at the book cover makes me drool! Just looking at the title reminds me of those early mornings when my mind is pregnant with words, words that sometimes play in my head but when I have the chance to jot them down, they always vanish like thin air. It’s the latest book of Mary Oliver and it’s not yet out in the market. Mary Oliver is a favorite author, a favorite poet. So I am borrowing the book title for my blog today and wish that there would be  a thousand mornings more to enjoy life and to share the joys to others.

A Thousand Mornings And More

Living life one day at a time and enjoying every precious moment. You might think, that’s hard to do but when you’re living on borrowed time, everything  is deeply felt and the heart gets appreciative of all the love and concern thrown your way. When you are given a second lease at life, every dream you hold is precious too.

Yes, I’m grateful for old friends  who after all these years are still here. I  see them now once in a while but the love and camaraderie are still there after all these years.  I am grateful too of new-found friends who are so supportive of what I do, loving friends whom you could bare your soul without being judgmental.

Waking up to a lovely sunrise. Sunrise and sunsets, they never fail to make me smile. Seeing the dawn breaks and watching dusk fall. How lovely! And how mysterious the clouds could be some time. Next to flowers, they are actually my favorite subjects when it comes to tinkering with my camera.

Taking a few shots of my garden blooms.Ah, what could be more beautiful than seeing  and smelling the sweet scent of a flower in one’s garden?

Growing old…. gracefully.I’ll be celebrating my birthday in three weeks  and it makes me a little excited. And I remember  a text sent by a close friend before my birthday four years ago.

In a dream I saw myself walking on a beach with the Lord, carrying someone in
His arms.

           It was you. Nainggit ako…
Jesus felt my envious tone when I asked:
“Lord, why siya karga Mo, di ako?”

With a gentle voice
He said:
“Don’t be jealous my child, sya may RAYUMA, ikaw wala pa”.

That pretty sums up what one actually begins to feel when one is adding years to her life.  And it’s not only the “rayuma” thing but you  feel that some parts of your body are out of  joints probably  needing a bit more stretching on the side and a few meters run in the oval behind the house.  Things are different now though, I have to take things easy, be more mindful of being stressed. I do get easily tired nowadays. I wonder if that is still the effect  of chemotherapy drugs, I hope not.

I’ve never been obsessed with counting the passing years. As they say, age is just a number. Twenty or fifty, it really does not make that much difference. What is important is how you look at life and how you deal with it. There is always that subconscious effort to do your best be it a simple thing like prepping yourself  to look good in the eyes of others or facing a gargantuan task and responsibility of raising a family. But then, you still manage amazingly well.

Whoa! The past days have been good, thanks to a loving God Who is always there silently egging me on, reminding me to keep grounded, making me feel loved and cherished. A loving God Who never turns His back on me just because at times, I forget that He is there. A big thank you for a loving family, two wonderful kids who are my fulfillment of a dream. Thank you for the loyal friends who have always been there through thick and thin, and new ones  who accept me unconditionally and treat me like a long-lost  friend.

I remember a few birthdays back, my two kids had this habit of waking me up in the middle of the night, no lights on but a flicker of a candle and their merry voices singing “Happy birthday Mama”. Who would not be touched by that? I’ve always felt emotional when it comes to such things.  Or maybe, birthdays allow you to cry a little ….keeping attuned with yourself that somehow you are really growing old…..gracefully.

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Yeay for birthday dreams that come true.

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