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Here I am again posting my year-ender blog. Every end of the year, I try to summarize what happened on the months and days gone.

December 28, three days to go before the calendar changes again. Except for Obet purchasing a new Ford Territory last January, nothing much happened. Nissa and Obet spent the latter’s birthday lunch with us end of January. Middle of March, Nissa was hospitalized for a week because of Covid. Nate and Obet stayed here with us for four days. We survived on video calls with Nissa during mealtimes and evening rosary prayers. The four of us here at home including my 92-year old mom had Covid during the first week of May. For me, it was almost a month-long recovery. Thank God we got well.

Birthdays were spent quietly but I was glad Nissa and Obet surprised me with their presence during my birthday. They went on leave from work. The rest of the months, we survived on audio and video calls, messages, texts and occasional chats with Nate. Those “hi”, “hello”, “I love you Nonna” made me smile.

We were not able to see each other last Christmas day because Nate and Obet had fever. I thank God they are okay now. They are coming over on the New Year. Looking forward to it.

I really miss these two.

Would you believe, I was able to read 143 books this year? I am on my 144th book at the moment.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 🍀🍻🌝🎉🎈

May we all be blessed this coming 2022.

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Finally, finally. Our guava tree which I nurtured for many years is now bearing fruits, they are almost the same in sizes. I didn’t even see flowers bloom. Silly me but I counted them all. There are fourteen of them🙂

It’s my unica hija’s birthday tomorrow. She’s turning 39. I guess Nate would be their only child. I would have wanted another grandchild, a girl if possible…hehe! It’ll be a second pandemic birthday for her and the last time we saw each other was last January 29 on Obet’s birthday although Obet and Nate stayed here with us last March when she was at the hospital because of Covid.

This pandemic changed everything even family reunions during special occasions. We just have to rely on Messenger to see each other. Nissa works from home and supervises Nate in his online classes. She is busy even during weekends because they no longer have a househelp.

If not for my books and e-books I’ll probably get bored staying at home. They are my constant companions.

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Lazada.

Lazada Philippines is an online shopping site for electronics, fashion, appliances, baby needs, books, groceries and what have you. Even S &R is in Lazada too. Because of this pandemic, almost everyone is trying to avoid going out to shop, online shopping is better. Lazada is joined by several sellers, they have a minimal delivery charge for any item that you buy except cold cuts, meat and poultry which have higher charges because they deliver them on the same day that you ordered.

You can earn points buying at Lazada, for three times, I got three deliveries for free. They will be on sale again this coming September 9 (9-9 sale). Yesterday, I looked at the items that will be on sale come September 9. I m trying to find a gift for Nissa for her birthday this month and gifts for Nate on his 9th birthday in November. I have started listing items for the family to give as gifts come Christmas. You can drop them all at your add to cart then select later which to buy. There is that buy option which you can click.

Early this morning, I received another delivery which I ordered two days ago. I told the messenger, “malapit na September 9″. Really looking forward to it. He answered, “Christmas ma’am, malapit na rin”. We laughed.

Yeah, CHRISTMAS is just around the corner indeed.

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Yeay, it’s another weekend. February is running fast.

I’ve been remissed in my blogging updates again. I talked to several friends yesterday through Messenger. I met Maria Luisa several months ago when Sambuhay Interaktib started last year. She is living in Australia with her family. She took these photos of us while we were talking. We touched on so many subjects especially our families and the political situation here in our country.

It was so really nice to catch up with friends online.

Today is my adopted son’s birthday (anak-anakan in Tagalog). Fr. Lovell is still assigned in Iloilo and he does not go online often so we rely on texts which is easier.

Got this photo from their Dominican site. A former classmate in high school saw it and asked me to ask Fr. Lovell if he knows the parents of her son’s in-laws who she thinks are neighbors with Fr. Lovell’s family. The latter confirmed that they are close friends. What a small world!

By the way, I’m done with my 21st book for this year’s Goodreads challenge. Discovering new books and gifted authors in the process.

Have a happy and fruitful weekend.

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If you’re wondering about the title, it just means, “Happy Birthday Brother”.

This is my youngest brother Noel. BTW, there are three of them and I am the only girl. They live in Tulsa. We get by thru Messenger and Viber catching up on each other’s lives. Today is his 57th birthday.

I told him in jest if he could cook Tupig for me, a native delicacy in our province. When it comes to dessert, he is a better cook than I am and he knows how to prepare our native desserts. He is the most loving, thoughtful and responsible brother. He is very supportive of my writings, a memory keeper, he has all the pictures of the earlier years. He is a computer whiz, assembled our first PC back in the mid-nineties bit by bit. He would bring home materials for the CPU and assemble them at night. When Multiply closed shop, he saved all my published photos there.

Happy birthday bro. May you have the best of birthdays despite this pandemic. Keep safe always. We miss all of you.

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It’s just a matter of hours before I see another year of my life.  Since I started blogging, I made  it a point to at least write something about how the previous year ended  and the anticipation of how the next year will start.

It’s the eve of my 64th birthday. Wow, 64 is just a number, don’t you think? I don’t feel like I am.   I am reminded of the  upbeat song by the Beatles called “When I’m Sixty-Four” and it goes like this:

“When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four……”
 
There are more things one remembers during one’s birthday than just counting the years of  one’s life. First of all, we must be always grateful to our dear Almighty God  that we have reached a certain age still alive and kicking. Grateful too for all the blessings and challenges that made us even stronger through the years.
 
Birthdays always make us a little nostalgic, right? We remember the younger years. We remember the years slowly discovering what life is all about. We remember the happy times with family and friends, the struggle to live life the best way we can and the best way how.
 
This pandemic brought us a different perspective in celebrating birthdays. Gone is the anticipation  of having the  whole family around because  of this pandemic.  We still could celebrate, why not? But it may be not as grand as we used to have in the past. For me, a simple dinner at home would suffice. No need to prepare elaborate dishes. We are just  planning to order online. Besides, I am quite lazy to cook.  It’ll be a pandemic birthday, whatever that means!
 
“Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine forevermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty four?
Ho!”
 

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She calls this her birthday selfie which was taken a while ago.  Cheers to 38 years.

Thank  You Lord for all Your blessings. It’s another year –  more memories to hold, more dreams to discover and more lovely experiences to treasure.

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It’s Nissa’s 38th birthday today. We just satisfied ourselves  talking to each other over the phone this morning. First time in 38 years that we won’t see each other before or after her birthday. This pandemic surely changed all that.

I made her some sort of greetings with her favorite color….lavender.  She chose it when they got married years ago and some of her things left here are also color-coordinated.

I’ve written this on every birthday that she had:  the most important even on her birthday?  It’s the Feast Day of our first Filipino saint – San Lorenzo Ruiz.  He is a Filipino saint venerated in the Catholic church, the first canonized Filipino martyr.

Nissa told me that they just ordered food online  to celebrate her birthday. That’s one thing that  has changed too. The family used to celebrate together by having lunch-out. The first few years though, I have always prepared something for us every time we hold our birthdays. Josef let her choose her gift and he reimbursed it  afterwards. Obet gave her a Lacoste wristwatch while Kev sent her an electric oven. Her gift from me is still here. I don’t know when we’ll be able to see each other again. I know it is a quiet birthday since they are still working from home.

I can’t believe I have a 38 years old daughter. I am really getting old.

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Another birthday, another new year in your life and I welcome it with joy. It’s another gift of life for us both.

I love this  comment from a long time friend when she said and I quote:  Happy Birthday to Nissa and Happy Anniversary of your motherhood, Arlene🌺 

Time flies!  Imagine, you are now 36. Can’t believe I now have a 36-year-old daughter and a smart and loving grandson in Nate. 

I remember the younger years preciously kept in my memory box.  I remember those times you made me so proud of your achievements, both in school and at work.

I thank God for a loving, lovable, smart, kind and responsible  daughter. I feel so blessed.

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