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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She was born premature, eight months before I was induced by my OB Gynecologist because of pre-eclampsia. We were worried she would not make it because she didn’t grow to be a normal baby while she was in my womb and was born at only 3.9 lbs. She could not even take an ounce of milk during the first few months. She was left in the hospital for about a month before we were able to take her home at 4.1 lbs. So small and tiny.
She is also a mother now. Nate is already four years old. When I look back, I think of those early days of her life but how lucky and blessed we were that she grew up okay and well.
Last March 7, the whole family attended the garden wedding of my niece. They went on leave from work so we could attend. We took pictures of course, a lot of Nate and some of us all together. Here’s our latest picture together. I call it Mother-Daughter Team.
Nissa and me at he wedding…
Weddings are lovely, a promise of love to keep and to hold.
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Back in 2013, October 27 to be exact, I made a blog post saying thank you for all the blessings God gave me the past years of my life. It remained my most read post until now. I am just grateful for all those blogger friends who read, liked and posted comments on that post. It is nice to be remembered too because it was your birthday. I am also grateful for all those times other bloggers paid a visit to my humble blog, thank you.
Birthdays are special, don’t you think? You remember and celebrate the day you came into this world and saw the light of day. You celebrate with your family and friends no matter how simple the celebration is. You remember fond memories of earlier and other birthdays in your life. I turned sixty last October 27, 2017 finally becoming and officially being called a senior citizen. I need not blog about the perks we have as seniors here because I wrote about them earlier on if I remember. It’s nice to be called a senior in almost all business establishments that you go to. The downside of it is that these are those times when you also feel those aches and pains of getting older. The plus side of course is you get to be a lot wiser too ( I suppose). You also enjoy the gift of family and grand kids if you have some. We were blessed with Nate one November morning four years ago. He is growing up to be a very smart kid.
By the way, I’d like to greet a good friend here, Pete Johnson who has followed me for a couple of years I guess. He never fails to appreciate and comment on almost all of my posts since then. It is his birthday today, this blog post is also for him. You can find his blog aptly called beetleypete here. He has a sizable number of followers and often blog about his dog Ollie. I am sure you would also enjoy reading his posts. If you are reading this Pete, I’d like to wish you a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. Go easy on the sweets though, we are not getting any younger.
It’s another year to be thankful for.
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Getting married will always be a happy occasion. I didn’t know of any instance where some people were sad about it. Unless of course, and maybe if it is a shotgun wedding so to speak. Or maybe someone who was involved before with one of the couple has an axe to grind.
Last Tuesday, my two kids and son-in-law went on vacation leave to attend a wedding. Nissa and Obet just waited for Nate for his class to finish then they proceeded to our place so we could all attend my niece’s wedding. It was held at Jardin de Miramar in Antipolo City. It was a lovely celebration, a coming together of two people very much in love with each other.
So what’s it with getting married? It is a wonderful occasion, right? When we are sure that the guy or woman is really the one for us, marriage will always be in the offing. We will never know though whether it will last a life time or you get separated in the middle of it. Married life is always a work in progress no matter how long you’ve been together, no matter how compatible you think you must be. Mom and dad had a wonderful married life for fifty five years until Dad got sick of end stage renal disease and passed on one December day in 2007. I didn’t see them raise their voices to each other throughout their married life. I didn’t see them quarrel in front of us.
Is there really such a thing as “marriage made in heaven”? How do we know it will last? Why do we cry during a wedding ceremony? I know most of us cry because we are glad and happy for the couple. They are tears of joy. We are touched by the joyful celebration. We wish them with joyous hope that their wedding vows would be for keeps.
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Posted in faimy life, Faith, I love Sundays, journeys, tagged a bit of myself, Faith, family life, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, life, thoughts on March 5, 2017|
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It’s always an early morning mass for us during Sundays. I usually wake up earlier than 5am to prepare for Sunday breakfast before we go the the 6:30 am mass. It s always nice to attend Sunday masses early. The weather is cool and the church is not too full. It was a good homily with Christ’ temptation at the mountain for a start. The good priest even quoted a popular song from long ago. It’s the first Sunday of Lent
It was written in Tagalog, sorry for that. It only mean that a lot of lives were destroyed because of greed and temptation. I like it though, the message is so clear. Keep yourself away from “tukso”.
Kayrami nang winasak na tahanan
Kayrami ng matang pinaluha
Kayrami ng pusong sinugatan
O, tukso, layuan mo ako
We dropped by the grocery store right after the mass then bought a kilo of sweet potato and saging saba at the wet market for snacks. Since Sunday is always a lazy day for us, and it means no preparation of elaborate meals, we also bought dinuguan for lunch from our suki (fave vendor). They sell lechon and paksiw na lechon too. Lechon is a whole roasted pig. They make the best so far.
Sundays are also family days for us. We spend them together at home reading, listening to music or just talking or having conversations and kwentos. We catch up on things that happened during the week whether at work or at home. Sometimes, we also do grocery shopping on Sundays.
One of my nieces is getting married on Tuesday, she’s the youngest of my oldest brother’s kids. They are born-again Christians so they have a different kind of nuptial ceremony from us. We are looking forward though to it.
Do you also spend Sunday like we do? Is it a lazy day for you too?
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All along I thought it was a cash dispenser some banks usually put up to make withdrawing money or depositing to an account as easy as ABC. Being a banker for more than twenty years, those words are quite familiar.
Now it carries a different meaning. Some people especially those who use social medial are fond of writing ATM instead of the usual words “at the moment”. The abbreviations are probably alright when you are so busy enough that you use abbreviated words like these but on social media? Again, I have nothing against those who use them constantly in their shout outs. It must be the fad nowadays and I am out of it. But using ATM while you are busy updating your Facebook account of some photos you probably took a few hours ago does not jibe well I guess. Unless of course you are in a restaurant eating your lunch or on a beach delighting in the sun. Could you say “at the moment” while you are busy swimming? It is like texting, some people use so many shortened words.
Going along with words just to say that you are “in” sometimes makes it a little funny. “At the moment, I am typing this post” would sound better I guess. I won’t say I am reading ATM while doing the typing, I cannot do that. Here comes another word that is as familiar.
We always do this to save on time, multitask I mean. Honestly though, we can do things fast one after the other but not at the same time unless maybe you are cooking and it needs to boil for a little while or having your dirty clothes in the washing machine while cleaning. I am familiar with multitasking because I do it all the time. For me, household chores are easier that way. I sweep the yard while cooking or I sweep the floor while our overhead tank is being filled.
At the moment I am typing this blog post and boiling water for coffee at the same time. It’s multitasking alright.
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Posted in family, family life, journeys, tagged a bit of myself, family life, gift, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on February 22, 2017|
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I went back to my doctor yesterday after a series of blood tests which I’ve undergone over the weekend. He interpreted the results and said “”they are all normal, ang galing ng doctor ano?” I just smiled and thanked him for the medications he prescribed earlier. My blood pressure has significantly gone down and so was my blood sugar level. It is quite hard to have your blood extracted every week , it is a bit harder to go on fasting for several hours too. I have to continue with my medications though for another month until further check-up.
Sometimes, I wonder about the “what ifs” in my life. What if I didn’t feel that sudden blinding headache and body malaise then I won’t have those weekly laboratory tests and doctor visits. What if I did exercises every day then I won’t have to suffer and limit my movements now. What if I got conscious of what I ate before then probably, I won’t have to limit my intake of fatty and starchy food.
We do all have those questions . At some time in our lives, we feel those blinding curves that make us weak in the process. It might not just be physical but mentally as well. We dwell on the what if. What if I did this or I did that? We never would know the repercussions of what we are doing right or wrong until we are in that situation. We could never assure ourselves that everything would be okay as well. We are all responsible though with the outcome whether it was a wrong decision for us or not. When we encounter things that we didn’t think of that will happen, we don’t know what to do.
It’s been a lesson learned for me and I learned it well. At my age, I anticipate some body weakness maybe at a later date or time but not this. Although most of the family members up to the third degree are prone to high blood pressure, I haven’t heard of one who has elevated blood sugar. I am a cancer survivor that is why I am a little wary when it comes to my health. It might come back any time or (thank God) it might not. It might choose to appear in other organs of my body. Those are the “what ifs” that I sometimes ask myself.
Life is a wonderful gift. Treasure it.
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