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So how was your Valentine celebrations?  I deliberately didn’t blog yesterday because I was so excited to finish a book I’ve found by Danielle Steel. I seldom read a Steel book now except when I like the subject and the synopsis of the story. It was set in Norfolk, England. It was my 29th read actually  (15 books ahead of schedule).

I have just updated my gardening blog Gardens and Empty Spaces.

You might want to visit it. I uploaded several high res shots that I took of my garden blooms late this afternoon.  I don’t want to reduce them so I posted them all there.

Many thanks for visiting the site.

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Just sharing with you a photo of Oreo’s birthday cake which Jovy baked last night along with a tray of brownies for us humans.

The cake is made of rice flour, carrots, peanut butter, chicken, pork and honey. No sugar of course. Oreo and his furry friends would surely be happy.

Josef bought birthday hats and a Happy Birthday bunting banner for tonight. We’ll be having lumpiang shanghai, spaghetti, cheese sticks and brownies for dessert.  I took several shots of Oreo early this morning at the garden.

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He’s turning one year old tomorrow  and he has three puppy friends that he regularly meet at the park early evenings.  Based on Josef’s stories, I am amazed that he could crawl up and down the slide on his own. He is also friendly with the three puppies which are of different breed. Jovy is planning to bake a doggie cake for him and his friends and tomorrow, we gonna cook a little something to celebrate his birthday.

Since it was Jovy’s day off, we went to SM East Ortigas mall to have Oreo groomed. He is sporting a bear cut now. I love the smell of newly groomed puppies –  fur trimmed, teeth brushed, newly shampooed and toe nails trimmed too.  I bought him a new shirt and a new toy as birthday gifts.

Jovy says Oreo is an alpha male.  He always wants to be the leader, be at the front of the line.  When he is at home, he is like a baby.

One good thing about having pets is that they are stress-relievers.  They can make you smile and they can make you laugh and their love if I might say is unconditional.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, & they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”​- John Grogan

 

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Ah, this is supposed to be a rest day after hearing the mass early this morning. I have to do to the laundry though. The laundry basket was bursting at the seams. Anyway the laundry is done after so many loads. At least I’ll be free tomorrow morning to tend to the garden and maybe plant ampalaya (bitter gourd). I saved the  matured seeds yesterday when I cooked some veggies for dinner.

I’d like to tell you about my reading journey, my 2019 Goodreads Challenge particularly. At the start of the year, I committed myself to read another 150 books. I am on my 27th read  and it is the first YA book for this year. I am trying to read different genre and find more new authors. If possible, I prefer first book publications because they are usually the best.  Publishing a book for the first time and writing about it must be pretty hard.  There are so many competitions out there.  There is this book entitled All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I had it for a couple of years now but it was only the other day that I started reading it. It’s Goodreads’ Choice 2015 for Young Adult Winner. As Goodreads says: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. And since I read both books  before, I was intrigued to read this one too. So far, so good. I smiled at the five-star and one-star reviews on Goodreads. I am not deterred by the one-star review since I feel  encouraged to read it  seeing that there are many five-star reviews too. It might be a little disturbing for some but we have to admit not all books  are about rainbows, some could be stars in the night that shine brightly above. Though I still prefer memoirs and historical fiction, occasionally, YA books are welcome.

I saw this particular photo from an album I posted at Facebook nine years ago. They have this “memories” app and you can visit it every day to remind you what life was years ago.

When this was taken, Lovell  was still a seminarian. He is now a Dominican priest – a son, a close friend and a confidante.  Caleruega is such a beautiful place and I miss it.

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It was a lovely morning spent with Nate and Nissa. As Obet wasn’t around to drive for them, they came here via a Grab car and left the same way a few minutes ago.

After lunch, Nate and I  read his books.  I am so amazed. Last time we read together, Nate could barely pronounce the words right but now he is quite fast enough to pronounce the words. Except for those “ed” of past tenses which he pronounce as it is spelled, he could read them all.

When we were kids, mom and dad didn’t enrol us in kindergarten.  There was no grade level like that in the province. I told  Nate that when I was his age, I was just learning to write my ABC.  It is so different now, they have all the tools to learn easier than before.

Nissa gifted me with a bottle of Olive moisturizing lotion  (it smells so heavenly) and a box of Mark  and Spencer organic green tea. She knows I love tea. Just perfect for those cinnamon raisin cookies that I baked earlier.

Nate calls this his wacky shot. As he was moving a lot, it was somehow blurry. He took photos of all the corners of the house including our shelves of books, Oreo, Mom while playing cards and different angles of our sala. I erased most of them and we were laughing so loud when he took Nissa’s photo atop the bed.

What a lovely Saturday and  when  Nate  is around it is even lovelier.

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Took these shots a few minutes ago while Oreo was enjoying looking at the passing vehicles and motorcycles at our place. Marking his territory.

Our other dog Noki was barking like crazy when he saw us. He was confined at the dirty kitchen.

Look at that fur. He needs a trim but his vet has resigned from the pet shop  where we usually bring him. We’re still looking for a  pet shop nearby.

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I saw this on my news feed re: Memories on Facebook which I  made back in 2013, same day of course, the 24th of January. I actually blogged it at my other site for Nate six years ago.

The above photos were  taken thirty years apart. Mother and son. Two peas in a pod 🙂

 

And this was taken last January 13, 2019 at Ice Flower. What do you think?

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