Posted in journeys, life, the wrath of typhoon Lando, thoughts and ramblings, tagged health problems, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on January 19, 2017 |
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It’s been a while and it’s nice to be back. Let me see, it’s been a week since my last post here. I got sick for a while. I underwent a series of laboratory tests which my doctor has yet to see by Tuesday. I had numbness in my extremities. found it hard to walk straight and I had a gargantuan headache since last Saturday afternoon. I think it is due to high bp. I am still on the mend but hopefully, it goes back to normal in a few days. That’s what one gets sometimes for having a sedentary life. Enough if this though.
Not blogging for a week was long enough for me and not reading for a few days is quite insane. I am trying to catch up though it is quite hard to read back posts done in a week. I didn’t want to tax my eyes longer than I need to. I could not even handle a proper grip on the keyboard. It’s hard to type without touching the wrong key.
Gardening has to take a back seat for a while. I started trimming the carabao grass last week until last Saturday morning. Have yet to finish it soon.
Please bear with me for a while. I have to get back to regular blogging soon.l
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Wasted journey to the bank I must say.
I received two checks this morning representing my cash dividends from the bank where I worked before. Every start of the year, they declare dividends on outstanding shares of stock. I was so excited I didn’t notice the dates of the checks.They are both post-dated January 20. Only one was honored, another cash dividend from a different company which I received earlier. When you overlook something like this, you are definitely getting old. Or maybe I was just so excited to have it cleared so I could buy a single induction cook top. We use gas stove and I use my portable electric oven when baking. Hmm…still excited though because that is an extra income for me, no need for extra cash out 🙂 if I may say.
I know, I am getting forgetful at times. Is that a sign of old age? Turning sixty somehow added to it. I do have those moments when I am out to get something from the bedroom and I go out empty-handed, that “something” somehow forgotten but you’ve seen another “something” that you need to do and you do it first before remembering what you initially went there for.
Some people say that when you read a lot, your brain is active so it keeps you away from being forgetful. Reading a lot keeps your mind in good condition so to speak. Reading improves concentration too. When you are multi-tasking, it is quite difficult to remember everything but when you concentrate on the pages of a book, the mind stays focused. Do you agree? Eight books done so far, the phase is a little faster than before.
Do you laugh at yourself when you make a mistake and overlook something in the process? Do you just smile and say “I’ll try harder the next time”. I do sometimes 🙂 I am not always in a good mood though. This afternoon after my trip to the bank, I had another opportunity to window shop and look at things that delight the senses. So far, so good.
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Posted in 2017, books, life, more books, photography, rainy days, ramblings, tagged books, guilty pleasures, life, photography, tea or coffee, thoughts and ramblings on January 10, 2017 |
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It’s raining. And it’s been raining since this morning. That kind of rain that never seems to stop, we call it “tigatik” in our language. Brrr….it’s cold in here.
It’s a perfect time for that hot cup of coffee or that pot of hot green tea. Along with some other gifts last Christmas, Nissa gave me tea biscuits and a box of organic green tea from Marks and Spencer. I have lots of tea flavors actually but lately I was more addicted to morning coffee than afternoon tea. I can’t resist this though.
That first sip warms my throat and it’s pretty good. It really makes you think of cold and rainy afternoons.
By the way I have just updated my other blog (it’s not new, it’s been there for about a year now) at WordPress. I posted several photos taken with friends. If you have time, you may visit it too and maybe, just maybe click follow. It is different from Dreams and Escapes because it is mostly pictures with a bit of writing and reflections on the side. I call it Dreams Never End. Some of you are already following it. Eventually, that would have to replace this blog because I only got 28% more free space on my allowed limits that is why I don’t want to post more pictures here.
How was the start of your new year? More than a week is already gone. It seems like time is too fast. I am done with 5% on my commitment to read 150 books on Goodreads. Just finished seven books, four books ahead of schedule. It’s a nice phase. Just love those books I’ve found.
It is a rainy Tuesday, I hope it is sunny on your side of the planet.
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Posted in Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged courage and strength, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on January 7, 2017 |
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I had another play with an app on Facebook. Sometimes, they hit the nail on the head, sometimes it is just a play with words. Are they just looking in to a few shout outs I made there?
Here’s what it says:
Not everyone knows the fights you have had to fight in life. Not everyone sees your scars and the things that you had to go through. What they see is a smile on your face and assumes all’s well but only you know how much you are hurting still.
It’s partly true. One has to be strong to face all those early trials in one’s life. One has to have faith in what comes next. One has to believe. Standing strong. Standing still. These are words that always stand out when I think of the past. These are words that make me hope to be better, to dream more and just feel glad I am alive.
The smile would always be there. I believe in greeting each morning with a big smile on my face. I believe that everything would be okay the moment I wake up. I just believe. One could be sensitive and sentimental enough to reminisce a little of what has been, the good times would always be memories to cherish, but sometimes one should be bold enough to accept the truth that things happen (maybe for a reason), that they are not a part of one’s dream. We should not be afraid to see what is at the bend in the road, there is probably something more to discover that makes life more meaningful. When you have faced challenging circumstances in your life and you’re still standing, I call that courage. When you believe that eventually things fall into place, I call that faith.
I love this quote from Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.”
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The wonder of seeing a familiar writing
the beauty of the “How are you?”
the lovely words caught in the frame
breathtaking, inspirational, full of hope.
It reminds you of the happier days,
moments of togetherness
captured in a few words.
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Posted in flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, tagged Close to Nature, gardening, glimpses from the heart, guilty pleasures, journeys, life on January 2, 2017 |
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My sparrows are back. I heard them singing outside my window very early this morning. Good morning world!
When dawn breaks, you discover something wonderful in the garden. My son gifted me with two metallic pots last Christmas from Parish Garden along with a sturdy gardening gloves One container has kitchen herbs like Basil, Parsley and Coriander. The other one has Lavender seeds. Both came with potting medium, you just have to add a centimeter of soil on top. I planted them last December 30 just so it would be easy to remember when if ever they grow to be robust plants. I’ve seen them growing a little every day, just small sprouts which look so frail and dainty. I wonder about the Lavender though, I haven’t seen anything yet. I have more seeds here for planting which I bought late last year, a packet of Celosia Armor Orange and another one of Aster Daylight Violet. We live at the corner of Aster and Violet streets so how lovely it would be to see these grow here 🙂 Really looking forward to more flowers growing in the garden. And I guess it is time to trim the carabao grass again.
Are you excited to see the annual report of WordPress as regards to your blog’s performance during the previous year? I am.
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Posted in 2017, blog update, blogging, books, journeys, life, reading, writing, tagged blogging, books, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, reading, silence speaks on January 1, 2017 |
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Mulling over what 2017 holds in store. It’s a season of hope and new beginnings. A new leaf in the calendar, a blank page that needs to be filled with experiences, journeys and daily happenings in one’s life. There is something nice about a new beginning. You are excited to make it a success somehow, you are excited to learn more about life itself and more excited to traverse an unknown journey with hope and faith in the Almighty.
Time was when a new year is filled with resolutions so to speak. Now I call them goals in life, those small achievable things that make the journey wonderful – the beauty of everything simple. the abundance of blessings one receives day-to-day, the fulfillment of a dream.
I vow to read more books this year, maybe increase the previous 123 books I managed to finish on Goodreads’ reading challenge for 2016. Hopefully, I’ll make it to the 150 mark. I actually started reading an hour after we met the new year last night. Travelling Light by Tov Jansson is a collection of several stories that cover so many subjects. I am just on the first few chapters of the book but I guess I would enjoy it. I wish I could blog every day just like before, never mind if they’ll just be a few lines without photos. The richness of a simple story depends on how it is presented, whether one’s target audience is appreciative enough. Hopefully this post would be the start.
I love to share with you a lovely quote from Langston Hughes’ Dreams. This has inspired me through the years.
Hold onto dreams
For if dreams die
Life is like a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
More dreams to hold. Welcome 2017 🙂 🙂 🙂
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