Posted in 2017, books, life, more books, photography, rainy days, ramblings, tagged books, guilty pleasures, life, photography, tea or coffee, thoughts and ramblings on January 10, 2017 |
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It’s raining. And it’s been raining since this morning. That kind of rain that never seems to stop, we call it “tigatik” in our language. Brrr….it’s cold in here.
It’s a perfect time for that hot cup of coffee or that pot of hot green tea. Along with some other gifts last Christmas, Nissa gave me tea biscuits and a box of organic green tea from Marks and Spencer. I have lots of tea flavors actually but lately I was more addicted to morning coffee than afternoon tea. I can’t resist this though.
That first sip warms my throat and it’s pretty good. It really makes you think of cold and rainy afternoons.
By the way I have just updated my other blog (it’s not new, it’s been there for about a year now) at WordPress. I posted several photos taken with friends. If you have time, you may visit it too and maybe, just maybe click follow. It is different from Dreams and Escapes because it is mostly pictures with a bit of writing and reflections on the side. I call it Dreams Never End. Some of you are already following it. Eventually, that would have to replace this blog because I only got 28% more free space on my allowed limits that is why I don’t want to post more pictures here.
How was the start of your new year? More than a week is already gone. It seems like time is too fast. I am done with 5% on my commitment to read 150 books on Goodreads. Just finished seven books, four books ahead of schedule. It’s a nice phase. Just love those books I’ve found.
It is a rainy Tuesday, I hope it is sunny on your side of the planet.
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardening, gardens, reading, tagged books, Close to Nature, gardening, guilty pleasures, home garden, journeys, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on January 6, 2017 |
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I have a little good news. I went back to SSS yesterday and what do you know, my pension is ready for credit. Alleluia! But two months of processing is quite long enough.
Got to trim our carabao grass again, replant some flowering plants and uproot some dead ones. I planted two more pineapple crowns behind the house. Those I planted earlier are growing nicely, let me see, I have seven in all now. I hope the first one would produce a flower soon.
The life of a gardener – plenty of time to enjoy the morning sun and the afternoon breeze. Sometimes it is quite a bonus to listen to the visiting sparrows. A hot cup of coffee is always welcome at the break of dawn, when the world is still asleep and the quiet could be felt.
I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee and listening to the sparrows sing.
Despite the busy days at the garden, I was able to finish four books at the start of the challenge. I am in the middle of reading my 5th book now. Peter Mayle’s two books, A Year In Provence and Tojours in Provence (the sequel) were such a joy to read. I learned so much about what life was like in Provence. Now I am beginning to enjoy Italy, it is such a lovely place too.
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I just received my badge on Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge. I committed myself to read 150 books this year. Done with one Just about to start A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. Hoping this book won’t disappoint. The short summary says: A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
Reading is such a joy that I could not give it up. Hopefully, I’ll finish the challenge with flying colors. I feel good at a mere sight of a book. Aside from the author, sometimes the cover is one deciding factor why a certain book is priority on my list. Done with some classics last year, it is about time to discover new authors. Good luck to me.
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Posted in 2017, blog update, blogging, books, journeys, life, reading, writing, tagged blogging, books, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, reading, silence speaks on January 1, 2017 |
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Mulling over what 2017 holds in store. It’s a season of hope and new beginnings. A new leaf in the calendar, a blank page that needs to be filled with experiences, journeys and daily happenings in one’s life. There is something nice about a new beginning. You are excited to make it a success somehow, you are excited to learn more about life itself and more excited to traverse an unknown journey with hope and faith in the Almighty.
Time was when a new year is filled with resolutions so to speak. Now I call them goals in life, those small achievable things that make the journey wonderful – the beauty of everything simple. the abundance of blessings one receives day-to-day, the fulfillment of a dream.
I vow to read more books this year, maybe increase the previous 123 books I managed to finish on Goodreads’ reading challenge for 2016. Hopefully, I’ll make it to the 150 mark. I actually started reading an hour after we met the new year last night. Travelling Light by Tov Jansson is a collection of several stories that cover so many subjects. I am just on the first few chapters of the book but I guess I would enjoy it. I wish I could blog every day just like before, never mind if they’ll just be a few lines without photos. The richness of a simple story depends on how it is presented, whether one’s target audience is appreciative enough. Hopefully this post would be the start.
I love to share with you a lovely quote from Langston Hughes’ Dreams. This has inspired me through the years.
Hold onto dreams
For if dreams die
Life is like a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
More dreams to hold. Welcome 2017 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Posted in blogging, books, family life, I love Sundays, life, tagged blogging, books, journeys, life in the boomer lane, life of a senior citizen, reading, thoughts and ramblings on December 18, 2016 |
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Ah, the joys and perks of being a senior citizen.
I turned sixty more than a month ago, finally having that much-awaited SC card. There are so many perks attached to being a senior in our country. You have the cinemas for free at certain days of the week or having discounts on other days. I am not much of a cinema fan though so I have not availed yet of free movies and such. Maybe, when I am not that busy anymore and could find time to see a movie, I will. What I did manage to make use of that card in a big restaurant was when Nissa, Josef and I dined at Vikings Marikina on my birthday. And it’s not because I am a senior but they give free lunch or dinner to birthday celebrators for the month. I enjoy the perks of a 20% discount though at Jollibee and McDonald’s. Almost every Sunday we attend mass early and have our breakfast at Jollibee. I love their longganisa with poached egg and a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. They also give a free copy of Philippine Star (one of our national dailies). That at least makes me enjoy dining out at fast food restaurants. Jollibee is a home-grown food chain which has also become famous in other countries. Some grocery items also have discounts depending on what you will buy and if it is included in their list. Hotels and travels have 20% discounts too.
It’s taking a long time for my Social Security pension to be credited to my account. SSS said it usually takes two months to process such. I wonder what’s taking them that long. Hopefully, by January I’ll be able to enjoy it.
Talk about the joys of blogging. Imagine a grandma blogging still and enjoying reading other blog posts. Sometimes, I just could not keep up with those wonderful posts I see here on WordPress. And I noticed too that most bloggers I follow are in their senior years like me. Well, base on experience, they have more things to share and more wonderful happenings in their lives. We talk about our kids, how successful they have become. We talk about our grandkids, how we enjoy their company and their presence in our lives. We talk about several things like photography, gardening, trying new recipes, visiting places and our daily struggles in life. We learn, oh how we learn from other bloggers.
I follow a certain blogger here Ana Linden. She’s giving away free copies of her e-books until December 31st I think. I just downloaded them They have 5 stars at Goodreads.
Happy Sunday to all.
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Haha, this is hilarious.
I am presently reading two books by former Sen. Miriam Santiago entitled Stupid Is Forever, her take on politics, love, her life as a senator of the land, her quips on her enemies. and about life itself. She used to be so outspoken, sometimes even sarcastic in front of her colleagues in the Senate but she definitely made sense. She was a top-notch lawyer, an intellectual.
Here are some of the quotes lifted from her two books.
When people say that the art of politics is the art of the possible, they mean the art of speculation, calculation, intrigue, secret deals and pragmatic maneuvering.
I know of a politician who is so windy that he can give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by telephone.
Miss kutsara ka ba? Kasi papalapit ka pa lang napapanganga na ako.
Question: What is the plural form of rice? Answer: Extra rice 🙂
Marriage is when a man and a woman become as one. The trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
We are really, really sick. We are morally sick. We are mentally sick. The higher the position, the higher the mental sickness.
Kung may pangit na nagsabing “Pwede bang manligaw?” Sagutin mo. “Sure basta hindi sa akin.” 🙂
Some jokes are corny of course, they are mostly written in the vernacular. I love her article on weaponizing social media. These two books are what we say, “Miriam na Miriam”. They are a nice change from the usual books that I read.
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Goodread’s 2016 Reading Challenge
I finally got my badge. It’s time to move to other reading genre – YA (yes, I love them), contemporary, poems (Upstream is just waiting) some memoirs and of course Christmas stories.
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