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Whew! I am  finally done updating prayers and Gospel readings for the whole month of December 2020  at our Catholic page on Facebook. All I need to do now is to add some insights on how Christmas is celebrated around the world and that needs a bit of research. I have to source photos of  Catholic events this coming December since I could not find our previous albums in our page.

This morning I had my anti-pneumonia vaccine which will be in effect for five years. I would have brought Mom at the Senior Citizen’s Hall but she could not walk that well and she does not want to wear face mask. She could  not grasp the danger of going out without a mask. Besides, senior citizens at her age are not allowed to go out. They set the limit up to the age of 65.

I had a good chat with two long-lost friends today.  It is really so nice to get in touch again after all these years and it felt like nothing has changed that much. I had a video chat with one of them.

Tonight, I’ll catch up on my reading again.

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Sometimes, we’d rather have those small and simple things in life to make us happy, right?

Josef ordered a small transistor radio for me to replace the old one I usually use in the garden. It has an FM/AM/SW 3 band, Micro SD and blue tooth. So convenient to carry around. I could listen to news on AM or tune in to FM for all day music.  So easy to charge it just like you charge a cellphone. Heaven 🙂

I haven’t read for a while but I have a total of 120 books I have read this year as of last count from Goodreads. Years ago, I watched Love Story and also read the book I guess three times. Then I found a copy of Oliver’s Story and I got curious how Oliver would go on without his beloved Jennifer so I read it too. Lately, there is this Acts of Faith which was published in 1993 with 560 pages. I started reading it the other night, a story of three kids, one a Catholic who was abandoned by his parents and two kids, the son and daughter of a rabbi. From the tough streets of Brooklyn to ultramodern Brasilia to an Israeli kibbutz, and the splendor of two holy cities, Rome and Jerusalem, the story will bring us to these places. Reviews say that this is Erich Segal’s most ambitious and provocative novel to date. We’ll see, I am getting engrossed in it.

Simple pleasures and simple joys, they make life worthwhile.

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Do you remember?

The shy “hi” and “hello”

The hesitant smiles.

Then came the laughter

Listening to each other’s stories in between.

Crying on your shoulder,

And hearing those comforting words.

When friendship blooms,

Life alters.

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Hopefully for good.

I didn’t have the heart to write the past days except to update you all on what happened here.

The hopelessness of seeing those affected by three consecutive typhoons which brought massive flooding, destroyed homes and crops, loss  of lives and so many homeless still struggling until now. I can’t forget the experience we had eleven years ago when we left the house with the flood waters up to my neck. You can only appreciate those little things in life that you used to ignore because they are there but at a blink of an eye suddenly gone. Needing a few pinch of salt to add to your cooking but you can’t find any.  Our ref was empty for days and we survived on canned goods  almost every day. I can’t imagine how the people in the north and in the Bicol region are doing at the moment with not even a house to come back to. So sad, so really, really sad.

Josef just washed and cleaned the carpet they were using in their room, Two more to go, one of which  I hadn’t used yet but they got wet when we were cleaning the floors. And the garden? Except for a few shoots, those that were close to the ground are still muddy until now. I’ve pruned the leaves and stems of some grown plants but we need to trim the carabao grass again.  It may take sometime before we could restore the whole thing to order. We’ll start tomorrow, hopefully.

I let myself relax for a while reading and finding materials (excerpts from my previous blog posts) to contribute to Sambuhay Interaktib, twice a week program of Sambuhay  TV mass. I found a small community of fellow Catholics there, befriended three of them.  The priest anchors are very supportive. Two stress-free nights twice a week 🙂

How are you all?  I’ll get back to reading your posts later, thanks!

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It’s raining again, that kind or rain that is light but it never stops.

We are under typhoon signal #3 and typhoon Ulysses is traversing the same path that typhoon Rolly did a week ago, some parts of the Catanduanes province in the Bicol region are now inundated, water almost reaching the rooftops of some houses.  God help us!

Supposedly, November is already our amihan season where the cold winds of Siberia bring colder nights to our shores. If not for La Niña which our weather bureau said will last till April, we won’t probably be having these late typhoons. Come to think of it, it is the 21st weather disturbance this year and we average about 18 to 20 every year.

Rainy nights (provided they do not bring flash flood) are a perfect time to read while sipping a hot tea in the process.  I went back to reading Charles Martin’s books, my 11th read since I discovered the author.

One thing that induced me to start this? It’s the cover and the title not even glancing at the synopsis of the book. I am fan of Charles Martin, a Christian author who writes such deeply memorable characters. And he blogs too  and I can truly relate.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

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Five years from now,  we may look back and remember, 2020 was not such a good year.

It started with a fire in Australia and locally, we’ve seen the normally passive Taal volcano erupt, then this Covid-19 pandemic touched our shores followed by typhoons that brought havoc to some provinces especially in the Bicol region. Gosh, as if this is not enough, we still have this  government whose priority is not the welfare of the Filipino people.

We endure and we have to. I haven’t been out of our subdivision since February 2020. The farthest I’ve gone to was at the gate of the village where we have a grocery store. The items sold there are not complete and I kept urging Josef for us to go to the supermarket before November ends so we could buy things we need for the Christmas season.

We are still under general community quarantine although those with age 16 and until 65 are already qualified to go out to buy necessities, medicines etc provided we wear face shields and face masks. I wonder how we could renew Mom’s  social security benefits come January. She is the sole beneficiary of dad’s pension and beneficiaries are required to update their status every year so they could continue to receive their pensions. It’s quite impractical now for her to go out even with the car and a companion. I asked Social Security System (SSS) if we could apply for a home visit but they just gave a link where to write to and they never answered.  SSS has changed the schedule of dates where they will credit benefits for our monthly pension and horror of horrors, there are many of us pensioners who didn’t  receive our September pensions. SSS knows about this but they are requiring us to submit Statement of Account from the banks where our pensions are maintained. It’s their fault not ours, and they  have data base of all those pensioners they didn’t credit.  I am afraid this might turn into another hocus pocus of this government. They did that to Philhealth, 15B was lost thru corruption.

2020 is really a crazy year. I hope 2021 would be more kind to us all.

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And I don’t mean the romantic love that we all know and talk about.

Have you ever felt that certain kind of happiness that makes you smile every time you remember?  There are certain things in our lives, certain things that cost so little or none at all that make those smile painted on our faces.

I fall in love with a baby’s smiles and laughter. Those unguarded moments when he/she smiles at you and reach out his/her hands to touch, to feel, to make his/her self comfortable in your arms.

I fall in love with sunrises and sunsets. The wonder of the rising sun gently caressing your back and the beauty of the sunset signaling you to just admire it and take a rest. The beauty of an unexpected rainbow on a cloudy day. Those clouds passing by in a rapid move and you wonder what they’ll bring, rain or a glimmer of the sun’s face.

I fall in love with lovely surprises, kindness from people I have just met and thoughtful friends who never  fail to make you smile. Even meeting them once in a while, listening to their voices over the wire,  hugging and embracing them when you see each other.

Morning coffee or  tea at night while reading a lovely book and you fall in love with the characters and the place. And you wish you’ll attain the same success as they did in the story.

The heady scent of flowers in your garden  and the peace and quiet gardening brings. You fall in love with creating a lovely panorama of different plants, the wonderful feeling it brings to your quiet world.

The undivided attention you get from your pets.  The way they lick your face and your hands showing unconditional love and the non-judgmental  way they look at you. They bring so much joy within.

I fall in love with the music of yesteryears.  The nostalgic way you hum  a song because you have memorized the lyrics over the years.  The way you swing your head to the music, smiling and at peace listening and remembering those years that gave you joy.

Ah, I could go on and on but I’ll reserve them for another post. Have a great day everyone. Think happy thoughts always.

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Gee, this is my 50th day of blogging every day.

I know I could not duplicate blogging for a year like when I joined WordPress’ challenge back in 2011. It was called Post A Day Challenge. I even got my badge but I don’t know why it was lost.

Blogging every day? One thing I learned when you blog daily is that you might sacrifice your content just for the sake of writing anything. But then in the process, once you start writing, it is easier to update your blog on a daily basis.

I’ve been reviewing my earlier posts so I could share some snippets of them to one of my favorite one-hour online shows called Interaktib. I am glad they appreciate it and my priest friends call it inspiring. Fr. Pao even said last night that I am their resident poet. Haha, poet indeed, I could not even write a poem daily even if I want to. I am surprised though that my earlier blog posts were more about life, that we always have those challenges that we need to face. It’s more about my journey as a cancer survivor, a mother and grandma to my loving Nate. From time to time though, burst of inspiration comes along and sometimes I am more introspective, sharing something deeper than what we had for dinner, what book I have been reading lately and what the weather is down here.

One thinks of getting and growing older. Come to think of it, I’ll be celebrating my 64th birthday a week from now and again it makes me think of the younger years. Maybe, what they say is true that when gaining these added years to your life, you don’t really think of getting old though you gain wisdom as you go along. You think more of how life would be. Will you still enjoy those things that used to give you happiness and laughter? Would you be more focused in those things you’ve been doing lately? Will you just let life fly by and enjoy them?

One thing that I wish right now? I hope I could maintain writing every day until the end of the year.

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The other day, Nissa asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  Nothing much I said except to see them again with Nate hopefully.

But if there is something material that I really want, sets of pajamas and T-shirts for daily use. I gave two bagfuls of old clothes a few months ago to donate to those who were victims of fire.  They say that when you don’t use any item in your closet for at least five years, you have to give them away. Is that so?

Since there is no social life (because of the Covid) and I don’t go out much anyway, and Josef and Jovy staying home to work, I was saved the weekly task of ironing clothes and pants. Shorts and T-shirts  are the “in” thing nowadays in our household. Convenient, easy to wash, no need for ironing.  That’s one positive thing that this Covid 19 brought, being together except weekends when Josef and  Jovy visit the latter’s grandmother and not seeing Nissa’s family because they could not bring Nate with them. We get to update each other though through  video chats. Lately, Nate tried voice chat, leaving me some messages but always he ends up saying, “I love you Nonna”.

Mom is 91 going 92 by April next year. She’s been with us for more than a year now.  Since she is hard of hearing, most of the time, shouting to her ears is the norm. She is becoming forgetful too. She fills her time watching television and playing card games.  Even if she watches  news every day, she does not understand the implication of not going out especially  at  her age. Sometimes, Josef uses the notepad to answer all her questions, why she can’t go home to the province, why  she could not visit my older brother’s place, why she could not go out and a  hundred more, the same questions every day.  It is so frustrating at times.

We always have a choice in life, right? Always choose to be happy, seeing the positive side of things. Though it is a lonely world, I still enjoy puttering around in the garden, finding new authors to follow, reading to relax, experimenting on what to cook in the kitchen and of course keeping this blog always updated.  Dull? Nope! Simple things are enjoyable as long as your focus are on them.

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