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She was born premature,  eight months before I was induced by my OB Gynecologist because of pre-eclampsia.  We were worried she would not make it because she didn’t grow to be  a normal baby while she was  in my womb and was born at only 3.9 lbs. She could not even take an ounce of milk during the first few months. She was left in the hospital for about a month before we were able to take her home at 4.1 lbs. So small and tiny.

She is also a mother now. Nate is already four years old. When I look back,  I think of those early days of her life but how lucky and blessed we were that she grew up okay and well.

Last March 7, the whole family attended the garden wedding of my niece. They went  on leave from work so we could attend. We took pictures of course, a lot of Nate and some of us all together.  Here’s our latest picture together. I call it Mother-Daughter Team.

Nissa and me at he wedding…

Weddings are lovely, a promise of love to keep and to hold.

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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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One of my batch mates  made each of us an individual photo from way back  – during  our high school graduation and several years after at one of our reunions. High school life was one of the best chapters  in our growing up years.

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It’s always an early morning mass for us during Sundays. I usually wake up earlier than 5am to prepare for Sunday breakfast before we go the the 6:30 am mass. It s always nice to attend Sunday masses early. The weather is cool and the church is not too full. It was a good homily with Christ’ temptation at the mountain for a start. The good priest even quoted a popular song from long ago. It’s the first Sunday of Lent

It was written in Tagalog, sorry for that. It only mean that a lot of lives were destroyed because of greed and temptation. I like it though, the message is so clear. Keep yourself away from “tukso”.

Kayrami nang winasak na tahanan
Kayrami ng matang pinaluha
Kayrami ng pusong sinugatan
O, tukso, layuan mo ako

We dropped by the grocery store right after the mass then bought a kilo of sweet potato and saging saba at the wet market for snacks. Since Sunday is always a lazy day for us, and it means no preparation of elaborate meals, we also bought dinuguan for lunch from our suki (fave vendor). They sell lechon and paksiw na lechon too. Lechon is a whole roasted pig. They make the best so far.

Sundays are also family days for us. We spend them together at home reading, listening to music or just talking  or having conversations and kwentos. We catch up on things that happened during the week whether at work or at home. Sometimes, we also do grocery shopping on Sundays.

One of my nieces is getting  married on Tuesday, she’s the youngest of my oldest brother’s kids. They are born-again Christians so they have a different kind of nuptial ceremony from us. We are looking forward though to it.

Do you also spend Sunday like we do? Is it a lazy day for you too?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I went back to my doctor yesterday after a series of blood tests which I’ve undergone over the weekend. He interpreted the results and said “”they are all normal, ang galing ng doctor ano?” I just smiled and thanked him for the medications he prescribed earlier. My blood pressure has significantly gone down and so was my blood sugar level.  It is quite hard to have your blood extracted every week , it is a bit harder to go on fasting for several hours too. I have to continue with my medications though for another month until further check-up.

Sometimes, I wonder about the “what ifs” in my life. What if  I didn’t feel that sudden blinding headache and body malaise then I won’t have those weekly laboratory tests and doctor visits.  What if I did exercises every day then I won’t have to suffer and limit my movements now. What if I got conscious of what I ate before then probably,  I won’t have to limit my intake of fatty and starchy food.

We do all have those questions . At some time in our lives, we feel  those blinding curves that make us weak in the process.  It might not just be physical but mentally as well. We dwell on the what if.  What if I did this or I did that? We never would know the repercussions of what we are doing right or wrong until we are in that situation. We could never assure ourselves that everything would be okay as well. We are all responsible though with the outcome whether it  was a wrong decision for us or not.  When we encounter things  that we didn’t think of that will happen, we don’t  know  what to do.

It’s been a lesson learned for me and I learned it well.  At my age, I anticipate some body weakness maybe at a later date or time  but not this. Although most of the family members up to the third degree are prone to high blood pressure, I haven’t heard of one who has elevated blood sugar. I am a cancer survivor that is why I am a little wary when it comes to my health. It might come back any time or (thank God) it might not. It might choose to appear in other organs of my body. Those are the “what ifs” that I sometimes ask myself.

Life is a wonderful gift. Treasure it.

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Wasted journey to the bank I must say.

I received two checks this morning representing my cash dividends from the bank where I worked before. Every start of the year, they declare dividends on outstanding shares of stock. I was so excited I didn’t notice the dates of the checks.They are both post-dated  January 20.  Only one was honored, another cash dividend from a different company which I received earlier.  When you overlook something like this, you are definitely getting old.  Or maybe I was just so excited to have it cleared so I could buy a single induction cook top. We use gas  stove and I use my portable electric oven when baking.  Hmm…still excited  though because that is an extra income for me, no need for extra cash out 🙂 if I may say.

I know, I am getting forgetful at times. Is that a sign of old age? Turning sixty somehow added to it.  I do have those moments when I am out to get something from the bedroom and I go out empty-handed, that “something” somehow forgotten but you’ve seen  another  “something” that you need to do and you do it first before remembering what you initially went there for.

Some people say that when you read a lot, your brain  is active so it keeps you away from being forgetful.  Reading  a lot keeps your mind  in good condition so to speak.  Reading improves concentration too. When you are multi-tasking, it is quite difficult to remember everything but when you concentrate on the pages of a book, the mind stays focused.   Do you agree? Eight books done so far, the phase is a little faster than before.

Do you laugh at yourself when you make a mistake and overlook something in the process? Do you just smile and say  “I’ll try harder the next time”.  I do sometimes 🙂 I am not always in a good mood though. This afternoon  after my trip to the bank, I had another opportunity to window shop and look at things that delight the senses.  So far, so good.

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I am not fond of selfies, those photos many take on their cellphones every day and post them on their Facebook wall.  How many times must you take a picture of yourself in a day just to be in a “selfie mood” so to speak?

There are so many apps linked to Facebook nowadays. I just tried one of them for fun and here’s the result.

fb-photo

The first photo was taken a week before my 60th birthday last  October. It’s an ID taken at the studio which I used for my SSS application.  The second one was a  snapshot of the video taken during my GMA Channel 7 episode, May Magic Ang Pasko. The third photo is my Avatar profile here and my profile picture at the moment at FB, a shot from one of my favorite places – Caleruega. Photographs capture a moment that is forever gone except in memories.

 

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