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Sometimes you just imagine, have I really written about all those subjects? Sometimes you just imagine, have I really shared all those stories about my life and my family? Sometimes you imagine, have I lasted this long in this blogging world?

Yes, I am on my tenth year today at WordPress. WordPress actually celebrates how long you have been here the moment you opened it even without an entry but a lone poem which somehow got lost through the years.  But I celebrate it when I began  writing my posts. What did I know of  customizing a site? What did I know of uploading photos here and adding four more blogs through the years? Although only Dreams and Escapes is active at the moment, still I am proud what this blog has become.  I used to upload several photos at Multiply, earned about a hundred friends who became close to me. I met some of them over the years. When it closed shop several years ago, I just maintained my WordPress blogs.

For those who are quite new here. I have five blogs all in all. A blog for my grandson Nate, a separate blog for  photography, another blog for my garden and a new one which would replace this site once my free limit is filled up. All have their links here on Dreams and Escapes. You can just check the site.

It’s my 10th year at WordPress, a decade of sharing life and all its angst and joys. I can’t believe I have garnered a total of 690,545 stats and shared a total of 3,261 posts in all my blogs.

I really don’t know how many followers I have because most  of them don’t actually interact nor click like to a post. I have loyal followers though who I also follow back.

Looking back, admiring the present and moving on to the future. I would like to thank those wonderful friends who I met here. You have enriched my life more than you know.

culled from the net

 

 

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Morning exercise…..gardening!

Whew! That was quite a heavy downpour last night saturating the garden.  It rains almost every day now either late at night or early in the morning.

It’s the perfect time to tend the garden for a while. I noticed some shoots of my yellow Iris  growing with small roots. Have to cut them and replant. Trimmed my Mulberry tree too, it is fast growing and I am thinking of removing it for good. Mulberries grow tall as high as 70 feet  and they need a larger space to spread their roots. I am afraid that when this  grows even bigger,  our septic vault would be affected.  I already cut the branches but the roots are still intact.  Good thing it is just about a year old since I planted it as a cutting. I googled about it and I was so disappointed to know that it will take ten years before it bears those tiny fruits.

I need to transfer and replant my prayer plants. The outer leaves are already dry. If it does not rain this afternoon, they are next.

Prayer plants

They’ll be good combined with the purple-leaf plant that I have at the back garden but I don’t know its name.

Yellow Iris

Really need to propagate this lovely yellow Iris. It’ll be perfect at the round bed where the Mulberry tree is right now.

So much to do but I find gardening so fulfilling.

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Woke up to the sound of raindrops early this morning. Oh blessed, blessed rain, thank you.

Now I won’t have to water my plants. The ground was saturated enough because of the rain.

It’s a week to go before election day. And for those who are still in a quandary in who to vote for. Take a stand and please vote according to your conscience.  I am voting for straight Otso Diretso. They are the most qualified senatorial candidates this mid-term election.

 

Early this morning while I was browsing on Facebook, I saw this meme on the page I Love Reading. I just smile and shared on my wall. Sharing it here for those bookworm like I am.

It often happens.

I just smiled because it’s true. What have you been reading lately?  I am not yet done with the book I started three days ago. I am on the slow-reader mode at the moment. It is a detective story.

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Done a week-old laundry early this morning, watered the garden, cleaned the house and now it’s time to relax…. 🙂

It rained last night, first rain in May but I guess it was just a drizzle. It didn’t even wet the grass so much.  When  I woke up, the heat was terrible. It was not your usual early morning breeze where you feel the cold a little before the sun rises.

I’ve mentioned earlier that I am enjoying listening to Josef’s Bose soundlink mini – clear crisp sound, buong-buo as they say in Tagalog.  Bose’ wireless speakers are really good especially when you play instrumental music.  It delivers pure natural sound and the bass is just right, deep but whole. It’s like playing music on a big stereo but you only have a portable, wireless speaker.

Music is the language of the soul, so we hear artists say. It evokes memories. Have you ever remembered one particular event in your life that you associated with music? It makes us laugh, it makes us cry. If you love listening to it, you are in good company. According to some scientific studies, music lowers stress and improves health. Listen to it, sing along, tap your feet while listening.

Lately, I’ve used my transistor radio a lot listening to some old songs while catching on my reading. There is a radio station here that does not have commercial breaks, just good old music all the way.

Sing that tune, dance to the beat, shout with joy. Music will always be here after all.

 

 

 

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Another new month.

More adventures, more happenings

to write on the pristine pages of your journal.

Your soul rejoices

Looking forward to what shall be.

You find joy in everyday things

Never mind shedding a few tears

once in a while.

It’s part of the cleansing process.

And your soul rejoices once more.

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Yes, it is another family day with just Nissa, Nate and Oreo for company. Josef has an overtime work today.

I am simply amazed by  Nate’s appetite nowadays. He is a little chubby compared to the last time we saw each other during his graduation in kindergarten.

I cooked fried chicken wings and spaghetti for lunch.  He ate three fried chicken wings, a little rice and a plate of spaghetti. Shared a bar of chocolate with Nissa later,  then King Crab crackers plus  two bottles of Mogo Mogo. Then a few hours  ago, he said he was hungry again. Nissa cooked some eggs and hot dog...kain ulit siya with fried rice. WOW.  He even finished the bowl of fried garlic rice a little later.

Nissa said, “tumaba siya ano Ma?” He does not want that word “mataba” (fat), he frowned at both of us.

Ah, I said, “malusog”.

Malusog is mataba din”, he told us.

“No“, I said. Malusog means healthy.

We weren’t able to take pictures because both of us were busy talking while Nissa took a nap. I told him about the snake I saw a few days ago and he told me about the big snake he saw at the zoo. He even remembers that time he soiled his Pampers while they were in the car. We were laughing while he was making “kwento”.

Nissa is really so thoughtful. Got more “pasalubong” from her – two bottles of Nivea Body Milk, Jeju Aloe Ice Soothing Gel and Novena pamphlet to St. Camillus de Lellis (Patron of the sick, nurses and hospitals) with a handkerchief prayer attached. They are so lucky, they always get to see visiting relics at the Manila Cathedral.

Thank you Sang, love them all!

And Saturday is always a thrill when Nate is here.

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Saw this on “my memory”  app at FB yesterday.  I can’t help but repost it. The value of reading….priceless.

I marked this quote when I started another book yesterday. It’s by  Martin Luther King.

Faith is taking  the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Gosh, I just love, love this book. For a first time author, Amy Markstahler is pretty good.

Love, family life, second chances – they’re all here. I cried at the scene when Tyler gave a eulogy on the death of Elsie’s dad. That was so sweet.

Another book that I read in one day. It was that good. I was clearly surprised seeing that the author just followed my review at Goodreads. I hope I could find more stories like this.

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