July 13, 2020

Trying to Get Back

It's been a while since I saw this blogger editor page, to my blogging friends, I think you took notice of this. I would like to extend my apologies, I know I don't have to but still I feel like it because it might worry some friends I have here, you are all so dear to me. I think it has been three weeks since I last posted something. I really appreciate your thoughts, especially my friends Iris Flavia and Ananka who took time and efforts to send me emails and check on me. I really appreciate that my dear friends.

I had a restful weekend so I really put posting as a top priority here, but the problem is I'm having a hard time on what I will be writing about. Do you also feel this at times? Like you feel so motivated to write something and share something but the problem is you don't know what to write? I guess I'll just share some updates on what happened to my life in the past weeks:

  • Hectic last two weeks of June at work - It as been quite hectic at work for the first two weeks that I was away. As a response to the current situation, to save our company, it decided to roll up a directive to use all our paid leaves in the second quarter, and with that, since a lot of my teammates had to use more leaves than me, I was the one left to work on their processes and so as my manager. We worked hard for a week, substituting for a team of 4. It was quite tedious but the gratefulness for having a stable job despite this situation just embraces my heart much more than the extra efforts I gave.
  • Deactivated Facebook - It's been a very crazy series of events here in our country, plus having fake accounts made of me, complete with pictures and information that seemed very legitimate, encouraged me to leave Facebook. Plus trust me, a lot, that is happening about the country just urged me to kick the can and shut my profile down. I had to post a notice for a good 24 hours just so my friends will not be surprised and think that I blocked them or something because if you leave Facebook and a friend searches for you, it displays the same screens and behaviors as when somebody blocked you. At the moment it's been more than two weeks since I left Facebook. I did not deprived myself that much of updates from my friends and family, I'm still on messenger so they can connect with me. And I'm also on Twitter @stevenque and on Instagram @thisisstevenque just in case you may want to follow me.
  • My favorite Aunt is not feeling well - This one, I would like to ask for your prayers because it's something that is so hard for me. She is a very close Aunt, just like a mom to me and we traveled together to a lot of places like Japan, USA, Italy, Czech Republic just to name a few. I wish she gets well very soon. Can you please help me pray for her fast healing and recovery.
  • Moving on to a New Garden - A few things happened and I had to move my plants from the Garden I used to show you at. It was sad at first but I thought I can't just leave my plants on a place they won't be cared as much so I thought of starting a new Garden on a spot at our rooftop. Excessive sun will be a problem but then I thought challenges are good and rewarding once you get to work on it and I even thought it will make me a better gardener if I learn how to take care of my plants in such extreme conditions like too much sunshine. Luckily, there's a cheap but good quality UV net available online and I was able to get one. So yes, I'm starting from scratch. Sounds sad to leave the old spot but also exciting to begin again from something bare.
A spot on our rooftop I'll try to make my new Garden

Net Arrived! Thanks to my Dad who helped me set it up yesterday.

Just in time for a strong rain this morning

I'll leave you my dear friends with these updates for now. I just really felt like writing and I really miss all of you and your blogs and also reading your heart-warming comments very much! Let us continue to pray for each other, and for the whole world. It's getting tougher and tougher as the days go by but we are still alive, still breathing, still have the power to see the beauty in this world despite all the ugly things happening in the foreground.

Leaving you with my happy Bromeliads. Moving to a new garden brought new perspectives, one of which is getting to see how beautiful these plants are when viewed from above them.


Never Stop Going Back to what you Love,
Stevenson

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This post is part of Betty's My Corner of the World

50 comments:

  1. Good idea to get out of Facebook: I quit looking at FB posts or adding to mine around 6 months ago for political reasons. It's a very evil company!

    Great to see you back to blogging about your life in lockdown and even expressing your job stress. Remember that you are sharing a life that's completely different from those of most of your contacts, so even things that seem little to you are of interest to others, just as we try to describe what's special in our lives.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh we are very much the same Mae, I also quit for having that same reason where what I've said above stems from.

      Thank you so much, that is super nice of you Mae to say. I am happy that you find it interesting because at times I feel like there's nobody to tell such problems to and you are right, I sometimes think it's too small of a problem for me even if it takes up much space on my thoughts.

      Happy New Week!

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  2. Hello my friend Stevenson.
    No wonder some time I see you are not active on the blog, not as usual routinely posting new articles almost every day. Apparently there are many things that make you vacuum for a while. I give your support to be active again.
    I think it's also natural for someone to feel bored and deadlocked in the idea of ​​writing.

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    1. Thank you so much my friend Himawan, you got that right my friend. Thank you so much for being supportive and I really hope I can post again as much as before, especially I need an outlet to express myself and my thoughts now that I left Facebook.

      Have a great new week!

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    2. Your welcome my best friend, Stevenson.
      To be honest I also rarely active on Facebook to write status or upload photos. The purpose of my Facebook is to provide an article link to friends there.

      Stay enthusiastic, take care of your health and manage your activities as well as possible so you don't feel bored.

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    3. That is a very good idea, because still Facebook has a lot of reach and it can help us spread the blog links best.

      Thank you very much Himawan and you are right, being bored is also a problem especially on these times.

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  3. Stevenson! You have me blushing here!
    Oh. I have it the other way round, so many thoughts I need to get down "on paper", ummm... blogger, thanks to blogger I assume others really read along, a piece of paper?
    I had a diary as teenager. Nothing I wanted to share (my Mum found it, read it and told me off for some of my thoughts...).

    I have to say: You have a great company there!
    We did the very same with my former boss when Volkswagen let us go the first time (the new boss just saw money and kicked us out).

    Facebook luckily does not bug me. Maybe cause an American friend opened that account for me so it´s confused? Facebook, not that friend!

    I am sososo sorry and hope your Aunt recovers not only fully, but soon!
    My best-loved Aunt lives so far away I saw her last time when my Mum passed. 2011. You two are in my heart and thoughts!

    Ohhh, a beautiful new place, I am deeply impressed! I won´t call our balcony a bad name but your new place, bliss! Hope you can offer a cuppa there to your Aunt soon.
    Don´t forget a cake, ice-cream or pizza.

    Dear Stevenson... I hope so much it all turns out well, that you have strength to manage it all.
    (Lille Corinna says hi, too).

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    1. OMG! You had me shocked reading about how your mom read your Diary! Thank you so much Iris, the company really is good to allow us to stay at home especially in such a very dangerous situation here in the Philippines, we are now number 4 in all of Asia and highest number of cases in East and South East Asia :(

      Thank you very much dear Iris. She has to undergo surgery at the moment and I am praying woith all my heart for her. I really appreciate your well wishes, thanks dear Iris!

      Oh you are so right! When my Aunt recovers, I'll bring her to the garden and she'll be happy to see the rose plant that she gave me a month ago for my birthday!

      Oh please send my hugs to Lille Corinna dear Iris! I'm so happy to be back in the presence of you my dear friends :)

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    2. Yes. I was shocked, too, to find my diary open on the family table. A lot of trust destroyed and now we open up to the world, crazy, is it.
      How times are a changing!

      "At the moment" sounds scary, but good! I have a neighbour who waits - thanks to Corinna - since weeks for a surgery. On the good side: In her case "just" painful, not life-threatening.

      Lille Corinna tries to cross edges, too. In lack of fingers and toes (oh, come on, dear Stevenson. We need humour!)
      When I was about loosing the function of my right hand and called my Mum, crying in despair, she yelled: "THINK POSITIVE - or it will go wrong!".
      My right hand is perfectly OK.
      Maybe this helps you? Think POSITIVE.

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  4. Hello Stevenson,
    Good to hear something about you and you are well.
    Busy times to move and let's hope your beautiful plants survive.
    Good luck!!

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you very much my friend Marco for your kind words and welcome! I hope they do thrive :)

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  5. ...you have to take care of life first!

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    1. I very much agree Tom. I did have a good break :)

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  6. I am so happy to hear from you again Stevenson. I was beginning to worry about you. But, you know, sometimes Life takes priority over things like blogs - much as we may enjoy our blogging, sometimes other things need to take first importance. Follow your heart and blog if you want, or don't if that is how you are feeling.
    What a shame you needed to move your garden, but in the long run it may be for the best. Now the plants can have fresh air and sunshine and rain as well as your love - they are looking really good :)

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    1. Dear margaret, that is so kind of you. I really missed you guys, honestly, reading about your experiences and daily lives, you grew to become good friends to my heart and I am happy to be back :) You are right, I'll make myself available whenever I can and have the urge to write.

      Thank you so much Margaret, you are right, looking at the positive side, maybe they will grow better here on their new spot.

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  7. Dearest Stevenson,
    Sure the illness of your favorite aunt is worrisome and prayer sure will uplift her!
    Life is complex, it comes and goes in waves and plans are almost always thwarted by others.
    Our world also has some parasites and those that love to create chaos. They're being paid to do so...
    We should all persevere and not listen to those devils that try above all to do away with God. No prayer in schools, public buildings and on and on. That is the sure road to decline in every way.
    If humans don't admit our Creator, never mind in what religion one believes, then the soul gets tainted and things will start going wrong.
    It is refreshing to read blogs from kindred spirits. FB for over 90% is just FLUFF. That's what I call it as most people have nothing of value to share. They just keep circulating others' pictures, news or whatever. It often feels like a waste of time.
    But we should not give up our own views because of the bozos.
    Love your garden and indeed a great idea for using a shade net!
    Such rain makes for happy plants and in your climate they should fare well.
    ENJOY.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dearest Mariette. I really hope and pray with all my heart for my Aunt. She is so dear to me and she was a very good Aunt to me even when I was born, she treated me like her own child. A big yes on those parasites especially on line, they shouldn't be a cause of fear but with technology and its power with the people behind it, it sure gets scary for me. You said it very perfectly! A lot of people acting to be Christians here in our country are working on ways that are very much not Christianly. It's very sad. Glad to have blogs like these where I can still continue to express my feelings and also share my days to dear friends like all of you.

      Please have a great new week dear Mariette!

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  8. I am so glad to see this post..mi have been praying for you daily..

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    1. Oh Rose, I very much appreciate your prayers, it's something I would really be needing lately. Thank you very much dear Rose, that warmed up my heart with joy and gratefulness. Praying for you as well dear Rose, you are so kind and a blessing to me!

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  9. Hi SQ, I have also been thinking of you and hoping all was well. Sending lots of healing vibes from the other side of the world for your much loved aunty đź’ś What a wonderful beginning to your new rooftop garden, how lovely of your dad to give you a helping hand, parents are the best aren't they đź’™ Take time to catch your breath and take super care of yourself đź’š

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    1. Dearest Grace, that is so nice and sweet of you, I very much appreciate it! And thank you so much for your prayers for my Auntie, I really hope she gets healed and recovers fast.

      Thank you very much and I really am happy with my Dad's help because even if I can do it myself, his ways and ideas are much better on how it was set up! Thanks dear Grace and have a great new week yourself!

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  10. So glad you are okay :-D Sounds like you have been really busy at work. And good to be in a job for sure!

    My thoughts are prayers are with your aunty - lots of love n hugs from Scotland <3

    And great photos too of your plants and garden. You and your dad did well :-D

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    1. Thank you so much dear Ananka, it really was a busy month this past one, Thank you so much for you kindness and your prayers for my Aunt, I very much appreciate it! Thank you so much Ananka :) I am so excited for this Garden adventure and My dad will surely help me more on the next phases :)

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  11. Prayers for you and your dear aunt ~ This covid virus has been a catalyst for so many changes ~ Your plants look like they are going to do well in the new spot ~ Happy Gardening and thanks for sweet words about my dear yorkie's passing ~

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you so much for those kind prayers dear Carol, My Aunt really need those. I really hope they thrive on their new home and I am so excited to add more plants on the other spots as well :) Had more plants from the old garden to bring upstairs.

      I am really saddened about Zoe's passing, she has been so dear to us as well and will always be remembered.

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  12. Thank you for giving us an update on what's going on with yourself. Sending thoughts and prayers your way for you and your aunt. It's tough when a loved one gets ill or has to have an operation. Hopefully it will all work out fine. Your new spot for your garden will work out fine. It has to adapt to its new environment and you have to adapt with the care you give it. Both will strive just fine with a little time. :) I left facebook two years ago and don't miss it. I have more time to do whatever I wish. Been walking alot and taking photos. Glad to hear from you, take care, stay safe and enjoy your days, my friend!

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    1. My friend Bill! I am so happy to see you again here. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, I very much appreciate them for me and my Aunt. I love the words you said for my garden and for how I will have to adjust in taking care of them which is very much true! As much as they will adjust, I also should to give enough care and attention to them especially that they will have a new set of needs in this new spot.

      Can't wait to walk with you on your walks through your posts my friend Bill! Have a great new week ahead :)

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  13. Espero que se recupere tu tĂ­a.

    En cuanto a las redes sociales, no soy demasiado asíduas a ella. Lo que más me ocupa es el blog y las fotografías.

    Tienes un buen espacio en la terraza, se verá muy bella cuando la ocupes de plantas.

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    1. Muchas gracias por sus amables palabras. Tengo muchas esperanzas de que se recupere completa y rápidamente.

      Estoy contigo en lo que es importante y ahora me enfocaré más en mi blog en lugar de en Facebook.

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  14. I was so glad when you came by yesterday because I had noticed you weren't posting and at first I didn't worry but I was starting to wonder. I can see why -- it sounds very hectic. Just the garden alone is a lot of work, not to mention doing the work of others at your job. You're right, you are lucky to have one, but that doesn't always make it easier during the late hours.

    Of course, you will have my prayers for your dear aunt. I hope she will heal and return to health. And well done with FB. I have contemplated doing much the same just because all the news is so dire these days. But so far, I'm still there. Your new garden will be splendid and I know it will be loved.

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    1. Thank you very much dearest Jeanie! I am also as happy to see you here. You are right, I have to be honest, there are times that I feel sad and giving up at work but I always get the wake-up call/thought that it's very hard to look for a job in this pandemic. I just focus myself to the kindness of my Manager Miss Sheryl and also looking positive at the positive things at work and of course prayer.

      Oh that is so nice of you Jeanie, I really appreciate your prayers for me and my Aunt. I hope you and Rick are doing well there and I will do my best with the garden and will be sharing updates to you my dear friends!

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  15. Hello my pal. I'm so sorry to read about your upheavals at work and the trials of social media. Some of the stuff on FB and Twitter is quite vile so I am very selective as to what I read and to who I interact with. Such is the way of the world in 2020.

    I'm wishing you well for your new Garden. Although I do not pray I send very best wishes to your favourite Aunt. She has a very special nephew.

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    1. My friend Phil, you did it again, my heart is touched by your kind words! Thank you so much I really appreciate them and also your best wishes for my Aunt. She has had a surgery yesterday and thank God and to her doctors and nurses that it went successful. I just hope she recovers fully and fast. I wish she can see how the rose bush she gave me for my birthday last month now has three blooms :)

      Have a great new week my dear friend Phil! Greetings all the way to Britain!

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  16. Iunderstand you!Sometimes we need a timout!But your post today is really nice but a little sad though thinking of your aunt.Hope she will do fine soon!

    I never go to facebook either..It is so boring there ..alot of friends yes, but they never say Hello!Just watching!!It is a bad community so Iam thinking as well to deactivate my account!

    Iknow you soon will find something to post You have lovely new place to live!Here up in the cold North we have not seen things like that only in movies!thank you for sharing!

    Wish you all good!

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    1. So happy to see you again Anita! Thank yous o much and I am happy you liked my post about my garden and thanks for wishing my Aunt well.

      We are the same. I did get a lot of messages though that my friends would miss my posts on Facebook but hey, they can always visit my blog right? :) Oh and I on the other hand wish it can be just a little bit colder like it is there because it's still super hot here even on July where it should be rainy season already.

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  17. Good to see you again :). My company is doing the same thing with vacation. This week, I'm doing the work for three people. I feel stretched, but I am looking forward to another week off at the end of this month.

    I'm getting close to deactivating my Facebook account as well. I'm also thinking of retaining messenger so that my friends can still contact me.

    I have drafts that are waiting to be published for quite a while, so they're the one's I've been editing and posting. I stopped blogging for more than a year, so I have a few stories in draft form.

    The new garden is looking great. I can't wait to see a lot of blooms soon.

    Most of all, I'm praying for your aunt. With God's healing hands, she will recover and feeling better soon.

    Take care as always.

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    1. Thank you so much Kayni and I am so glad to see you here! I pray for your energy and drive to work for the work of three, its really no joke but we can do it :) Plus you are right, days off are something to look forward to! Too bad we don;t have much PTOs left to take.

      Oh you are right, i did retain my messenger because my friends will miss me too much haha

      That is so good! I really feel happy whenever I hve something on drafts meaning I am ahead of what I can share but that rarely happens to me :)

      Thank you so much Kayni and I really hope I can do well with the new garden and will be sharing updates to you my friends. Wishing you a great new week and thanks for your prayerful words for my Aunt. Ingat palagi!

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  18. Nice to see that things are getting back to normal (the "new normal," that is, until when?). I too have felt a lack of drive and direction. I have not yet started tomorrow's blog despite a feeling of urgency and probably having many photos to talk about. Praying for your Aunt's recovery, and good luck with that roof garden. Here in south Florida our Bromeliads have proliferated and threaten to overcome the garden. Every year I must cull over 50% of them.

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    1. My friend Kenneth, we are very much the same. The numbers are still are at highest here every day. Thank you so much for the prayers my friend and I really wish you find the drive and happiness back soon but I understand in these times, it's really hard to ignite it back.

      Wooooow! If only I am near you Kenneth, I'd take all those that you remove and replant them in my garden. Please have a great week ahead!

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  19. WoW Brother, True Transition Here - Dumping CrackBook Is A Refreshing Start - Sending Aunt Vibes - Sending You Love And Light - Keep Us All Updated When Possible - Also, Made Mention Of You During My Radio Show Sunday

    Stay Strong,
    Cheers

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    1. My brother Padre, thank you so so much for your kind words, they always make me happy! Will surely keep you all updated as much as possible. And now I'm heading to your blog, I have to check out your radio show, that is super super super thoughtful of you to mention me! I;m so going to hear that!

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  20. Hi Steve, good to know you are doing fine. Sometimes our schedule let us abandon our blog for a while (mine was abandoned for almost a year), so welcome back.

    I started doing some gardening too. My first ever sunflower was bloomed a week ago and I was so proud it worked hahahaha. Good to know that your gardening journey continue, good luck on gardening on your rooftop.

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    1. Than kyou so much for the warm welcome my friend Cipu! Oh Sunflowers! Those are my mom;s favorite flowers. Now I wanna plant some too! A family friend from Nagoya gave me some seeds when i visited her in japan but it was still last 2013. Not sure it those will still grow HAHA Blessings to you and your garden my friend!

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  21. Good thoughts for your dear Aunt’s recovery Stevenson. It is a hard thing to be sick at any time, but especially now with the added worry of the virus. I’m sorry and sending hope. .... I think just about every photo blogger shares your thoughts ... most of us aren’t having any new “adventures” to write about, so it begins to feel a lot like we are repeating ourselves. ... But when I read other blogs (like yours) , i get a fresh perspective and that is good! I hope you keep it up.

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    1. Sallie you made me really happy to hear that I am somewhat giving you fresh perspectives. That means a lot to me. Thank you very much also for your thoughts to my Aunt, you said it perfectly correct, it's so hard to be sick at this moment because I myself can;t go to the hospital to have myself checked because it's so scary.

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  22. I share that hobby for gardening, I like it and I have not as many as you, but a small sample on my terrace, I like flowers, but in summer with those 40 degrees around here what survives is aloe vera, the rest is almost they all dry, it also has its charm to start the cycle again.
    Happy week.
    Regards

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    1. Hello my friend José Antonio! I am so happy to hear that you are also into gardening! I do understand what you said about only the Aloes surviving. Here we are lucky this year that despite the toasty summer, we were given ample amounts of rain to help the plants survive. But it's very cool that the Aloe survives there, it's one of my most favorite plants (Have a couple of potted aloe on my latest post)

      Happy New Week my friend José Antonio :)

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