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For the fourth time since this pandemic I have to go out again yesterday to get an additional form for mom’s renewal of her Social Security survivor’s pension since it is nearing January 16 which is the date of Dad’s birth.

I was able to contact SSS Cainta branch manager via e-mail. According to him, their branch is already closed since November last year. I have to go to another branch to get the non-remarriage/no co-habitation form, an additional requirement. Mom could no longer write her name so I bought a stampad ink months ago for her thumb marks.

I e-mailed everything, such gargantuan requirements. SSS just want to make sure that the pensioner is still alive.

Speaking of booster shots, I am in a quandary whether to get one. According to a friend whose son lives in Saudi Arabia, they are on their second booster there. Would this be endless meantime that it is in experimental stage? We had about more than 5,000 positive cases yesterday and according to our health department, there are already 7 cases of the Omicron variant. Sometimes, their reports are no longer believable.

Right now, I am on my third book. I joined the 2022 Godreads Reading Challenge. Yeay for 150 books.

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We had a great time celebrating together. Nissa, Obet and Nate came over to spend lunch with us. It was a simple but lovely celebration. I had a lovely time playing with Nate at the garden. Posted some shots of him at my other blog Precious Bundle of Joy. Sorry, could not post the link except the title, seems not to work on a tab.

Our group shot with 92-year old mom.
Nate always has that lovely smile.

Our two fur babies Oreo and Cookie with Josef and Jovy.
The two of us, look at my white hair….haha!
With Nissa and Nate.
Our lunch spread.

New Year’s Eve

Nissa took so many shots. These are just some of our New Year photos.

A blessed 2022 to all.

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It was a quiet Christmas eve. Although there were firecrackers, they were few and far between. Gone are the kids who do carolling at the start of the Advent season shouting with their merry voices accompanied by improvised tin cans.

It used to be when Christmas morning , you will see kids in their finery shouting namamasko po at your door accompanied by non-stop barking of the dogs. Maybe they are also afraid to go out because of the pandemic.

For Noche Buena, we had a simple fare of bibingka, puto bongbong, menudo, bagnet, roasted liempo and potato salad. Nissa, Obet and Nate will be coming over tomorrow to celebrate with us.

Merry, merry CHRISTmas every one.

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I hope you can see this. I had a lovely time watching it. What a creative birthday gift.

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I recently updated my blog about Nate. It was his 9th birthday yesterday. You can see some pics at Our Precious Bundle of Joy at https://nonaarlene.wordpress.com

Or you may click the link here on my main blog. It seems there is no share button anymore.

Thank you so much.

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For the nth time, I am requesting for prayers from you my online friends.

Two years ago, I went home with Nissa and Josef to visit my younger brother Alden at the hospital. I stayed there for a week. He has colon cancer like my older brother and I had before years ago. He didn’t undergo operation but opted for alternative treatment.

For a few months now, there is always blood in his stool. His latest blood chem is not good. He needs to undergo blood transfusion ASAP. The thing is, his doctor was transferred to another hospital yesterday which is quite far from our place. I wonder if they were able to meet the new doctor today.

I know that it would no longer take us long to be with him, all I am asking is to prolong his life a little so we could be together again. I could not go home since no one could take care of mom who is slowly showing dementia. Life is so stressful.

My older brother who lives in the next subdivision has just undergone brain operation three months ago and he is not yet well enough to take care of mom.

Prayers, always prayers. Life is short.

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Doing this in advance, greeting Nissa and Obet on their wedding anniversary tomorrow. I remember that one particular afternoon, nobody cried, we were all laughing because it was a happy and joyous occasion. My tears flowed though when they visited us a day after to let us know they were going on their honeymoon.

There were so many photos that their photographers took for their wedding album but I love these informal shots bettter, which reminds me I have my own wedding album of Nissa which was included in the package of the photographers. It is a small 6″ x 6″ album.

I just love this, two important people in my life in one frame. Lovell was still a deacon here. He was ordained to priesthood the following year. That smile from Nissa…priceless.

We called it Purple Day. Opps, one boy was missing. Bobic, adopted daughter of Alden was the little bride while those darling little ones are kids of Obet’s sister and Nissa’s close friends.

To reminisce one lovely occasion.

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🌲⛄Little Christmas tree,

No one to buy you,

Give yourself to me

My little Christmas tree🌲☃️

This is fun, decorating a 3 ft. Christmas tree. Our 7 ft. tree was relegated to the backseat. I bought this little tree last month so it would be easier for me to decorate it. I could not find the smaller star to put on top. There are so many decorations that we bought for the big tree two or three years back, some of them need replacement now. Josef only brought down the Christmas balls and flowers. I just added candy canes and cookie figures.

Last year at the height of the pandemic, we didn’t put up any decor. If Josef doesn’t get lazy, we’ll put up the porcelain nativity set given by a friend years ago. If I could buy pink ribbon and other pink decor, I will decorate the wreath too.

This is my dream of a little tree.

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I texted Fr. Lovell early this morning to greet him on his 9th priestly anniversary ordination. Wow, we haven’t seen each other since I attended his first Thanksgiving mass after his ordination. That was nine years ago too. He is just too busy juggling between his masteral studies, office work and his priestly ministry. Yeah, he said that we haven’t seen each other for a long time. Every time he presides over special masses, I always get a text that he is offering his mass for the family too. So glad to have a prayer warrior.

It is hard to be a priest. They are humans like us. There is that big responsibility they carry on their shoulders. Much as we need prayers, they need them more.

I found this picture of us together during his ordination nine years ago.

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Today is All Saints Day. Praying that saints hold you in their love and bless you with their grace….always!

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