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Almost ten years ago, a friend gifted me with the lovely  hardbound copy of the book Irish Blessings. It got flooded  back in 2009 since the water reached our bedroom and it was on my night stand. Then about two or three years ago,he gave another copy, an older edition from the first one. Though it was just a very small volume, I liked all the prayers written there. This is my favorite quote from the book.

Today, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  ” St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope and love. A fourth leaf is where we get the luck from.”

I didn’t know about the shamrock  plants in my garden until nine years ago. I have them in purple and green. I am always reminded of this beautiful Irish prayer every time I seem them bloom and they bloom all year round producing those tiny white flowers that I love.


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Copied this caricature from one of my friends’ posts on her feed at Facebook. These words  I think ring true  for all grandmothers and grandchildren  out there.

I remember my own grandparents when they were still alive. Both my grandfathers from each side of the family were active in the church. Back in those days, when  we celebrated Lent, it was always accompanied by family Via Crucis and visits to other churches.  They would put up a children’s choir to sing during the  processions all dressed in white with flowers in their hair.  I remember a priest friend of my paternal grandfather, Fr. Benito, who would visit the family after the mass and sometimes would spend  breakfast or lunch with everyone.  I remember those days when every street where the procession would pass by was decorated with coconut fronds made and woven into flowers.  I remember the times I used to tag along every week for Sunday mass.

My paternal grandmother died giving birth to her youngest son, so I was not lucky enough to see her except in old photos that my grandfather saved.   My cousins and I grew up together with my maternal grandmother. She was a bit strict but was a loving soul. She taught  us to pray the Angelus every 6pm in Latin at that. I don’t remember those Latin prayers now except when I read them in Mom’s prayer-book which were handwritten.

Grandmothers have that special bond with their grandchildren. Now that I am one myself, I relish those moments and days that I get to see, talk and play with Nate. They say that we enjoy them when they are kids since we are  not normally strict, discipline becomes the responsibility of the parents.

Yesterday, I looked  for a  replacement of the small ball that Nate and I usually  use to play with. It has become soft so  I bought a new one,  a Monster Inc. design.

I showed it to Nissa and she said Nate would surely love  this one. a simple toy that would probably bring a smile to his face.  Kids, no matter how small or how lovely a toy is, would always love having one.

How are you as a grandmother or a grandfather? Are you the indulgent type of grandparents?  Are you cool and cordial to your grandchildren?


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Can the day get any better?

I am just choosing to ignore all the “bad” happenings   yesterday.  Yes, it’s pretty bad.  Politics here is literally  thriving on fake news and persecution of  those who are opposed to how the government is run. A self-confessed drug lord set free  ( including their cohorts) by the Department of Justice and the one he accused  of  receiving millions from him is languishing in jail for a crime she didn’t commit?  Where are we going? Our economy is practically in the doldrums.  When will this end? I am getting tired of it all.

It is a nice Tuesday morning though. I just updated my Garden and Empty Spaces blog. for the past several months , I have neglected blogging there. It’s nice to post photos again in their original format.  I usually reduce  what I post here  to save on space but at the other blog, I’ve only used up a mere 9% of it.  Way to go, it will probably take a long time before it’s filled up with those random photos that I post there.

This is just a short post. Happy Tuesday everyone!



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One feels the welcome

the excited voices

an attempt to reach out.

You hesitate

planting yourself at the  gate.

Did they miss me

like I missed  them over the years?

Then you see their faces

and the smiles become laughter.

“I’m blessed”, you thought.

You are finally home.




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It was one those lazy, lazy days. Yes I know, it’s just the start of March. Last January, I dreamed of  blogging every day but that’s not to be. There are days when  I can’t think of nothing to blog about. Ideas are hard to come by and a good content is not even in the offing.

I spent almost the whole day reading aside from an hour of loading the wash and ironing late in the afternoon.   For the last three days, I found two books that I rated five   stars and four stars  consecutively. One was entitled Summer At the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson, my first book of the author.  It’s been sometime since I read a feel good story. Lovely characters, all of them.  It speaks about friendship, family relationships and love. It’s comfort at its best, a fantastic read. The other night I started on The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.   I found the author some two or three years ago and I read a lot of her books.  The Great Alone is even lovelier than her famous The Nightingale.   This was set in the 1970’s. Alaska, a great and beautiful country  but has a harsh climate specially during winter. Winter lasts for six months and the sun shines for only six hours a day.  The wilderness, the beauty of it all. This is my 31st read this year.

I can’t help but write down some lovely quotes while reading it:

“Were you ever out in the Great Alone, 
when the moon was awful clear, 
And the icy mountains hemmed you in 
with a silence you most could hear; 
With only the howl of a timber wolf, and 
you camped there in the cold, 
A half-dead thing in a stark, dead world, 
clean mad for the muck called gold; 
While high overhead, green, yellow and 
red, the North Lights swept in bars?”

“Winter tightened its grip on Alaska. The vastness of the landscape dwindled down to the confines of their cabin. The sun rose at quarter past ten in the morning and set only fifteen minutes after the end of the school day. Less than six hours of light a day. Snow fell endlessly, blanketed everything. It piled up in drifts and spun its lace across windowpane, leaving them nothing to see except themselves. In the few daylight hours, the sky stretched gray overhead; some days there was merely the memory of light rather than any real glow. Wind scoured the landscape, cried out as if in pain.


I think I’ve reached another milestone in blogging.   I didn’t expect reaching more than 3,000  followers  since it is really not my number one priority. There are only a handful who regularly make comments and like my posts.  I am more into the number of visits the blog has garnered through the years.  The silent followers and visitors, those who  probably just read  one or two posts then move on. I don’t mind, what is important is  how one tries to reach out and  having  those wonderful visits  and followers is a bonus. Presently, I have  a total of 517,780  in my stats.

Blogging?  It is still a continuous fascination and joy for me. When my hands could no longer press the keyboard, when I could no longer think of something to write about, I’ll stop blogging. For now though, it’s still a GO 🙂


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Okay, okay, you’ve probably heard of them before. Or you might have encountered them in someone else’s writing or blog post. Or it is probably a shout out from some friends at Facebook.

Long before these acronyms were coined, there was the shortened text on your cellphones. I hate it, yes I do. Why would you shorten a word of five letters or so into a misspelled three letters? Why would you deliberately misspell a word just to be  “in” with the crowd?  Why would you shorten  five words in your text when you can send them full and you’d be charged the same? Some say to save on time but texting always takes a little of your time and it does not take a few minutes to correct a misspelled word.

A few years ago, I blogged about those things I hate about texting. You can find them here. Take note, there were only ten of them that I posted but over the years,  I observed some more.  Nowadays there are more internet slangs than you can imagine. The internet  is such that every day, you notice changes and new terms used specially in social media like Facebook or Twitter.

What do these acronyms mean?


BFF, I am familiar with since some of my friends use it all the time even on texts and comments on Facebook, so with HEHE and HAHA accompanied by a smiley face at the end.  But I really have to look for what LMAO or IMAO mean. For those not familiar with the lingo, IMAO means “in my arrogant opinion”.  IMHO means a little better than IMAO, “in my humble opinion“.  TTYL is “talk to you later.  OMG is another word that I hate reading. It’s supposedly means  “oh My God”.  Call me old-fashioned, not going with the flow but that was how I was brought up.  LOL is supposed to mean “laughs out loud”. It is used to draw attention to a joke or  to express amusement. It is the most common slang term in internet communication. XOXO means “hugs and kisses“, a form of endearment.

Image is from Google.

These words grow day by day, there are more than a hundred acronyms in  the world-wide web depending on how you interpret them as long as the first letter of each word  is there.

Of course we are all familiar with those acronyms coined by institutions and companies and such foreign word like R.S.V.P  but some of these present day words that I encounter, I find them unnecessary.

What’s your take?


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