Posted in inspirational, photography, reading, tagged blessings, books, Closer to God, Irish Blessings, life, literature and Fiction, photography, prayers on March 23, 2017|
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This morning I received another copy of the cute Irish Blessings book that I lost back in 2009 from the same friend who gave me the first one. He sent it via a courier.
And these are just some of them, wishes and prayers that bring a smile when I read them.
May the good saints protect you
And bless you today
And may trouble ignore you
Each step of the way.
May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
With the first light of sun –
When the long day is done –
In your smiles and your tears –
Through each day of your years –
Blessings to each one of you who read this.
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It rained last night, that kind that left water pockets on the pavements and drenched the grass. I won’t have to water the plants today. It is just the start of summer and yet there are these summer rains now and then. It is actually good for the plants and the grass and somehow diffuses the heat brought by the season. The climate is changing. Normally, we don’t get rains during summer except maybe for a few occasional showers in between.
The joy of seeing another lovely day.
The sun is shining now and the raindrops left last night are like tiny jewels on the grass. Such a beautiful sight to behold. it is somewhat amazing how nature gives us all these gifts, simple things that delight the senses. I am thinking of finally planting the seeds I bought last year. I’ve been busy updating my book shelves that somehow I forgot these. I guess summer would be the best time to plant them.
I am looking forward to having a copy of the newest book by Richard Paul Evans, one of my favorite authors. The Broken Road is not yet out in the market. I think May 02, 2017 is the official date of launching. I have been collecting RPE’s books over the years. Most of the hardbound books I have were given by friends. (more…)
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Posted in books, Goodreads, life, literature and Fiction, reading, tagged books, family life, Goodreads' 2017 reading challenge, health, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on March 21, 2017|
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I went back to my internist after a month of taking medications for high BP and elevated sugar. Although my sugar level has gone back to normal, he prescribed same medicines for at least two months more. I have to go back there in a week or two because he is monitoring my blood pressure which always has a tendency to go up. I am not stressed but I wonder why my BP is always on the rise. I relax by reading, gardening and yes updating this blog and reading other blog posts. I discovered new ones which I recently followed. They have nice and lovely photography blogs.
For the past week, I’ve been reading e-books. I recently discovered this author Elizabeth Cox. She has written several books but this is my first time to read one of them. A Question of Mercy really made me cry. It’s a story of a mentally disabled young man and his teenage step-sister. His family love him but he was misunderstood by many of their neighbors until the former decided that he undergo sterilization and lobotomy in a state-supported asylum. The day before he was due for the operation, he was found dead in a river near their place. The cover made me decide to try this one. The lush landscape of North Carolina was vividly described in the story. You can’t put a price in the love of family. It should always come first, shouldn’t it?
It’s nice to be back reading e-books again. It took me a long time to appreciate e-books because there is nothing like holding a real book in your hands. I got used to it eventually. Lately, I’ve been reading books by Australian authors. Done with 56 books, 31 % of my reading challenge.
How was your weekend? Have a nice and beautiful Tuesday everyone.
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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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Posted in gift-giving, guilty pleasures, key rings, collecting key rings/ keychains, photography,, tagged books, collecting key rings, guilty pleasures, hobbies, key ring, life, photography on March 4, 2017|
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I received three more key rings yesterday from my niece based in Bahrain. She bought them when she took her vacation in Jordan, Israel and France.O h my, I now have more than 200 key rings not counting those I am presently using. Got a white mug too from the Abuel reunion held last February 11 in our province.
There was this coin purse with a Notre Dame commemorative coin inside it which my niece attached to the package. So glad to have those lovely key rings from those places she went to last year and the other prior to that.
My collection began when I was still working at Bank of the Philippine Islands several years ago. One of my office mates gifted me with a gold-plated key ring in the shape of a T-shirt and marked No. 1. Since then several were added to the loot once my close friends learned of my penchant for collecting. I have several now except in other countries in Europe where I only have a few. It is nice to see them lined up sometimes when I clean them. Aside from the key rings, I also used to collect stationeries of different sizes but now that I am no longer active writing by long hand, I stopped buying. I still have some though in different colors and designs too.
It’s a good thing e-books have become the in-thing nowadays. My book shelves are overflowing.Double shelving is now a must for me. I tend to collect several books by the same authors once I like what their writing style. I have some signed copies of books sent by my friends from the US. Except for those Michael Vey series, I almost have all copies of RPE books on hand. I also value my hardbound copy of On Writing by Stephen King. It’s that kind of book where you’ll learn a lot of writing tools. I thought at first it was his autobiography but it was more on how he started writing.
How about you, what are your hobbies?
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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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Posted in blog update, blogging, Goodreads, literature and Fiction, reading, tagged blog update, blogging, books, journeys, life, reading on February 16, 2017|
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I know, I know. I am trying to get into the mood of writing a blog post again. It’s really been a while. I am excited to get back but when you haven’t written something for quite a long time, its hard to get back all over again. And I really mean one week without a post is like a month for me.
I was again engrossed reading instead. Quiet days, quiet nights without the internet. Opps, one can do it but I miss writing my thoughts here. Have I told you that I have advanced reading 17 books? Yes, I have finished reading 35 books in all as of today, a little over 23% of my committed 150 book reads, It is nice to read a series again for a change. I could not find the latest books though. I tried looking for them online but I could not find them. Susan Rodgers is one of my favorites now. I am planning to reread the saga of Diana Gabaldon. I have several books of hers, some I haven’t started yet. Maybe one of these days I will.
Went back for more laboratory tests. I have to consult my doctor in a week. My blood sugar level has significantly gone down but I still have high blood pressure. Hopefully, this would correct after I have taken several medications. It’s quite hard when you are not 100% fit to do the daily chores you have to meet at home.
I miss blogging, who doesn’t? It’s wonderful to know that slowly my number of followers is building up and my stats is on a steady climb. I must admit that when you don’t blog regularly, you also lose some friends who follow your blog. Sorry folks, same old sour grapes all over again. You are all important to me.
This coming Saturday, there is another reunion for our old buddies at the bank where I used to work. Most of us have left and retired but some are still working there. I miss them although we get in touch through social media. It’s a bit different when you see each other personally and make “kumustahans”.
Getting back in, quite a hard task really.
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