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Nate brought along his loot bag of the candies and chocolates he collected during their Halloween  Party at Nissa’s office.  We had fun sorting them out.

Halloween 2018

He came  dressed as a jet fighter pilot.

 

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Every time I see this photo I took when Nate was just a month old, I am always inspired. It’s his hands and mine, a promise of everything wonderful, a promise of a lovely journey together, a promise of  a new and wonderful dawn in our lives.

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I still miss those uplifting words. Now and then, I would reread her poems in the three lovely books I have here in my shelf.  They are a joy to read in this otherwise bleak morning. The sun is slowly coming out though. Mary Oliver is a favorite.

One other author whose works I always look forward to is Richard Paul Evans. We are friends  in Facebook and I  also follow his blog. I have a whole collection of quotes taken from his various books which he freely shares with friends.

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Another birthday, another new year in your life and I welcome it with joy. It’s another gift of life for us both.

I love this  comment from a long time friend when she said and I quote:  Happy Birthday to Nissa and Happy Anniversary of your motherhood, Arlene🌺 

Time flies!  Imagine, you are now 36. Can’t believe I now have a 36-year-old daughter and a smart and loving grandson in Nate. 

I remember the younger years preciously kept in my memory box.  I remember those times you made me so proud of your achievements, both in school and at work.

I thank God for a loving, lovable, smart, kind and responsible  daughter. I feel so blessed.

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I’m waiting for some pods to show their faces. The flowers are plenty though, just perfect for blue rice or tea.

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The Sierra Madre Mountains of Tanay, Rizal. Took this shot last Dec. 27, 2009 – my first long trip after my last chemo! Nature-tripping is one of those things that I missed during the long months of treatment – the simple pleasure of enjoying the cool mountain breeze and just thanking God for the gift of health and wellness. Another chance to see clouds hovering above.

Yes I am always fascinated by clouds, those lovely figures up in the sky.

When we were young (my three brothers and I), we used to watch cloud formations especially when the sky  was bright or when it was about to rain. When you watch clouds (I still do), you could see different figures that sometimes travel fast  and dissolve fast too.

Clouds!

Sometimes, they make me smile and dream of big things. Sometimes, they make me wonder how far they travel. Sometimes, they make me think of what life is all about.

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Way back when I was enamored with flowers  and blooms

Way back when a new bud is a promise of young life

Trying to capture the essence of life

in a flower.

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Baler

As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentment and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker’s socks. These stowaways may seem insignificant at first, but, over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls. – richard paul evans

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Don’t you just love Dr. Seuss?  And I love these  too:

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

You might think it’s all about nursery rhymes and children’s books  but there is a lot of truth to what he says.

 

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Trying to use Tagalog words lately for the titles of my post. And before you ask what samut  sari, it simply means miscellaneous. for me though it is a smorgasbord of thoughts that I’ve wanted to write about.

It’s been three days I think since my last post.

I’ve been bitten by the lazy bug. Every time I find a few minutes  in front of my PC, I don’t know what to write about. Honest, the truth is, I’ve been busy fixing the garden and going back and forth to the bank to have Mom’s ATM card changed to EMV. Bank of PI has so many clients that they overlooked some accounts of various depositors by not being  ready with the card change including my  social security pension account. “EMV chip technology is becoming the global standard for credit card and debit card payments. Named after its original developers (Europay, MasterCard® and Visa®), this technology features payment instruments (cards, mobile phones, etc.) with embedded microprocessor chips that store and protect cardholders’data.”

Finally we are due to get both next Tuesday. Mom has to be present at the bank to receive her card. She has no choice.

Been busy  gardening, but of course. I have to change some pots and plant more ornamental plants. I took photos of some blooms, the others are just starting to sprout.

My white Dendrobium orchid.

I also planted Wandering Jew and some creepers in hanging pots along the fence.

Dendrobium in a mixed color. I also have some in greens but they are just buds.

Our fruiting calamansi (Philippine lime)

 

I wish I could add more but I am saving on space. The big surprise was a gift I got yesterday from our neighbor and good friend Jomari. He gave me a cultivator and weeding hoe from Ace Hardware. I really appreciate this since it would be a big help for me when gardening.

I miss reading, I’ve set it aside for a while so I could fix the garden. Maybe this week, I’ll start reading again.

 

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