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Gee, this is my 50th day of blogging every day.

I know I could not duplicate blogging for a year like when I joined WordPress’ challenge back in 2011. It was called Post A Day Challenge. I even got my badge but I don’t know why it was lost.

Blogging every day? One thing I learned when you blog daily is that you might sacrifice your content just for the sake of writing anything. But then in the process, once you start writing, it is easier to update your blog on a daily basis.

I’ve been reviewing my earlier posts so I could share some snippets of them to one of my favorite one-hour online shows called Interaktib. I am glad they appreciate it and my priest friends call it inspiring. Fr. Pao even said last night that I am their resident poet. Haha, poet indeed, I could not even write a poem daily even if I want to. I am surprised though that my earlier blog posts were more about life, that we always have those challenges that we need to face. It’s more about my journey as a cancer survivor, a mother and grandma to my loving Nate. From time to time though, burst of inspiration comes along and sometimes I am more introspective, sharing something deeper than what we had for dinner, what book I have been reading lately and what the weather is down here.

One thinks of getting and growing older. Come to think of it, I’ll be celebrating my 64th birthday a week from now and again it makes me think of the younger years. Maybe, what they say is true that when gaining these added years to your life, you don’t really think of getting old though you gain wisdom as you go along. You think more of how life would be. Will you still enjoy those things that used to give you happiness and laughter? Would you be more focused in those things you’ve been doing lately? Will you just let life fly by and enjoy them?

One thing that I wish right now? I hope I could maintain writing every day until the end of the year.

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The other day, Nissa asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  Nothing much I said except to see them again with Nate hopefully.

But if there is something material that I really want, sets of pajamas and T-shirts for daily use. I gave two bagfuls of old clothes a few months ago to donate to those who were victims of fire.  They say that when you don’t use any item in your closet for at least five years, you have to give them away. Is that so?

Since there is no social life (because of the Covid) and I don’t go out much anyway, and Josef and Jovy staying home to work, I was saved the weekly task of ironing clothes and pants. Shorts and T-shirts  are the “in” thing nowadays in our household. Convenient, easy to wash, no need for ironing.  That’s one positive thing that this Covid 19 brought, being together except weekends when Josef and  Jovy visit the latter’s grandmother and not seeing Nissa’s family because they could not bring Nate with them. We get to update each other though through  video chats. Lately, Nate tried voice chat, leaving me some messages but always he ends up saying, “I love you Nonna”.

Mom is 91 going 92 by April next year. She’s been with us for more than a year now.  Since she is hard of hearing, most of the time, shouting to her ears is the norm. She is becoming forgetful too. She fills her time watching television and playing card games.  Even if she watches  news every day, she does not understand the implication of not going out especially  at  her age. Sometimes, Josef uses the notepad to answer all her questions, why she can’t go home to the province, why  she could not visit my older brother’s place, why she could not go out and a  hundred more, the same questions every day.  It is so frustrating at times.

We always have a choice in life, right? Always choose to be happy, seeing the positive side of things. Though it is a lonely world, I still enjoy puttering around in the garden, finding new authors to follow, reading to relax, experimenting on what to cook in the kitchen and of course keeping this blog always updated.  Dull? Nope! Simple things are enjoyable as long as your focus are on them.

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Yesterday was rainy, today, the sun showed its face. But there is another super typhoon looming and will probably enter the Philippines come Sunday. I am praying it won’t and if ever, it won’t affect Metro Manila. I hate floods. I hate the rain when it pours non-stop.

My air plants are growing nicely. I have them in my bedroom. Early this morning, I put them on the floor where the sun’s rays shown. They had a sun bath for about twenty minutes. It is nice to grow these undemanding plants, you just need to mist them a little every day and immerse them for a bath at least once a week for ten minutes, dry them and put them back to their vases.

Na adik na yata ako sa air plants 🙂 I keep looking at the different varieties online. I still have a vacant rose gold air holder. Maybe I’ll order some Stricta air plant in a few days. Thinking about it….haha!

The two fur babies stayed in my room for a while and I laughed at how Cookie kept looking at our sliding glass doors seeing herself there. When Oreo was little, he did the same thing. Maybe they were both puzzled why there were more dogs like them 🙂 I took shots of them of course, taking so many pictures.

Behaved? Yes they are. Their carers are not around.

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I saw this lovely article about getting old.Some realizations of what you can do for yourselves once you reach that certain age of being a senior.

1 – After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.
2 – I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
3 – I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.
4 – I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.
5 – I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past.
6 – I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
7 – I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You.”
8 – I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
9 – I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
10 – I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
11 – I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.
12 – I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.
13 – I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.
14 – I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!
 
I don’t know who to credit it to but THANK YOU. Love this list.  

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I lost most of the photos I uploaded on my documents in my computer. I should have copied them to my hard drive but I was so lazy. Anyway, at least some of them are still in my camera.

I could not concentrate reading until I master this block editor a bit. I am finally getting the hang of it. Hopefully in the next few days, I’ll be well acquainted to it.

Spent the time gardening the last two days. I was able to trim our carabao grass and plant more seedlings in the process. I actually ordered three air plants together with air plant holders at Lazada. Here’s the first one.

It is called Ionantha CV air plant. I hope I could propagate it someday. My order of different colors of Zinnia has just arrived from Lazada. I hope they thrive as well. I divided my Sedum, planted them into four pots. They love the sun.

People call those who love plants plantitos and plantitas here. I’ve been a gardener for too long to be called such, I’d rather be called a simple gardener.  Those who are crazy about those lovely plastic pots, some with even corrugated designs  just love to show off what they have planted.  I’d rather plant them direct to the soil if I can.

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My CPU has been replaced. Josef and Jovy bought me a second hand replacement for 4K and it is functioning well. Trying to post from here.

I need a functioning one so I could update our Catholic page on Facebook. I don’t know how to navigate it via my cellphone. Hopefully this would last a little longer though it is second hand and it is an original CPU from the owner.

I noticed that there are so many people here bartering their gadgets and other personal properties or they sell them at a much lower price just to have that much needed cash. So many people are now permanently jobless, some were retrenched because their companies have closed.

Just to mention, this is quite unbelievable. They recently posted some survey results showing duterte getting 91 % despite the fact that we only see him once a week and still there are no concrete plans to fight this Covid 19. Corruption everywhere, two speakers of the House are now fighting because of term-sharing, one would not give up. The dolomite sands they dumped at Manila Bay to the tune of 389M are eroding. lost Philhealth funds. These dolomite sands are being carried away by the rain waters and it was said they are not good for our health.And the mountains of Cebu where they mined these are now destroyed. If you ask me, this is the worst administration I ever came across and it is obvious that that survey is fake just to make those vulnerable people believe that everything is okay.

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Nissa sent me some photos which they took last night. I was so happy to see them happy too. So glad she enjoyed her birthday even without us around.

With Nate, the ever-loving son. We had a video chat last night.

 

The loving family. I think Obet is older by 8 years.

 

They ordered Samgyupsal, grilled pork with all those side dishes. It’s a Korean cuisine. Notice the grill pan in the middle.

 

And the birthday cake of course.

I really wished we were there if not for this pandemic….haha 🙂

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My, we didn’t have internet connection since last night until about 4pm today. Maintenance again? At least it didn’t take them long but I’ve missed Interaktib last night. I could always watch the video but it is kind of different when you watch it live online. The interaction there is addicting.

Surprise!

Of the three seeds of Adenium that I bought a week ago, two has sprouted yesterday. This is just a trial and when they grow a little in the coming days, I will buy more. Some sellers don’t really care if they give you old seeds that won’t even grow so one has to choose a seller who is reliable and has nice reviews.  The three bonus Sunflower seeds haven’t shown their faces yet. Waiting with bated breath.

You know that feeling of joy when you see some of your plants sprout and grow. It is just so wonderful. I ordered different colors of Zinnia, but they haven’t arrived yet. So excited.

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She calls this her birthday selfie which was taken a while ago.  Cheers to 38 years.

Thank  You Lord for all Your blessings. It’s another year –  more memories to hold, more dreams to discover and more lovely experiences to treasure.

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