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Gee, this is my 50th day of blogging every day.

I know I could not duplicate blogging for a year like when I joined WordPress’ challenge back in 2011. It was called Post A Day Challenge. I even got my badge but I don’t know why it was lost.

Blogging every day? One thing I learned when you blog daily is that you might sacrifice your content just for the sake of writing anything. But then in the process, once you start writing, it is easier to update your blog on a daily basis.

I’ve been reviewing my earlier posts so I could share some snippets of them to one of my favorite one-hour online shows called Interaktib. I am glad they appreciate it and my priest friends call it inspiring. Fr. Pao even said last night that I am their resident poet. Haha, poet indeed, I could not even write a poem daily even if I want to. I am surprised though that my earlier blog posts were more about life, that we always have those challenges that we need to face. It’s more about my journey as a cancer survivor, a mother and grandma to my loving Nate. From time to time though, burst of inspiration comes along and sometimes I am more introspective, sharing something deeper than what we had for dinner, what book I have been reading lately and what the weather is down here.

One thinks of getting and growing older. Come to think of it, I’ll be celebrating my 64th birthday a week from now and again it makes me think of the younger years. Maybe, what they say is true that when gaining these added years to your life, you don’t really think of getting old though you gain wisdom as you go along. You think more of how life would be. Will you still enjoy those things that used to give you happiness and laughter? Would you be more focused in those things you’ve been doing lately? Will you just let life fly by and enjoy them?

One thing that I wish right now? I hope I could maintain writing every day until the end of the year.

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The other day, Nissa asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  Nothing much I said except to see them again with Nate hopefully.

But if there is something material that I really want, sets of pajamas and T-shirts for daily use. I gave two bagfuls of old clothes a few months ago to donate to those who were victims of fire.  They say that when you don’t use any item in your closet for at least five years, you have to give them away. Is that so?

Since there is no social life (because of the Covid) and I don’t go out much anyway, and Josef and Jovy staying home to work, I was saved the weekly task of ironing clothes and pants. Shorts and T-shirts  are the “in” thing nowadays in our household. Convenient, easy to wash, no need for ironing.  That’s one positive thing that this Covid 19 brought, being together except weekends when Josef and  Jovy visit the latter’s grandmother and not seeing Nissa’s family because they could not bring Nate with them. We get to update each other though through  video chats. Lately, Nate tried voice chat, leaving me some messages but always he ends up saying, “I love you Nonna”.

Mom is 91 going 92 by April next year. She’s been with us for more than a year now.  Since she is hard of hearing, most of the time, shouting to her ears is the norm. She is becoming forgetful too. She fills her time watching television and playing card games.  Even if she watches  news every day, she does not understand the implication of not going out especially  at  her age. Sometimes, Josef uses the notepad to answer all her questions, why she can’t go home to the province, why  she could not visit my older brother’s place, why she could not go out and a  hundred more, the same questions every day.  It is so frustrating at times.

We always have a choice in life, right? Always choose to be happy, seeing the positive side of things. Though it is a lonely world, I still enjoy puttering around in the garden, finding new authors to follow, reading to relax, experimenting on what to cook in the kitchen and of course keeping this blog always updated.  Dull? Nope! Simple things are enjoyable as long as your focus are on them.

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Oh No!


My PC conked out on me after I did that short post. Trying this on my tab but even if I tried the link on the browser, it went back to the block editor.

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Got It


Yeay, it works. And I don’t need to choose classic editor. I just logged off then opened the new link posted by Pete, here I am back to the old one. It is really easier, right? Just change my name to your name, that simple.

Thank you so much Pete. This is indeed a big help.

https://arlene1956.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?classic-editor

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Okidoki


So I am finally learning, I get it. It just needs a little patience in negotiating all these options. I am just sad that a long-time online friend and blogger Pete Johnson has already given up. I will surely miss his posts.

How many of you are thinking of closing down your own blog or maybe transfer to another site? I don’t think I still have the patience to customize another blog and start all over again. That takes more time than learning about the block editor here. Hopefully, WordPress would see the wisdom of retaining the classic editor so we could choose if we want to continue using it.

Are your pages already converted to the block editor?

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Some comments went to “pending” and when I approved of them, they got lost in cyberspace.  I couldn’t find  them.

What’s happening WordPress? Even some of those comments which I already answered are still in my  comment box without replies. Crazy!

I haven’t tried using that block editor yet. I feel comfortable with this old format.  Hopefully, I could use it for a long time yet.

I started reading  Ruth  Reichl’s  memoir last night entitled Tender At The Bone: Growing Up at the Table.  A delectable read,  full of simple recipes that you can experiment on.  A short read at 304 pages. I think this is my third book of hers. When you have a hopeless cook in the family (like her mother), you would try learning how.

Oh, September is about to end. I welcome October with gladness because it is my birth month.

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My daily streak according to WordPress:

With this accompanying message of course:

You’ve posted 10 days in a row on DREAMS AND ESCAPES! Keep up the good work.

I think this is one of those months that I have posted something every day. I hope it holds.

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I used to call it magic. A couple of years after I started blogging, I’ve got this amazing blog stats  about my particular post on Mama Mary in one day.  Most visitors are fellow Filipinos who just loved Mama Mary. We are a Marian country, we venerate her. I  looked at the yearly summary of blog stats on Mary Mary alone from the year 2012  up to September 8, 2020. The lowest was when I didn’t blog about her birth but just mentioned it in passing last year because I blogged about my stay at the UST Hospital during Nissa’s operation. I’ve got the recap on my stats on my yearly posts about Mama Mary alone.

2011 – 1,214

2012 – 3,777

2013 – 4,131

2014 – 2,826

2015 – 5,400

2016  – 2,959

2017 – 2,481

2018 –  1,235

2019 –    805

2020 – 2,144

These figures added up to my total blog stats of 625,997 as of today. I am glad that those who are not even regular subscribers visit my blog. In an ordinary day, the stats has dwindled of course between 100 and 150.   I don’t mind much how many subscribers I have because most of them are not even liking or commenting on my posts. Some have deleted their own blog sites but are still using WordPress to access the site.

It’s funny how when someone views and likes a blog post and he or she is quite new in your eyes, their blogs don’t exist anymore.   I follow about 135 bloggers to date and I try to engage with them although some are really not active.  Posting though once in a while is okay.  Lately, I got in touch with some of them and just said hello. Some said they have stopped blogging for a while.

Sometimes I spend my time on Facebook looking and reading at the poems and shoutouts of several authors I follow. I linked their sites here on WordPress.  There are two Irish photographers that I recently followed and and their photos about Ireland are simply amazing. They remind me of my dream of a place here in our country which is Batanes.

It might interest you to know that it is the only place in  our country which is Covid-free.  It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area.

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Come to think of it. I read complaints about the new editor recently introduced by WordPress. Nope, I am not yet that brave enough to try it, maybe until we are all obliged to switch to  the new one. Why fix it if there is nothing wrong?

I am still using the free platform, careful enough not to post high resolution shots that uses my limit.  Anyway, I have set up a new blog called  Dreams Never End about four years ago and some of you followed it but sad to say, I haven’t updated it for quite some time. It is a different set-up from this one since every post is accompanied by a high-resolution shot, pictures I  took long ago.  Then I have Colors set in a duotone and I just love it but like the other blogs I have, it is not updated. For my new followers, you may visit them if you have time. I have a gardening blog too and Nate’s of course. You can all see them on my personal links on my blog wall.

I have yet to thank all those new followers who left some comments in my blog but some of them never came back….haha! Thanks too for the bloggers  I follow and who follow me back.  There are only some loyal  bloggers who like and make comments on my posts. Oh yeah, visits have reached almost 623,0000 now and active followers are maybe about 30 to 50 more or less, some just follow without any interaction.  I wonder if they ever read anything here. And I agree with Pete, some follow one’s blog so you could follow them back.  One important thing that we should not forget though is the blog content. It is not enough that we just write, there must be something that other people could relate to for your blog to be called a success.

I guess, blogging is here to stay unless we find it more difficult to navigate this site in the near future. Change is welcome but it must be user-friendly too, don’t you think?

 

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You know those inspiring comments that you receive now and then from people from all walks of life and it really makes blogging worthwhile. I am quoting some of them here.

“Hello there Arlene!
I didn’t know before now that you are a cancer survivor… I am glad that you are okay now and I suppose that it is an everyday, every minute awareness of gratefulness and miracle you are living now.
I enjoy reading your writings and seeing your photos and I cannot thank you enough for sharing a bit of your life with us. I do not know you personally but when I am reading your ‘articles’, it’s like reading something from a friend…
Always keep well and I hope that your apo and your family will always have happiness and lots and lots of blessings!
jocelyne”
“Well done 👍

You are a survivor

And you know what’s like to feel death knocking at your door..
And know that you have overcome and surpass it..
It’s a great accomplishment indeed…

11 more years to you”

(from Nita, a follower for quite sometime)

“It’s so true that when we are well, we take our health for granted. My youngest daughter has been ill for two years but she is finally getting better now. She is only nineteen but really appreciates the days when she is feeling good and says she will never take good health for granted as she knows what it is like to feel so bad. Wishing you all the very best with your own health, Arlene.”

-jean reinhardt

“Really, when a book makes me cry, I give it five stars.” – I am with you, Arlene. Because your heart did the reading. ( Virgilio Gavia)

“Sometimes we really need to get out of our comfort zone to see things at a different perspective then we realize life out there is better. Your neighbors were so nice to invite your family.

I just had my colonoscopy too and though how uncomfortable the prep was it is a necessary test we have to take. Like you I hate those tests as they are anxiety causing moments and the wait is always stressful

Am glad that you are over the hump. Keep your positive outlook and eat well. Those are necessary to getting well” – Lou Burgonio

“Praise God! Your journey is inspiring and I am certain your thoughts and feelings, which you have so generously shared, have meant the world to anyone struggling with pain and suffering. Looking into the abyss of the unknown is terrifying and you and others like you are standing in that Abyss lighting the way for others to navigate their way out. I pray abundant blessings upon you as you continue your journey of life!”

Tina

(Tina seldom visits my blog but when she leaves comments, they are always heartfelt).

From a certain Doc In DC. I was touched. His comments were longer than my post:

Hi Arlene!
First of all, I’d like to say Kudos on your getting through the chemotherapy! I only know too well what it is like to be going for each cycle. Not that I’ve experienced it myself but my dad, who’s 65 years old was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon CA like you sometime in 2009. He had surgery and finished chemotherapy. Like you, we all anxiously await each CT scan, CEA and colonoscopy that he has to go for for surveillance.
I am currently in DC doing my fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology. Yes, I am a doctor and at first found it ironic that my dad was diagnosed with cancer as I got accepted into a training program for Cancer and blood disorders.
I am religious and close to God but I don’t think my dad is but at that time he was diagnosed, I really would like to think that he found God…in so many ways.
Recently, he had a colonoscopy and it showed a sessile polyp in the cecum. This was biopsied but the results are not yet back. It does make all of us nervous. I have already started asking friends,colleagues about a good surgical oncologist. When dad had his first surgery for colon Ca, he had to have it in cebu and there were no surgical oncologists available there. The surgeon who did his surgery was however very good and is US trained. Samuel Ang’s name came about when my friends told me about him. I googled him just in case the biopsy results turn out unfavorable and I came across your page.
I take comfort in the fact that other patients out there are doing so good after chemo and it gives all of us hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I am praying for a favorable biopsy result. How I wish, you could talk to my dad at some point and give him encouragement. I think people with cancer should all unite and support each other. It makes the journey of fighting cancer more easy. Well, I hope you are in good health and as I’ll be praying for my dad each night, I’ll include you and each and everyone who has been diagnosed with Cancer.
God bless.

Paying tribute to some of my friends here. It is so nice going back and reading their comments. Most of them are Filipinos like me.Thank you all so much.

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