If you look hard enough, you'll see my friend in his usual place.
I hardly complained about the snow this winter. Staying under the flakes in our garden when it briefly snowed in our barrio, then sticking my tongue out for a moment & tasting a part of nature I have never gotten used to. A white Christmas wish come true when we went to celebrate it with the family in the east of France. Freezing at -15° at 10 in the evening. Half slipping on frosted streets. Shoveling pathways & scraping ice off the car's windows. Breathing fresh, clean air. A sight of pure & immaculate fields of white with nothing but animal trails. But yes, snow is good when you're on vacation.
The usual New Years at home. That is how I captured the valley below as it illuminated with fireworks. It almost felt like home. In the news, there were at least 500 firecracker injuries in the Philippines & there are not more than 5 injuries reported in France. We had the best seat as we watched the year end & begin again.
The 5th year of this blog has been quiet & sluggish. A post a month. Even this post had to squat in the drafts folder for a month. But looking around the blogsphere, it has likewise almost trickled into slumber. Updating by one-liner statuses & sharing your whole life with online photo albums seem to be more practical. This new way of sharing made me wonder about the essence of my blog. But it brought strangers together from all over the world. Some of them have remained virtual friends since the dawn of this blog & it has somehow forged a silent connection. So cheers to my blog friends, lurkers & random visitors. This blogger is not yet ready to close down.
The year that was seemed to be ordinary but significant. Sometimes I cannot tell between bountiful blessings & concluding an 8 year old fight - and losing in the end. A collection of self revelations, a whole lot of learning & in my heart, I know I'm not the same anymore. I guess seeing a year just whoosh by is a good sign. Time is really so long & so short at the same time.
They say when january is over, winter will already be a breeze. Although february most of the time holds suprises, my garden is now beginning to show signs of spring. It's always wonderful to see it wake up. Finally soon, therapeutic gardening (even weed cleaning) & collecting herbs & spices to grow then hopefully a good calamansi harvest. Even if my garden cannot be as manicured, the pleasure of finally having a green space is priceless. Barbeques always spell conviviality - a warm tête à tête for this family of two & a cat. Simple plans for a simple future.