Posted in blog update, blogging, family life, journeys, life, Philippine fruits, reading, recipes, thoughts and ramblings, writing, tagged blogging, books, family life, journeys, life, reading, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on September 24, 2016 |
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September is almost at an end but the weather is so erratic sometimes which makes you think it is still summer. Either the sun goes up early in the morning, heavy rain takes over in the afternoon or the rain comes early when you are asleep and the sun shines a little late in the afternoon. Crazy.
I haven’t blogged for a week, that kind of post that needs at least five hundred words :) Remember that feeling that you wanted to write a post but you don’t know how to start? Remember that feeling when you have lots of thoughts in your head chasing each other to come out but you don’t know where to start? Remember that feeling that you would really love to update your blog but you don’t know when to start?
Maybe I am just feeling oh so lazy. Yes Virginia, that’ s the truth. I am on my 92nd book though, 8 more books to go and I’m done. I don’t always find good ones, some are just easy reads.
We left early to do our twice a month marketing this morning. I was delighted when I found fresh fiddlehead fern selling at P10 a bunch, got three for P25. You’re lucky if a vendor gives you a discount because you are the buena mano. It tastes so crunchy, just blanch it with hot water for a minute or two then add slices of tomatoes, ginger and onion. Instead of ground pork as toppings, I used a can of flaked solid white albacore fried to a crisp. Josef loves it. Then we saw a young stingray being sliced by our suki vendor so we bought a kilo. They clean it and remove the skin at your request. My son is an expert when it comes to flaking the fish, slicing and dicing ingredients. The best way to cook it is in coconut cream with lots of diced banana pepper, julienned ginger and thinly sliced red onion. I am surprised that Rambutan fruits are still in season, a steal at P60 a kilo. I love it when it is chilled. It’s fun to find fresh produce in the market.
We were supposed to celebrate my daughter’s birthday in advance today so I cooked Nate’s favorite sinigang, this time I used shrimp instead of pork ribs. Nate loves anything sour with all the veggies.They were on their way here this morning when Nissa told me that they were going back because her mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital. Nothing serious, she was not confined, thank God. Nate was actually looking forward to their monthly visit here. He said over the phone “see you later Nonna” but he must have meant “see you soon”. More weekends to look forward to.
Lately, I have explored a bit of WordPress, how to blacklist someone who makes those comments which are not really about the post or about the blog but which are not classified as spam by WordPress. They are meant to provoke. I have learned how to delete a follower who is not really into writing, when you click the site, you can’t even find it. Years ago, there was this site who made use of one particular post, changed some words and they made it appear its their own. I called the attention of WordPress to no avail so what I did was to blog about that site for everyone to see. I even learned how to use Copyscape to check everything here, I don’t know how effective it is but at least it is an option. I am glad there is Akismet. It has protected my site from 54,096 spam comments as of this writing. I am grateful to WordPress for that.
Any app you have uploaded to your blog to protect it? It would be nice to hear from you, thanks🙂
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Posted in journeys, life, Mary Oliver, Mary Oliver Quotes, poems, tagged journeys, life, Mary Oliver, Mary OLiver writings and poems, quotes on September 23, 2016 |
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Been touched by these words. Good morning everyone.
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Posted in blessings, family, family life, journeys, Nate, photography, tagged family life, journeys, life, Nate, on growing up, photography on September 12, 2016 |
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I love photos that tell a story. Sure you can just admire one particular shot but that is all there is to it. A garden fills the senses, a lovely bloom makes you admire nature, a lovely rainbow makes you wonder about the beauty of creation.
Two years ago, I blogged about Nissa’s photo of Nate and his dad which she posted on Instagram. He was a little more than a year old, just learned how to walk and balance himself while walking. Yesterday, Nissa took another shot of the two of them. What a difference two and a half years make!
Grow tall little man.
He greeted me a happy grandmother’s day yesterday. When he is being playful, he would say, “I love you Mommy, I love you Mama” repeating the words several times instead of saying Nonna. Our baby is now a big boy🙂
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Posted in blessings, blogging, Happy Birthday Mama Mary, inspiration, silence speaks, tagged blog stats, blogging, Closer to God, Faith, Happy Birthday Mama Mary, life, Mama Mary, Mama Mary's birthday on September 9, 2016 |
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I hope it is not too late to say “happy birthday Mama Mary”.
For those of you who read my blog regularly, you might have noticed that since 2011, I’ve been getting upward spike every time I blog about Mama Mary’s birthday and the bulk of views comes from my country. I love Mama Mary. Yes, every September 7 and September 8, I get notifications from WordPress. Last year was the highest so far with a total of 4,893 in one day alone.
WordPress has sent me notifications since the other day and again I am amazed by the amount of views I got until this morning. This one is the latest so far with this message:
Your blog, DREAMS AND ESCAPES, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 303 hourly views – 6 hourly views on average
A spike in your stats.
Your blog, DREAMS AND ESCAPES, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 303 hourly views – 6 hourly views on average A spike in your stats
Translated into numbers, I got 2,020 views the other day and 2,713 views as of this morning. It is still moving upward. Thank you Mama Mary, my blog posts about you are instrumental in these numbers.
May you all be touched with everyday blessings.
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Posted in books, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, tagged Goodreads reading challenge 2016, journeys, life, September comes, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, turning 60 on September 5, 2016 |
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Mom was watching an early morning show this morning and I noticed that one of their props is a duly decorated Christmas tree. I smiled and thought “the countdown begins, it’s the start of the BER months, how lovely!”
It’s the longest Christmas celebration ever. Oh yes, I am listening to the Christmas album of Johnny Mathis at the moment (on YouTube of course). Who would not be thrilled at the thought of the most celebrated and most joyous season of the year? It makes me sad though that every time I get to listen to Johnny Mathis’ Christmas album I always think of Dad. It was his favorite and you know Christmas is near when you hear these lovely songs of old. He died one December night almost nine years ago. One of my friends shouted out on her FB wall, “ilabas na si Jose Mari Chan”. Jose Mari Chan is one of our most talented singers. he compose his own songs and he has several Christmas albums that find their way in every home and on radio stations when September is here.
This might be a bit late for September 1 because the last two paragraphs were on draft and I haven’t posted anything here since August 30. Seems as if I need to be reminded that it’s been six days since my last post and a week since posting a longer one. I’ve been busy (same reason as before). The truth is I got so engrossed reading the past days. Gosh, I am happy to tell you that I’ve finished 85 books out of the 100 books I promised myself to read this year and Goodread’s Reading Challenge for 2016 is a nice motivation. 15 more books to go and I’m done.
Know what, I am excited to be called a SC in two months. When you reach the age of sixty, you’ll be proud to wear that senior citizen’s badge proclaiming to the world that you are one. You’ll always be in the priority lane, you get a 20% discount on medicines provided you have a legit prescription from your doctor, you can also enjoy discounts in restaurants, hotels, concerts, movies, air fare, groceries etc. This afternoon, I went to SSS (Social Security System) to get an application form for retirement and to inquire about the other things needed to be submitted. Their branch in our place was full but I was able to talk to one of their employees after an hour of waiting. We had a short chat about my previous employment, how much I’ll gonna get every month for life, what identity papers I need to submit. She said, “I am sure Ma’am Arlene di tayo magkikita sa birthday mo pero right after your birthday dadalaw ka dito”. It simply means that the day after I turned sixty, she’ll see me again. Getting in years gracefully, getting a little wiser with age while ignoring the occasional aches and pains of the advancing years.
Just grateful for everyday blessings! How’s the start of your week?
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“Let your life lightly dance on
the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.” – Rabindranath Tagore
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