Cee’s Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – this week’s questions and my answers:
  1. What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

 I signed up to take the Intermediate Customization course from Blogging University, WordPress. I didn’t learn anything that I’m not doing. But for inserting images, they recommend https://unsplash.com. That was the last URL I bookmarked. There are a lot of nice photos on this site. Here is an example:

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  1. Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I believe there is life after life. When I leave behind the gate of this world, I enter the gate that leads me to a better world where there is no more tear from my eyes, no more death, no mourning, no crying or pain. I will meet my loved ones who have gone before me.

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  1. If you were or are a writer, do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I write many things. In the storage of my brain, there are short stories, poems, and novels. Currently, on this blog, I have been writing mostly short stories and poems.

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  1. What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I was in a doctor’s office waiting for my appointment. The magazine on top of the pile was WebMD. I picked it up, and started flipping and came across a short paragraph. Basically, it says that positive people are happier, healthier and live longer. Negative people are sad, have more aches and pain, and probably live a shorter life.

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Cee’s Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – July 31, 2017

Cee’s SYW questions and my answers.
  1. If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

My vision has been changing slowly. I had tried contact lenses, but since I have been wearing glasses for many years. I prefer the look of wearing glasses.

After having a vision test at the ophthalmologist’s office, the result showed that I had a large blind spot in the pupil area of my right eye. In fact, I almost had an accident because I didn’t see a car coming from my right when I made a left turn. As a result of the vision test, I had both eyelids lifted as a medical procedure.

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The pair in the front is my current glasses
  1. Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

I am neither a dog person nor a cat person. We had a dog and a cat for our daughter. The cat got old and lost a lot of weight toward the end because she didn’t eat for many days. One day, a dog from across the street darting over at her and got her scared. Later, we found her passed away in the backyard. She might have had a heart attack. We also had a black puddle. My daughter had fun with him. One morning, we got up and looked out at our backyard, and found Pierre had been bitten and killed by a coyote. We let our daughter see it before she went to school.

Our daughter waited for a while before she got another cat.

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  1. If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?

We bought a new house twenty-eight years ago. The house had the three things I liked. Half of the house had the second floor. The second level had the master bedroom on one end, the kids’ bedrooms on the other end, and was connected by a “bridge.” The house had a large living room with high ceiling. We could stand on the “bridge” to look down to the living room. It also had floor to ceiling windows on one side of the living room with lots of light coming into the house.

It took two and a half hours each way for me to drive work. For practical reason, we moved to our current home which had reduced the driving time by half.

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  1. What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last week, I learned to say, “This is all I can do for today. I’ll continue tomorrow.” I’m retired so I could afford to say that.

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Cee’s Share Your World – July 24, 2017

Cee’s questions and my answers this week:

  1. List some of your favorite types of teas.

I like to drink Yunnam BoNay Chinese Tea. That was the tea my dad drank. Before his stroke, he had Dim Sum every morning, drank BoNay tea, and read the newspaper. My mom made that tea every morning and put it in a thermos so that we could have it all day long. I drink ginger tea that my husband makes with fresh ginger. I also like most of the herb teas but I tend to like Chamomile or Peppermint tea.

  1. If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

I only get on the freeway twice a month during school year. In the summer, I pretty much go shopping when needed or taking care of business in the local area near the home. When going a longer distance, my husband would do the driving.

  1. What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

Nothing! When I have a bad day, I need to be by myself. I listen to music or go for a walk to let my mind take a break. If I have an exhausting day, I soak in the Epson salt and Eucalyptus Sea salt warm bath until my body is relaxed.

  1. Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete, what would you do?

If I have the coordination or agility, I think of dance. I like to learn Ballroom Dance. My sister, who is two years younger than I, is still doing Ballroom Dance. She used to be a Ballroom Dance instructor. Right now she dances in parties. The following photo and video were her birthday party. You can recognize her by her dress in the video.

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Cee’s Share Your World – July 10, 2017

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“Share Your World (SYW) is all about having a safe place for everyone to answer random questions that I post each week.” – Cee

The following are Cee’s questions and my answers.

  1. How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Living in southern California, it seldom has downpour rain. A rainy day would just be another regular day. I do business as usual and go places as scheduled. We have a leak on the patio cover, so we have to get out some buckets to catch the dripping water. We don’t have gutter for the roof in the front part of the house. There are some potted plants in the front yard, I would move the potted plants to catch the rainwater from the roof and give them a soaking treat.

  1. List at least five favorite treats(They do not have to be sugary).

My favorite treats are not sugary for sure. Being a health nut with a small stomach, every bite counts. I try not to take in empty calories. Here comes my list of favorite treats: 1) 85% cocoa dark chocolate, 2) walnuts, 3) mixed nuts without peanuts, 4) bite size quiche, and 5) cheese and crackers.

  1. Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

As far as distance from our home, we could drive 10 minutes to Disneyland, 45 minutes to Universal Studio in Hollywood, 35 minutes to Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach. Amusement Parks are more expensive and usually, the lines are long to get on the rides. Unless my out-of-town guests request to go to the amusement parks, otherwise, my favorite place to take them would be Newport Beach. There is a Fun Zone at Newport Beach where there are activities such as Whale Watch, Harbor Cruise, swimming, and surfing, or visiting art museums.

  1. You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

If I were trapped in an elevator, I would want to be trapped with my daughter. My daughter and I have so much to talk about, but we don’t seem to have enough time to talk. If we were trapped, the building security should know and work on solving the problem. We might as well relax to talk until the technician came to our rescue.

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Cee’s Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – July 3, 2017

Cee has another week of fun questions for Share Your World.

  1. For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?

When we eat at home, we eat bland food. I use very little salt in my cooking. For the last six months or so, we have steam salmon with no salt, no spice for dinner several times a week.

When we eat out and order an entrée, I want my salad dry (Plain); for a drink, I want hot water.

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  1. Where do you hide junk when people come over?

We keep our junk to the minimum. I have seen neighbors park their cars in the driveway because the garage is filled with junk. I can never figure out why people have so much junk. Perhaps coming from a highly populated city of Hong Kong, I have the habit of not to acuminate junk.

Our Family Room is also my office. The closet is my library. When I have company, my library is the room where I hide a few things. I don’t like to hide things though. When they are not in their usual places, I can’t find them.

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  1. What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life?

I’m retired. Sometimes I can’t tell whether the day is a weekday or weekend. I check my calendar constantly for any upcoming appointments. I have a few fixed schedule, but I pretty much go with the flow for the day, such as gardening, go to the beach with Lynton, or go out with friends. I’m satisfied with the habits I have established over the years.

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  1. If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  

There is no way that I do the main act of any kind in the circus. I might be able to dress up in a fancy costume, put different funny songs together to do a sing and dance.

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Cee’s Share Your World – July 3, 2017

 

Cee’s Share Your World – June 26, 2017

Cee’s questions for this week and my answers:

  1. What goal are you working on now?

My goal for this year is to get my house organized to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. You may think that Thanksgiving is five months away. Well, I have to be mentally prepared for it. We may take a short trip next month. Then, I’ll spend a couple months with Mercy before and after the baby is born.

As far as my energy, I can only do a little bit of cleaning and organizing each day. Last time when I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner, it took me two months to prepare. There were twenty-two people came to dinner. This year may have more people coming. Mercy and Will are coming with their new baby! ♥♥♥

  1. What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

I’m glad that I tried to learn riding bicycle. Learn to ride bicycle as adult is not the same as learning as kids. After I fell several times, I decided to quit.

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  1. Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

I was Director of Children’s Department in an organization in Hong Kong when I was twenty-six years old. Coming to U.S. as a student, I pretty much started my career all over again. I was glad to get into teaching in public school after graduation.  My career goal was still in administration. After fourteen years of teaching, I was promoted to be district administrator. I did that for ten years before I retired. Yes, I enjoyed my educational profession as a teacher as well as administrator.

  1. Have you ever gotten lost?

Oh yes, many times. I have a poor sense of direction. In Los Angeles, and Orange County areas, if I get lost, I could only know the north and south by identifying the mountains and ocean, but have no idea of directions of streets.

The first time I went to court for the custody case. I went to the wrong court. I was panic because if I was late, I would have lost the case by default, I wasn’t sure. I got back to my car and I saw a cop driving by. I asked for direction to the Orange County Superior Court. After he gave me the direction and saw the expression on my face. He said he would escort me there!  Bless his heart! I got there on time!

Cee’s Share Your World – June 26, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – June 5, 2017

Cee’s questions for the week, and my answers:

  1. What’s your strongest sense?

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Taste is not my strong sense. When I went for wine tasting, after a few tastes, I couldn’t tell the difference any more. Sight is not my strong sense; I have a hard time seeing in distance even with my glasses on. Smell is not my strong sense. I think my sinuses interrupted my sense of smell long ago. Hearing is not my strong sense. I lost 30 percent of hearing on my left ear, and the ringing in the ear interferes with noises coming into my left ear.

Now my sense of touching – that is my strongest sense. I could navigate up and down stairs of my house in the dark by touching the walls. I could find my clothes in the dark by feeling the textures. One time at the gym, the staff didn’t Cactusannounce the closing time. I barely finished up things in the locker room after swimming. The lights of the whole gym were turned off. Usually the female staff would come in and say, “Is anybody here?” But that night, no staff was checking. Since I was familiar with the floor plan, I just glided my fingers on the walls and found my way out.

  1. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)

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I basically am a happy person. I’m optimistic in nature. I see the good things in people rather than the human mistakes. I see the bright side of events, so I rarely get upset about what happened. When something happened with an undesirable outcome; my natural reaction is not dwelling on “why it happened?” Instead, I think of “What to do next?” Of course evaluation of the incident would be done appropriately.

  1. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?

The magic age for me would be twenty-eight years old. A friend who is a medical doctor once said, “The human brain is not fully mature until twenty-six years old.” I want to get past that age so that I would have maturity. Between twenty-six to thirty years old, twenty-eight seems to be the prime age for creativity and energy. In fact, I was most productively and having a blast at the same time when I was twenty-eight. I worked for an organization as Director of Children’s Department, and had four Children’s magazines published.

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  1. List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy.  [Remember:  This is SYW where even your dreams can become reality.]

My dream job would have something to do with music. I would like to be a professional musician and perform in singing and playing piano.

Cee’s Share Your World – June 6, 2017