Posted in family life, food, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, I love weekends, tagged Faith, family life, I love Sundays, journeys, thoughts and ramblings on April 23, 2017|
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It seems like it was only yesterday and yet it is Sunday again. Time travels so fast.
I miss reading the Sunday papers, I used to subscribe when dad was alive. Early Sunday mornings would always be a cup of instant coffee and Philippine Star. I don’t subscribe anymore since I always don’t get to read it anyway. Besides, when you eat an early breakfast at Jollibee, the morning paper comes free. For so many Sundays now, we always attend the 6:30 am masses in town. There are always online sites for national dailies if one wants to be updated with the headlines which almost always deals with extra-judicial killings. It’s not really good to be reading those news reports that only make you feel that the present government is doing nothing. I pity my country, in nine months since their president occupied Malacanang, it’s one big ride downwards.
Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day in the Catholic Church. It is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. I will always remember my former boss at the bank, she was the one who initiated that we pray the 3 O’clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy every day. I’ve come to memorize the prayer. This hour of Great Mercy promises tremendous grace in our lives.
So yesterday was a family celebration of Mom’s birthday. It’s one of those day worth-remembering again not so much of the food (though we have plenty of it) but more of the camaraderie and the laughter when our baby Nate is around. I think he will always be the life of a party. I have some food magazines here and Nate pointed at one of the covers and told his dad that he wanted something similar to eat soon. It’s a colorful array of veggies and meat on the side. We laughed while he pointed at the photo. Sometimes kids are taken by colors although they are the first to figure out that a certain taste is not to their liking. I am glad that Nate eat his vegetables more than her daddy does 🙂
Have I told you that I finally changed my Aldiko e-reader to Moonreader? Moonreader seems the better option for my e-books, it is easier to navigate and to follow. Since I started reading e-books a few years ago, it has always been Aldiko but I guess it is no longer that user-friendly on my tab. I wonder sometimes that despite an outer device with a 10 gb to boot, I still get the message, the space it not enough to upgrade apps. The only apps I installed earlier when I didn’t have my computer before was the BPI and WordPress. The tab comes with all those pre-installed apps that you cannot delete but are upgraded from time to time Facebook included. never mind, I only ever use it for reading and for paying household bills online. I want to buy a camera first before changing my tab. One of these days, maybe.
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Today is Holy Monday and everything seems so quiet. Even our dog Noki, just slept in the corner of our kitchen. Our three kittens though keep exploring around the place, mostly at the garden and some of the time inside the house. It’s a good thing they never venture to the living room to scratch our sala set. I am always on the lookout, they might discover it soon and then bam, goes our upholstered furniture.
I reviewed my earlier posts, back in 2011 and 2012 when I was so active participating in the weekly photo challenge where WordPress usually give a word that would define the photos you want to upload. Those same shots somehow filled up my free space in record time. Back in those days too, they usually give some feedback on one’s latest post. I wonder why the last few years, it is no longer done. I rather liked it that way. Seemed like they also read those earlier blog posts to make even a one-word comment. It was quite rewarding that they used to do that.
It’s mom’s 88th birthday come April 20. I wonder if my brother would fetch her before the day. At times, she is beginning to be forgetful and her right ear has gone deaf. She has never adjusted to a hearing aid many years ago. She said that she kept hearing so many sounds that she could not understand. I wonder how she could still laugh and shouts when she watches her favorite programs on TV. She only watches one channel. I am not much into TV watching so sometimes she likes the sound quiet and low. When I go out I usually write where I am going so she would not complain. We could not talk much the way we used to because she could understand everything. Either you gesture with actions or make your voice a little louder for her to hear. She plays solitaire every day, a card game she is so fond of.
We talk of getting old. That’s where we will all go someday. I think there is a big difference between getting old and growing older. When you get old, you just add a number to your name but when you grow old, you acquire wisdom with age. Life deals us circumstances beyond our control but as we grow older, we become wiser too. Experience always teaches us something. Either we learn a lesson or it falls on the wayside.
What was your Monday like?
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Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, gardening, tagged Close to Nature, family life, flowers and blooms, gardening, jackfruits, Kalamansi, nature on April 4, 2017|
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It’s one of those days that I get to trim the carabao grass again. Although they are growing a little slow because it is summer I need to weed out unwanted grass too. The weather is just right for afternoon gardening. I am just halfway through, I still have so many things to do in the garden. It was quite windy but the sun shone brightly.
Our two jackfruit trees are bearing so may clustered fruits again. I noticed the small fruits at the base of the second tree not knowing that the first tree has born fruits earlier. I took one to cook in coconut cream.
The remaining five are now large enough to ripen. They were a little up the tree so we really didn’t notice them earlier. Maybe in a month or two, I could harvest again. Every year, these two trees give us fruits. All we do is water them every morning together with the other plants we have here plus the two Philippine lime shrubs (kalamansi) that bear fruits all year round. They are just perfect for a small garden. Some branches are in their flowering stage.
I am getting impatient with the lavender I planted late last year. I wonder how long it would take before it would bear flowers. The herbs I planted at the same time are doing well. Maybe the lavender need not be watered daily but the weather is hot here so I water them every day. Gardening is really a hit and miss thing. Sometimes you’ll see some flowers resurrecting in the heat of summer. Sometimes there are unknown plants that just sprout in a corner. I find fulfillment in gardening though just like I do with reading and blogging.
Gardening is also a relaxing activity and growing things from seeds and branches are just wonderful. You won’t notice the passing of time when you are in a garden. Some of my bulb plants and the Amazon lilies planted in pots are presently in bloom. Oh to see them bloom again. What a reward!
Do you love gardening?
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One of the many joys in going to the wet market so early in the morning is finding fresh ingredients for simple meals at home. Josef specifically requested that we buy fresh tofu blocks. We call it tokwa in Tagalog. When you coagulate soy milk and press it into curds, tokwa is made. The usual recipe for this is it is mixed with fried pork and dipped in Philippine lime with soy sauce. We make it differently though. Sometimes we cook it in coconut cream and it is a little dry when cooked. One thing that we do is fry it to a crisp, sliced thinly then we sauté in fresh tomatoes and ground pork. When it’s done we add in fresh, chopped Chinese parsley or kinchay as we locally know it. Partnered with fried fish, it is a perfect meal.
We had this for lunch with broiled milk fish. Oh so yummy dish. I blogged about this a long time ago with a different photo. Took this shot with my cellphone camera.
Try it, it’s healthy.
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Posted in family life, journeys, life, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings, tagged family life, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on March 30, 2017|
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Gosh, it is the end of the month again and I’m like “where have all the days gone?” Time flies so fast and before we know it, another month is gone.
March has been a little active socially , that is. We’ve attended a wedding, Nate’s graduation and a dinner at Dampa Seaside. It is always a thrill to see relatives and friends who you haven’t gotten in touch with for quite a while. It is always nice to bond with one’s family and enjoy some moments singing together in a karaoke bar belting your heart out for a favorite song. It is always lovely to see other places aside from the four walls of the house. I am not complaining, it’s just that I seldom go out with friends nowadays. It is always church, market, grocery store, malls and a monthly visit to my internist. It is more on being online to update my blog on WordPress and to update my shout outs on Facebook. It is most of the time holding a book in my hands or reading a story on my tab. I do enjoy those quiet moments though, they are quite precious to me.
I am thinking of buying a camera. My recent Canon Ixus is dying. The screen is dark at the edges and I haven’t taken any photo for the last six months or so. It is always Nissa who sends me those lovely shots in her expensive cellphone. I miss taking shots of my garden blooms. I also miss gardening but sometimes it is so hot even in the late afternoon with nary a breeze to cool it off. It’s undoubtedly summer now.
It is almost April. Gone are those days when I used to blog about month endings and beginnings. It was a religious undertaking for quite a while. Blogging – sharing life and one’s thoughts in cyberspace. I’ve always enjoyed it, turning my thoughts into a few sentences and writing a post.
There are these apps on other sites linked at Facebook where you are asked to take (just for fun). They tell you who is your best friend in life, what will happen to you in 2017, what you will look like twenty years from now (if you are still alive, that is). Seems as though they know too much of your life based on the things and profile you share on Facebook. I tried one once, about Grammar and I got this result. “You are a PhD”. I laughed. Goodness, I haven’t even taken any graduate studies at that. I finished BSC Economics though almost forty years ago.
When tomorrow comes, we still have lots of thing to share and talk about. We still have those lovely moments to experience, we still have those days to look forward to.
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