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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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They are also dreaming of that “forever” thing which I think  seems quite impossible in today’s world. Let them dream though. Sometimes, life is made of those little things , those seemingly impossible ones but give meaning to what is at hand.

My daughter Nissa and son-in-law Obet stood as cord sponsors to their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. They marched after the  principal sponsors. It was lovely to see when the main door finally opened and  the bride marched along. My grandson Nate was the ring bearer.

Nissa made the cord personally using swarovski crystals and rice pearls done in ecru and white, the theme of the wedding.  She has made many of this in different designs and colors for their own wedding almost seven years ago and for her close friends.

A good memory lasts, captured in those lovely photographs.

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This is pretty crazy. I use a tab and two cellphones but aside from texting and calling contacts, occasionally taking photos from my tab, importing books  and reading, I am not much of a techie.

Last night, my son changed the SD card of my tab to a more substantial capacity and reformatted everything, copying my books  and photos.  There are so many  pre-installed apps that I don’t actually use but they go with the tab so I cannot delete them.  He was able to retrieve even the books I read before. I guess they just need to be there again for future reading.  It even has  pre-installed  phone numbers of various institutions like banks, police, civil defense, blood banks etc.   The only things that were automatically erased were the previous texts I had.

I  also changed my  wallpaper with a close-up picture of Nate.  I am getting excited to take more photos. I don’t have a new camera yet, I still have to look for a reasonably  priced one but good enough for everyday pictures.

This morning  I tried taking a photo of  the hydrangea I bought a month  ago. It used to have blue flowers when I bought it but I changed the pot to a bigger one and added more soil.

A pink hydrangea

I was surprised. the flowers are pink now. Did you know that the color of the hydrangea flowers change depending on the pH of the soil used?  In strongly acid soil (pH below 6), flowers turn blue. In alkaline soil (pH above 7), flowers turn pink or even red. I always love hydrangea. Locally it is known as million flowers.

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The mountains of Nasugbu.

How could I not love you? You evoke a quiet and peace in my soul.  My heart becomes alive just seeing you at a distance. Will I ever get to explore you in my lifetime?  Will I be able to visit you again in the future?

Sometimes,  I dream of mountains  and remember how I saw  you the very first time.  Truly majestic, truly beautiful.  My eyes couldn’t believe what I saw. You were there just waiting.

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One of my first attempts at street photography.  Look at his gnarled hands. Life hasn’t been kind.  I asked him if I could take of photo and he nodded with a shy smile.

 

Aging is when you add years to your life –

But growing old makes you wiser through the years!

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It’s the third day that the weather is quite erratic. We experienced the first rain in March two days ago.  Yesterday afternoon, there was a short downpour but enough to water the plants and clean the streets of  dust. We went back to a cold morning today with a drizzle. And here I thought it is already summer because the past days have been a little  humid and sultry.  Lucky me, I don’t have to water the plants at  least for two days or more if this weather holds.

I went out for a while to take a few shots of my garden blooms. As it is not yet summer, there are only  a few of them. I planted bleeding hearts yesterday and my amazon lily is  in bloom again.

My Pandakaki. I just trimmed some of them.

We call this kangkong.

I was quite surprised when I saw these lovely flowers in one of the pots where I planted  the water spinach. It is also called swamp cabbage in southeast Asia and kangkong in the vernacular.

Wandering Jew

Easy to propagate.  they  are called  wandering jew (Tradescantia pallid).   They need bright  but indirect light.

Adenium Obesum

The only pot I have of this. It is flowering again. Locally we call it dwarf kalachuci.

Shrimp plant

Shrimp plants are also easy to propagate. This variety though is more delicate than its sister, the golden shrimp plant in yellow blooms. Those  light pink to rusty-red bracts  hold tiny white flowers at the tip.

The garden always looks lovely after the rain.

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