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I came across these words a few minutes ago and I thought of those days from way back .

If your dream requires patience, give it.

It was written by a certain M.Rusell Ballard.I don’t know him/her from Adam but I love the thought, waiting for your dreams to happen.

Dreams.

We all dream, don’t we? Awake or asleep we have those dreams that seem like our lives’ twins. We never stop dreaming just because.  It’s precisely why dreams are just that, dreams. Not all of them come true of course. There are times when we get disappointed because our dreams didn’t happen like we expected them. Dreaming is free so we always say, I agree. We don’t need a single centavo for those lovely dreams we have in our lives. When we expect them to come true though, we need a lot of patience to wait. We need to hope that sometimes, things happen the best way we expect and we are elated. Just the thought that we are happy in the process is already a dream come true.

When I was a little younger, (think high school days), I dreamed of writing my thoughts on paper then probably read them a few years after. I kept journals earlier on, one for my doodles and writings and several for the quotes I have collected through the years of reading.  A few years ago,  a friend coached me on how to start a blog and suggested that I start at WordPress. What he didn’t know was that I’ve already been posting a few at Friendster. then Multiply came and I subscribed to that too. My brother  who lives in Tulsa even shouldered my monthly premium payments to maintain my account at  Multiply. such two friendly sites eventually closed but I maintained my friendship with a few close people who followed me at Facebook. Such social sites helped me a lot in my writing attempts.

I am here now at WordPress and have been for the past eight years. I do enjoy  updating my blogs here and reading posts from friends that I follow.  I don’t write long posts, an average of 500 words is enough for me. Sometimes I get bored reading a long,  long blog post.

Dreams.

We always dream of a good life and good health. We always dream that we get to meet people who would help us grow in the process. We dream of dreams that are sometimes sort of impossible to come true but we keep dreaming still.

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Back in 2013, October 27 to be exact, I made a blog post saying thank you for all the blessings God gave me the past years of my life. It remained my most read post until now. I am just grateful for all those blogger friends who read, liked and posted comments  on that post. It is nice to be remembered too because it was your birthday.  I am also grateful for all those times other bloggers paid a visit to my humble blog, thank you.

Birthdays are special, don’t you think? You remember and celebrate the day you came into this world and saw the light of day.  You celebrate with your family and friends no matter how simple the celebration is.  You remember fond memories of earlier and other birthdays in your life. I turned sixty last October 27, 2017 finally becoming and officially being called a senior citizen. I need not blog about the perks we have as seniors here because I wrote about them earlier on if I remember. It’s nice to be called a senior in almost all business establishments that you go to. The downside of it is that these are those times when you also feel those aches and pains of getting older. The plus side of course is you get to be a lot wiser too ( I suppose).  You also enjoy the gift of family and grand kids if you have some. We were blessed with Nate one November morning four years ago. He is growing up to be a very smart kid.

By the way, I’d like to greet a good friend here, Pete Johnson who has followed me for a couple of years I guess. He never fails to appreciate and comment on almost all of my posts since then. It is his birthday today, this blog post  is also  for him. You can find his blog aptly called beetleypete here.   He has a sizable number of followers and often blog about his dog Ollie. I am sure you would also enjoy reading his posts. If you are reading this Pete, I’d like to wish you a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”.  Go easy on the sweets though, we are not getting any younger.

It’s another year to be thankful for.

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1,935 Posts After


Today is March 13, Monday in our part of the world.  I received this message earlier from WordPress with this familiar logo.

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 9 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
 Nine years? I started with a single post (a poem if I remember) followed a year after by more posts. It’s been 8 years of blogging with a total of 1,935 posts so to speak in one single blog. I have five of them, all works in progress but this main blog is where I spend so much time almost every day. A fruitful journey so to speak but when I think of those times that I didn’t know what to write about, when I think of those times that writing was stalled, I almost gave up. There are times though when one is inspired to share about anything under the sun, be it a simple recipe on what you had finer or maybe a complicated one about life itself

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Right after Josef and I trimmed the plants this afternoon, he played some songs which he downloaded on his cellphone.They  are an eclectic mix of slow rock, modern jazz  and a sprinkling of old songs which I was surprised to listen to. I love the songs of Jason Mraz but I love old songs better. Maybe it has something to do with age. Moonriver is a classic song of old. Yes, he downloaded  Moonriver, a version of Andy Williams. I am reminded of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s  and Audrey Hepburn of course.  I have that book, a thin and small hardback copy given by a close friend a couple of years ago.  I read it now and then to remind me of that story of Holly Golightly. and Paul Varjak ( George Peppard).

Music makes us feel better, right? Victor Hugo once wrote that “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” I love listening to it. It soothes the mind and the tired and aching muscles  relax a little.

Lately, I’ve been lucky to find some Australian authors too, most of them write about history.  I am on my 48th book since January 1. Maybe I’ll get to finish the reading challenge earlier than the end of December 2017. I found more memoirs and book of poems plus a little of Psychology. I can’t wait to read them all.  Have you ever participated in Goodreads’ reading challenge? I’ve done it for the last three years. I am also updated with my favorite authors’ blog posts. They do write blogs too, mostly about their new books.

When one is inspired with music and books, everything is right with the world. Do you love music too? What’s your favorite song?

 

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Maybe when –

I couldn’t see you anymore

Nor touch your face with my  fingertips

I may learn somehow

to forget

the way it was before.

Maybe when –

I couldn’t call your name anymore

Nor  see the the sun shining on your face

I may perhaps learn

to forget

the way it used to be.

Maybe when  –

Things get rough somehow

and you turn a blind eye

to everything that was

maybe that will be the time

I have to let go.

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February is about to end.  It was a month of  visiting my doctor and undergoing laboratory tests in the process. Got a chance to be with Nate and Nissa when they came over to see us personally and having those talks on Viber too.  Other than these, it was kind of uneventful for me.

I welcome March with open arms. It’ll be summer again soon  and different local fruits will be in season. The cold winds of February and the cold mornings are almost gone.  One thing that I like about the past three months (February included) are the cold nights and cold mornings. Summer though brings a different kind of enjoyment. Sure, it would be hot again in a few days but along with it is the chance to stay outside during  early mornings and late afternoons to garden. We started trimming the carabao grass yesterday which has really grown during the days I was indisposed. It is a little hard now compared to a month ago.  Sometimes I do have a weak grip with the trimming garden scissor that I am using.

Found more Lang Leav books on poetry, Lullabies and Love and Misadventure. I am still reading Memories, one poem at a time. I think poems are not meant to be read  all at the same time. These books are a little easy on the eyes, they are not thick and they are simple to understand.  Lang Leav is a contemporary poet, an international best-selling author. I also came across A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. The official movie trailer  is on YouTube  but I’d rather read the book first. It is always nice to read the book version before watching film adaptation. You will understand it better. These books are part of my 2017 reading challenge.

Way to go March, I am excited.

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Lately, I saw this father and daughter singing together on Metaspoon.  The guy played the guitar  as they sang together. The daughter  is probably  about  four or five years old. It is lovely to see them together.

Those aha  moments when you smile and you laugh just because you are happy. Last Saturday, I was surprised when I saw Nissa and Nate at the gate. They took  a commute  from their place to ours just to see me. My son-in-law was left at home early that morning.  They took  their breakfast with us. I inquired if Nissa brought milk for Nate. She said she didn’t because Nate eats a lot during meals so he does not need to drink milk.

We played blocks and touching ball, priceless few hours of being together, with not a care in the world except to laugh , be merry and play. You put yourself  being a child of four, carefree and happy. Picture-taking goes in the back seat  with no attempt to bring your camera out. Or maybe simply, you forget. The things we do to make the moments  something to remember, something to think about when they are gone.

I am reading a beautiful book. It is actually a contemporary  love story. my third book  of love stories since I began my 2017 reading challenge. It’s quite a nice change from the memoirs and historical books I am fond of reading.  The plot may sometimes be exaggerated or overrated but it goes well with the overall appeal of the book.  I am looking forward though to finishing Mary Oliver’s Upstream and Lang Leav’s  Memories. The first one is a selection of essays by Mary Oliver while Memories is composed of poems by Lang Leav. I am reading them  both in installment. a way to prolong the lovely prose and  superb style of writing. Sometimes you wish you could write like they do – wishful thinking if I may say.

Those aha moments. Those moments when you are just enjoying everything. Those moments that are deeply felt  in  the heart. Those unforgettable moments. You want to make them last  forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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