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Every year, during his birthday and death anniversary, I would always write about him. Those things that I still vividly remember in my mind. I couldn’t count the anecdotes and stories we have shared in the past. When I stopped working at the bank, Dad and Mom stayed with me. Almost every afternoon and sometimes when I am trimming the grass, he would sit on the ledge of our garage and regale me with those stories of long ago.

I remember, I first learned to read novels and books through him. He would borrow books from their library at the UST High school and allow me to read when I was no longer busy with school assignments. I graduated from those Mills and Boons stories back in high school and learned more reading genre when I started working as a student librarian while studying at the same time.

When we were in grade school, my  brothers and I stayed in the province with my grandmother most of the time when mom won’t be around to take care of us. When my two brothers and I started high school, they transferred my youngest brother here in Manila to continue with her grade schooling.  I remember those days when dad would come home every December break from school and he would bring along various groceries and old clothes (of students) from their school. Mom would distribute the latter to our neighbors  and sometimes  would even make alterations on the good ones for us to wear. I remember those days when Dad would make us sit and remove white hairs from his head. We would count them afterwards and Dad would give us some cents for candies…haha! I remember those days when he would harvest our Formosa pineapples  and cashews from the trees we planted together when I was a kid.  He loved fruits. He planted several coconut saplings when he retired from work, they are all bearing fruits now.

This is one of my favorite pictures of him which I have posted too several years ago. He was in his early eighties when this photo was taken.

I want to share these lovely quotes with you on fatherhood.

“I suddenly remember being very little and being embraced by my father. I would try to put my arms around my father’s waist, hug him back. I could never reach the whole way around the equator of his body; he was that much larger than life. Then one day, I could do it. I held him, instead of him holding me, and all I wanted at that moment was to have it back the other way.”
― Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts

“My father didn’t tell me how to live;
he lived, and let me watch him do it”
― Clarence B. Kelland

“A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remains as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.”
― Ama H.Vanniarachchy

 

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This is one of those days when you can’t do anything except wait for the latest news about the typhoon which has a very wide ring band and talk to Nissa over the phone. Lazy, lazy morning. I cooked lunch early since it is so windy outside, there might me a power outage.

It is a good thing the rain is not too strong, I am wary of heavy rains because of flood. Hopefully in two days, the typhoon would have left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It is most felt in the Bicol region where it has landed.

Nissa sent me two more photos of her breakfast and lunch provided by the hospital, she is eating more fruits though as advised by her doctor.  She is alone in her room, I told her to watch the news or sleep to have that much needed rest.

Breakfast that includes some sweets, champorado, slices of hot dog and milk.

Maybe that is Pork nilaga or sinigang and fish fillet for lunch.

She brought this along, sour fruits for the taking.

Pomelo and Oranges

It is still dark outside but the wind has somehow slowed down.

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Thanks!


I am so touched by all your prayers and well-wishes for Nissa to get well soon, thank you so very much.  I am glad to have friends all over who show their concern and kindness to our family.

 

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Today Nissa was again admitted to the UST Hospital for her one time shot of radioactive therapy.  For the past two weeks her endocrinologist stopped her medication prior to her admittance but will resume after her isolation for three straight days. We can’t go there and visit her this time because of the radiation. The past days, her high TSH left her feeling weak, with ” fatigue, brain fog, muscle cramps, numbness, muscle and bone pain and bouts of uncontrollable crying and mood swings”. High TSH levels can mean your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism. I think it is necessary to make the treatment effective. The cost of that one-time treatment is quite expensive. She took a photo  of her room which is a little bigger than the one she had  before. There is another bed for a caretaker but no one in the family is allowed to stay there because of the effect of the radiation.

She sent me this photo earlier, a shot of her room at the hospital. We talked through messenger.

She is required to drink twelve liters of water during her stay.  They told her to eat sour fruits too.  Hospital food is sometimes too bland but this looks okay for dinner.

May I please request for your prayers for the successful treatment of my daughter? Thank you so much 🙂

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I was suddenly  reminded of the song with lyrics like this: and now the end is near…..

It’s not really all about facing the final curtain which is a certainty for all of us but it is more on changing another leaf in the calendar.

And here comes December….finally!

Photo culled from the net.

Looking forward to the cool December days although the start of the month it is marred by a tropical storm coming in anytime next week. Good thing Metro Manila will  not be  directly affected but it will surely bring more  rain.  Weather disturbances this late in the year are usually strong.  It’s the 20th tropical cyclone for 2019.

Falling in line for quite a while and when it was my turn to transact at the ATM machine located at the mall, it suddenly went unavailable because it ran out of cash inside. Since I didn’t want to use my credit card (cause I already paid the December dues in full), I have to wait for another day or go to a nearby branch of the bank to  withdraw some cash. Mall ATMs are so convenient though, it’s like killing two birds with one stone. And there are those ever present mall sales but I don’t usually buy because of foot traffic and sometimes you end up buying something you really don’t need just because it’s on sale. It’s better to be practical nowadays.

I am trying to catch up on my reading, trying romance books this time. I found a seven-novel-box set from seven different authors, done with two, so far so good. According to some reviews, Romance Through the Ages is an excellent read. They are light reading, some are funny, one is a  bit historical. Just enjoying the days waiting for Christmas, doing some general cleaning. We’re done decorating a week ago.

 

 

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What a busy, busy weekend.

Yes, you heard it right. I ironed several panels of curtains, changed the sheets, replaced the curtains with thicker ones. Oh my, several loads in the washing machine. I’m dead beat. Good thing, the sun is shining. They would dry under the heat of the sun.

We’ re baking again. There are so many orders but not enough time to do everything.  Just helping Jovy and Josef to fill them up.  My goodness, I could not even take a taste test because I am avoiding sweets.

I was able to catch up on my reading though. I usually read at night. It’s been a while since I read thrillers and courtroom scenes that I really love. This love affair started when I read QB VII by Leon Uris several years ago. I am reading some romantic stories now for a change, and some are all about Christmas.

By the way, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my friends residing in the US. May you all be blessed  🙂 There is always something we are grateful for.

 

 

 

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November is coming to a close, gently folding its leaves to welcome the cold December days. Ah, the joys of waiting for Christmas!

According to Christmas clock, there are 27 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes till December 25, 2019.

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