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Time flies.

I wonder how many times I blogged about month endings and beginnings. Was it only yesterday that I was blogging about Christmas? Here we are again, June is about to say goodbye and July is inching its face.  It rained last night, that kind of downpour that always makes you wish you were all at home, cozy amidst the angry battering like bullets on the rooftop. I told Josef he was lucky it was his day off. That smell of rain sometimes brings fear but it also makes everything around greener than before. The dust of several months have finally been washed out and if only for this, I welcome the rain.

Time flies too soon.

I remember these famous lines from the poet Langston Hughes about dreams and life.  It says and I quote, “hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly”. I always hold on to that thought, dream on, look at life and face it bravely no matter what. There are times when the easiest thing to do is to give up but being weak and knowing that you  are, accepting your faults and acknowledging your mistakes is even more admirable than showing false bravado amidst your tears. Life’s  journey is not a straight path, it consists of little setbacks that make it more meaningful in the end.  Life is not a paved highway, there will always be potholes along the way.

Time flies too soon and June is rapidly coming to a close. It’s been a lovely month  spent reading a lot and gardening despite the heat. I hope the month of July would be kind to my weary bones and aching joints.

Time flies too soon and before you know it, Christmas is here. Wait a minute, did I just say Christmas?


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It’s good to be back.

I haven’t been feeling well the past days so blogging has taken a back seat. Arrggh…the aches and pains of getting old. It’s quite nice to read other people’s thoughts  once again and  look at the lovely photos after a self-imposed absence from blogging.  Sometimes, I feel so lazy to even boot the computer and  check my e-mails.  I just checked my stats and saw some previous posts which kept appearing on my most read/top posts.  This blog entry is actually my 1675th one.  I think I’ve already covered almost every subject that I wanted to share in cyberspace.

In between taking naps now and then and drinking lots and lots of water and buko juice (young coconut juice), I’ve finished three books in four days. I would have wanted to visit Nissa’s family last  weekend but I always find it a challenge to commute on my own.  Nate had fever too, so with Nissa so we survived on Viber, Skype and text messages. Thank God we are okay now. Hopefully, we could be together either on Saturday or Sunday to celebrate Josef’s 31st birthday.

A friend recently commented on one of my notes at FB about the books I have on my list. I couldn’t remember how many books I’ve read before including those  of Nissa’s  that she used to collect (Charmed series, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University).  You would probably classify them  now as YA books, chick lit or contemporary ones. I grew up on M & B  when I was in high school and all books were borrowed from the library. I have some all-time favorites though. They taught me so many things. Here’s my short list:

1. Markings – Dag Hammarskjold
2. Seasons in the Sun – Rod McKuen
3. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten – Robert Fulghum
4. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery
5. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
6. Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
7.  Letting Go – Morrie Schwartz
8. The Heart of Loving – Eugene Kennedy
9. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
10. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
11. Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am – John Powell
12. Simple Moments – Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
13. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
14. I Like You Just Because – Albert Nimeth, OFM
15. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
16. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
17. Embraced By the Light – Betty J. Eadie
18. It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It – Robert  Fulghum
19. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
20. Grow Something Besides Old – Laurie Beth Jones

I actually blogged about this on 15 Books, 15 Minutes  years ago (list of 15 books you can recall in 15 minutes). I hope  you’re not getting bored  reading a blog post all about books. I just started on my second book of Lisa Genova called Love Anthony and it’s about autism. Remember Still Alice?

 

 

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…then everything is quiet,

and you get lost again in the beautiful

experience of absorbing more words

and you are transported to  another place….

I’ll be back….promise.

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Gosh, no matter how careful you are in  editing your blog posts, sometimes there is always an unwanted word  or an unwanted letter that should not be there at all.  Or maybe in your haste to publish what you have written, you don’t see your own mistakes glaring at you in the face. I think the hardest thing to edit is your own work.  I was frowning when I saw these words….when a personS starts….That was the quote I included in my last post. What a shame, personS indeed. It’s the “S” letter and it’s ugly  :(

The proofreader here is not enough because as long as the spelling of the word is correct, even if it was improperly used in a sentence you’ll still get to see “no writing errors were found”.

This reminds me of the late Inday Badiday’s tv program Careful, Careful. 

Even seasoned authors have lapses too in their writings. I see those words especially in e-books. Those memes on Facebook, they make my head ache just reading those things on  my news feed every day, that is why I don’t allow others to post on my wall. No one is allowed to automatically post things on my timeline, I review all tags before I add them up.

How do you use “who” and “that” in your sentence?

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WordPress Anniv

I am still counting. Indulge me a little… please. It’s my 6th year at WordPress.

And let’s keep this between us. I don’t really celebrate the time I opened an account here, not knowing what theme to use, not knowing how to customize a simple theme, not knowing  how to blog at WordPress. There was that one pathetic post (a poem, if I remember) culled from my college journal  and it stayed there for almost a year without any additional post.  I am celebrating the time I transferred some of my blog posts from Multiply. One thing I remember was blogging about the movie Summer of 42 after accidentally finding  a copy of the book by Herman Raucher.

More than a year later, I participated in WordPress’ 2011 Post A Day Challenge proudly posting the badge given by WordPress on my page. If I remember, I was in doubt  if I’ll be able to finish it. Blogging everyday had its rewards but it was so hard to think of topics to blog about. It was a long uphill climb to get a thousand stats and a hundred viewers so to speak. When you are just starting to blog, you appreciate every like, every comment and everyone who follows it. First and foremost though were those times you were so touched by sincere comments that sometimes were longer than your post. Until now, I get a bit teary-eyed reading those comments shared by fellow sojourners, seeking an end to a painful reality, wishing that the journey is not that heavy to traverse and that the long road may not be that treacherous  and thorny.

I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep this up, writing about everyday life, writing about simple things that may seem insignificant to most but precious to the heart, writing about the aches and pains of growing old and appreciating life – a life of second chances.

Thank you to my blogger friends. Thank you to all those people who visit my blog every day.

The dream stays. It will come true someday I know.

 

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It’s been a while ….again!

I don’t know, maybe it is the effect of the humid weather here. It is hot and I mean it is so hot. It rains  at times in the afternoon but it is never enough to diffuse the heat. Sometimes I have to water the plants twice a day because I pity seeing their leaves wither and all. Good luck to our next  water bill.

I told you in one of my previous blogs that I am catching up on my reading, finding the books I purchased last year mixed with the bestsellers that I collect and along with those books are my e-books  on my micro SD card. Here’s what happened three days ago, I accidentally dropped my phone on a basin of water while doing household chores. Gosh, you could hear my shouts probably up  the third street of our subdivision.  I fished it out and a little amount of water sipped through my lower screen. I told Josef about it and he said that I open it, remove the battery, remove the SIM card and the SD card too. We have to have it dry before checking back if everything is okay. To think that my e-books are all there. My brother assured me though that unlike the SIM, the SD card is safe from damage. I held that thought until my son came home and opened it, had it dried for two days, (luckily, there was little water) then he tried reassembling it yesterday. Alleluia! It worked, all my photos were intact and all the Viber photos of Nate that Nissa sent me. The screen though has blurred to a dull cloudy  gray  but at least all my e-books were there. I could not make a call nor send texts and some of my contacts were deleted from the list.  Josef’s girlfriend who is quite knowledgeable on cellphone settings was able to retrieve them all but my Aldiko e-book  reader was not functioning. Josef tried to uninstall and reinstall it to no avail, it could not read my micro SD card where they are restored.  I have been using the Aldiko Book Reader App on my android phone for almost three years and since it is easy to navigate, I never thought of  installing other applications but last night Josef tried installing the free Moon + Reader and Skoob EPUB Reader on my phone. So far so good but I am not happy with both. I could not find Import so I have to read sometimes direct from the SD card or wait for the book I would like to read to download first.  It’s a good thing I have a reliable and cheap double SIM phone to make calls and send texts. I am still lucky I could do the same with my damaged phone. Oh well, I am thinking of buying a mid-range phone, something affordable but could still function as an e-book reader. Buy a tab, Josef tells me and I jokingly told him, I’ll buy a gift for myself on Mother’s Day.

There are only two occasions in a year that I buy something for myself  (something I like but not necessarily needed) because I think I deserve it (haha), during my birthday and during Mother’s day. Most of the time I buy books or small kitchen gadgets.

Say hello to a new cellphone or tab. Wish me luck  :)  Did I just say a new cell phone? Oh my, I hope I can afford it.

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Finally after two follow-ups, our internet connection is back. It went kaput on me early yesterday morning while I was updating our Catholic page at Facebook, had it back just a few minutes ago.

During our first follow-up, the agent who answered the call said that if they can’t fix it in twenty-four hours, they would send someone to check our line. This morning, I asked my son to call up again  and the one he talked to  said, they are having a system upgrade. Whatever that means, our internet connection wasn’t back yet so he asked to talk to their supervisor but was not able to. We have this forced migration from SmartBro to PLDT Homebro only last April 15 so I thought it was the same complaint that some of my friends are going through – no dial tone in their landline phones, slow internet connection or  no internet connection at all.

A few minutes ago, somebody from PLDT called us up and asked if  our internet connection is now working. It is (as I type this). He explained that it is not only our area that was affected, it was a nationwide thing.

I realized that a day without internet sucks…big time. Then I thought, have we become this dependent on social media that the day is not complete without it?  I was able to finish another book though and started one more. We were able to garden  and spent a lot of time with our three pets.

Oh but  it’s good to be back…..blogging again!

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