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I spent some time in the garden early this morning. Removed the old and dried Zinnia together with my drying Four O’clock.  They have self-propagated, small seedlings that don’t need replanting. A few more mornings then I’ll be able to finish pruning and weeding too. Such a hard job but it has to be done.

Aren’t I lucky? I tried searching for John O’Donohue’s website on Facebook and what do you know, I finally found one and some of his writings are posted there. The page is maintained by the Director of John’s Literary Estate, Ann Cahill, in partnership with the O’Donohue Family. Beautiful! I won’t need to go to other sites except to his home page.

It is more complete and is being managed by his brother. Wow, I am enamored by  his words. Echoes of the past that create beautiful and lovely memories of the author.  You look behind and you look back and it seems like one does not really goes away but he stays because of his words. This is what we experience when we find something wonderful like a good book that lets you live and visit the places  with the author. Such thrilling adventures created by words alone.

Another author whose words touch my soul is Mary Oliver. Like O’Donohue, she left some wonderful works of art in her books of poems. She died last year. And this reminds me of another favorite author whom I discovered  a  few years ago and like Oliver and O’Donohue,  Peter Mayle died two years ago. And they have something in common, they all passed away in the month of January.  They were all gifted writers.

I am on my 94th read on Goodreads 2020 Reading challenge. Another lovely book I found  about India.

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I called up two friends last night. One is presently on a holiday with her family somewhere in Portugal and I missed greeting her on her birthday three days ago. Another one is a DJ and a teacher whom I met in some of our gatherings in our Catholic group and during Lovell’s two ordinations to Diaconate and Priesthood. Oh my, our conversations reached more than an hour. When you have something to share, the minutes seem to fly.

Finally found some books by Taylor Caldwell online. She was a British-born American novelist and a prolific author of popular fiction. The very first time I heard of her was when one of her novels, Captains And The Kings was adapted on television many, many years ago. Dad, mom and my brothers were regular viewers back then. I haven’t had the chance to read the latter and I am trying to find a copy until now. It was a mini-series, a rags to riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s. I am mostly into historical fiction. I started reading Ceremony of the Innocent last night and I like the writing style of the author. She clearly has a way with words. The book was published in 1983.

I’m on my 87th read on the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Thirteen more books to go….hooray!

How’s your Sunday? Keep safe everyone!

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I don’t want to be

the bright and glaring

sunlight on your face.

I’d rather be the moon

that illuminates

your path at the darkest hour

to show you the way.

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In my various foray of those sellers online in our subdivision, I chanced upon someone selling Puto Cassava but it had to be ordered in advance. I didn’t know about this kind of snack until I saw the ad yesterday. We usually make cassava into cakes, suman (steamed in banana leaves) and maruya ( fried and toasted in a bit of sugar).

So cheap for P20 pesos each.  I ordered four and it was delivered here still hot. It was topped with bukayo (grated young coconut cooked in a little sugar). Since the Cassava itself is not sweet, it was perfect.

Paired with this hot mug of Matcha green tea, it was a yummy snack. Mom had a cup of hot choco.

These online sellers are definitely trying to make both ends meet by selling everything from food, make-ups, groceries, appliances like cellphones, electric fans  and even LED lights. You can even contact an online doctor and seek an appointment and they will visit you at home. Beauty parlors are now open too but  it would take you a long time to enter their shoppe.

I read somewhere about the difficulties of some of our fellow Filipinos whose jobs were closed in the middle of this pandemic.  Wayback when Josef and Jovy had their aircon installed last April, they found an all-around carpenter, plumber, electrician all rolled into one. At the start even if he and his assistant only stayed for half a day, Josef and Jovy provided them with free snack and lunch from KFC, paid them more than the usual rate and gave them around six kilos of rice on their way home.  Oliver lives nearby but he has no permanent job so he just rely on what is available. We call him now and then to fix things here. Josef also gave him food during his birthday last week.  At first we asked for his rate but he said it was up to us,  what we can afford to give so giving him a little more is our way of helping a bit. There was one who ventured into the hotel business and loaned from banks but when two of his hotels were about to be opened, quarantine was declared so it’s gone kaput. Now he needs to pay the banks but the establishments are not earning enough to meet the expenses.

One more observation:

I wonder what that aerial survey in Cebu was all about.  Can it cure COVID-19? They’re making it appear like it’s a war between the people and the military. Di po ba COVID ANG KALABAN? Those tanks and several soldiers deployed in Cebu are just making the people afraid. Have they ever thought of our economy?

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Took these shots a while ago. We had an early dinner, some sort of late lunch too. Another birthday to remember. I just wished that Nissa’s family was here with us.

the birthday boy at 36

Of course, Oreo wouldn’t be left behind.

Siomai

KFC fried chicken sent by Nissa via Grab.

A tray of Lumpiang Shanghai, Lechon Kawali and Embutido

Pancit Malabon

Pusit Sisig

We have a dessert of Carrot cake

and Tiramisu

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Today is my son’s 36th birthday, a COVID birthday…haha!

Anyway, I was trying to take his yearly birthday photo but he said, his hair is still a little long and he has a moustache so to speak.  I am pretty sure it would be a quiet birthday celebration for the four us. Nissa is still afraid to go out with Nate in tow even with the car. She is susceptible because it was just a little over nine months since she had her major thyroid operation.

I wonder what we’ll have for today considering we don’t have that much food inside the ref. They said they will go out later to get Jovy’s order for lunch. Gone are the days when we used to buy our food supply for two weeks at the wet market. Josef and Jovy just buy what we need every two or three days from the grocery just outside the subdivision’s gate and we order cooked food  from neighbors when I am so lazy to cook. Helping them with their small businesses since the lockdown.

Last night I found this vendor  in our neighborhood selling shorts, boxer shorts, square pants etc so I decided to order some for Josef since I could not go out to buy him a gift.  Haven’t left the house in almost three months.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR Son and Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers out there.

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It’s that time of year again when moms all over the world greet each other  Happy Mother’s Day.

I started blogging about Mother’s Day celebrations back in 2010. We usually go out for lunch in different places every year, exploring new eateries in the metro.

To think, this is the first time that Nissa and I won’t see each other on Mother’s Day. And I am wondering when it will be. She sent me this message a while ago accompanied by a lovely photo.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mama Arlene. You truly are irreplaceable because you have not only been good but a GREAT mom to us. We owe you everything! I love you and miss you so much!

Happy Mother’s Day din sa lahat ng mga naging nanay sa buhay ko, to all my friends who are also Moms and to their wonderful moms as well. Mabuhay tayong lahat! 

I commented back:

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY too anak. You’re the kind of daughter I’ve always dreamed of – thoughtful, loving, smart and kind. The best daughter in this side of the universe. Warm regards to everyone there at pakibati mo rin ako kay balae. Kisses to Nate. May GOD BLESS us all💐🎈🙏

Yesterday, the early morning started with a Marian procession in our village. May is Mama Mary’s month so all Saturdays of the month, there will be early morning processions.

There were only  a few of them who took charge of the procession passing by every street in our subdivision praying the rosary and alternating it with the song Heal Our Land  sang by our talented local artist Jamie Rivera. It was so touching.

Yesterday I also ordered two kilos of mangoes, Jovy placed an order of two pizza boxes using Lala Move. I made pickles out of the green mango and the ripe ones are for dessert.  Imagine my surprise when I received my order of two boxes of siomai  and the guy greeted me “God bless po”.  I smiled and greeted him the same. When complete strangers greet you that way, you can’t help but be touched. I use those greetings for my friends and family members when they are online and when I am at church,  we usually greet each other “Peace be with you”during the peace offering.

Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow mothers out there. Special mention to the three ladies who always visit  and make comments on my blog – Elizabeth, Anne and Wilma.

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I again dropped by the Liwasan after the 6:30 am mass today.  The vendors are still there but buyers  were few. Maybe it’s because it’s still early.

I finally bought a jar of this  brown rice brew. It really tastes so good. It has fiber content, low calories and non-fattening too. Besides, it has no caffeine. I am reminded  of those days more than half a century ago when we were growing up in the province with my grandmother. Instant coffee was unheard of in the vicinity so what she usually do around that time is to roast rice until it turns brown then she adds water  and boil it. You can keep the roasted brown rice for a week in a jar. It is a poor man’s coffee. I seldom drink coffee nowadays so I thought of this . It’s just a 165 gram small bottle.

I’ve been reading a lot lately. I found another book by Markus Zusak, He is the author of that much-acclaimed book entitled  The Book Thief. Looking forward to reading Bridge of Clay. I  recently finished The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. It’s a thriller and it was hard to put down.  Presently, I am in the middle of reading The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart, a first by this author. There is a movie adaptation I’ve seen on YouTube but I want to finish the book first before watching it.

Have a nice start  of the month. It is almost summer here.

 

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Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Have to hear mass early, the church is about a ten-minute walk from the house. I love the rituals and prayers while they were lighting the Advent Wreath Candle. It was just so solemn and beautiful.

Happy Sunday friends. Wish you well.

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I make it a point to just relax every Sunday after attending the early mass at 6 am.

That means no gardening, no scheduled time with the washing machine, just reheating leftover meals  and yes a lot of reading in between. I am happy starting  Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield the other day.  I am challenged by the Wordscape  game Josef uploaded on my tab a few days ago. And in between reading, I tinker with Block Puzzle Jewel and Match 3 Jewel. I used to dislike playing online games before but as one grows older, you seek venues where you could spend relaxing time too. Since I seldom go out except attending weekly Sunday masses, twice a month trip to the market, grocery shopping almost every week, an occasional trip to visit my internist, another occasional lunch out with the family, you might think life is boring. I assure you, it is never dull. When you are given second chances at life, you always grasp every day and embrace it with hope for another tomorrow. Another chance to shine in your own little corner of the world. Never mind the bad news you always see on television (I don’t watch news anymore). Never mind the annoying happenings which your local politicians are wont to do (mind you, you’ll get stressed out just reading the news). Never mind the traffic even in your neighborhood.

Yes, our street is busy every day of the week. When our car leaves the garage, one has to wait for a few more minutes and let the other cars, e-bikes and motorcycles pass by first. It has become one of those alternative routes going to and from other towns in our province.

Oh what bliss just spending a little of your time waxing poetic about everyday lives, getting in touch with friends  through Messenger, being updated with news on their walls.

Happy Sunday all.

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