Sunday, April 29, 2012


I haven't posted for quite a time though I have so many thoughts and experiences that I should be posting. Instead of writing, I always find myself reading others' blogs. In this sense, I do procrastinate.

On the other hand, I'm preoccupied with the more important things, things that can contribute to the betterment of humanity. I engage myself in such noble missions as educating mankind in godly way through the greatest book ever written, thus encouraging, inspiring and giving hope to the people. For me, it's the most joyous and rewarding work. It's life-saving.

Aside from that, I also have my secular jobs to keep, household chores and my handcrafting, which I often neglect. First things first.

Whatever spare time I have, I use it to supposedly write blogs but as I've stated above, I always end up reading/viewing others' blogs, which I enjoy anyway. So.... am I procrastinating?

Recently, I've been writing mostly about seasons and weathers, especially winter and spring. It's not that I have no other ideas to write, far from that. It's just that my fascination of the four seasons hasn't worn out yet, and I still look at them with the eyes of a first-timer. Each time the seasons come, there are always new facets of their beauty that come to the surface, which were not there previously. There are always new things to learn and worth-viewing.

These days, there's nothing to do but wait for the spring flowers to flourish. There had been crocuses but which have been blanketed and pressed down by the successive heavy snowfalls and snowstorms that masked the sunny and happy face of spring. The remaining heaps of snow are melting quickly under the warm sun. The roadway tractors that gather and suck the tiny gravels sprinkled all over to prevent the roads and pathways from becoming slippery during winter have partially vacuumed the gravels.

While many today have been singing of this year's spring through their lovely narratives and pictures, I have not much to sing yet except the visage of this season that we have here presently. No sighing nor complaining. Even in the thick gloom and snowy/rainy spring, there's still bliss. I can spot little things that can delight me, like these pictures.

Most bright colors I see are from the flowers and aquariums in the groceries which I took a moment to photograph with my Nikon compact camera which I carry with me every time I go out.

While waiting for the glory of the natural world, we're making plans for our travel activities from spring through autumn. I want to see more places and expand my little odyssean universe. And before embarking on these series of  travels, there's one more journey that I had in March that I should have posted right after that trip, but I procrastinated.

Anyway, I think that many of us have a fleck of this trait running in our bloodstream. And it's hard to get rid of it completely. But this time, as I'm writing this, I'm surprised that I chased procrastination away.

Today has been a beautiful day. A day filled with warm sunshine and balmy spring air. 

Another day to enjoy the gift of life and be grateful to the Giver of such life and all the marvelous things that we so enjoy.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bright and Crunchy

These past two days, the sun came out warm and bright. The sky was clear, with some clouds occasionally forming and vanishing. The birds twittered in the trees. Typical spring days!

Today, I woke up to see the sky cloudy, but the sun's brilliance penetrated through the dark clouds. The sun keeps hiding and reappearing, and so are some blue patches of the sky.

The heaps of snow are quickly melting away are are being sapped of their liquid component, thus turning them brittle. As they recede, these masses of snow have their thin edges suspend about an inch above the ground.

These are times when a weird habit I developed comes to play. I always find myself treading on the thin edges of the brittle snow and enjoy the feel of them being cracked under my feet and the crunch, crunch, crunch sound that they produce. As long as they remain, I keep walking over them all the way to my destination. Really love it!

Well, this is all I want to record for now by way of an update. As I'm writing this, the sun is already dominating the sky which has turned into blue, with thin fluffy clouds left racing across.

"Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday." 

"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Winter Again!

Just kidding!

The sun had come shining bright and warm. The sky is mostly cloudless. Daylight is longer, early morns and evenings brighter. The roads and walkways had been cleared of ice and water, while drainpipes continuously echo the noisy gurgles of flowing water that comes from the melting snow that have been piled up high along the roads and open grounds. Some migratory birds have come back from their long journeys. Green offshoots and colorful crocus buds have emerged. The air is refreshingly cool. Songs of birds fill the air.

Yes, spring had come!

Amid the joyful anticipation of a lovely spring, clouds began to gather again. For some days these past two weeks, showers of snow came intermittently, heaping a new layer of glittery powder on the ground.

Yesterday, heavy snowfall darkened the whole place and kept the people in their cozy homes all day long. Large snow clusters fell steadily, first blanketing the first spring flowers with light snow. Then the snow accumulated fast, thickening the white blanket up to about 20 cm. Everything is cloaked with glorious whiteness again, softly contouring anew the mounds of melting snow.

It's another winter! Or maybe it's winter's goodbye. Perhaps it forgot to say goodbye the proper way. Perhaps it has come to express its farewell through the last snow that it possessed this season, sprinkling a   little of its fine powder over spring.'s still beautiful, as always.

And since it was Sunday, it's the perfect time to relax in the comfort of our homes, snugly drinking a cup of brewed coffee and  nibbling on a delicious Swedish "semla" bread.

This morning when I woke up, the sun was shining intensely, the ground so white and smooth. When I opened the backdoor to feel the air, the warmth of the sun and the cold of the freshly-fallen snow joined together to produce an alchemy for the psyche. And I felt rejuvenated.

Yes, spring is definitely here, though snow still abounds.  The only thing left to do is wait until all the whiteness turns to a sea of vibrant colors. The lovely colors of sundry spring blossoms. Soon....

Have a wonderful week!