April 25, 2012


Today is one such day that I would cherish.  Veronica of TheSticks.com, sent me another picture which I would like to link to my post RAIN RAIN RAIN.

Soon the rain would be coming, as the season is a little awry these days.   It is summer and yet it rains in the early mornings or at night.

I love the rain, not only because of my pleasant memories during my tender age, as the one I told in the post above, but because it is more welcome than the heat we experience during our summers.  It used not to be when I was younger.  We had to walk to school and back to our homes, but I did not remember intense heat like we have now.

I heard in the news that up north, pets are getting sick and some are dying because of the dry and humid temperature.  We are warned not to expose ourselves outside at midday until 3:00 P. M.  We might suffer from heat stroke or skin cancer.  It's advisable to carry drinking water all the time.

We are praying for our land.  Farmers need water for the crops.  Farm animals are in need of the blessing God has in store up where He has gathered them.  God, please open up the floodgates, but just enough to revive the land.  I do believe and hang on to your oath which you wrote with a band of lively colors across the sky when drizzles are reflected by sunlight.  You are reminded that never gain shall You flood the earth with water, like in Noah's time.

For the picture:  My heartfelt gratitude to Veronica.  She just institutionalized my Mom with the Big Red Umbrella.  The post has touched her profoundly and I owe it to God, for the voice He gave me, to tell the story.

The picture portrays the story of how I run to my mom, that stormy afternoon, when she fetched me from school with her big umbrella.

My mom is now Mother Shticks and I, Lolita Sticks.  That's two generation of Shticks.

My Father in heaven, blessings are overflowing, even right here in blogospace.  Thank you and may you continue to bless the circle, with more members, wisdom, humor and friendship.  All glory and honor belongs to You alone.

Note:  Following is Veronica's comment on the post RAIN RAIN RAIN,
March 15, 201.

Veronica Shticks said...
Lolita, I was very touched by the part where your mother comes and picks you up with her bigger umbrella. I want to be like your Mom and have my little girls remember all the times I was there for them. this is a very sweet post with cozy imagery--at least for me who also associate rain with wonderful happy things. The pictures are beautiful and the storytelling is heartwarming! 
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Veronica, you just don't know how blessed I am to read of your reply about my mom and how you want to give your two daughters a lot of moments to remember that they would keep in their hearts.  I pray that God will give that to you for that is a very pleasing desire.

Thank you too that it has touched your life and that you are constantly reminded about how to nurture your own daughters.  My mother is highly honored.



  1. Aww, my favorite Compassion @ Work story and I'm associated with it! Doesn't get any better than this!

  2. Yes, V.

    You are a beautiful part of it. You made my Mama Shticks.

    Thank you so much.

  3. Two generations of Shticks! How awesome is that!


    Thank you, Lolita, for sharing your blessing with us!

    LOVE IT!!!

  4. Lolita-
    How wonderful to grab hold of dear
    Veronica's Hand and have her as your precious "Momma Shticks" in your life!

    Veronica's God given Talents are spreading-all over this world. On our farm here in Texas, we have several Huge Oak trees, one being at least 300yrs old or more. I look at that old Tree and can almost see all these "Shticks" climbing around, with me being the
    "Fussing Shtick" as I shake my finger at them, screaming at them to GET DOWN HERE-NOW!!!!

    Of course they ignore me because they are having the time of their Shtick LIFE!!! ALso-if one were to get TOO close to the edge, another Shtick would be right there, reaching for them so they do not fall.

    Then I sit down, breathing a sigh of relief and think "How did I get this job of watching over all these SHTICKS? Oh yes, I met a wonderful woman named VERONICA-yep, thats how I am here now!!"

    Way to go Lolita! Please feel free to pass this comment on to Veronica.''

    love and hugs, martha

  5. Love your imagine, Martha! I can picture that too. Don't you think Veronica should make a book? I DO!!!!

  6. Yes, Martha. i LIKE the picture you are painting of all the shticks climbing at a tree and hanging on branches, limbering.... which is so scary to watch. What with the two of us having experienced falling from one.

    BTW, do you plenty of Pecans in your ranch? I like to think of them, and the taste of Pecan Pie or roasted ones. I heard they grow in Texas.

    Thanks for the beautiful picture.

  7. Thank you, D.

    I earned another valuable Shticks picture.. and one of Mama.

    I thank God for all the lovely things he bestowed upon.... even through Veronica's art.

  8. Lolita-
    Have you ever eaten a Pecan Pie?? oh my gosh-its just TOO good for words!!

    Our farm consists primarily of growing a crop of Hay, called Coastal Hay (nope, we are a long way from any coastal waters-but thats what they call it) and once its grown, then the hay is cut and a machine somehow puts it into either these square bales or a huge round one. Its used for cattle, horses, goats-lots of animals love to eat this. So no Pecan trees, but our neighbors have tons of them and we actually have a huge orchard that is at the back side of our land.

    People are giving us pecans all the time!! I will have to figure out a way to SURPRISE you with some Texas Pecans.

    Love you always, martha

  9. Wahooo! That would be fabulous, Martha!

    I haven't tasted Pecans. A contact in Multiply.com have lots of them in their land. She told me they had a good harvest last year. The picking up job is tedious, though, she says.

    The most common here in the Philippines are Cashew Nuts, Peanuts, Pili Nuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts. Not all of these grows here. Some are imported. Perhaps, in some posh hotels and restaurants, there maybe Pecans, but none that I am familiar of.


Thanks for your company. I am glad you are here. Your encouraging word is appreciated. It brings joy like a cool breeze on a hot day. GBU!